When I visited my in-laws in Ireland recently, my husband and I wended our way through Wicklow one afternoon, along eensy roads and ancient cemeteries. Then we happened across Avoca, a mill that dates to 1723. I have coveted their cozy blankets and woolens for years, so it was a thrill to see where it all started.
Avoca began as a co-op where sheep farmers brought in their wool to be spun. Then the mill started using bright vegetable dyes. Vibrant, juicy color has remained its strength to this day. That was evident when we walked through the mills, with saturated color and massive weaving machines clicking and clacking and whirring away.
I highly recommend adding it to any Ireland itinerary!