The final instalment of my Finland handcrafts and travels in March took me to the town of Jyväskylä for a few days of exploring.
A beautiful and plentiful yarn shop with lots of example pieces (with information about yarn usage and patterns) to encourage my spending on a few more balls of yarn including some Danish Holst Garn yarns.
A sewing and yarn shop with yet another different selection of wool and other treats for knitting.
Friday in Jyväskylä was free museum day so I visited the main ones in the centre of town:
This museum was my main reason for picking Jyväskylä from all the many places around Finland and it did not disappoint. At the front desk a person gave me a lot of information about the exhibitions before I wandered around the three floors.
The permanent collection showed traditional dress from around Finland and different types of traditional handcrafts including those made by children at school. There was a room upstairs about the history of Finnish handcrafts (sadly the information there is not available in book form). And there was a temporary beautiful felt craft exhibition.
Attached to the museum is another Taito Shop showcasing Finnish design.
This was the Museum of Central Finland in Jyväskylä containing four floors of historical and new exhibitions including a temporary textile exhibition of fabrics by Eija Nevala.
There are several places around Finland to explore Alvar Aalto’s work and while this museum had a focus on his architecture there were also examples of his glass design, iconic chairs and other objects.
I adored this busy cafe. There was a long queue that moved fast and I had to ask at the counter how the whole thing worked. They kindly explained the selection from a combination of soups, salads, etc. It was only open at lunch and it was full of students but they happily shared the tables with whoever needed a seat. Super cheap and very tasty vegetarian food!