Social Media Round-Up
MARCH 31, 2021
Now that we’re a quarter way through the year already (we know, it’s crazy!) for this week’s blog, we’re having a roundup of some of our social media content so far this year just in case you missed it! If you didn’t know we can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and now TikTok @bogmanbeanie.
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Learn more about our Fair Isle Knitting Technique
MARCH 24, 2021
Continuing on from last week’s cardigan theme, this week we want to discuss our ‘Fair Isle’ detail available in our luxury lambswool pink cardigan and our classic round neck wool cardigan. A beautiful detail and we just can’t help but discuss its origins and our technique here at Bogman.
Fair Isle is a traditional knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colours. It is named after Fair Isle, one of the Shetland Islands. Fair Isle knitting gained considerable popularity when the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) wore Fair Isle jumpers in public in 1921. Traditional Fair Isle patterns have a limited palette of five or so colours, use only two colours per row, are worked in the round, and limit the length of a run of any particular colour.Such as our round neck cardigan is a natural brown colour with yellow yoke detail. Our pink lambswool cardigan has a darker pink, blue and green fair isle detail.
Some people use the term “Fair Isle” to refer to any colourwork knitting where stitches are knitted alternately in various colours, with the unused colours stranded across the back of the work. Others use the term “stranded colourwork” for the generic technique, and reserve the term “Fair Isle” for the characteristic patterns of the Shetland Islands.
Basic two-colour Fair Isle requires no new techniques beyond the basic knit stitch: the purl stitch is not used if circular knitting needles or 3 or more double-pointed needles are used. At each knit stitch, there are two available “active” colours of yarn; one is drawn through to make the knit stitch, and the other is simply held behind the piece, carried as a loose strand of yarn behind the just-made stitch. To avoid “loose” strands larger than 3-5 stitches, the yarn not in use can be “caught” by the yarn in use without this being seen on the front of the work.
The simplest Fair Isle pattern uses circular or double-pointed needles, cast on any number of stitches. Knitting then continues round and round, with the colours alternated every stitch. If the pattern is started with an even number of stitches, a vertically striped tube of fabric will be formed, while an odd number will create a diagonal grid that appears to mix the two colours.
Traditional Fair Isle patterns normally had no more than two or three consecutive stitches of any given colour, because they were stranded, and too many consecutive stitches of one colour means a very long strand of the other, quite easy to catch with a finger or button. A more modern variation is woven Fair Isle, where the unused strand is held in slightly different positions relative to the needles and thereby woven into the fabric, still invisible from the front, but trapped closely against the back of the piece. This permits a nearly limitless variety of patterns with considerably larger blocks of colour.
Traditionally, Fair Isle jumper construction involves knitting the body of the jumper completely in the round. Steeks (from the Scottish word meaning ‘stitch’, ‘to close shut’, and comprising several stitches) are worked across the armhole openings allowing the body to be completed in the round without interruption. Once the main body of the jumper is complete, the armhole steeks are cut open (sometimes these are secured before cutting). Stitches are then picked up around the armhole opening and the sleeve is knitted down toward the cuff in the round.
Since the 1990s, the term “Fair Isle” has been applied very generally and loosely to any stranded colour knitting regardless of its relation to the knitting of Fair Isle or any of the other Shetland Islands (Now used in the bogs of Donegal).
MARCH 17, 2021
There are a number of beautiful lambswool pieces available here at Bogman. So, this week we want to delve into everything lambswool so you know all you need to know. The makers at Bogman Beanie have brought you the ultimate in luxury knitwear with the gorgeous traditional style cardigan. Knitted in pure lambswool.
Lambswool is a type of wool shorn from a sheep aged approximately seven months or younger. The wool generally comes from the lamb’s first shearing, and each wool staple is usually about 50mm long. Their wool will never be softer again, and you’ll be able to feel this difference from the first wear. It is soft, elastic, and slippery, and is used in high-grade textiles, such as Bogman cardigans. Lambswool can be produced from a variety of sheep breeds—from Shetland, which comes from the shetland isles off the coast of Scotland to Gotland, which is one of the oldest sheep breeds native to Sweden.
The wool is characterized by its fineness and softness, and it will become thicker and coarser as the animal ages, at which point it will be considered sheep’s wool. The undercoat contains the softest of the hair shorn from the lamb.
What Are the Characteristics of Lambswool?
Since lambswool comes from young sheep, it is generally much softer and finer than sheep’s wool. While the characteristics can depend slightly on the breed of sheep from which the wool comes, there are some general characteristics of lambswool.
- Soft. Lambswool is the softest wool that will ever come from the sheep since it comes from the sheep’s first shearing. It’s extremely downy and soft to the touch.
- Moisture-wicking. All wool is naturally water repellent and moisture-wicking. This is because wool can absorb one-third of its weight without becoming wet, and its wicking properties come from the outer layer of the wool fiber, which somewhat resembles shingles on a roof with the strands butting up against each other.
- Hypoallergenic. Lambswool is naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, therefore it is good for people who have allergies.
- Breathable. Like all wool, lambswool is breathable, while also being a natural insulator. Because of wool’s natural crimp, the fibers don’t lay flat on each other, creating small air pockets that can trap and release heat, allowing the wool to maintain the wearer’s body temperature.
What Is the Difference Between Lambswool and Merino Wool?
Lambswool comes from young sheep of many breeds, while merino wool comes from merino sheep at any age.
- Merino wool has a much smaller diameter, around 20 microns, than lambswool, making it even softer and finer.
- Superfine merino can have a diameter down to 17 microns.
- Merino wool also has a long staple, up to four and a half inches, which gives it a beautiful drape and is therefore very popular in clothing.
Lambswool is very popular in clothing and knitwear, as wool garments offer breathable and moisture-wicking properties. A Bogman lambswool cardigan offers warmth and breathability, and whether it’s a wool sweater or cardigans, lambswool is a soft material that is generally less itchy than standard sheep’s wool.
Fabric Care Guide: How to Care for Lambswool
Pure wool does not need washing (which all Bogman Cardigans are). Just in case you can’t resist the urge, lambswool should always be hand washed. Since the wool fibers have many more scales—cuticle cells that protect the outer layer of the fiber—machine washing can destroy the textile’s softness. Hand washing will help prevent pilling and keep your lambswool items in good shape.
To hand-wash your items, follow this step-by-step guide.
- Soak the item in a basin of warm water and wool wash. Try not to use regular laundry detergent; instead, use a wash specially formulated for wool items.
- Squeeze the soap through the garment, being careful not to wring or stretch the item.
- Rinse the item, and remove excess water, again being careful not to wring or stretch.
- Reshape the item and lay flat to dry.
How to style your Bogman graphic tee
MARCH 10, 2021
Our Bogman graphic t-shirts are stylish and sustainable. Graphic t-shirts are in fashion and cool for wearing anywhere and always looking trendy. If you’re searching for ways to style that graphic tee this is what this week’s post is all about! The humble Bogman T-shirt could be one of the most underrated assets in your wardrobe. Once summer has passed and it’s colder like these March days it’s often hidden underneath warmer layers, so you’d be forgiven for paying less attention than you would to your statement outerwear, but it’s still there, ever-present.
- They are comfortable! First things first, they are plain and simply comfortable. Graphic tees are just that…tees with the Bogman logo!. And very few things are more comfortable than a tee obviously!
