Back in 2009, all the way back when I was working at Socktopus and discovering this delightful world of hand-dyed yarn, one of the regulars introduced me to Wollmeise.
The word was said with hushed, urgent tones, communicating the precious nature of this yarn. Stories were shared of online carts being emptied before you could check out, of the delight of the intensely saturated colour.
I didn't quite understand until I saw it for myself. Oh. My. Wool. Loving. Heart.
Everything they said was true.
On my travels I managed to get along to the Wollmeise store in Pfaffenhofen, outside Munich. The lovely man working was originally from Cambridge here in NZ (of course) and I ran into Mel, my NZ friend met through Socktopus who then ended up flatting with me above the Petone shop for a couple of years.
I bought a rainbow of yarn, some of which is still preciously kept in my stash to this day.
Some has turned into socks.
Dawlish socks by Rachel Coopey
Rosebud Socks by Wendy D Johnson
When I had this first inkling to open a yarn store, Wollmeise was number one on my mental yarn bucket list. I never thought it would happen.
Here I am, today, writing to tell you that it is happening. Wollmeise is in Wellington. About to be on our shelves, in New Zealand for sale for the first time ever. The cult of Wollmeise is real, and if you don't know it, do come along and find out what all the fuss is about!
Join us for Wollmeise day, the first time you'll be able to see it in the wool, on our shelves. With special appearances by Circus Tonic Handmade Revelry Sock and Knitsch Yarns Staple Worsted. Plus cupcakes!
Saturday 6 May
10am - 4pm
Sweet Bakery cupcakes, Wollmeise, Circus Tonic Handmade and Knitsch. Plus some delightful company and giveways!
Here's a sneak peek of what we have waiting for you...
Delightful Wollmeise Twin
Circus Tonic Handmade Revelry Sock
and more like this!
Terms and conditions: No online sales, sorry, we will take phone orders from 12pm on Saturday. Maximum 4 skeins of Wollmeise per customer (we'll remove this limit for future stockings). No holds or laybys.