If you are coming to this blog for the first time, hello and welcome! My name is Hannah and I am the creator of Woman in Wool. I started this experience after moving to Ireland from New York in 2016 and learning about Irish culture, history and crafting through my friends and colleagues on this amazing Island.
Here on this page I dive into Irish histories, stories, fairytales and cultural themes all alongside my own photos and experiences. I love to learn and spend my time making sure I can bring that to you so that you can feed your own curiosity with the Mythos of Ireland.
What started my own dive into Irish history was actually my long-time hobby, crochet. I have been crocheting since I was maybe seven years old, learning from the long-forgotten method of a physical book. If you have ever been called an “old soul” you may indeed know the plight of a seven year old crocheter.
Nevertheless I carried this hobby on and off until finally coming back to it in adulthood. Moving to Ireland allowed me the opportunity to experience Irish Knitting and Crochet first hand. After that the rest was history, I wanted to learn everything I could about Irish textile history, methodology, meaning, and design. And from one Irish cultural nugget, of course everything else is connected. You can’t have knitting without the history behind it, and you cant have the history without the cultural influence, and the cultural influence is a reflection of everything else, etc etc.
Now I could go on and on about Irish textiles and how it is woven into to the rest of Irish ethos(pun intended). But that’s a post for another time.
But if you would like to know where fairies come from, or what the lines on your Aran Sweater (Jumper) mean, or you just want to see some photos that you otherwise wouldn’t have seen, then you’re in the right place. From the Great Famine, to the Troubles, from the Druids to your family history, I would love for you to join me in my learning.