We stumbled across a fantastic knitting shop in the Gamla Stain (Old Town) area of Stockholm called Anntorps väv. I fell in love with some skeins in their window one evening so we went back the next day to have a proper look. The little shop was a knitters paradise filled with interesting Swedish wool and pattern samples. The shopkeeper didn’t speak English so after a game of charades I walked away with two skeins of beautiful hand dyed, hand spun Swedish wool. Aren’t the colours fantastic?
A scarf seemed like the perfect thing to make – mainly because I love wearing scarves! Finding a pattern to suit this wool was tricky and I ended up ripping back and casting on 6 times in the end, gah! Some of the patterns created chunky, odd looking stripes. Other patterns looked messy and were hard to see between all the fuzzy fibres. So in the end I kept it simple and knitted in garter stitch. It’s plain but shows the subtle shift in colours beautifully.
I really like these ripples of colour. Every row is different, with colour bleeding from one to the next.
My scarf had a bit of a wibbly wobbly edge so I worked a round of single crochet around the sides. This creates a contrasting border and will hopefully strengthen some of the thinner strands. It looks more rustic than the sort of things I normally make but I love it nonetheless. Every time I wear it the colours will remind me of my Wintery trip to Sweden.
If you ever find yourself in Stockholm in need of a wool fix, stop by Anntorps väv. It was a fantastic shop and if money was no object, I would have spent a small fortune in there! Thankfully it’s still a bit chilly here so I might be able to wear my new scarf for a few more weeks yet. I avoid packing away my knitwear for as long as possible :)