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Stay warm and cozy in a beautiful Aran sweater, available at Kincardine's Scottish Shop

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Gorgeous Heathergems, made in Pitlochry, Scotland, from the stems of heather, are now available at Kincardine's Scottish Shop in downtown Kincardine

While the weather has turned cold and snowy, you can stay warm and cozy in a beautiful Aran sweater from Ireland, now available at Kincardine's Scottish Shop in downtown Kincardine.

Certified authentic from the Aran Sweater Market, the garments are knitted using original designs from the Aran Islands.

Adam Tragakis models a men's sweater from the Aran Sweater Market, made in Ireland

The sweaters come in a variety of colours and sizes, for men and women, and some are machine-washable.

Stop in at Kincardine's Scottish Shop and check them out. While you're there, browse through the breathtakingly beautiful Heathergems, made in Pitlochry, Scotland.

The gems are handmade from the stems of heather, a common Scottish plant renowned for its purple bloom. The heather used is too old to provide any nutrition for wildlife and is pulled in a manner which promotes the growth of new heather.

The stems are dried, shotblasted to remove the bark, and dyed various colours using natural dyes. Stems of different colours are then mixed together and compressed into a block.

Eighty tons of pressure is required to press the block of stems together. The block is then cut into slices and individual pieces are cut, shaped and filled by skilled craftworkers, before being lacquered to give the final finish.

The pieces of jewellery are set into silver and pewter fittings. A number of these fittings use Celtic designs dating back to the time of St. Columba and the start of Christianity in Scotland.

Also at Kincardine's Scottish Shop, you'll find new wool baby booties from the Aran Sweater Market, and Baleek Irish china and nativity scenes.

Baby booties

Do your Christmas shopping at Kincardine's Scottish Shop, 315 Durham Market North, in downtown Kincardine. Call 519-396-1960 or E-mail at: arscott@brucetelecom.com

Open late for Kincardine's Hometown Christmas, Friday, Nov. 15, and Ladies' Night Out, Thursday, Nov. 28. Lots of samples, tea and cider, and "we pay the tax" store-wide except for food items.

Beginning Dec. 1, the store will be open Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. till late; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m.

 



Caroline (L) and Samantha Young model the new garments from the Aran Sweater Market, made in the Aran Islands, Ireland, now available at Kincardine's Scottish Shop



Samantha Young in an Aran Sweater Market garment

Adam in a men's red Aran Sweater Market garment



Ladies' sweaters from the Aran Sweater Market; the one on the left is machine washable



Men's sweaters from the Aran Sweater Market


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