Swemergency!

Sigh.

It's official. The world as we know it is deep in the throes of a full-blown sweater emergency. A swemergency. Is there an equivalent of the World Health Organisation for fashion? I would like to report an epidemic.

The knitwear that is plaguing the high street right now is shocking. Insipid colours (or "peelie-wallie" as they say here in Scotland), cheap, flammable-looking fabrics, and with a hand that is (forgive me my use of this word) flaccid.

These items dig at my soul, especially when I remember the days when my Mom would bring me back a few wool sweaters from JC Penny; nice colours in a pure wool crewneck. Those old JC Penny sweaters look like couture when compared with the flotsam and jetsam that is currently washing-up on today's high street. These sweaters have all of the hanger appeal of the carcass of one of Hannibal Lecter's victims. Only I'm pretty sure that in one of these inferior sweaters, nobody would be lining-up to eat your brains...even with a side of fava beans and a nice chianti.

Am I being too harsh? You decide. Here's today's offering.

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  1. Ha ha ha. Oh, I love this! I do hate cheap sweaters; I think that's why I thrift most of mine!

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    1. So do I! If there is one place you cannot hide....it's knitwear. A £12 sweater will make you look like you ate wearing a £12 sweater.

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  2. In all seriousness...I suddenly want a sweater with a badger on it.

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    1. I think that's a meerkat .... I'm from Wisconsin......I know me a Badger...

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  3. I feel your pain. However, I may be able to help. I bought this wonderful turtleneck sweater from Gap in the US. I loved the navy so much that I also bought it in ivory and gray. Fortunately, not only is it available on the European Gap site, it's also on sale (but not available in navy): http://www.gap.eu/browse/product.do?cid=89621&vid=1&pid=000245899001
    It does run big so you should order a size down from your usual. Good luck - we can overcome the swemergency if we band together and buy lovely sweaters!

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    1. Ooh! Many thanks! Funny, I was in Gap in Edingurgh just yesterday looking t men's sweaters on sale, as they actually had some rel ltrafine merino ones. I came away with a lambs wool ens jumper on sale fr £7.99. Not the greatest quality wool I've ever seen, but its a start, and it will get worn in Scotland. Going to your link now. Thank you, faithful quality-loving readers.

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    2. For plain sweaters I go to http://www.woolovers.com/home.aspx. Some of the styles are a bit much, but for straightforward knitwear in merino, cotton, lambswool or cashmere, they are great

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  4. Dear god is that a ferret on that first sweater? If so the cute animal trend may have jumped the shark. Totally agree about sweater quality. The nicest ones I've found lately have been second hand from consignment shops. Even new cashmere is already pilling on the racks.
    Bonnie

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    1. Yep, exactly. I paid out the wazoo for a cashmere sweater from Equipment, and I am really disappointed in the quality of the cashmere when I compare it to some of my older ones from Macys

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