TitiTyy started trading in 2006 in, and now owns a series of craft shops and café set around a lovely old courtyard in the city of Jyväskylä in central Finland. Tukuwool was established as a brand in 2014 as a one-woman business by Pauliina Hurme, but when she announced that she would be closing the business in Spring of 2016, TitiTyy knew it had to be saved, and bought the business from her. Since taking it over, TitiTyy have taken Tukuwool from strength to strength.
Although not strictly speaking an island yarn, Tukuwool belongs to the same tradition as our other Nordic yarns and there is enough within its heritage to include it here. Finland is a country of lakes and islands – around 188,000 lakes and 179,000 islands. Almost any piece of land in Finland is bordered by water on most sides. Sheep farms are found across the Finnish archipelago in the Baltic sea – the largest archipelago in the world – while many mainland farmers are either permanently based on larger lake islands, or graze their sheep on smaller lake islands during the summer.
Tukuwool is a mix of Finnsheep and Finnsheep/Texel crossbreed fleeces from a number of farms around Finland. The Finnsheep is a landrace, but belongs to the same family of ancient Northern European short-tailed sheep breeds as its cousins the Shetland, Icelandic and Faroese sheep, while the Texel sheep originates from the Dutch North Sea island of the same name. The yarn is spun and dyed entirely in Finland.