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The lady who runs this shop is lovely. I bought SEK700 worth of yarn, she didn't have enough change in the till so she ran out to a nearby cake shop and bought some cakes in order to get change for me!
She has a really lovely range of Swedish yarn, including Gotland single-ply laceweight sold by weight - she will wind of however much you need. This yarn comes in beautiful graduated colours, I bought one with just natural colours, greys and cream, and another with black, grey and red. I also bought some 4-ply in two different shades of grey, also Swedish.
She has a variety of other yarns, including some Danish and Norwegian yarns. And there's a table in the middle of the shop with lots of lovely samples.
I didn't have time to go to many yarn shops in Stockholm as I only had a couple of hours and it was pouring with rain! But this one is right in the old town and has some great Swedish yarn - perfect for a yarn tourist like me.
Bokoro, you should check it out for yourself. If you want to learn, you should sign up for the class, the teacher is very friendly and helpful.
It can be a bit daunting to go to the knitting group for the first time as it seems everyone knows each other and are chatting away happily. For anyone wanting to go, I suggest you take a seat and introduce yourself to the person next to you. If he or she is there with a bunch of friends, turn around and introduce yourself to the person on the other side. There's bound to be someone there you can connect with!
Another note for people attending the group - the group is NOT a class. If you want to learn to knit please sign up for the class. Group members are very helpful if you have a problem with your knitting or need a yarn suggestion (some of us know the stock very well!) but do bear in mind for some it is the only time they get away from the kids/work etc. They are fellow customers of the shop and not obliged to help you.
When the shop is busy, it can be difficult for the staff to attend to everyone's needs. If you do need something, like a chair, or some yarn, or a drink, the best thing to do is ask! Staff don't like to "hover" over customers, in my experience in the shop they usually tell customers to have a look around and take as long as they like, but to ask if they need any help. I'm sure if Nicki had asked for a chair the staff member on duty would have given her one, sat her down and introduced her to the knitting group.
Oh - I'd also like to say that there is a lot of British yarn in the shop, including some lovely handpainted sock and lace weight. There is Rennie, which is Shetland 4-ply (there's also a DK cashmere blend) and my favourite yarn in the universe. And also Wensleydale longwool in 4ply, DK or Aran weight, and Garthenor Organic, some lovely natural organic wools from various British sheep breeds. There isn't a section for British wool as all of the yarn is arranged by weight, making it easy to find what you need for a particular project.