- They are versatile. You might initially think graphic tees aren’t the most versatile item, but in fact, they are! You can simply wear them with jeans and trainers or you can dress it up with heels or even a dressy skirt (these ideas and many more below).
- They are downright cool. In our minds, graphic tees add an instant cool factor to an otherwise more basic outfit, especially rocker tees (my personal favourites). Of course, we’re all about plain tees, too, but a graphic tee is much more fun!
- They help in a pinch. Indeed, they do! When you’re rushing and don’t have the time to think about an outfit or time to try on various outfit options, graphic tees are easy to reach for. Because like we said above, they are versatile, and you can never go wrong with a graphic tee.
The Rise Of The Graphic T-Shirt
In recent years, with streetwear trends infiltrating high fashion along with bootleg brands producing retro, satirical and one-of-a-kind designs, graphic prints have returned in a more accessible and desirable way. Bogman has our own one-of-a-kind t-shirt in a variety of colours.
- Wearing a fitted or oversized blazer over a graphic tee is a business meets pleasure look and is a great way to give a slouchy tee some structure. If you want a look that says “I get things done but also know how to have a good time,” this outfit was made for you.
- One great way to style a graphic tee is to tie it in the front. Whether you wrap the bottom of the shirt around itself or you have enough material to tie two ends together, it’s a great way to accentuate your waist.
- Another way to wear a graphic tee is the classic French Tuck. This method works best for tucking the shirt into some trousers, jeans, or even a skirt. French Tucking t-shirts is great because it lets you nail that casual-chic look while showing off the bottom half of my outfit.
- A creative way to wear graphic tees that’s often overlooked is to layer them under your outfits. Now that it’s still cold outside, the need to stay warm may make wearing some of our favourite outfits a bit more difficult.
- If you’re lacking inspiration on how to style graphic tees, don’t forget to try out an oversized t-shirt and just order a size up! Paired with biker shorts or some high boots or stockings, oversized t-shirts can be a comfortable and unexpected look.
- For the warmer weather coming in, let’s take advantage of that and break out a cute dress one more time. This is a great way to experiment with layering graphic tees!
- This denim dress is perfect because it can be worn under or over the t-shirt (depending on if you want the graphics to show) and it looks great either way! To bring out the colours in the tee, throw on some baby yellow canvas sneakers.
- When you want to throw on something casual but stylish, graphic tees are the way to go.
- Pair one of our graphic tees with some white biker shorts for a sleek, monochrome look. Add a classic pair of checkered Vans for a grunge vibe that will keep you comfy on your feet all day long.
New Line of Merino Sweaters
MARCH 3, 2021
This week at Bogman we were delighted to launch a new range of Merino Sweaters! Now available in a range of colours including cream, raspberry, seafoam, river blue and blue. The merino wool sweaters from the makers in the Bog are timeless pieces. They are the ethical choice between a cotton sweatshirt and a wool crew neck sweater and so this week we wanted to delve into a little bit more about our merino jumpers.
Wool has been used in clothing for millennia: from primitive man first clothing himself in the woolly skins of wild sheep through the civilisation of Babylonia where people first distinguished wool sheep from food sheep, through Roman times when there were definite signs of selective breeding for a superior fleece, and through to the ascendancy of wool during the Middle Ages in Europe. By the late eighteenth century, the Industrial Revolution began a movement that took the textile industry from the home into the workshop and factory.
Wool’s big fashion break came in the decade following the First World War when Coco Chanel reinvented the fashion rules and produced a dress from fine wool jersey. Since then, wool has always been used in fashion. The end of the Second World War heralded another fashion revolution called ‘The New Look’. Launched by the House of Christian Dior, the style used excessive amounts of wool fabric in designs as a backlash against the rations and shortages of the war years.
In 1954, young designer Yves Saint Laurent won first and third prizes in the dress category of the International Wool Secretariat competition in Paris while a young Karl Lagerfeld won first prize in the coat category. Accepting their respective fashion design prizes, from a judging panel which included Hubert de Givenchy and Pierre Balmain, fashion history was made. Over the years, classic and much-loved looks have benefitted from Merino wool’s qualities. From the little black dress, to the V-neck jumper, to fine tailored suits, Merino wool has timeless appeal. Today, fashion designers and woolgrowers across the world continue to work alongside the best textile manufacturers to produce quality Merino wool apparel and connect consumers with its natural benefits.
Merino is one of the most versatile wool fibers. The merino sheep dates back to the 12th century, and the use of its wool has grown ever popular as it is often regarded as the softest wool fiber. One square inch of merino fleece produces nearly four times as many wool fibers as other breeds of sheep. Its natural wicking property, and next-to-skin comfort, make merino the favourite fiber for athletes, including runners, cyclists, and skiers, they can suit all weather. But the same comfort merino provides to athletes gives luxurious comfort to a casual wool sweater or men’s sweater vest. Remember, wool doesn’t make you sweat, your body overheating because of activity or clothing that’s too insulating makes you sweat. So a light merino sweater, which breaths well, isn’t too warm, and naturally wicks perspiration away (leaving you feeling dry) will prevent you from feeling sweaty while wearing wool.
If you’re looking for pure warmth and comfort, look to a Bogman merino sweater for that special wardrobe piece. For colder seasons and summer, a merino and cotton blend sweater delivers gorgeous style with less warmth, making for a versatile layering piece, no matter the weather. From backyard summer barbecues to snowy mid-winter walks, a merino wool sweater can give your wardrobe agility in style.
The Benefits of Merino Wool Sweaters:
- Softer and less itchy than lambswool
- Warm, even when wet
- Wicks perspiration away from the skin to keep you dry and comfortable
- Quick-drying, compared to other fabrics
- Woven thinner and lighter weight than other wools, allowing for less bunching and more range of motion
- It’s naturally anti-microbial which prevents it from smelling after repeated wears or wearing while sweating
How to wear your Bogman Sweater
FEBRUARY 24, 2021
Last week we discussed sweater weather and how to style your Bogman Cardigans. This week we’re looking at how to style your Bogman jumpers! It’s definitely still sweater weather here in Ireland and wrapping up in a lovely sweater just sounds lovely right now… So let’s discuss how to look our best while staying cosy! If you do like warm clothing, knits, bohemian spirit (luke us here at Bogman), great details, then a knitted sweater is what you really need my dear reader!
A classic Bogman sweater – we should all have one. Whether we reach for it when we’re running out the door or living in it when the cold front comes, it fills our hearts (and bodies) with nothing but that cosy feeling. While the familiarity of this sweater is enough for us to keep throwing it over our black leggings (no shame), it’s also the reason why we can’t seem to break this habit. With a length of a to-do list (even when we’re all at home most of the time right now), your sweater is an easy option that you know will never disappoint you. To change up your appearance this season (without changing out your sweater), here are 10 ways to elevate your sweater to look chic and stay comfortable this season:
1. Slip Dress Turned Skirt
When the weather begins to change, there’s no need to put your slip dresses away. Just grab your chunkiest and brightest sweater to layer on top and style it with sneakers for a casual moment. Voila, a new look!
2. Play On Proportions
There’s nothing better than an oversized cosy knit paired with slim jeans and boots. The look is easy and works for any occasion—plus, you can style your favourite Bogman tee underneath and shed layers on those fall days that still get a bit warm. For this look just order a size up.
