Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Put on a Sweater / Jumper

Let's ogle Harry Kennedy in his stripey sweater!
February 17 is National Sweater Day in Canada and wherever else -- if you'd like to participate.  The idea is to turn down your thermostat by 3 degrees and put on a warm, funky sweater. It's a fun way to show your support for the environment by reducing energy use.  Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) whose ultimate goal is to build a future where people live in harmony with nature.

 In honour of this day I'd like to take the opportunity to admire some sweater-wearing men. There is even a Facebook page called Stripey Sweaters with some awesome pictures of swoonworthy men in sweaters.

If you are in the British Isles you probably refer to these clothing items as "jumpers".  I thought that was a funny thing to call them until I thought about the word "sweater".  It is rather crude sounding isn't it? After all, until the latter part of the twentieth century women were not even supposed to "sweat".  My mother always said that women don't sweat, they glow! Does that mean we are radioactive?  Perhaps some athletic types might actually perspire but sweat? -- Never! And now here is actual scientific proof confirming my mother's old adage, which goes to show how mother's are always right!  Study: Men better than women at sweating during exercise

Colin Firth in a reindeer jumper (Bridget Jones' Diary)
Jumper ‘sweater’ (19th c.), incidentally, appears to have no etymological connection with jump. It was probably derived from an earlier dialectal jump or jup, which denoted a short coat for men or a sort of woman’s underbodice. This in turn was borrowed from French juppe, a variant of jupe ‘skirt’, whose ultimate source was Arabic jubbah, the name of a sort of loose outer garment. (quote from )

Martin Freeman as Watson wearing an Aran sweater
I could go into great detail about the different types of sweaters, (of which the Aran is one of my favourites, or the Fair Isle, which was very popular in the 1980s -- I even almost knitted one!), but as time is of the essence I will just say this... Regarding the difference between the words sweater and jumper -- here is what I have gathered in far too much time trolling the net:
Ben Barnes in a hoodie

A sweater is a term which describes many different types of knitted, long sleeved garments, intended to clothe the upperbody. Originally it was made of wool, but nowadays can be made out of many different types of knitted material.( ie. the hockey sweater which used to be wool, and now is also called a jersey.)
A jumper is a type of sweater which could also be called a pullover as it has no front opening so it can only be donned by pulling it over one's head. Fleece sweatshirts are also called jumpers in the UK.
Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

Avalon--This one's for you!

I almost forgot about this fabulous fanvid!

Fuzzy / by immadeofatoms

And now, I must stop -- because my brain is sweating from looking at pictures of  
Richard Armitage in a sweater!

As Phillip Durrant (wearing a cardigan) in Ordeal by Innocence (Richard Armitage Central Gallery)
Yes Ma -- I'm Sweating!


tyme_4_t said...

Love this post! Fuzzy vid is one of my favourites! Happily wearing a cardigan with stripes today!
Wishing you warm fuzzy sweater thoughts!

Phylly3 said...

Thanks tyme_4_t. Yes, I was very grateful to be able to include that Fuzzy video as it was perfect for my theme!
Check out a late addition to this post: I added a link under the words "hockey sweater" to the NFB short film of Roch Carrier's short story. I love that story! :)

Fabolaktuko said...

I love men in sweaters (or jumpers), especially RA as Harry.

Phylly3 said...

@dvd N&S-- We are most of us Thornton fans, but almost as many are Guy fans, then there is the Harry contingent, plus a sizeable Lucas fanbase (although that has sadly withered quite a bit lately) :( I simply love all that RA gives us -- I have managed to find some redeeming quality in all of his characters (and that would be the bit that is RA, I'm sure).
@Fabolaktuko -- I never really thought about men in sweaters before RA. I never even really thought about peaches before... That's the thing about RA, he just makes you go to places you never even imagined yourself before...or dared to dream... *sigh!*

Anonymous said...

I just love sweaters in general. The person wearing them is a bonus ;)

Phylly3 said...

Hi Kadamanja!
Glad you could join us! :) I am more fond of the cardigan type sweater as I can whip it off quickly when I get overheated -- which is quite a bit lately (for various reasons!) ;)