Eilis Boyle’s Cashmere Scarves

scarves at Bow

Last Sunday I ventured into the centre of Dublin, filled with a certain amount of trepidation, because that winter festival is approaching faster than a runaway train, and I was afeared I would meet a total cacophonous crush. But thankfully no: the city was gently awash with people, traffic whistled by, and Christmas lights twinkled but all in a pleasantly busy and festive-y way.

cashmere scarves at bow powercourt

My main reason for going into the city centre was to get some Christmas shopping done and that shopping included buying a Christmas present for me. Self gifting is the best as you always receive exactly what you want: my wish in this instance was for a navy cashmere scarf from Eilis Boyle’s Moss collection.

eilis boyle scarves

Eilis Boyle is a talented designer who worked in the fashion industry for many years before deciding on a career change and moving into the world of digital communications. Sadly her clothes are no longer available but she does produce a collection of cashmere scarves. These are cloud-soft concoctions which are as snugly as a goose down duvet and are made mainly in muted Farrow and Ball-esque colours. A team of knitters based in Dublin makes the scarves from cashmere that Eilis sources in Scotland and Italy and they are sold in the treasure trove of a shop that is Bow in the Powerscourt Townhouse Shopping Centre.

cashmere scarves at bow powerscourt

I don’t have the remotest need for yet another scarf because I own a senseless number of them already. I daren’t count my scarves because I know that before I was even halfway through the count buyer’s remorse and guilt would have entered my consciousness stage right. But want, in this case, trumped need and as I don’t actually have a navy scarf I decided to plug the gap. And then for ever after swear off buying scarves. Well, maybe!

cashmere at bow powerscourt

I had a choice of three different types of navy scarves, in terms of stitchery, exact shade of navy, and size: in the end I decided to buy a two toned one but not before I hummed and hawed, in an indecisive way,for an age.

cashmere at bow

So, the self gifting is sorted and now I had better crack on with the remains of my Christmas shopping or otherwise it’s hello to that dark vortex that’s last-minute panic buying.


Filed under Designers, Dublin, Shops/Shopping

28 responses to “Eilis Boyle’s Cashmere Scarves

  1. Oh those scarves are just beautiful, I have a thing for neck scarves, I don’t count my scarves, I would shame myself. I love everyone of those beauties and would have definitely had to gift myself.

  2. H

    Dear B
    I utterly approve of self gifts! As for scarves, well you cannot have too many. And, bless them, they always fit, even after the excesses of Christmas….
    Enjoy your scarf – it’s a beautiful piece

  3. I love self gifting! It seems that whenever I’m out Christmas shopping I inevitably will get some gifts for myself. The scarfs look absolutely beautiful. I don’t think a woman can have too many scarfs, it’s the perfect compliment to any outfit!

  4. Hopefully your beautiful new scarf will protect you from the ‘dark vortex’ πŸ˜‰

  5. Stunning! Gads, that must have taken forever to knit!

  6. My Eilis Boyle scarf is grey, and is my cosiest. I’d like a matching dress. I wish you happy warmth in yours.

  7. One can never have too many scarves and you definitely needed this one – it is gorgeous and should keep you warm during the winter!

  8. Forest So Green

    I just love scarves and love to knit them too. I agree with the other comments, you can never have too many scarves, Annie

  9. My husband and I don’t exchange gifts anymore because we say we have everything we need. But we both will buy ourselves “something that we want”. Actually if your didn’t have a navy scarf then you really did need it and I love your purchase. πŸ™‚

  10. I agree with Heather: there is no such a thing like too many scarves for a woman! πŸ˜‰
    Self gifts can be very empowering for a woman. They are really a proof of her independence.

    • Thanks Francesca the consensus seems to be that there is no such thing as too many scarves.
      I like self-gifting and did some more of it when I ordered the book you recommended recently, it should arrive in time for Christmas. Bx

  11. Dear B, apologies for the belated comment.
    There’s much to like in this post.
    Number one is your sentence “Self gifting is the best as you always receive exactly what you want”: so true and well said! I had to smile at that! πŸ™‚
    Number two is your self-gifted scarf of choice: I love the color and the pattern you settled on. Tres chic. πŸ˜‰
    Number three, the idea (that I totally subscribe to) that Christmas is so not a time for needs, but rather the perfect time for wants, especially of the soft and warm kind! πŸ˜‰
    So, well done all around. πŸ™‚
    Have a wonderful weekend, dear B!

    • Dear Stefano,

      There is absolutely no need to apologize for the late comment.

      Thank you very much for the nice things you say about the post – they are very much appreciated.

      I have had a good weekend, and I hope you did too.

      With many good wishes from B πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  12. So pretty, I wrote about her delicate scarves too but sadly I did not bring one home. : ( Next time! The ladies there are so sweet and warm, it is such a great shop.

  13. Catherine Synnott

    I love my blue cashmere scarf. Any chance of a hat to match? Catherine.

    • Hi Catherine, I hope you find that matching hat. Unfortunately, I don’t have contact details for Eilis Boyle, so that you could get in touch with her about the availability of hats. However you could check in Bow in the Powerscourt Townhouse shopping centre to see if they can help. I think the shop has undergone a change recently but they may still stock Eilis Boyle’s cashmere.

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