No, this isn't a post about the history of St. Patty's Day, but I came across this lovely old photo of Irish fishermen wearing Aran sweaters.
Isn't this a great vintage photo?
I learned that the sweaters are classic Aran sweaters knit by island women on the Aran Island of Ireland off the coast of Galway. It's thought that the women made the sweaters for the fishermen to survive the terrible weather conditions of the island, and that the patterns came down through centuries. The patterns, such as "Tree of Life", "Ladder of Life", and "Marriage Lines" all represented different struggles of life.
So, next time you go to Ireland, or go fishing, or pull on a cable knit sweater--think of these interesting origins--and may the luck of the Irish be with you!