Thursday, July 16, 2015

Ireland Trip Part 42: The Stitch Secret of Aran Sweaters

This is part 42 of our Ireland Trip, and today we continue to explore the Dingle Peninsula in western Ireland, that faces the Atlantic Ocean. In this blog you'll learn the Secret of Aran Sweaters.
      ARAN SWEATERS - Aran sweaters are world-famous and originated from the Aran Islands, located off the west coast of Ireland.  
  The Aran knitting techniques were developed in the first century, and were made for fisherman and farmers in this cold climate. Each family or clan has its own stitch! In fact, we learned that the Aran sweaters were often used to help identify bodies of fishermen washed up on the beach following an accident at sea. An official register of these historic patterns has been compiled, and can be seen in the Aran Sweater Market on the Aran Islands. 
     MEANINGS OF THE DIFFERENT STITCHES - Some stitches include the cable, diamond, Irish moss, zig zag and tree of life stitches.
1) The Cable Stitch - depicts fisherman's ropes, and represents a wish for a fruitful day at sea. 
2) The Diamond Stitch -indicates small fields of the islands. They're sometimes filled with Irish moss stitch showing seaweed for harvest (wishing for success).
3) The Zig Zag Stitch (a half diamond) -represents the twisting cliff paths on the islands. 
4) The Tree of Life - shows importance of the clan, and is an expression of a desire for clan unity, with long-lived parents and strong children.
To learn more about Aran Sweaters, visit:

VIDEO:  The Story of the Aran Sweater: 

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next