3. White Denim All Year Around
Who says you can’t wear white all year round? Winterize your white denim with our classic grey gansi and loafers.
4. With a Bogman hat:
Sometimes it’s the details that make an outfit and a Bogman hat just the one you’re looking for. Fun and feminine, a hat helps you stay toasty and only worry about the bottom portion of your hair (what can we say, hat hair is a real concept). Choose a neutral coloured hat as an addition to this outfit or a bold coloured one to make it the entire statement.
5. With a cosy scarf
Transition your look this spring with another reason (or excuse) to bring out your favourite scarf. While this might be the 2nd time you’re wearing your sweater this week (it happens), a comfy scarf will do the trick in hiding the fact. Throw on your go-to pair of skinny jeans, and spend your day in a versatile ensemble that won’t have you wondering if you need an outfit change halfway through it.
6. With the same colour bottoms
There’s no need to worry if your top and bottoms go well together when they’re literally the same colour. As a life hack and a time saver, create a monochromatic ensemble to turn the simple concept of a solid coloured outfit into a completely trendy one. To accent, this look, accessorize with a purse and play with different textures to find your perfect combination of flexible yet flattering.
7. With a statement necklace
As a subtle and foolproof way to elevate every attire, a statement necklace works best for anyone who wants an extra touch in her outfit – without actually being the centre of attention. Choose a neutral-coloured necklace to complement your outfit or a contrasting one to emphasize it. The best part? It takes less than 5 seconds to accomplish.
8. With ripped denim and sneakers/runners
Whether you love jeans or hate them, the existence of ripped jeans is on an entirely different level of fashion. They’re the staple for your casual outfits and the style you rely on to make your lazy days seem trendy. As a carefree (yet collected) look, pair your Bogman sweater with ripped jeans, white sneakers.
9. With an ultra-classic layered combo
The classic 3 piece layer is a simple, yet classic look. Pair your Bogman sweater with a chic coat (think classic silhouette) and top it with a scarf and a Bogman hat. The key to this seriously simple trio is to go for neutral colours and timeless pieces.
10. With statement earrings
Luckily for us, the popular trend of statement earrings hasn’t slowed down – and we’re all here for it. The key to statement earrings this season is to lean towards darker hues and to remember that sometimes bigger means better.
How to wear your Bogman Cardigan
FEBRUARY 17, 2021
Sweater weather is here to stay by the looks of it this Spring… True sweater weather is fall through winter and into spring
when temperatures drop and you pull out your favourite Bogman sweaters and cosy cardigans. There have been some gorgeous new cardigans in an array of colours added to the Bogman site this week and some gorgeous spring colours. Cardigans really are the in trend now and this week we’ll be showing you how you can rock your Bogman Cardigan!
The humble cardigan is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing in your wardrobe. From summer to winter, it can transform your outfit, no matter where you’re going. As one of the most timeless layers, there are so many ways you can wear it. Celebrities and models all love this knitwear, so here’s how you can wear a cardigan sweater like a street style star.
With a button-up Bogman cardigan, you’re taking it back to the classics, the way a cardigan should be. Whether you rock the traditional look, or you put a modern spin on the style, this is a timeless piece of clothing that belongs in every wardrobe. For a fresh outfit, wear the outerwear as a top and rock it with jeans, or layer with shirts or rollnecks and skirts for the autumn-ready ensemble. Experiment with patterns and colours – there are no rules with this fun knitwear
Truthfully, this is one of the easiest ways to dress up your cardigan. This look helps highlight your natural shape and gets rid of that straight silhouette that usually comes with a cardigan.
The layered cardigan is a classic that will never go out of style. Its functionality is what makes it so simple because you can pair any neutral colour with jeans and a Bogman t-shirt on your way out the door. While also adding some texture and warmth to your everyday look this Spring.
3. OFF THE SHOULDER
Off the shoulder gives you that sleek and sexy look without showing too much skin. But also helps to accent the beauty of your collar bone and neck.
4. UNDER A VEST
A simple layered outfit is a top, a cardigan and a vest. This outfit is layered, wearable and easy to create. Love the idea of doing the vest and the cardigan in the same colour but with different hues. Also, chic to go for a leather vest or a knitted one. When working this combination it’s a good idea to make sure the vest is either longer or considerably shorter. Having them both at the same length can create a bit of a clash, not always, but it happens.
5. WITH A MIDI DRESS
In warmer weather, you can wear your cardigan with a midi dress for a polished look. A midi dress is not the easiest to style especially because of the length, since it falls between the knee and ankles. However, there are a number of ways to style midi dresses that will have you looking chic, casual or simply achieve the kind of look you want to.
6. WITH LEGGINGS
Wearing your cardigan with leggings means you get a look that’s not only simple but also cosy. If you’re all about comfort, then you probably have a number of leggings in your closet. They work great whether you want to stay indoors or to go out and run errands, it’s not like we can get out for much else these days so why not be comfy while doing it and our Bogman cardigans will certainly be keeping you as snug as a bug in a rug!
FEBRUARY 10, 2021
St.Patrick’s Day is coming up soon here in Ireland and to celebrate we have launched a Bogman Bundle! When you buy the Sphagnum green beanie you will get the Bogman socks as a gift! We’re keeping you covered from head to toe as it’s looking like it’ll be a chilly one this Paddy’s Day. You may also be wondering why it’s called Sphagnum Green… Well, that’s what this weeks blog post is about. We’ll be telling you a little bit more about some of the reasoning for the colour names we give to some of the yarns we use here at Bogman.
Sphagnum is actually a shade of green from one of the mosses that would be found in bogs here in Ireland. One of Ireland’s most characteristic features is its bogs, which cover 1,200,00 hectares (1/6) of Ireland. Ireland contains more bog, relatively speaking than any country in Europe except Finland. With many of the bogs in the rest of Europe already gone, Ireland’s bogs now have increased importance among the scientific community.
Without Sphagnum mosses there would be no bogs in Ireland. Bogs have a living surface which is made of a carpet of Sphagnum mosses. This is floating on a thick layer of partly rotted plant material that is soaking wet. This is why when you walk across the surface of a bog it feels bouncy. Sphagnum mosses are plants which you might easily overlook as you squelch through our bogs. They are star players in the creation and persistence of these wetlands though, thanks to their ability to retain water. They provide habitats and soil conditions for a wide variety of wildlife and are part of the vital carbon storage system that Irish bogs provide.
Sphagnum is the name given to a genus (the grouping of life above species) of mosses that occur in Irish bogs. There are 24 species of Sphagnum in Ireland, and show several different growth habits – some form spread-out “carpets” on the surface of the bog, while other form lumpy hummocks or “pincushions”. Mosses differ from other plants in that they are “non-vascular” – this means they do not possess a dedicated internal system to transport food and water, and also lack roots. They absorb water through their bodies and are anchored in their substrate by structures called rhizoids. This means they are somewhat restricted to living in wet places where their bodies can physically hold onto water. They do this exceptionally well, however, absorbing up to 20 times their weight in water by collecting it in the hummocks and carpets they form, as well as inside their bodies (Kind of like yarn in the rain making sure to keep you dry).
