|Is this what they mean by "dyed in the wool?"|
|Hamilton Brother and Sister|
As we continued our Irish road trip, we made a stop in Westport, Co. Mayo where I found a basic skein of black Aran yarn from Co. Kerry at another gift shop. But I kept wondering, where are the yarn shops? In the village of Kinsale, Co. Cork, I found my answer.
A skein of boucle mohair in the window of a gift shop caught my eye. It was from the Cushendale Woollen Mills of Co. Kilkenny, a family run business with a history going back to 1204. Unfortunately, we were on the other side of Ireland or we would have visited there. (Good reason for a return trip!) The gift shop only had four skeins of yarn, but the young clerk directed me across the street to a yarn shop that had opened just that week! The proprietor was a delightful young woman from New Zealand who told me one of her reasons for opening the shop was because they were so few and far between and she loved to knit. She explained that despite the numerous herds of sheep we were seeing, most of them did not produce wool suitable for knitting yarn, but rather for carpet manufacturing and that other than the mills in Co. Donegal, little knitting yarn was produced in Ireland. After selecting a basic Aran yarn in the natural color, we were off again with my small stash of Irish knitting wool.
|Vivi Trading Co. Kinsale, Co. Cork|