One thing I have been eyeing ever since our very first trip to Ireland is an Aran sweater. It’s kind of the quintessential Ireland souvenir. We have a wool blanket and a hat and glove set, but the Aran sweater never made it into my suitcase. Perhaps that was because we tend to go in spring and late summer when I refuse to believe it will be sweater season soon. (Of course, it would be super practical while I am actually in Ireland.)
So when The Irish Store asked me to check out their selection of sweaters, I decided to give it a whirl (read: ridiculously excited and immediately dreaming of places I could show it off—Hello, Pittsburgh Irish Festival!).
I started looking at their selection of ladies sweaters—So. Much. To. Choose. From. Seriously, I had a hard time narrowing it down. It was between the zip coat and the boyfriend cardigan. The zip coat (in parsnip) eventually won out.
Eight days later, a medium-sized package arrived at my doorstep with a sticker that said, “Greetings from Ireland! Parcel packed by Bobby.” with a photo of Bobby! Ha! Thanks Bobby. You can rest easy now—all arrived safe and sound.
Now the moment of truth, will it fit? My petite frame usually doesn’t allow for the luxury of buying much clothing online. I slid the sweater out of the packaging and slipped it on over my shorts and t-shirt and, much to my surprise, it fit. It was perfect actually, which kind of shocked me. I was concerned that the torso or the arms would be too long or that the hood would be too big. Nope, nope and nope! Eeek! So excited.
I begged my (loving and handsome) husband to take me out for a walk on an unusually cool August evening this week, so I could snag a few photos. What do you think?
My sweater was made by West End Knitwear in County Kildare. One thing that I very much appreciate is that each one of The Irish Store’s products is from Ireland. I’ve done a lot of shopping online for Irish goods and services and unfortunately a few online shops that sell “Irish” goods that aren’t Irish at all.
The Irish Store supports artists, craftsman, jewelers and manufacturers who live and work all over the country. So, Irish Store, if you ever need a volunteer buyer to travel around Ireland to find unique handcrafted items, I can make myself available—just saying.
I couldn’t help but peruse their whole collection of Irish products, so Joe and I window shopped a little. In the men’s sweaters section, this zip cardigan was his favorite (probably because of the falcon…). We both drooled over the food hampers (baskets) and discussed that perhaps we’ll gift ourselves the Butler’s Basket for our anniversary in September—yumm!
And now—the good stuff! The Irish Store is giving away a Aran Sweater from Ireland (boyfriend cardigan, $109 value) to one lucky Infinite Ireland reader. For a chance to win, leave a comment below about your dream Ireland souvenir. A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, August 24 at 11:59 PM.
While The Irish Store provided me an Aran sweater, the opinions expressed in this post are all my own (and any adoring complements about how cute I look wearing said sweater will shamelessly be accepted).