It is this ability to retain water that makes Sphagnum such an important member of the bog ecosystem. Bogs are created in areas where water drains from the soil very poorly (and we get a lot of rain in Ireland). In lakes with poor drainage, plants such as Sphagnum which die can settle at the lakebed, where they decay very slowly due to the poor oxygenation of the water. At the lake’s banks, more Sphagnum and other plants can grow on top of this material, assisting in the conversion of the lake to the bog. As plant material builds up, it begins to compress under its own weight to form peat, and eventually, the lake becomes filled with dead plant material – what was once a lake is now a bog! The continued growth of Sphagnum is very important to the persistence of bogs – it plays a vital role in retaining water in the bog system, and preventing the decay of plant material. Just like how important it is to keep your feet warm as well as your head with our Bogman Bundle!
Spring in Ireland
FEBRUARY 03, 2021
This week was the first day of Spring in Ireland… the 1st of February. We thought this week we’d give you a little insight into just what spring looks like and means here in Ireland, the home of Bogman Beanies. As you can see from the images it really is a beautiful season.
The chilly winter season is over and the days are getting longer. Ireland has plenty of spring air – being straight off the Atlantic Ocean, Ireland’s air is some of the freshest air in Europe. Spring flowers are peeking through, adorable fluffy lambs are bouncing around the fields (especially here in Donegal) and misty mornings offer some of the most dramatic sunrises (and later sunsets) of the year.
Spring in Ireland, like all seasons on the Emerald Isle, is hard pin down exact dates. Traditionally speaking, spring generally starts in March and continues through April and May. However, Ireland’s Gaelic calendar is quite different than what most people consider spring to be. On the Gaelic calendar, spring or Earrach, spring starts on St Brigid’s Day on February 1st, celebrating the end of winter. Although, the beginning of Spring is still usually pretty cold here in Ireland meaning Bogman cosies are usually exactly what’s needed. The 1st of February in Ireland is also known as Imbolc (there’s some debate in the pronunciation, but the most common is ‘Im-ulk’).
The date was hugely significant for ancient Irish people, marking the midway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Imbolc (translated as ‘in the belly’ – referring to pregnant ewes) offered hope to ancient Irish people that the harsh reality of winter would not last forever. It was now that cows and goats would begin to produce milk when daylight hours were growing longer, seeds were planted, and frosts began to thaw.
Traditionally, this day was one of celebration for one of the most important goddesses in pre-Christian Ireland, Brigid. Known as the goddess of fire, poetry, and healing, Brigid was celebrated throughout Ireland in ancient times. The Christian Church couldn’t fully eradicate the love ancient people had for her. To satisfy the Pagan population, the Church transformed the deity into a saint. The feast day of Saint Brigid falls on February 1st every year and is still celebrated in Ireland and beyond. The first day of spring was marked with intense celebration. Friends, family, and neighbours would come together to feast and celebrate the return of the sun’s strength, as well as their survival through the winter months.
The goddess was said to visit homes on Imbolc. Ancient Irish people would perform some ‘spring cleaning’, brushing away the dust that had collected over the long winter months stuck indoors. They would open all the doors and windows of their homes on February 1st to welcome Brigid into their house for protection and good fortune over the coming year. Imbolc can serve as a helpful reminder that the dark and cold months won’t last forever, and there is always light just around the corner. So, go and celebrate the beginning of Spring, get into your cosy Bogman clothes and why not go out and enjoy that fresh spring air.
How to Remove Pilling from Wool
FEBRUARY 03, 2021
This week we’re continuing with January’s theme on caring for your Bogman woollies and have you ready to care for any Bogman items you buy this year in the best way possible!
What is Pilling?
Pilling (sometimes referred to as bobbling) is the formation of fuzzy balls on the surface of wool clothing and often results in an unsightly or worn-out appearance.
Pilling is caused by rubbing during wear and, although it can occur in any parts of the sweater, the most common areas are around the elbows, armpits, sleeves, belly and the sides of the sweater where, during wear, the arms of the garment are constantly coming into contact with the body of the sweater, cardigan or other items.
Life’s too short for unwanted balls and pilling is a very complex phenomenon. Pilling depends on many factors including the action of the wearer – there is a greater chance of pilling generally if the wearer is more active, or whether the garment during wear constantly comes into contact with other surfaces that tend to cause abrasion, such as sitting for long periods at a desk. Because pilling is so complex, nobody can guarantee that it won’t occur, but there are a number of ways to prevent pilling. There are also methods to remove pills if they have been formed. Bogman clothing is made with the finest of yarns but unfortunately, this isn’t completely out of question even with the finest of yarns so here’s how to best prevent it and remove it.
How to prevent pilling when wearing wool
- Turn your wool clothes inside-out before washing
- Avoid using a fabric softener
- Try to minimise abrasion when wearing wool clothing
- Liquid laundry detergent is more gentle on clothing, as is using the gentle cycle
- When possible, hang dry your clothes instead of using the dryer. The dryer is the big pilling culperate.
- Make sure not to overload your washer. Cramming too many garments in prevents them from moving around and causes damage to the surface.
How to remove pilling in 3 easy ways
- If not too many pills have been formed then they can easily be removed by hand. This should be done routinely after drying, or just prior to ironing.
- A comb can be used to remove pills, but this should be done very gently and carefully.
- Small battery-operated pill and lint removal devices are known as either “de-pillers” or “fabric shavers” are low cost and very effective at removing pills, giving your clothing an as-new appearance again.
- Place the garment on a flat surface and then use a small pair of scissors or a razor blade to carefully remove fluff and pills. If you’re worried about damaging the sweater, you can find something that will remove the pills more gently, such as a fine-tooth comb, pumice stone, or even a fruit zester.
How to remove stains from Wool
JANUARY 20, 2021
You now know how to clean and store your Bogman Woolies. Why not find out how to remove stains too? We all have accidents, and sometimes, this involves spilling wine or coffee or butter on your favourite item of clothing. So how do you get rid of stains from clothes? Follow our step-by-step guide to remove stains from your favourite wool clothing.
Wool is easy to care for and the natural fibre’s inherent benefits such as resistance to both odour and stains mean that wool clothes require less washing and at lower temperatures compared to clothes made from other fibres. But if you do accidentally spill something on your favourite item of clothing and need to get rid of a stain, these handy tips will have your clothes looking as new in no time.
How to remove butter, sauce or grease stains
1. If a greasy mark forms, firstly scrape the surface of the stain with a spoon or blunt knife to remove any excess oil.
2. Use a hot iron over layers of tissue to soak up the excess oil/grease.
3. If required, soak a lint-free cloth in proprietary grease remover or white spirit. Gently dab the area, blotting the solvent as much as possible. Repeat if necessary, then allow to dry.
4. Wash using a Woolmark-approved detergent.
How to remove egg or milk stains
1. Mix half a teaspoon of salt into one cup tepid water and dab the stain with the solution. Rinse well and blot up excess water.
2. If stain persists then add one teaspoon of biological detergent to a cup of warm water and apply this solution to the stain, then wait for 15 minutes. Rinse well with clean water
3. Repeat the action with a cloth soaked in diluted white vinegar to neutralise the biological detergent.
4. Wash using a Woolmark-approved detergent.
How to remove red wine, fruit or fruit juice stains
1. Rinse as much of the drink as possible with clean water then apply a dilute solution of Woolmark-approved detergent in tepid water.
