Though there was much treasure to be found in and around Umea (much of it in the Hemslojdens shop) just a couple of small things found their way home with me.
These short, handmade birch (of course) needles were such a great find that I was sorely tempted to buy a pair in every size. I didn't. We'll see how useful these are and perhaps I'll make a list of more sizes when a further visit to Umea is scheduled - maybe later in the year.
I've tried to find a link to the small but very comprehensive knitting shop where I bought them, or to the makers themselves, but sadly no joy.
Of course, I couldn't leave the Hemslodjens store empty handed and fell for this book of terrific wristwarmer patterns. In Swedish. Crochet. Do I speak Swedish? No. Can I crochet? Well.....not very well. So, we have the next challenge!