Go to Finland, they have… YARNPosted: March 4, 2012
Lots and lots and lots.
My sister-in-law told me that they have yarn in a department store. Right there, on the shelves. I didn’t believe, or, at least, didn’t imagine the scale.
She also brought me a ball of yarn in a lovely set of colors, which gave me the name and URL of the producer. Yay. A few hours with Google Translate later I could say I love this company. Click on Kauppa to see the products and Langat to see yarns. “Puikot” means “needles”, “Lehdet” – magazines, “Kahvat” – bag handles. The contents and thickness of the yarns are easily guessible (villa – wool, everything else is pretty much international). These guys are simply lovely – they give the size of needles and the 10x10cm rows/stiches number on their website AND on the yarn label (also amount estimated for standard sweater, sometimes even for child/female/male):
When I finally arrived, my brother-in-law showed me the local shop (3 tiny aisles, 2 cash registers). They also were selling yarn. Like this:
Next to cereals, yoghurts and cooking books.
And I finally could check what real wool from Novita is to touch (the slightly fuzzy one in the bottom basket). Well, I bought 6 of them, making 300g, about the amount for my son’s planned sweater. After 2 days I came back and bought another 2, as I thought they were so pretty, I can’t let anyone else have them (good I did it, because I counted the needed amout wrong). But I started on it right away:
Almost everything I needed, in one place. Even a bit more, in some cases. I spent a few minutes simply staring at this…
My yarn-shopping and what we saw on our way back from Finland – in a separate post.