Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wool Overs Fisherman's Crew at Owls Head Light


It has been most difficult to find a "normal" Navy crew neck sweater,  made of wool, and of a fairly hefty weight.  Not as heavy as the Guernsey, but not as light as a lambswool or Shetland.  And it needed to be plain, with wide ribbing at the cuffs and sweep.


One can have exactly that with this Fisherman's Crew from Wool Overs.  Made of British Wool, it is wonderfully (and surprisingly) soft, heavy enough and just the right shade of a bright Navy.  It even has somewhat of a sheen.


 
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It took exactly two weeks from door to door.

Owls Head Light  (in Owls Head, Maine)  where the wind is always whipping, is a perfect test spot.   (In fact in 1605 it was referred to as Bedabedec Point, Indian for "Cape of the Winds".)





Remarkably,  it is currently sale priced at 2 for $78.00 and one can take advantage of their earlier  free shipping offer to the US. 

 
 
 
Paying respects to Spot.

The Owls Head General Store, according to the Food Channel, has the best hamburgers in Maine.

Owls Head also has a very pretty working harbor. 


Lighthouses always conjure so many feelings, that typically evolve as one peels back the layers of time.  There is the initial admiration of both the classic and comforting structure, and the unhewn, jutting beauty of where it is located.  Then comes the appreciation of its original purpose, providing guidance for captains, and the infrastructure needed to support that mission.  But the final realization is grim, almost macabre.  There almost inevitably had to be significant loss of life at this very spot to warrant the construction at all.   The full spectrum of emotions makes places such as this close to religious, worthy of awe.

40 comments:

Oxford Cloth Button Down said...

Muffy,

Do you find the fit to be longer than other sweaters? I have heard this about them, but haven't given them a try because of it. They do have a nice looking Nordic sweater and I have heard that it is nicer than Bean's!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

I too love basic well made clothing. Great sweater. You live in such a gorgeous spot.

Anonymous said...

Although more cultural historian, your posts also serve as a record of cultural anthropology of New England, it just occurred to me. I thank you for that.

Your posts often remind me of Jeanne Stafford's beautiful and unfortunately under appreciated writing. "The Catherine Wheel" might be of interest to you, Muffy, if you haven't already read it, or any or her other works.

Thanks.

Rebecca Jill said...

Thank you for sharing this sit for Wool Overs. I have been looking for just classic simple well-made sweaters that don't break the bank. I knew they had to exist somewhere. I've already requested a catalogue.

Anonymous said...

Do you know where these sweaters are made? I can't find that info on the website and the prices are so (unbelievably) reasonable, I wonder about where and under what conditions these are made.

Thanks for the review.

*sara*

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for checking your sweater and paperwork. I'm going to place an order and hope that whoever is making these is making a decent wage.

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

*sara*

CPC said...

Owls Head is just one of my favorite places on earth. My folks will be thrilled when I share this piece with them. Thank you!

-CPC

Jacob said...

Last I read, the garments were made in Mauritius and Madagascar.

(Here's a link to a forum with a discussion, including an e-mail from the company: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/forum/showthread.php?113771-New-cricket-tennis-jumper-from-Woolovers )

So that's a little disappointing. But the sweater looks like a gem - so I suppose it's good value for the money.

Anonymous said...

I have one of Jean Stafford's books, "Boston Adventure." Good recommendation.

WRJ said...

Your observations about lighthouses ring particularly true to me because I live close to the Race Rock Light, which transforms from beautiful to genuinely dangerous with a switch of the tides. Anyone who feels too comfortable in the ocean (or the Sound, for that matter) should pay a visit to the Race for a recalibration.

Bethany Hissong said...

I have always been curious about Owl's Head... thank you for the peek and an introduction. It looks like you're having the same weather that we are. I had to smile because I should be receiving my fisherman's crew any day now too! They are going to wonder why there is a sudden run on them. I took a chance on the quality but if you say it is good, then I will probably order more too!

Anonymous said...

Sadly, Wool Overs doesn't have small enough sizing for me; but it will be a great source for the rest of my family who are tall. I am a very petite gal; 5' and sz.2-4. So disappointed when quality is out of reach for us small folks!

Cubanchem said...

