Berries for Bella is travelling to Sweden this week. If you are touring Scandinavia this summer and are passing through the Närke area of Sweden, a stop at Hallagården farm comes highly recommended.
Beautifully set in an old 16th century miner’s residence, Hallagården offers its visitors a taste of wool production, from animal to ready to wear garment. It is home to angora rabbits, sheep, goats and alpacas; as well as to less furry friends such as pigs and chickens. Given the necessary permits, there will soon be a petting zoo giving visitors the opportunity to see the animals up close.
You will find a museum displaying spinning wheels, knitting equipment and fibre. There are wool products and yarn for sale and spinners can buy angora fibre by the kilogram. Owner Gunilla also offers spinning courses and sells spinning wheels.
There is a lovely little coffe shop offering home baked cakes and bread and freshly brewed coffee, and if you fancy staying the night Hallagården is running a year-round B&B. For eating out there is the local Lanna lodge golf resort, or elegant Svartå Herrgård. The nearest town, Örebro, also offers a good selection of restaurants and hotels.
I have always wanted to try knitting in angora, so I picked up some beautiful white angora yarn and instructions how to make the shawl in the picture above. I will keep you informed on its progress!