2. If the stain persists create a mixture of 3 parts surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol, plus 1 part of cold water and dab the stain with the mixture. Blot excess liquid.
3. Rinse well then wash using a Woolmark-approved detergent.
How to remove white coffee, tea, milk, hot chocolate and chocolate stains
1. Dab gently around the edge of the stain with a lint-free cloth soaked in a dilute solution of Woolmark-approved detergent in tepid water. Blot gently with an absorbent cloth or towel.
2. If an oily stain persists after drying, then dab gently from the edge of the stain with a cloth soaked with white spirit. Press gently with an absorbent cloth or towel to soak up excess solvent then allow to dry.
3. Wash using a Woolmark-approved detergent.
How to remove black coffee stains
1. Ideally, immediately rinse under cold running water to dilute the coffee.
2. If the stain has dried, then make a mix of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 cup tepid water. Soak a lint-free cloth in the solution and lightly dab the stained area. Press gently with an absorbent cloth.
3. If the stain persists apply a solution of 3 parts surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol, plus 1 part cold water. Press gently with an absorbent cloth.
4. Rinse well then wash using a Woolmark-approved detergent.
How to remove alcoholic drink stains
1. Dab gently with an absorbent, lint-free cloth to remove as much excess liquid as possible.
2. Sponge the area sparingly with a mixture of warm water and surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol in equal parts.
3. Rinse well then wash using a Woolmark-approved detergent.
How to remove lipstick, makeup or shoe polish stains
1. Gently dab from the edge of the stain with a cloth soaked with white spirit or spot-cleaning spray.
2. Press gently with an absorbent cloth or towel to soak up excess solvent then allow to dry.
3. Wash using a Woolmark-approved detergent.
How to remove grass stains
1. Carefully apply some mild tablet soap to the stained area.
2. Dab gently with a lint-free cloth soaked in surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol.
3. Wash using a Woolmark-approved detergent.
How to remove ink or ballpoint pen stains
1. For ball-point pen stains, gently dab with a lint-free cloth soaked in surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol. Press gently with an absorbent cloth or towel to soak up excess solvent. Do not allow to dry.
2. For water-based writing ink (pens which aren’t ball-point), gently dab with a lint-free cloth soaked in diluted Woolmark-approved detergent solution. Press gently with an absorbent cloth or towel to soak up excess liquid. Do not allow to dry.
3. Hand-wash using a Woolmark-approved detergent.
Stain removal tips and hacks
- Always scoop or blot any excess spills quickly using white tissue or an absorbent towel. Remove solid stains with a blunt knife or spoon.
- When possible, pre-test any treatment in an unseen area to check for any appearance change, colour loss or dye-bleeding.
- To treat a stain, apply small quantities of liquid treatment and blot well. Do not rub with clean tissue after each application. Work carefully to release stain from edge to centre.
- Oily or greasy stains are best treated with solvents first which must be allowed to evaporate before any water-based treatments are subsequently carried out. If the solution is not properly removed before drying it is possible a coloured ring will develop. To avoid this, water-based treatments must be thoroughly rinsed out of the fabric and then, if the care claim allows, the whole garment should be hand washed using neutral or wool detergent.
- A quick internet search will show there are many alternatives to the wool stain removal methods shown above but bear in mind they are primarily aimed at garments made from cotton or synthetic fibres and not all methods are suitable for wool. If your garment’s care label says it can be dry cleaned, let the dry cleaner know the nature of the stain and any treatments you have already applied, if any.
- Take care if using chemicals to treat stains and work in a well-ventilated area.
How to store your Woolies
JANUARY 13, 2021
A few weeks ago we gave you some inside tips on how to keep your Bogman Woolies fresh as the day you got them and the best ways to wash them so we thought you might also like to know how to store them properly too. Let’s keep those Bogman woollies as good as the day you got them!
The daily struggle of finding something to wear hidden amongst a year’s worth of garments is an unnecessary battle. But with a little forethought and some planning, your wardrobe can be transformed from garment jungle to serene oasis where everything has its place. We’re all stuck at home at the moment anyway, so why not use that time to do some organising?
Seasonal storing of your clothes isn’t just about making your wardrobe look like the kind of kind space you see on minimalist blogs, it’s also a great way to keep your clothes in the best condition while weeding out ones you no longer wear for eBay or local charity bins.
To avoid moths, mould, dust and simple wear and tear, here are some of the best ways to store your woollies and keep them in peak condition during the off-season, and the on-season.
Vacuum packing – sealing away your clothes in airtight bags – not only protects your clothes but also creates a lot more space in your wardrobe, which will inevitably make things easier whenever you need to get ready. Because the bags are see-through, you can easily keep track of trans-seasonal items on the off-chance of cold-fronts or heatwaves.
On the downside, they can occasionally need resealing and don’t allow the clothing to breathe. They’re also not ideal for delicate clothing and can often trap in moisture, although including silica crystals in the bag can help prevent this.
Cloth storage bags
Not as convenient space-wise as vacuum packing, using 100% cotton or wool bags is much safer for delicate clothing as they allow the clothes to breathe. Wrapping clothes in tissue paper will also prevent them from yellowing and snagging on zippers or other clothes while in storage. For those special pieces, you’ll want to invest in acid-free paper to wrap it in. Don’t try to store natural-fiber items in plastic—they prefer to breathe. And don’t try to use regular old tissue paper—the acid in the paper can actually break down fibers over time. Instead, invest in acid-free tissue paper and an archival box to help your most cherished clothing items survive the winter in storage.
Storage bins can be an easier alternative to vacuum bags but the irony is that they require a fair amount of storage space themselves.
Storage bins are perfect for stashing summer clothing, like Bogman tees, and more hardwearing garments such as cardigans or jumpers. Using silica gel sachets will also help prevent moisture from developing mould.
Cedar, not mothballs
The scent of mothballs is at once distinct, hard to remove and never pleasant. Invest in a natural alternative such as cedar blocks that not only smells great but works just as well, if not better, at preventing damage from moths and
Tips for storing wool clothes
- Always clean your garments before storing – this helps prevent odours, stains and build-up of dirt.
- Fold, rather than hang. This will help garments retain their shape while in storage.
- Check on your garments every now and then and make sure no moisture has appeared or any insects have crept inside.
Store your clothes in the right spot
When choosing a place to store your winter clothing, select a spot that’s cool, dry, and away from sunlight. The attic or basement is a popular choice, but make sure that this area doesn’t experience extreme temperature variations, which can be damaging to clothing. Also avoid spots that are humid, as moisture can cause mold and mildew. Finally, be sure to pick a spot that’s away from sunlight, which can fade clothing and cause temperature variations between day and night.
How to wear your Woolies
JANUARY 6, 2021
The cold snap has really begun here in Ireland and in many other countries from what we can see! With snow and temperatures below 0 now is really the time to put your Bogman Beanies and Pommans to good use and use them to stay warm in these chilly times! There’s honestly nothing that makes me feel cosier than throwing on a soft beanie or pomman. Today we’re going to take you through just why our hats are such a good addition to your wardrobe right now and exactly how you might wear them (and rock them!). Don’t leave your head to freeze just because you think a hat won’t suit you, there’s a way for everyone and once you find it we bet you won’t want to take that hat off!
