June 7th, 2006

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Last night I was re-reading The Glass Lake, by Maeve Binchy, and I noticed this:

     Like those fishermen over in the West of Ireland who went out in frail boats to fish in the roaring Atlantic, and they all wore different kinds of jumpers so they would know whose family it was when a body was found. Each family had its own stitch. Complicated and perverse, Dr. Kelly thought. Why hadn't they taught the young fishermen to swim?


Yeah, um... suddenly I have absolutely no interest left in knitting Aran sweaters. Just, ick.

I don't actually know if it's true or not; I thought I'd make a fuss on LJ before I bother looking anything up on Google.
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Don't worry, dear, it isn't true. Not that it would diminish my love for a good Aran sweater anyways. I found the legend charming until I learned it wasn't true. *insert frowny face*

Why hadn't they taught the young fishermen to swim?

Wow, I guess Dr. Kelly is totally ignorant of what the sea can be like during a storm? *stops picking*
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Wow, I guess Dr. Kelly is totally ignorant of what the sea can be like during a storm?

Oh, I KNOW! That bit *is* really dumb.

And yay, very glad the Aran Death Jumpers thing isn't true! I mean, I can see the logic behind the legend, and who knows, maybe jumper-patterns have identified a body or two just by chance, but I don't think they were *meant* to be for that purpose. I can't make proper sentences just now, argh.
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The other thing it fails to take into account is that a boat would have likely been manned by family. George McDaniel would probably be on a boat with his brother Roger, and Roger's son David, so they would be wearing the same sweater pattern.

*whispers* That's my mother's maiden name.
I will not let you ruin aran sweaters for me. I will NOT. Lalalalalalalalala-

I can't hear you! :)

-Erin
I love Maeve Binchy. I remember that quote. I had the same initial reaction, but I doubt that that was the only, or even the main reason. I always imagined that they were knit with so much love, and so many prayers that the wearers would return safely. I doubt the knitters were sitting there thinking, "well, at least when he dies I'll recognize him!"

Marin
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Oh, I had forgotten that bit. Haven't read The Glass Lake in ages.
I have your book. Mary is hoping to do a book swap with you in the near future and so gave me both of your books to pass along to you. We're meeting at her place the second Monday in August if you're up to joining us. If not, I'll be a knitting this week (but not next) and we can trade books then.

Since we haven't seen you in a while, I hope you're doing well.
-Erin
I finally have a live-journal account. See you tonight!

-Erin
Why the frick don't we do that more often? And, you so know that it is a major RACE on knitting shawls around this here town! that made me guffaw out loud....you so funny
Chaun
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Maybe I will start another one just to smoke you guys ;o)