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Surviving Swedish Winter: Socks

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With spring right around the corner, I start to realize that I may actually survive my first Swedish winter! I survived Swedish winter sports, got to see the northern lights, and played a bit in the snow. With up to -40C, how did I do it?

Spring in Norrland

There are many secrets to surviving a winter in Norrland. Today, I will share one with you.

Socks. Wool socks. Knitted by a Swede (defined as one who lives in Sweden). My Swede’s mother provides wool socks for the whole family. I got 3 pair. At first I didn’t wear them. In Prague, it really was never that cold. But once I got up here, they were very useful. Because wool can be itchy, I wore them over my summer socks. They were perfect!

Once I realized how useful they were, I decided I need to become a tiny bit more Swedish. I learned to knit some wool socks. Now I will be able to provide my family and friends with warm feet when they come visit!

Swedish wool socksFor those of you interested in your own Swedish socks, I am taking orders! 🙂


  1. Michelle
    March 23, 2011 at 20:33 — Reply

    bwhahaha i want a pair and you can send them with the swede when he visits the states! lol

    • March 23, 2011 at 20:36 — Reply

      100% serious, I’d love some food from the states. Like wheat thins, box of brownies, corn tortillas. I’ll totally do a trade and send you socks for your whole family if you seriously want some! 🙂

  2. Michelle
    March 23, 2011 at 20:56 — Reply

    bwahahahaha you sound like me and my withdrawl from safeway products! i would totally trade just let me know what you want! can you make little ones from the mini monster? ooohhh and ill get you the ghirardelli brownies! those are the best in a box!!!

    • March 23, 2011 at 21:38 — Reply

      LOL, yes! I got two boxes of those last time! Those are with the caramel, right? Yes, I can totally do the ones for the mini monster, just need feet measurements so I can make the right sizes for you all 🙂 Will probably be ready by the summer though, not that helpful, hmm. She must grow super fast, should I make them a tad bigger so they are good next winter?

  3. Michelle
    March 24, 2011 at 18:08 — Reply

    yes make them a tad bigger. she usually grows a size or two a year. but if they are a little stretchy it will help. does wool stretch? as far as the brownies… fave are the double chocolate so that i get the little chocolate chip chunks in every bite but if you want the caramel ones that is fine too!

  4. April 6, 2011 at 04:36 — Reply

    I wish I had those when I was in Sweden! I cannot begin to count the number of times my toes were frozen the instant I walked out of my building. And I was in Malmo too! Surely, it was not nearly as cold as further north :p

  5. Tillymea
    April 20, 2011 at 09:29 — Reply

    Raggsockor is the shit 😉
    you should try ylle/whool- layer set,
    they are the absolute best thing to wear in rally cold climate,the cost about 150-350 i pair, and use reel woolsocks they are expensive but worth i can asure you.

    Love you site

    • April 20, 2011 at 10:34 — Reply

      Do you have a link? I don’t make them real wool as my mother in law says the wool wears quicker for socks (but great for hats/scarves). I wouldn’t know but I think she would be mad if I went against her! 🙂

  6. July 6, 2011 at 08:49 — Reply

    Yes, thank’s God for the “Raggsockor..:)
    I like your post. Just great. I survived the Swedish winter too.

    Best wishes from another survivor.:)

    • July 7, 2011 at 19:16 — Reply

      ah yes! I need to send some to my friend in Prague… may not get as cold, but they are addicting! Like your blog btw 🙂

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Hilary lived two years in Norrland, Sweden (Northern Sweden) and fell in love with the country. She lives in Prague, Czechia and hopes to one day soon return to Sweden.