The best hats check two crucial boxes: they must be both ultra-stylish and supremely cosy. The right beanie and pomman is the glorious cold-weather accessory that keeps your ears from freezing (well, depending on how you choose to wear it) while also making you look like a rugged L.L. Bean model. But don’t be mistaken: Not all beanies are created equal—and trust us when we say that a great beanie will be one of the most crucial pickups you can make this season. (So, yes, the right one is worth the splurging on.) Thankfully, we have them available in a colour for everyone including cream, dark green, grey, denim style, green moss style, purple, merino & black. Each one is just as cosy and warm as the other. If you’re new to the winter headwear territory or you just want some tips on how to wear or style your beanie here are some options:
How to wear it:
The Single Cuff
This one is great for bad hair days and casual office settings. Cuff the beanie once and wear on the top of your head, with the beanie resting halfway down your ears (thankfully for you, our beanies are made cuffed).
Sticking Straight Up
To achieve this style, it’s all about finding the right beanie. You want one that’s a little more thick and structured so it’s able to stay up straight rather than fall backwards behind your head, which Bogman Beanies do. Over the years, it’s become one of our favourite ways here at Bogman to wear our beanies since you don’t have to fiddle around with it or make sure it’s laying the right way with other slouchy styles. You can just throw that sucker on and walk out the door!
All the Way Down
This works great with our Beanies because you can pull it down so it hugs your entire head without covering your eyes. Being able to see is important, people! Some styles are even shorter so that your ears are more exposed, but you can choose whichever one you prefer.
The Steve Zissou
The classic fisherman’s look is now a hipster mainstay. Roll or cuff the beanie twice, and wear at the top of your head. You can wear it forward or back depending on whether you want your hair to show from underneath (although it may be best to hold off on this look until the Summer).
This look says, “I’m not cold, I’m cool.” Wear the beanie as far toward the top of your head as possible. Let it rest above your ears, keeping it vertical and well rounded throughout.
Fit it over your head just enough so that there’s material in the back that folds over a bit. You can play around with the fabric so it sits just how you want it.
If you have bangs or just generally don’t like to cover all of your hair, you can also opt to wear your beanie this way. Take the opening and lay it a couple of inches away from your hairline but not so far back that it slides off. I know, I know, it’s tricky. Pulling it over your ears can help secure it better, and there you have it!
Yarn & Knitting Facts
DECEMBER 30, 2020
If you’re a fan of Bogman, we’re sure you’re just as much a fan of Yarn or knitting! So we thought it would be fun to introduce you to some fun facts about yarn and knitting (we were even surprised by some of these). Those who have never tried to knit or crochet might not realize that the fiber arts have quite an interesting history. Here are some facts about knitting yarn that you probably never knew:
No one knows exactly how long knitting has been around
Because knitting yarns decay with time, it’s nearly impossible for archaeologists to determine how long this art form has been around. Although the sharpened sticks found at numerous digging sites resemble knitting needles, they could also be tools with totally different uses. Experts think the craft may have originated in the Middle East and later brought west during the Crusades. What we do know is that the word “knitting” didn’t appear in the English language until the 1300s. The art of weaving is thought to be older than knitting, but most people think that crochet came after the practice of knitting.
But we do know how long yarn has existed
Approximately, anyway. The earliest known samples of fabrics and yarns were found in Switzerland and were thought to be nearly 7,000 years old!
How was yarn made
Before, yarn was spun on a rounded stick with tapered ends to which the fibers are attached and twisted which had a weight attached to it to keep it from rotating. This is known as the spindle and whorl which was used until the 1300’s. In order to make yarn, there are about 15 different types of fibers used which are either natural or synthetic. Cotton is the most commonly used natural fiber.
Knitting was thought to be a man’s enterprise
While knitting with cotton yarn is now seen stereotypically (and unfairly) as “women’s work,” it was initially a male-only occupation! In 1527, the first knitting union was established in Paris, France — and no women were allowed to join. After the knitting machine was invented in the late 1500s, knitting by hand became a useful hobby, rather than a necessity. Since it transformed into a leisurely craft, this may explain why it was no longer considered a male task. So who was the first knitter? Unfortunately, that is not know, but we do know that men were the first to use an early method called nålbinding which uses just one needle! Nålbinding predates knitting by about one thousand years and crochet by 1500 years!
Knitting is a record-breaking pastime
Runner David Babcock broke a Guinness World Record for his time in the Kansas City marathon: five hours, 48 minutes, and 27 seconds. If you’re wondering what’s so special about his time, he managed to run the entire race while knitting a scarf that measured over 12 feet long! And in 2012, knitters gathered in the Royal Albert Hall in London set the record for the most people knitting simultaneously; they had 3,083 people knitting, all told.
Knitting is a healthy activity (Interesting for those looking to get healthy in the upcoming New Year)
Not only can knitting or crocheting with cotton yarn relieve stress, improve motor function, and prevent arthritic diseases, but it also burns calories! When you knit for a half-hour, you can burn up to 55 calories — so if you spend a good couple of hours working on your knitting, you could potentially burn off 200 calories or so.
Knitting is changing all the time
The popularity of knitted fabrics has waxed and waned throughout the years, but there are always new advancements being made. Traditional choices like wool and cotton yarns are still prevalent, but there are also new fibers being used. Yarns made of soy, hemp, alpaca, bamboo, microfibers, and other exotic blends have emerged into the marketplace, which provides more choices for artisans and hobbyists alike (like us here at Bogman).
Wool Care Guide
DECEMBER 23, 2020
The festive period is well and truly here and we’re sure there’s many of you that will get some lovely Bogman pieces as gifts this year. Winter is also certainly here which means it’s time to dig out that faithful Bogman knitted jumper or cardigan that’s been in your closet, or the luxurious Bogman Beanie that’s been carefully stowed away since Spring, and wrap up warm in your beautiful investment wool Bogman items that you’ve been waiting to show off. So, we thought it would be a good idea to give you all some tips on how to keep your wool in tip-top shape!
If the worry of shrinking your wool garments leaves you quivering in your Bogman socks – fear not! Caring for wool is actually much easier than you might think. Keep the fibers as fresh as the day they were shorn with these wool care tips.
Here are some quick tips to keep your woollen garments clean and wash them properly:
We recommend not to wash them too often. Wool tends to clean itself, expelling odours through moisture control and is naturally stain and wrinkle-resistant, the self-regulating fibers don’t need to be laundered as often as other materials. That’s why airing and spot cleaning your garment goes a long way. You shouldn’t have to wash your woollies as often and you can. Simply air them out by laying flat on a bed or towel for an hour to dispel any lingering odours.
Importantly, irrespective of which method you use to wash wool clothes, it is recommended that garments are turned inside out before washing wool. This will prolong the item’s ‘as new’ look and feel.
Between washes, keep your wool items looking like new with these tips:
- Spot-clean small stains by blotting with water and mild soap. Remove stains with a proper stain remover by dapping and not rubbing the knitted fabric.
- Remove pilled fabric, lint, and pet hair with a fuzz remover and fabric shaver product.
- Air out wool sweaters after each wear. This freshens them up before going into storage.
- Never hang wool on clothes hangers. Instead, fold them and store them in a cedar dresser drawer.
- Wash your wool sweaters one final time at the end of the season.