Hi Muffy, can you comment on the fit? Is it loose, snug, somewhere in the middle? Order normal US size? Thanks

Preppy With A Twist said...

I'm ordering their Nordic Sweater this weekend. I like that, unlike Bean's, their's is all wool. This is my first purchase from them so I'm glad to hear their quality is so good. I may have to check out this sweater as well.

Anonymous said...

Love the sweater! And it looks smashing on you! I've been looking at some things from Woolover's for myself and hubby, this sweater is one of them. I don't think I'll be disappointed. The pictures are great, lovely time of year. I adore the tribute to Spot. --Holly in PA

Unknown said...

Looks like you have found your sweater, but have you considered trying a men's shaggy dog from Press? I shop at the one in DC and the guys there say women buy them by the armful when they arrive in the fall. It might be worth checking out. Love your blog!

RiversideLilly said...

Did you get a chance to try the blueberry pancakes at the Owl's Head general store? They are amazing! Looking forward to your post on the Transportation Museum. I was lucky enough to see the MG exhibit in August. It was wonderful.

Unknown said...

How does the sizing run? If i am a large at Polo Ralph Lauren and LL Bean am I a men's large here?

pve design said...

Muffy,
You look positively smashing!
pve

Paul Connors said...

Navy and khaki - a classic combination! And on you, Muffy, it is a superlative compliment. This sweater looks like it meant all of your requirements and those of other demanding customers.

Anonymous said...

Muffy, I'm going to follow your lead on this one, and pop for one. Looks good all around! Just in time for the cold. thanks for finding this place and pointing it out.

Juli said...

Muffy, you made my day! I've bookmarked the Woolovers site, but haven't purchased anything yet, since I've waited for someone to post more information along with a photo. I can't tell you how pleased I am that you did just that! I love your navy! Many thanks for posting your new purchase. As always, you look fantastic.

nutrivore said...

@anonymous 2:10

The Woolovers Aran comes in an XS. I'm a petite, slim gal and it works for me.

Michael Rowe said...

It fits you beautifully, Muffy. I'd like to hear how Clark likes the fit, and it runs small or large on a man...

Benjamin said...

Dear Muffy,

Long-time reader, first time commenter. I'm currently a student in Cambridge, UK -- after four years in the other Cambridge -- and your blog is always a nice reminder of what I miss so much about New England.

Anyway, I came across a lovely quote from E.M Forster that I thought captured something about the essence of preppy style, though Forster was describing the Cambridge of his youth and how it had changed. It reads: "Those hardships are vanishing. Hardship is vanishing, but so is style, and the two are more closely related than the current generation supposes."

Anonymous said...

Had no idea there was an MG display in that Transportation Museum. Being a the owner of a 1952MG TD, I'd sure like to see them. Hopefully, Muffy, if you took photos, you'll post them.

Fred Johnson said...

Muffy,
Liked the look and description of the fisherman's crew so much I just ordered two. Thanks!

Brian said...

Muffy,

Thanks for posting this review. I've been toying with the idea of purchasing from Woolovers for a while. In fact, I wrote the post on the forum that another commenter linked to regarding the country of origin. British Wool seems to be a pretty tightly controlled organization (unlike, say, Shetland wool, which can come from anywhere so long as it's from a Shetland sheep) so I didn't have any doubts regarding the quality, but uncertainty regarding the fit was what was keeping me from the pulling the trigger. Your pics and description have definitely pushed me in the right direction.

Anonymous said...

I ordered a small in navy and when it arrived it was too small. If there is anyone on here that ordered a medium in navy that's too large,please respond. We could trade and save money on shipping costs. If someone responds to this in time we can make arrangements to trade. They are really nice sweaters. The price is great; don't want to spend more by shipping it back and waiting for the exchange. Let's trade im in Illinois.

Anonymous said...

Muffy - would you happen to have any advice on "unshrinking" a wool sweater? My younger sister did some laundry for me and shrunk some of my favorite sweaters.

Thank you
Andrew

Henry Stamper said...

I recently ordered 2 "fisherman's crew neck" and 1 "nordic fair isle". The sweaters are true to size- I am 5'11" 165lbs male and the large fit "perfect". I prefer a larger fitting sweater so I returned for XL. The quality and price were exactly what I have been searching for. They should keep me warm this winter in northern Maine.

