269Walstedts yarn/Island troja
- Apr 29, 2007Hi, I just want to add some info from Barbro's post on Walstedts yarn,
since I am the one who mentioned it. The website for Walstedts does
not show how beautiful the yarn really is.
I have posted some photos in Donna's Swedish knitting, so you can see
the colors. I think Walstedts was one of the first to have a natural
fiber multicolored yarn. The yarn was very popular in the 1970's
when I lived in the Dalarna district of Sweden. The process they use
is the wool is dyed, then the different color wool is carded together
before it is spun.
Walstedts is a family run business, now run by three siblings. It is
located in the village of Dala-Floda. If you go to Sweden, take a trip
to visit. In 2002 when I was there, I went to buy yarn and Nils, one
of the sons gave us a tour of the production area and showed us around.
On the home page of the Walstedts website, the red building in the
background is where the yarn production takes place. If you click on
"Om Oss" on the left, then "Bildarkiv", and under "Bilder" either
"bildspels" (a slide show) or "arkivet" for photos.
I learned to knit in Sweden in the 1970's and my first sweater was an
Island troja. (made popular by Inger Fredholm of the book "Knitting
with a Smile." I have a photo of the sweater along with the Walstedts
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