- To keep moths, carpet beetles, and silverfish at bay, place wool garments in an airtight plastic bin for long-term storage. As an added bug deterrent, throw in a sachet filled with one-half cup dry lavender.
Hand Washing Technique
Fill a clean sink or plastic dishpan with lukewarm water. Have a clean plastic basin of lukewarm water nearby for rinsing. Add a small amount of mild detergent, such as a teaspoonful of baby shampoo, to the first sink or basin. Place the garment in the sudsy water and squeeze gently until the water has reached all parts of the garment. Place hands under the garment to support the weight of the item and prevent stretching as you lift the item from the sudsy water and place it in the clean water. Squeeze the rinse water through the garment. If necessary, empty the first basin, refill with clear water, and do a second rinse.
Washing Machine Technique
Turn wool clothes inside-out. Wash on the delicate cycle (or wool cycle or hand wash cycle, if your washer features these settings). Use cold water and a mild liquid detergent. Add an extra rinse to the wash cycle. To avoid shrinking, don’t put wool clothing in the dryer. Instead, lay flat to dry using the tips from the hand wash section above.
Lift the garment and squeeze out excess water, but do not wring or twist.
Lay garments flat on a towel and roll up the towel to absorb more water. Now lay the garment flat to dry if it is a sweater or other stretchy garment. Firmly woven fabrics, including Bogman items, can be hung to drip dry instead.
When ironing a wool sweater, use the coolest setting and lay a thin cloth on top of the garment.
DECEMBER 16, 2020
It’s coming very close to Christmas here in Ireland and so we thought this week we’d give you a little insight into how Christmas looks from here in Donegal, Ireland and some of the traditions that go along with it both here down in the bog and all over the country! We love both old and new traditions here at Bogman and so it’s always fun to look at how they’re done here in Ireland and all over the world.
There’s no better time than December for mixing mulled wine (and cocoa for the kids), mince pies, fairy lights and shopping. Ireland’s Christmas markets promise a magic atmosphere, with carol singing and general merriness. One of the prettiest is Belfast’s Christmas Market, perfectly placed in front of a festive and perennially handsome City Hall. In Kerry, Killarney hosts an open-air affair while Waterford’s Winterval hosts a traditional Christmas market in the city.
Dublin has a floating market, no less: the Docklands 12 days of Christmas festival is moored over George’s Dock in the city centre. Come for the gifts, stay for mulled wine, hot chocolate and live music. In Galway, Eyre Square turns winter wonderland for the Galway Continental Christmas Market and in Donegal our Christmas market takes place in Letterkenny. Sadly, none have been able to take place this year but here’s hoping for next year!
Christmas Day Swim, Forty Foot, South Dublin
Christmas day swims take place all over Ireland on Christmas morning but probably most famously at the Forty Foot Rock, just south of Dublin. On Christmas Day hundreds of people can be seen jumping off the rock into the Irish Sea wearing only their bathing suits.
The water in the Irish Sea on Christmas Day is usually around 50F / 10C. Unfortunately, the temperature outside the water is usually about half of this making the experience bracing, to say the least. I guess you could say a Bogman Beanie or Jumper would come in very handy here! This is certainly not for the faint-hearted but is a proven hangover cure and its participants often receive sponsorship for charities.
Meeting Santa Clause
Did you know the Mourne Mountains is Santa’s official residence in Ireland? You can meet him in this secluded cottage and even see the elves working away in the workshop. In Mount Stewart, Santa (or Santy, as we sometimes call him) has kindly put together a woodland trail for excited children to burn off some energy.
What of Santa’s helpers? Dublin’s Phoenix Park is a playground of deer, and each Christmas the park offers the chance to meet some members of Bambi’s herd and hear a talk given by the park’s keepers. The spirit of Christmas will take over Downpatrick, as St Patrick’s Square is overrun with characters from Christmas Past, Present and Future.
A Light in the Window
One old custom that many continue to observe is the placing of a candle in the window on Christmas Eve, a symbol to welcome strangers and to remember those who are far away from home. Now we have a permanent candle in the window of Aras an Uachtarain thanks to President Mary Robinson who famously re-adopted this custom during her term of office, to remember all of the emigrants that had left Ireland and let them know the candle in the window would always be lighting to remember them show them their way home.
During the Penal Times a group of soldiers were about to be ambushed. They had been surrounded by a group of wrens pecked on their drums and woke them. The wren became known as “The Devil’s Bird”. To remember this on St Stephen’s Day people would have a procession and go door to door wearing old clothes, with blackened faces and a dead wren on top of the pole.
Thankfully this later evolved into carolling. Although people no longer go door to door, or at least very rarely, carolers can be heard on more main streets over Christmas raising money for charity. If there’s one thing the Irish love doing is making music and Christmas is the perfect excuse to make some noise.
Boxes of biscuits
At Christmas, every Irish household will have at least one box of ‘good’ biscuits!
Although there are the traditional mince pieces, pudding, and chocolates too the biscuits and the rules about the tin are something that everyone remembers. There were about 10 types of biscuits in each layer of the tin but you were not allowed to break through to the second layer without finishing the first layer. This would cause at least one fight a day among the family. The tins are typically filled with biscuits like pink wafers and bourbon creams.
Decorations / Holly wreath
The placing of a ring of Holly on doors originated in Ireland as Holly was one of the main plants that flourished at Christmas time and which gave the poor ample means with which to decorate their dwellings. This is still a very popular tradition along with Christmas trees, fairy lights and other decorations and trinkets.
Also traditionally, decorations would go up on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and come down on Little Christmas January 6.
Christmas dinner is traditionally comprised of a roast turkey, potatoes (of course!), brussel sprouts and various other veg. This is followed by mince pies, pudding and Christmas Cake. However, don’t be surprised if there are ham sandwiches made about an hour after you have consumed your enormous meal – just in case you are feeling peckish!! That is what they call ‘Irish Hospitality!’
History Of Irish Knitwear
DECEMBER 9, 2020
In our last posts, we looked behind the scenes of what went into the making of all Bogman items from beanies to jumpers and everything in between and we looked at the founding story of Bogman Beanies. This time we wanted you to delve into some of the histories of Ireland it’s loving relationship with knitwear that brings you the lovely knitted clothing that Bogman produces today.
The people of Aran, where much of the Irelands long knitwear history originated, lived there for centuries and have made their living by the cultivation of the land, entailing really hard work as there is only a thin covering of soil over the rock surface and often no soil at all. Great use is made of seaweed to enrich and manure their crops; they also trade with the mainland in cattle swimming out and then being hauled aboard with ropes.
The island women weave their own tweed and make a type of belt called a “crios”, which is woven over the foot, in very bright colours and most attractive patterns.
Most knitting patterns were never written down but handed on in families. The style of knitting is known as Traditional. The highly skilled knitters turn out lovely work, but sometimes, with a true Irish touch of “nothing really matters” their knitting shows mistakes always found in the simple patterns, and a careless nonchalance in the crossing of their cables
The more intricate the pattern the more perfect the knitting, and their best work is of the highest standards. Some of the interlaced or plaited patterns seen to have originated from the designs found on Irish stones and crosses – the latter are most impressive and rich in their decoration. These Aran knitters group their patterns very cleverly and use the travelling stitch, both plain and crossed, singly or in pairs and trebles, running across the surface of the knitting, and also use it in crossovers. Cable stitch is worked in with great effect among the other patterns. Some of the knitters embellish their work with “Bobbles” knitted in as the work progresses which certainly add richness and character.
