Wednesday, 8 September 2010
The city. The food. The unnervingly attractive and effortlessly chic Swedes and their unswerving ability to speak perfect English. Seriously- I only met one swedish person who didn't speak English immediately upon seeing the unnecessary Swedish phrasebook I brought everywhere.
Now, let's get down to it, shall we? I planned on visiting 4 yarn shops while in Stockholm, but only got to three. I didn't have a lot of luck finding a variety of Swedish made yarn. The few kinds I found were single ply, rough spun, and a rough-and-tough working yarn that is not particularly soft. I have a high tolerance for wool, though. I will say this- the yarns have a lovely sheen to them, and you can feel the lanolin. Another point- Stockholm is expensive. As in, really expensive. I strongly suspect much of it's gorgeousness and cleanliness is due to the 25% tax that is on absolutely everything. Just warning you now.
As a side note, I also noticed a lot of yarn seemed to come from Denmark, so I wonder if Sweden doesn't focus on yarn production when there are neighbouring countries that produce a large range of gorgeous yarns. Just a thought.
St. Paulsgatan 20, Sodermalm
This was the first one I went into, and just loved it. Amazing sample sweaters, some interesting independent patterns, and lots of beautiful yarn. I mean, see for yourself:
Österlånggatan, Gamla Stan
Knit Map listed only the street, but it's easy enough to find if you wander down. This was the smallest shop of the three, but very lovely- they had much of the same Swedish yarns, but they did do their own hand dying of a lace weight mohair in the shop. My only warning is that the shop keeper doesn't speak any English- the only person that I encountered there who didn't. At least I got to use my phrasebook!
Below are my modest Swedish yarn purchases: