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The inside story into the origin of the famous Guernsey Sweater and its place in Song of the Sea

The Guernsey Sweater plays an important cameo role in Song of the Sea.I quote:“Elise lacked the skill and patience for knitting and the garment had taken her months to complete. The dark blue jumper was windproof and warm; a uniform of pride to the fishermen of Guernsey. She hoped Thomas would not be too fussy about the quality of work and at least slightly impressed by the love she’d poured into the making of it.”

Why not visit Guernsey's Le Tricoteur Website and discover more about the world famous gansey:

"There aren’t many items of clothing with a history that cuts as rich a seam as the guernsey jumper. First documented on the island of Guernsey in the 16th century and associated with salty tales of sea farers from all over the globe, pulling on an authentic guernsey is wearing a piece of living history.
Originally knitted by the wives, mothers and sweethearts of fishermen and farmers to stave off bracing winds and rain.  The use of worsted wool from the 1600s onwards meant that guernseys were extra durable and super weather resistant. As the guernsey’s popularity spread beyond the Channel Islands, the practical design was adopted by fisher folk up and down the land. The word ‘guernsey’ became ‘gansey’ in some areas and you’ll find similar square shaped designs copied and adapted all over the British Isles as the guernsey inspired "fisherman’s jumper."

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Time for one more review ?
                    Oh, go on then ....

“Despite not being a fan of historical fiction, Song of the Sea rapidly won me over.
Song of the Sea is full of adventure. Set in the late 18th Century, the action switches from the small island of Guernsey to the New World, via a harrowing sea crossing. Once arrived at her destination Elise’s challenges begin in earnest. 
The novel is thoroughly researched and the historical and geographical references, both to Guernsey and to emergent Canada, are utterly convincing. 
All in all, a most enjoyable read and one I’d recommend.”

Song of the Sea is available from many retailers including:

Song of  the Sea by  Mya Roberts
Available from any good bookshop, or through Amazon

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Photo courtesy of  Susan Marchand-Terrio
Executive Director 
Isle Madame Historical Society

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