For our holiday in Stockholm, we found the most adorable apartment through Airbnb. Monica’s apartment had everything we could possibly need – a comfy living room, narrow but incredibly well-organized and stocked kitchen, and a fold-down bed that didn’t take up much space. The lift to the third floor was one of those old-fashioned ones that just fit two people and had a metal accordion door. The apartment was located only one long block from the metro. The SoFo (South of Folkungagatan) neighborhood was very eclectic and bohemian with antique stores and fab pubs nearby. My husband and I wanted to just take up residence in Monica’s apartment forever, but we figured she needed it back eventually.
It’s impossible to visit Sweden and not run across yarn shops. Yet another reason why I ❤️ Sweden. I had a list on the ready for our forays around town. Our first stop was Stick it Up, located in SoFo only a brisk 15 minute walk from Monica’s apartment.
Stick it Up is a small shop with a nice selection of yarn in natural and man-made fibers. The owner was kind and friendly and explained the sources of the various yarns. I narrowed my selection to these 100% wool skeins intended for Lovikka mittens, which the owner explained were traditional in Sweden. Once home, I looked up the history and found a nice summary about the origin of the mittens on the Heart of Lovikka website. I brought home two skeins of a lovely green (not pictured here). Stick it Up is located at Ringvägen 64, 118 61 Stockholm, tel. 08-642 00 13.
Content with my purchases, we headed over to Gamla Stan to explore the old town center. As we meandered through the cobblestone streets, I spotted this in a dark window – yarn!
Alas, as I got closer, the shop was closed. All I could do was cup my hands against the window and look longingly at the baskets full of yarn. The shop was tiny, meant only to walk in, buy and leave. Makeri 14 is located at Köpmangatan 14, 111 31 Stockholm.
The next yarn shop was located near a statue of St. George slaying the dragon. I easily spotted it because this was hanging outside the door.
Anntorps Väv was also somewhat small but had a luscious collection of yarn in natural fibers. Just look at these 100% silk beauties in the window! The proprietress spoke a little bit of English and I spoke not a bit of Swedish but we managed to point and understand each other perfectly. The silk is spun for the store and she hand dyes it in these jewel-tones.
The other reason the shop is small is because this large loom takes up most of the space. When we walked in, the proprietress was weaving on it. In the store were large fluffy blankets she had woven on the loom. Anntorps Väv is located at Österlånggatan 11, 111 31 Stockholm, tel. 0046(0)8 676 00 23. It’s a few doors down from Stockholms Gästabud Bar and Bistro where we had those fabulous Swedish meatballs (pictured in previous post).
Window shopping in Gamla Stan is heavenly when you spot things like these skeins.
Galleri Yamanashi is located in a largish space in a busy corner with large windows facing the street. The gallery is very nicely laid out inside with plenty of room to look around. Throughout the space, there are examples of tools used in the spinning of yarn.
Their selection of yarns was nicely curated and presented. There were natural skeins of wool in burlap sacks and dyed skeins in large baskets. A large wall cubby housed skeins in various weights and colors.
During my visit, the shop had a special exhibition showcasing entries from the 2015 Wålstedts Textile Art Contest. The contest is a knitting and weaving competition between Sweden and Japan using Wålstedts yarns. To see the other winning entries in both weaving and knitting categories, go to galleri-yamanashi.se.
I was curious about Wålstedts yarns. According to the gallery’s website, the Wålstedts spinneri is one of the oldest spinning mills in Sweden dating back to 1934. Their fibers are sourced from Swedish sheep and have been cleaned, spun and dyed by four generations of the Wålstedts family. The following video from the Wålstedts Textilverkstad website depicts gorgeous Swedish country landscapes and the process the family uses to make this beautiful yarn.
There were several bags full of wool fibers from the Wålstedts factory dyed in rich colors around the gallery. Galleri Yamanashi is located at Köpmantorget 1, 111 31 Stockholm.
The final yarn shop I visited was Sticka, also located in Gamla Stan. At the entry, I was greeted by this ferocious ceramic bulldog – too cute!
The interior of Sticka looks more like a clothing shop than a yarn store. Displayed on racks throughout the space were beautiful, airy knitted items for purchase, such as shawls and sweaters. They had a small but nice selection of yarns from various countries but not too many local yarns. Sticka is located at Österlånggatan 37, 111 31 Stockholm, tel. +46 8 23 37 37. For some reason, the website will not display but here is a link to their Facebook page.
That concludes my Swedish yarn crawl. I know there were many more yarn shops that I could not possibly visit during my stay. Good enough reason to return one day!
23 thoughts on “Stockholm Yarn Crawl”
so wonderful to find so many different yarn shops! love your pictures of your trip, Stockholm looks lovely.
I think I was meant to live in a cold climate with yarn shops everywhere! Gets a little hot here in Texas. 😅
It is one good thing about cold climates, for sure. 🙂
I’m very jealous – it looks like you had an amazing time!
It was a fantastic trip, both in Stockholm and Gotland.
Wow–what an amazing experience!
So much fun!! 😆
That’s an awful lot of yarn shops for a small city! I’ll definitely take note in the hope that I get to Stockholm some time soon.
There were many more but I explored only where I was staying.
What wonderful treasures to bring home from your trip!
Except now I have so much yarn … And so little time.
A great post on Stockholm and informative even to one who lives here! 😉 Glad to see you enjoyed your visit and packed in so much quality wool time.
Best wishes, Christina
I must say i somewhat envy you living in such a wonderful city! We only saw a small portion of the city but loved every bit of it. Hoping to go back some day for an extended trip.
Yes, lots still for me to discover! I have lived in Sweden for 5 years and in Stockholm for about 2 of those years. Lots of snow at the moment! 😉 Happy New Year to you and welcome back!
Hello Veónica, thank you for the kind words 🙂
I’d just like to let you and your followers know that we now ship internationally from our web store!
Our English store can be found at http://www.stickitup.nu/en
As a thank you for talking about us I present all of you with a 10% discount code: agujasblog (valid to 1st feb 2016).
David, part-owner of Stick It Up – Garn & Sånt
David – so glad you liked the post! Stick it Up is a lovely yarn shop. I was so pleased to find it. Thank you for extending the discount and the link to your online shop! All the best. – Verónica
I obviously need to go to Sweden!!
You must! It’s beautiful and fun and then there’s the yarn.
That certainly looks like yarn heaven, how on earth did you resist!
I didn’t resist. I filled a box with yarn!
I want to go to Sweden. Now!
I’ll go back with you.
I love Sweden and especially Stockholm. Really enjoyed this post. Last time I was there, I hadn’t yet benn bitten by the all consuming knitting bug. I so want to go back…..