Riihivilla is a small Finnish family business, which sells naturally dyed Finnsheep wool. It belongs to me, Leena Riihelä and my husband, Jouni Riihelä. Because I dye everything by hand with natural dyes, in small lots, we don't sell wholesale. You can buy Riihivilla yarns and kits only from our online shop or from us at the marketplace Kauppatori in Helsinki. You can reach me best by email riihivilla (at) gmail.com.
You can also find me occasionally in Ravelry, my name there is leena.
MARKET KAUPPATORI IN HELSINKI
We sell most of our yarns at the marketplace Kauppatori in Helsinki. In the online shop we have kits and undyed yarns, and also some naturally dyed yarns from time to time, though most of them are sold at the market. My husband Jouni Riihelä sells in our booth at the market on Saturdays during autumn and winter, and in the summer we sell there also on other weekdays. Summer is our main selling season at the market. You can find the exact marketdays in the summer in my blog, I write the exact days when he will be at the market in the beginning of each week. Besides our yarns, kits and some ready made mittens and hats, at our booth in the market you can also find Jouni Riihelä's nature photos and post cards made from them.
Kauppatori is a big market in the middle of the city, just by the harbor where many cruise ships come, and where the ship to island Suomenlinna leaves.
In the summertime our booth is situated in a row by the street Esplanad. In the middle of the market there is a big statue of a two-headed eagle, our booth is about 20 meters from it towards Katajanokka (and President's castle). In wintertime we have no specific place, but the market is so much smaller then that I am sure our booth is easy to find.
You are very welcome to our booth when you come to Helsinki.
I started to dye with natural dyes first in the beginning of 1980, and ten years later 1990 we moved to a small farm and started to raise our own Finnsheep. Riihivilla was founded in 1995, and at the same time we started to sell our products at the Kauppatori in Helsinki. 2000 we got a permanent selling place at Kauppatori, and by that time we found out that there is only so much one (or two) people can do, so we gave up our own sheep, and concentrated to dyeing yarn and selling it.
Now we buy the good Finnsheep wool from our farmer friends, and get it processed to yarn in a small mill Pirtin kehräämö, where they make the yarn to our specifications. Then I dye the yarn with natural dyes, by hand.
You can read about how my yarns are dyed in my blog.
Leena ja Jouni Riihelä
25560 Koski as
VAT FI 1348382-2