All knitters like to acquire new and different kinds of yarn, especially during their travels. It's easy to find a local yarn shop, find a traditional knitted item to buy as a souvenir, and go home satisfied that you've made a connection to a new place. For author Sara Wolf, that wasn't enough. She wanted to see what the locals were doing; talk to other knitters about their craft; find yarn from local sheep, and understand the culture. In writing this book she not only visited yarn shops but also sheep farms throughout the Swedish countryside, countless museums with textile collections and a few spinning mills, too.
She's spent significant time swatching various Swedish yarns, learning about native sheep breeds, and how to locate commercially available Swedish yarns. Many are truly artisanal craft yarns found only at fairs or craft shops. Others are available online, although often only in Europe. This book intends to create a wider audience for Swedish fibers, both commercially produced and conservation breeds. If there is a demand for the fleece, wool, and yarn, there will be encouragement for farmers to rebuild these herds.
Enter Josefin Waltin, spinner and teacher, who collaborated with Sara on the book to produce hand-spun yarn from a number of local breeds, and provide information on how each fleece handles to encourage hand-spinners to enjoy Swedish sheep.
There is something for everyone in this book, from the hardcore fiberista to the armchair traveler.