Hand knitting, like weaving, is a craft with roots deep in the life of the Irish Countryside. Hand-knit “ganseys” or sweaters, caps, stockings, trousers and shawls were once commonly worn, but the Cottage industry of Irish Handknits has lasted longest along the Western Seaboard. The hand-knit sweaters of Donegal, such as those here at Bogman and Aran are world-famous made of the best type of wool and yarn, guaranteed to keep out wind and weather, they are the traditional costume of the Fisherman. Equipped with the sweater, homespun Bawneen Trousers and Jackets, they braved the stormiest of seas in their currach’s.
It was said that if a fisherman were drowned at sea and washed ashore far from home he might be identified by the stitches or pattern of his Gansey or another garment.
John Millington Synge who based some of his most famous plays on the stories he has heard, and the life he had experienced on the Aran Islands, describes in “Riders to the Sea” how a girl identifies the body of her drowned fisherman brother by the stockings he wore, “it’s the second one of the third pair I knitted, and I put up three score stitches and I dropped four of them.” In places like Aran and Donegal they will tell you that the stitches in a Gansey have meaning or tell a story relating to the life of the Fisherman – Sea, Earth, Sky, Marriage, Sons to take his place, many too, are supposed to have a religious significance.
Behind Bogman Beanies
DECEMBER 1, 2020
Hello again (or Dia duit arís as we’d say in Irish) and welcome back to Bogman Blog! Last time we let you in on just how Bogman Beanies came to be. We hope you enjoyed getting to know our founder Anna Campbell a little better. Now we’d like to let you know just what goes into the creation of Bogman beanies, sweaters, t-shirts and all the other lovely items that we at Bogman create for you.
Seeing the beauty of the world made Anna see that this beauty needs to be protected and that’s why Bogman Beanies are ethical, sustainable, gender-neutral and 100% Irish knitwear born in the Bog and made in Donegal. Bogman is where luxury meets tradition. It’s rugged and natural knitwear and each piece has a personality of its own and is unique. The Wool beanie hats and knitwear pieces have an original twist on a classic design and are inspired by the lonely hills and Boglands in the rugged North West of Ireland, where adventures start and imaginations run wild.
Each unique piece is made from 100% pure Donegal tweed yarn sourced and knitted in the county of its origin where we here at Bogman believe in producing ethical products. Bogman clothing is inspired by generations of people working with nature to scrape a living from the land. The Bog produces its own unique colours and from nature, we produce colours used in the wool to create stunning detail that you see in each of our pieces.
Each sweater is made from Aran wool, 100% Donegal yarn, made in the Far North West of Ireland. Each beanie and pomman hat is handmade from sustainable locally sourced wool that is spun locally right here in County Donegal. The material that we use is natural, sustainable and earth-friendly. It is locally sourced, dyed and spun because we want to ensure a zero carbon footprint as a result of Bogman Beanies. Bogman T-Shirts have been printed with our logo onto a T-Shirt that is made from ethically-produced yarn and are independently Oeko-Tex Standard 100 approved.
It is very important for us at Bogman to make the effort towards a greener planet. We want to give our customers to ability to add staple winter pieces to their wardrobe without feeling like they’ve taken part in fast fashion. We all know what the weathers like in Ireland, it’s basically winter for most of the year and were nearly all guilty of once upon a time going into a shop to get our winter bits and end up buying the cheapest hat that never ends up lasting as long as we except before it starts to stretch on our noggin and end up in the bosca bruscair. We want you don’t dread those cold days and nights because you’ll know you have your staple Bogman beanie or knitwear ready to keep you warm and dry.
Our inspiration is drawn from the bog and we’ll continue n to support the environment which is why all our raw materials are traceable because the importance of transparency cannot be overlooked. We want you to feel like the weather
will never stop you from getting out of the house and achieving what you want again. That’s why here at Bogman we believe in the old traditions as well as doing new things, making new paths and leaving fresh trails.
We believe in biking through woods; braving storms; finding our own way.
We believe in adventure; in climbing sea stacks and ‘a drop of rain never did anyone a bit of harm’.
We believe in skaters, we believe in innovators; turf-diggers and trouble-makers.
We believe in growing our hair long, we believe in cutting it all off and starting all over again.
We believe our wool comes alive with the colours from the mountains and that our hats breathe a life of their own because of it.
We believe in doing things differently and we believe that some things are just too good to change.
Our motto is: “DO EVERYTHING, REGRET NOTHING”
Origins of Bogman Beanies
NOVEMBER 25, 2020
Hi Everyone (or Día daoibh as we’d say it in Irish) and welcome to Bogman Beanies first ever blog post! We decided that we wanted to start our Bogman blog so that we could give you a bit more insight into Bogman as a brand and so you that you get to know us better. For our first blog post, we want to tell you a bit more about the origins of Bogman Beanie.
Firstly, you might have wondered once upon a time what the word ‘Bogman’ actually means… well it means someone who is from a rural area, and there are lots more of these areas in Ireland than their urban areas. Bogman as a brand was born in the rural hills of County Donegal in Ireland. We want to give you some background as to how Bogman is where it is today so that when you wear your Bogman beanie or piece of knitwear you know exactly what led to its creation!
Bogman Beanies was founded by Anna Campbell, a lipstick junkie and makeup addict and ex-punk rock girl born in the Highlands of Scotland, surrounded by the raw beauty of sea and storms. Growing up, she would order Vogue from her local shop in Scotland, with her sights set on one day being part of the high fashion life in the US. Her dreams began to become a reality when she landed herself a career as a makeup artist in film and TV for companies such as MAC and her love for makeup began to pay off. One of the reasons Anna found herself in this career was because back then she looked much different with a shaved head, blonde spiked hair and piercings. Back then, companies like MAC wanted to promote new and different ideas, just like Bogman Beanies does today.
As a result of this career, Anna went on to explore the culture of surf and beach on the East coast of America and covered the length and breadth of the US by car several times. She enjoyed 20 years in the luxury fashion industry in San Francisco surrounded by creatives like herself and these friends and connections from that era left a big impression on her life and was one of the many inspirations for Bogman.
Anna ultimately returned to Ireland where the beautiful and diverse landscape drew her in. However, Donegal is, after all, a rural area and so not the easiest place to secure ‘career goals’. This ultimately inspired Anna to go back to what she loves; being creative and creating a lifestyle and so Bogman Beanies was born!
Bogman Beanie was designed and named for Anna’s husband who she met in San Francisco and would refer to him as her BOGMAN from Donegal, even though Anna grew up in a lot more rural and boggy you may say, area of Scotland compared to the Donegal area that her husband was from.
When Anna was introduced to Donegal yarn through a fellow local knitter, she instantly fell in love with it after having knitted with her own family since she was just six. Woven into every Bogman beanie or piece of knitwear are Anna’s inspirations, her fashion background, and the many roads that life brought her on and she’s now conquering everything life has to offer from a wee cottage in Co Donegal, Ireland.
Each piece and design are original and is as important as the next for Anna. She takes inspiration from her mothers and grandmothers’ patterns to put her own twist on them, each one is created with you in mind. Each expression of colour has its own meaning and significance. Bogman wants you to stand out from the crowd.