Antonio has it all covered and I want you to go to his website and have a read. He also has a 13 min video on Youtube that you need to bookmark and watch anytime you need to buy a sweater. He gives a good mention to Irish sweaters, discusses the fabric and what you need to know when buy.
I know, I know Christmas is a religious holiday and a time for prayer & reflections, and it’s not good to get caught up in the over commercialization of this special Christian holiday! Who am I kidding, It’s all about who got what and opening the presents. No matter who tells you they don’t want a present (liar liar pants on fire!!) or, not to get them anything special you know the feel of unwrapping a gift is very pleasurable indeed. Everyone loves getting a gift from a loved one no matter how miserable they are! EVERYBooooooooooo0DYYYYYY (…said in a deep movie narrator type voice….) Also don’t get duped by the “i hate surprises” brigade. Their wide eyed pleads for a clue or even letting them fondle the wrapping until “oops… I’ve exposed the inner gift. ” Anyway enough of my babble let’s get down to it. I sat down one lunchtime in the canteen where I work, took out a pen a paper and wrote out the Ultimate Irish Christmas Shopping list, as I see it. This is my Ultimate list spawned over a ham sandwich and a cup of Barry’s tea one dark and wet day in the “Vvveest”(west) of Ireland.
1. Clanarans Hand Knit Irish Sweater
OK, as I write this I have 11 follower/readers. Speaking directly to you guys/gals you must know I have a “thing” for Irish sweaters. Is it the designs and patterns of the Aran Islands, or the fact that an actual person sat down and hand knit 100,000 stitches over 18 to 24 weeks for me! Could it be I am proud of my Irish heritage and feel a connection to Ireland when I wear it. Could I be an outdoor survivalist who wants a darn invincible sweater. Could it be all of the above? Could it simply be I like how it feels and is comfy? … Could I go on forever with “could it” statements…probably as I love our national sweater ! There are many imitations but there is only one place I recommend for hand knit Irish Sweater. Visit Clanarans for 126 Irish Knit Sweaters. I haven’t see any other place online with more choice than this. They cost $199 dollars but it’s the ultimate sweater you will have it forever and can pass down to your children.
2. The Claddagh Ring
Did you know that the symbols on a Claddagh ring has meaning. The central heart represents the qualities associated with love. The crown is a universal symbol of loyalty while the hands express friendship. The Irish see our life partners in this light. Our best friend, who is loyal and we love them to bits. If this wasn’t enough there is huge significance in how the ring is worn. Basically you’re either telling the world I’m available come get me or back off I’m taken. Let me explain. If the Claddagh ring is worn on the right hand with the ring pointing outwards it sets your relationship status to single. Pointing inwards it tells the world you’re in a relationship. Worn on the left hand outwards, it means i’m engaged to the married, and inwards means i’m united in wedlock!
Sorry I have been a bit quiet recently, the usual excuse no time!!! Anyway I have been thinking of some cool ideas for the blog to grow my followers from 11 people! I’m going to get into the giving advice mode and hope that people like and share my content more!! I’m working on the ultimate shopping list for Christmas which will be my next post. This post is just the start an I will spend more time writing articles than throwing up a quick Irish product highlight!