A few months back I posted that I’d made a start on knitting Beatnik, well I’m still going with it but I’d like to share some hanks of yarn that make up my knitting stash.
Whenever I go somewhere I try and pick up a few balls of local yarns, particularly if they’re from breeds of unusual sheep or have pretty colourways. The yarns here are all from Finland, unfortunately since I sometimes have that impulse buy instinct when it comes to yarn I haven’t quite found the right patterns for these yet. I’d love to read your suggestions for me if you know any great patterns.
The first yarn is Pirkkalanka in a beautiful wine red colourway, I don’t normally wear red but this is such a beautiful yarn and I’m really keen on making something equally beautiful. I have about 5 hanks of it and it runs to about 437 yards per hank, I did want to knit a lace cardigan or something with it since it’s such a fine yarn recommended to be knit on 2.5 – 3mm needles.
Suomenlammas is the next yarn, when I bought it I was told that this yarn wasn’t very popular in Finland, the sheep have long fibre wool but are mostly bread for their meat. It’s spun from the natural yarn and un-dyed sort of like Rowan’s British Sheep Breeds. Apparently many Finns find these natural yarns too scratchy next to their skin and prefer softer yarns but it feels quite soft to my hands, maybe I just got used to itchy jumpers as a kid! Anyway this is a ‘sport’ weight or 5 ply just under a double knit, I have two hanks of it and it runs to 251 yards. I was thinking of making a little shrug maybe?
The last yarn is Huivilanka the ball band doesn’t really tell me an awful lot about it but I do know that this is actually swedish yarn that’s been hand dyed in Finland. I bought it because I loved the delicate colourway of black, blue and purples. Again its a very fine laceweight yarn and I should make a shawl out of it but lace is something I’ve only recently started knitting.
I bought some of these yarns in Helsinki at Menita but also another shop over next to Savotta at 24 Aleksanterinkatu, it was a sort of touristy crafty shop I’d recommend it if your looking for something a bit different!
If your looking for more information about Finnish sheep breeds I found this great website, which has information in both Finnish and English. You can also buy Finnish yarns on Etsy I’d recommend Utuna but I’m sure a geographical search will reveal many more!