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Wollmeise – what the heck?

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

I have a question for the knitting afficionados out there.

What is it with Wollmeise? This most elusive of sock yarns. Forever blogged about, the gold standard of sock wools, but more elusive than a snowflake in July.

I hear about it, I read about it, I see elusive messages on websites …..’all yarn available online…..but not the Wollmeise’. On the rare (very rare) occasions when shops have supplies, prospective purchasers seem to know to the minute when the yarn will be listed and hey presto!, within the twinkle of an eye it will be gone. There are rules about not allowing purchases of more than one skein of a colourway and even the most conscientious of stashbusters break all their austerity rules for the chance to acquire a skein of Wollmeise.

Wollmeise is a German company- probably not all too far from me, somewhere in Bavaria as far as I know. I’ve looked at their website – it looks enticing – until I see that every single item in the ‘shop’ is out of stock. What happens if I make the pilgrimage – will I be faced with a three hour drive followed by empty shelves?

So tell me….what is so very special about this yarn? What makes it so different that people would sell their granny for the chance to get their hands on it?

I know you know!

Helen

3 Responses to “Wollmeise – what the heck?”

  1. MelD Says:

    Surely they must have stock in their shop? I do know they only take cash…!

  2. Stephanie Says:

    Showing my ignorance here. I hadn’t heard of Wollmeise before, but I’ll keep an eye open in French shops for you.

  3. Wendy Says:

    Could it be just the hype and rarity of it that makes it sell out so fast? The height of yarn snobbery? (Don’t get me wrong, I’m a yarn snob, but this seems to take it to a whole new level!)