Fishermen's sweaters site

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Ticklishchap, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. Ticklishchap

    Ticklishchap One Too Many

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    Here is a useful site for ordering traditional fishermen's sweaters from Cornwall. I have a couple of them and am thinking of ordering another as they are very warm and comfortable as well as very traditional woollies.

    http://freespace.virgin.net/peter.marrow1/

    And they are a remarkably low price for such quality. Good for anyone with outdoor interests.

    Very nice chap runs the company - he's the bearded man in the photos.

    Any comments on welcome.
     
  2. Methuselah

    Methuselah One of the Regulars

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    Looks good to me, good timing too - I rooted out my jumpers recently to discover moth caterpillars have been lunching on them over the summer. Gits!

    Especially since I've spent hours plodding round Manchester trying to find something similar to no avail.

    You seem a bit of a jumper enthusiast - if you can recommend some nice cardis too???

    EDIT: Order placed, nice site, ta.
     
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  3. Ticklishchap

    Ticklishchap One Too Many

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    Hello Methuselah,
    Will reply in more detail shortly. Which colour did you order, as a matter of interest?
     
  4. They look very basic, not much style, I personally wouldn't turn my head if someone walked past me in the street wearing one, that really is the true test, for me that is
     
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  5. Geesie

    Geesie Practically Family

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    Would like if they had turtlenecks. It's so hard to find a big, heavy, Hemingway-style fisherman's turtleneck.
     
  6. Dav

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    They look right up my street, thanks for the post.
     
  7. Ticklishchap

    Ticklishchap One Too Many

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    I agree that they don't have the allure of commando sweaters or Guernseys, for instance. However they are rugged, durable and traditional, which are three big 'plusses'.
     
  8. Ticklishchap

    Ticklishchap One Too Many

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    Geesie,
    I think they do turtlenecks if you ask.
    But for a good one, go to www.silvermans.co.uk and look for submariners sweater.
     
  9. Ticklishchap

    Ticklishchap One Too Many

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    That's good. They are very nice and practical as well as elegant in their own rustic way.
     
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  11. Dav

    Dav One Too Many

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    Just placed an order with Sou'west chunkies, most impressed, they make the sweater, send it to you then if all is fine they charge you. I have never encountered a company before that will make and deliver a garment with no money changing hands first.
     
  12. Dave E

    Dave E One of the Regulars

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    That's impressive! Quite interested in the outcome and what the garment is like when it arrives, because those prices are excellent.
     
  13. H.Johnson

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    I have developed an interest in traditional knitting - specifically replicating the designs of Scottish and North-east England traditional fisherman's ganseys knitted on five needles in five-ply boiled wool. Each fishing village had its own design, sometimes unique to individual families and passed down through the generations until quite recently. We are fortunate that a few researchers recorded their patterns and wrote them down before they died out. There are a few publications in the area and there is at least one supplier of the correct wool and needles.

    Here is a link with some North-eastern patterns http://www.flamboroughmanor.co.uk/patterns.htm


    I'd be interested in starting a specialisty thread on the topic, if anyone is interested, based on sharing experiences of knitting your own rather than buying...must be traditional designs and traditional materials.
     
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  14. Dav

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    I was told it will arrive at the end of the first week in December, so I will let you know. At that price I thought I'd take a punt.
     
  15. Spitfire

    Spitfire I'll Lock Up

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    Take a look at this fantastic, traditional danish fishermanns sweater. An icon in its own right.

    http://www.sns-herning.com/webshopitem.aspx?id=31
     
  16. Foofoogal

    Foofoogal Banned

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    This is fascinating. I had never ever heard of this. I love, love, love Scotland. Found our family tartan when I went. Amazing info. Hope you are able to preserve this or do your part.
     
  17. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    Very similar patterns to the Aran sweaters popular in Ireland for however many generations. My grandmother always said that drowned fishermen were often identified by the family knit when their bodies eventually washed ashore.
     
  18. Methuselah

    Methuselah One of the Regulars

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    When I say "order placed", I actually asked Santa/my girlfriend to order it for my Christmas pressie. This is what I asked for:
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  19. Methuselah

    Methuselah One of the Regulars

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    Made in Britain from British wool, classic design, no logos, no "super-fine brushed Merino wool" nonsense, what's not to like? Maybe department stores are better in Australia, but over here it's all pap!
     
  20. Dav

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    And a very good price.
     

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