Little Scandinavian

a blog and a gateway to the Nordic countries - by Bianca Wessel

Soft Baby Toys and Gifts from Alpaca Society

by Scandinavian mum

The count down to Christmas has begun and it’s surely about time for Santa and his elfes to think about this years Christmas presents!? We’ve already in full swing and we thought we should recommend some soft news from the North… We are head over heels with the baby range from the Norwegian brand Alpaca Society. So soft and comfortable, perfect for Christmas!

© Alpaca Society AW12 campaign

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Ullungene Norway -Wool for kids in fashion

by Scandinavian mum

Did you know that one of the most up and coming baby and children’s wear shops in Oslo, Norway only sell clothing made of Alpaca wool? Knitted in beautiful, luxurious alpaca wool by local women in Peru the children’s wear on offer at Ullungene is warm, soft and durable, perfect for the colder months of the year. Forget all you know about itchy wool as alpaca wool is considered as soft as cashmere. Alpacas comes in 22 natural colors, including white, black, brown, grey, tan, and cream.

The cute knitted hats, jumpers, trousers, socks, scarfs and blankets available at Ullungene has been embraced by celebrities and it-mums in and around the Norwegian capital. The founders Anne Merete and Thea have a clear vision; Sustainable products made after fair trade standards, keeping our little ones toast and comfortable out and about on a frosty day.

Photos from, some of the beautiful products and the two founders.

We love the pom pom on the baby hats and think the unusual skull motif on the knitted children’s jumper is rather cool.
Head over to to see more woolfantastic news for babies and children up to 12 years.

Below is a few Instagram pics by the Norwegian celebrity and very much it-mum, beautiful Maria Skappel Holzweiler

If you are in Oslo this weekend we recommend popping by Ullungene’s fund raising event on the 6th of October in Caminito Cafe Thorshovgata 1. Proceedings will go towards a healtier future for orphans in Nepal. Read more on the

As We Grow, a sustainable story from Iceland.

by Scandinavian mum

On my recent trip to Copenhagen I was very excited over discovering a new children’s wear brand from Iceland, featuring knits in Alpaca wool for baby and children up to 4 years. The brand As We Grow is inspired by a true story;

Carolyn in Amsterdam had this sweater for her son Julian in 2003. Then she passed it on to her friend Tinna on Iceland, for her son Tryggvi. It was then handed down to Isafold. In the winter of 2006 it got lost but reappeared in the spring, when the snow melted… After a wash it was back on as Isafold’s favourite sweater. Sadly outgrown by 2008 it was handed down to Markus who used it almost daily until it was given to Kjartan Ragnar his cousin. (I believe Kjartan Ragnar is the beautiful blonde boy in the photos.) And well done if you managed to follow this knitted sweater’s journey!

After 9 years 5 different owners the sweater is today one of the favourite garments of little Kjartan Ragnar living in Iceland. Carolyn’s son Julian, the original owner is now 14 years old and lives in New York. The sweater, still warm and beautiful, and its story has been the main inspiration for As We Grow sustainable collection of warm and comfortable children’s clothes.

22 of December, winner of a baby blanket by Lille Lam

by Scandinavian mum

The winner of 22th of December and a soft knitted baby blanket by LilleLam is

Natalie Goatley!

Congratulations! We have sent you an email! Will you please replay with your full name and address to us on: and one warming winter essential for your baby will be on it’s way to you!

Todays giveaway is warm, high quality baby blanket, knitted in soft merino wool, by LilleLam. A must have during such a frosty winter as now! Size 75 cm x 100 cm, retails for €82.

About Lille Lam
LilleLam was established by two newly-become-mothers finding it hard to get hold of garments for children in pure wool, with an outstanding and functional design, and which does not irritate the skin of the babies and children.
This was the beginning of LilleLam, producing high quality garments in close collaboration with Norwegian designers and produced in 100% soft merino wool.
The design has simple yet with embroidery and patterns sourced from their Nordic heritage.

Great importance has been placed on the practical solutions of the garments, but also on possibility of “growth”. Fold-ups are employed wherever it is possible, so that the child can use the garment through several seasons.
Whereas the design recalls elements of the past, the clean and pure wool material is based on the latest technological development. The wool is of the softest kind and does not itch or irritate the skin. The wool is “super-wash” treated and can consequently safely be washed in the washing-machine on a wool program without shrinking or change of dimensions.

LilleLam is available at or see the whole collection at

The Alpaca Society

by Scandinavian mum

A Norwegian secret society is revealed… The Alpaca Society has been dressing children and adults in luxurious and natural garments since 2005, and its about time it’s introduced to us and the UK! Only got a few pics from their latest fashion show in Norway, but the collection consists of clothes for babies 0-2y, boys and girls 2-8y, tweens 8-12y and women.
The Alpaca Society is members of the Ethical Trading Initiative-Norway

Photo: Alpaca Society

In need of a knitting Granny?

by Scandinavian mum

I don’t know about you but my mum and my mother in law are both very active women still working full time and with very little spare time. We have been lucky enough to receive a few knitted items, but we can’t expect new sweaters for every Christmas.
The Danes are known for being innovative and entrepreneurial. Karen Leth and Nina Brandi is the creative and hard working ladies behind the brand Mormor (The Granny). They have gathered several knitting grannies in Denmark under one brand.
All garments are delivered with a signed note, from the granny who knitted the piece, especially for your child. If you can’t find what you are looking for on their site they will be happy to receive any requests too.

Nina Brandi explains about Mormor

I think this is a fantastic concept! At last unused resources that exists in our community has been spotted. I have with the help from my mother started this group of grannies, and it has been a pleasure to experience all their knitting knowledge (some started knitting as young as 5 years old) and also to receive such a grateful and positive response from these lovely ladies. Secondly it’s a pleasure to be able to offer products to children that are made after the Fair Trade principle and with environmental care.

Last week, at the children’s fashion fair in Copenhagen MorMor had their own stand -with a knitting Granny in a rocking chair of course!

Mormor also support “A race against breast cancer” and a Fair Trade project in Bolivia.

Photo: Mormor