Local handicrafts and artisanal items to pick up on your trip
Visit the village of Sorunda, south of Stockholm, for beautifully embroidered mittens produced by a knotless knitting technique.
Originally plain sleeping blankets, handcrafted slitryor have been used as floor rugs since the early 20th century. Remnants of slitryor have even been found on the 17th-century warship Vasa.
The foundries of Uppland, the county that includes the northern half of Stockholm, have deep blacksmithing roots. You can visit the one at Wira Bruk (30 miles northeast of the city) during May to September, and, in July, see blacksmiths in action. www.wagerth.com
Sweden’s first and only malt whisky hit the shelves in March, 2006. It sold out in one hour. Pick up a bottle of smoky Preludium 06 at a state-owned Systembolaget (liquor store) or make a daytrip to the distillery two hours north of Stockholm. www.mackmyra.com
Keep your wrists warm and your body will follow. Hand-knit Swedish pulsmuddar (wristlets) are also the perfect accessory to adorn with embroidery. Available at svensk Slöjd at Nybrogatan 23; tel. 46 8 663 66 50.
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