Ladies (and gents who enjoy a good shopping trip) this Tip’s for you!
Let’s face it, we all love to indulge in treating ourselves from time to time, and what better way to do it than on one of the world’s most naturally beautiful islands, buying one of the regions finest and most famed for creations: the not-so-originally named, Aran Wool. The traditional yarn of the Aran Islands has been used to knit wearable and warm jumpers for hundreds of years, and it’s also the ideal garment to take home as a souvenir that isn’t tacky; no more fridge magnets or tea-towels needed! Instead, a cosy jumper that can actually be worn!
If you’re struggling to see Aran Wool being worn by yourself, and instead have the image of country folk sporting it on weekend walks, you’d be very wrong. Chunky knits are absolutely on trend. In fact, some designs are stocked in New York department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman! One brand we particularly recommend is the Inis Meáin Knitting Company who offers a contemporary update to the traditional Aran designs you imagine when you think of a classic cable-knit! The company factory shop is open throughout the warmer months on the Island of Inis Meáin. Why not visit and grab yourself a thread of local life to take home with you, without the designer price tag.
Photo Credits: Aran Sweater Market
This tip is also a part of the Experience: Ireland • Cycling the Emerald Isle