June 7, 2010
While we were in Germany, my favorite place to shop was the Wollmeise Brick and Mortar store in downtown Pfaffenhofen (Claudia’s hometown). As you might imagine, it is FILLED with color! The shop is open on Fridays and Saturdays, 3 weekends a month. We went our first day there (for coffee and cake and breathing in the fumes – so wonderful). We were there a couple more days, and then had to go back the last day of our trip, too. (This was my fault. I couldn’t stand not getting one more last chance look at the yarn, and Claudia was so sweet to zip us back down there one more time. It really was sad to leave it behind!)
There are knitted curtains in the windows, which Claudia did up on her knitting machine. And check out this cute mouse, fashioned out of a skein of Feldmaus! The window displays were really fun. Inside, there are three big cases of yarn – one for 100%, one for Twin, and one for “Nobody’s Perfect” which are skeins with a knot in them. There also also a few smaller cases and several baskets of laceweight. (Yes, we did talk about getting laceweight here again – we hope to have it later this summer or early fall.)
If you ever get a chance to visit this shop in person, please don’t miss the bathroom. It’s PINK, with a pink rose-covered toilet seat, a crystal chandelier, and notes from knitters all over the walls. Be sure to add your signature with the black pens that are next to the mirror. I feel bad for the people who don’t realize it’s there, because it’s definitely a must-see in the shop. It made me wish that we had an in-store restroom for knitters to sign at Loopy Central! Somehow, I don’t think the landlord (and other building tenants) would appreciate knitter signatures in the restrooms in the building hallway.
The couches are usually full of knitters, speaking rapidly in German. Knitting Daughter and I got to sit and knit and talk all day Saturday, and it always amazes me that you can connect with knitters all over the world, even if you don’t speak the same language. We didn’t have any trouble sharing projects and appreciating what everyone else was doing. I met Anne, the designer for Arlene’s World of Lace. She hung out all day Saturday and is even more camera-shy than Claudia! (Thus, no photo to share.) She is the designer of the popular “Not a Drop” scarf on Ravelry, as well as many other amazing designs. She was as sweet as could be. In this photo, you can catch Claudia’s back and can also see Knitting Daughter, working on a scarf. I worked on Citron in Wollmeise Lace Raku-Regenbogen while I was there. Photos when it’s done. I think I’m going to make it a bit longer than the pattern calls for.
And finally, as promised, a photo of one section of Andreas and Claudia’s back yard. It’s like a little slice of paradise! Their cat Moses loves stalking around in there, including watching the fish in the small pond in the back corner. All I’d need would be a nice comfy chair, a mug of coffee, and a knitting project, and I could hang out there all day. See the bush in the front right corner of the photo? That’s a Hazelnut bush. I had no idea they grew like that. Claudia said the bush will get really tall and will head up the back side of their house.
In Update news this week – we’re doing a couple of random Wollmeise updates this week, instead of our regular Monday evening “What’s New”. While I was heading over to Germany, we had boxes of Wollmeise yarn heading over here! I think some is still stuck in Customs, but we’ll put up what we do have. And next week – a regular Monday night Update again for you.