Thursday 15 November 2012

Flying Mitten

Last week a knitting cafe opened in Järvenpää, our nearest town. It is called Lentävä Lapanen, the Flying Mitten.
The opening day was very crowded, so I took my camera for another visit yesterday when there were just a few ladies enjoying the luxury of lovely yarns and cosy atmosphere. Welcome in, pick a seat!

There are pattern books and magazines you can read and discuss with other enthusiasts.

At the other end of the shop there are chairs and tables for drinking coffee or tea.

Which rosy cup would you choose?

Maybe a traditional Finnish pastry or a sweet slice of cake? Take a seat now, enjoy your snack and have a look around the shop.

Noro yarns in wonderful colours and textures.

Rowan yarns ... I feel like I'm fainting. Look at all the colours!

Debbie Bliss - here is a free pattern you could use if you have just one hank of their yarn.
Debbie Bliss continued. New yarns are still coming in, the shop only just started.

These hand painted Araucania yarns come from Chile. I bought a hank to make a pair of socks and I will show them as soon as there is something to show. I'm still learning the Toe-to-Top two at a time method and only have the toe part covered by now.

Look at the candles matching the theme of the true knitting cafe!

This basket holds a knitted graffiti in process; anyone can add a row or two.

The shop also keeps a good selection of bamboo knitting needles and crocheting hooks. If the urge hits you, you can buy everything you need and just start knitting! It is definitely a place to go to even with a full stash of yarn at home. You can always have just a coffee and sit with your knitting, surrounded with all those wonderful yarns that inspire you to start a new project.


  1. I'm not a great knitter but this shop makes me want to give it another go. Wouldn't mind some coffeee and the delicious cakes either ;)

  2. I'm not a knitter either but I LOVE this shop -- the color scheme, sitting area, tea and treats and the basket for anyone to add rows to the project. Well thought out and so unique. I'd visit just for the beauty of the shop and I love the cute name too!

  3. Wow, this is such a happy post! It's as though I am walking through the shop together with you. And what a great place to meet other knitters.
    Could I have the cup with the pink flower please! With a Finnish treat (o:

  4. What a wonderful idea. Love the shop. Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a beautiful shop. I hope they are successful. Are there many men who knit?

  6. What a nice shop, looks like a very nice place go visit.

  7. What a wonderful place Ulla! The eye candy is so colorful and everything seems so well thought out! The only thing I can see missing is a treadmill to work off the calories of all those delicious treats!

  8. So wonderful. The colors of the shop and the yarne are just wonderful. Hope you get lots of pleasure from it.

  9. I am quite envious, can I come too??:)
    Yarn stores are my favorites next to book stores and thrift shops! We have a yarn factory outlet in the area, but their knitting cafe is only on Thursdays when I have other commitments. I would love to go though.

  10. Hello, Lentava Lapanen thank you for your enthusiasm and your wonderfull encouragement! We have men*s too with good humour and knitting stiches. Our treadmills are still in the museum section, the modern ones are still on their way to Lapanen. Greetings from Järvenpää, Finland and wellcome to visit us, then I hope that you mention our frendship via Kotkarankki, Taina from Flying Mitten

  11. Hallo Ulla, das ist ja ein wunderbarer Laden, ein richtiger Ort der Begegnung. Da ich dank "deinen" gezeigten Pullover für Afghanistan auch wieder zu den Strickerinnen gehöre und jetzt überall nicht nur nach Stoffen Ausschau halte, sondern auch nach Wolle, hätte ich sehr gerne einen ähnlichen Laden in meiner Nähe.
    Liebe winterliche Grüsse,

  12. What a wonderful place to have a cuppa! You are so lucky! I love the Noro yarns but not the price. JJ bought me some balls but there were so many joins in them and no care was taken to match the colours in the joins unfortunately. I used to stroke the Rowan yarns in the shop in Gloucester Green in Oxford. Lovely and soft.

    I like the idea of adding a bit to the graffiti. A real community project.

  13. Hi, Ulla! Oh, this is a shop for me too--it has everything! So nice to catch up with you here. We've been a way for some days visiting my family in the US and celebrating Thanksgiving there. Now Christmas is almost here! :o) ((HUGS))


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