Anonymous said...

Muffy-- Great blog!

Question: The Woolovers site (Thanks for the tip-- as I live within the EU this could be a great source for me) shows navy and French navy. Which navy did you order?

Also on the subject of preppy clothing-- what do you think obout scarves? (Today-- no jewelry, ragg rocks, white turtleneck, khaki corduroys and pink cable zip-front cardigan-- all from L.L. Bean-- with a striped silk scarf.)

--EM

Anonymous said...

Muffy.. to expand on the Woolovers question-- I wear a large in the L.L. Bean Double L sweaters. According to Woolovers website I would wear their large-- but many of the reviews said the garment ran large. How would you compare the Woolovers sizing to L.L. Bean?

--EM

Anonymous said...

Dear Muffy:

Thank you very much for responding and your feedback! I will have to give Woolovers a try. Living where I do (Central Europe-- here they tend to do black and trendy-- both not my style) I don't have great access to preppy staples-- but it looks like this might be a good source.

This blog is well-written and I really enjoy the photography as well.

--EM

John D said...

Based on Muffy's review, I bought two navy fisherman sweaters,one in crew neck and the other in v neck. I couldn't be anymore pleased with the weight and quality of the material. I have worn the crew neck with polo and OCBD style shirts with no disappointments and the v neck is a perfect fit for me when I wear a OCBD underneath. I will be buying more sweaters from Wool Lovers.

Finally, I have to thank Muffy for such an accurate review. It made buying a good sweater easier.

Drew said...

Muffy-

Thanks so much for the recommendation of the Woolover sweater. I'm a Southern prep (LR Catholic for Boys/Southern Methodist Univ.) that's lived in Australia for seven years.

I purchased this online a few weeks ago and it arrived in record time - gotta love the colonial UK-Australia Post relationship. With our seasons being opposite Down Under, I wore this all weekend over Easter long weekend along the Victorian coast - and it was perfect.

If only I could purchase the LL Bean Norwegian sweater in April...

Drew

SS said...

I have the same navy blue fisherman's crew from Woolovers. I love it from the same reasons. It is a heavy knit sweater with thick ribbing at the cuffs, neck and bottom. I love a sweater that can be worn by itself when it gets cool out and love not having to wear and coat or jacket, and we get many days like that in the fall in Upstate, NY. I also took this sweater with me a couple years ago to Alaska, and it was perfect for that trip. I love the quality of Woolovers sweaters. Over the past few years I have bought about 10 sweaters from them, including 3 aran sweaters, which are wonderful.

Anonymous said...

I purchased two Woolovers fisherman's sweaters this Autumn and am very happy with my purchase.

One is navy with a crew collar and it teams splendidly over my collection of turtlenecks and poloshirts.

The other is a " kiltimagh " green V-neck and I've worn it over an oatmeal cashmere turtleneck to great comfort and visual effect :)

Cee

Flo said...

I just made my first purchase from Woolovers (thanks for the 10% off link Muffy!) and I'm overall very pleased. I got the Nordic sweater in French Navy and it is very nicely made and very warm. I will say that if you are a curvy gal, be very careful on the sizing with the Unisex sweaters, I took measurements from another sweater I had to determine what size to order. It fits great on the top half, but is a bit tight on the bottom. I will go up a size next time. The French Navy is a very nice shade in this particular sweater, it is just slightly lighter than traditional navy, but not a royal blue color which I was afraid of. Their Nordic birdseye sweater is every bit as nice as the LL Bean version. And a heck of a lot cheaper!

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, I've purchased many, many Woolover's sweaters - not because they fit particularly well, but because high quality wool of the old sort is the only thing that keeps me warm. And wool has largely disappeared from US shores. I found that Woolover's generally fit men better than women - specifically, for women they are very large in the upper arm and neck-shoulder area, but very skimpy in the hip - the opposite of the way women are shaped. The sleeves tend to be very short, and most garments are too short as well. In truth, "unisex" does not mean "unisex" - it means "men's". A few changes in the shape would increase comfort and look far more flattering. However, if warmth and utility is all you care about, they more than fit the bill.