It’s finally, “sweata weatha!” The excitement of fall was immortalized by Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph in their legendary Saturday Night Live skit, “Bronx Beat”. With fall, comes endless layering opportunities and that cozy staple, sweaters! I am a sucker for a cream cable knit. Whether oversized or cropped it’s definitely my go-to. And you know I looooove a back story. The Aran sweater takes its name from the set of Irish islands where they originated, the Aran Islands at the mouth of the Galway Bay. Exposed to the Atlantic, it’s that windy, stormy climate that breeds strong seafaring folks and fisherman. And do you know what they wear? Warm wool water-repellent Aran sweaters! And those amazing knit patterns that we love? They hold a deep history of clan heritage with patterns fiercely guarded through generations. These Aran sweaters were often used to help identify bodies of fishermen washed up on the beach following an accident at sea. Each stitch pattern is also imbued with meaning dating back to Celtic patterns. A common one to us is the cable knit, said to represent the ropes and nets of the fishermen. A true Aran sweater takes about 2 months to complete and due to the lack of people skilled in this work and the competition from machine made sweaters, a true Aran sweater is pretty unique and valuable. Here’s me with my favorite take on the Irish Aran sweater.
Now that I’ve got you in the mood for sweata weatha, shop my selects below!