It's Really Hard to Find Irish Wool in Ireland

A few weeks ago I took a birthday trip to Dublin. I had high hopes of coming home with lots of authentic Irish wool, but most of the yarn stores I visited sold only pre-made wool sweaters. What little yarn they sold was usually acrylic imported from the UK or Italy.

Luckily, I stumbled across This Is Knit, a lovely store in the Powerscourt shopping center, where I managed to find some Irish tweed yarn spun and dyed in County Donegal.



My plan is to make some mittens with it. It's a little too scratchy for a scarf or even a hat.

I asked the clerk at This Is Knit why it was so hard to find Irish wool yarn in Dublin, and she told me that most of the sheep in Ireland are raised for meat and milk, not wool, and in fact, most of those "authentic" Irish sweaters they sell to tourists are actually made with wool from Australia and New Zealand. It's just strange to think that a country known for its wool sweaters wouldn't produce its own wool any more. What is the world coming to?

Comments

Lynette said…
happy belated birthday. i'm so glad you got to go to Ireland. that's so odd about the wool. you'd think they use the wool after they're done with the sheep.
I know! I do wonder what they do with the wool once the sheep has met its demise....
Taos Sunflower said…
Interesting to find your posting. I had the same thing happen when I was in Connemara in 2001. I finally found a little department store and their yarn department (about 1/25th of my personal stash) had acrylic yarns! Yikes!
Hi, Taos Sunflower! Thanks for commenting. Before I left on my trip, I found the web site for what looks like a good yarn store in Galway, but I didn't get a chance to get out there. Perhaps next time...