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Aran Sweaters by winnieconnolly

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(8/13/01 9:10 am)

Aran Sweaters

Just returned from Ireland -used Brian Moore Tours and had a wonderful time - thanks to our great tour guide, Tom and our super bus driver, Brian. Saw so much and I'm thrilled. My only comment is that we bought two Irish sweaters at the Blarney Woolen Mills and after I got them home I notice an unusual smell. Is this common. Is there anything I can do!
Looking forward to your response-
Winnie Connolly

Michele Erdvig
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(8/13/01 5:22 pm)

Re: Aran Sweaters

Hi Winnie,

Great to hear that your trip to Ireland went so well and you had a good time. The Aran sweaters that I have smell like wool but nothing else. What is the smell like? I would air them out for a few days and see what happens. Whenever I buy any clothing at a department store I notice it usually absorbs scents like perfume that may be in the store. After a few days of airing it's gone. Another alternative would be to hand wash the sweaters in Woolite. Don't hang them to dry but lay them flat on a towel and shape them while wet. I hope that solves the problem!


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(8/13/01 6:13 pm)
Aron Sweaters

Thank you so much for your prompt response. I have also been told its a "sheepish smell" and will wear away in time. I know I'm giving away my age but it had the smell of CN.
Your Q& A is most helpful - I thank you so much for being there for us and I will definitely buy your book for my next trip.
Thanks-You're the BEST!!!

Michele Erdvig
Posts: 194
(8/13/01 10:34 pm)

Re: Aran Sweaters

Hi Winnie,

Thank you for letting me know that my forum has been useful to you. I'm always glad to help others plan their trips to Ireland. The smell in the sweaters could be the smell of lanolin, which is produced naturally by sheep and makes their fleeces waterproof. The wool for Aran sweaters is cleaned before being made into yarn but some of the lanolin is left in to provide some natural waterproofing. Anyway, give them a good airing and see what happens.



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