Last week I did something insane. I mean, really, really nuts. I woke-up at 1am to fly to Germany to visit the Wollmeise store while they were having their annual summer sale. Yeah, I really did. Honestly. I even have pictures!
I took the 6am flight from Gatwick to Munich on Easyjet. I didn’t want to check any bags, so I measured all my suitcases to see which fit the carry-on size the best. An older Boyt bag that I have had for a while now won hands-down.
I got to Munich around 9am and promptly headed into the city to be able to catch the train to Pfaffenhofen which is a bit outside of it. The countryside around Munich is lovely, full of orderly corn fields and farms. It felt a lot like where I grew-up in Iowa. Perhaps that’s part of the reason so many Germans settled in my area! Anyway, after a short train ride, I got off at the Pfaffenhofen station:
I was leaving the station when I saw four women all walking together, all wearing knitwear. I asked them if they were going to the Wollmeise sale and they said yes and I walked with them to the shop. It was an easy, pleasant walk as we took a footpath that goes alongside the waterway that goes through the town. We got there and I was right into it!
Even though the sale was going on, the famous Wollmeise creatures were still on display!
The store was everything that I had been told to expect and more. Everyone that I met there was super friendly. Claudia had set-up picnic tables outside under the awning so that people could compare colors in daylight and so that there was more space for everybody to sit and knit and chat. I didn’t take any pictures of this area as I was really trying to not get folks in my photos, and there were always people hanging-out out there. I know that the shots that I got of the inside of the store makes it look empty, but I assure you, it was plenty busy the entire time that I was there. I just tried to take shots at moments when folks weren’t in the frame. I apologize for the quality of the pictures, but I was only using my iPhone to take them. I didn’t want to take my big Nikon and possibly take-up precious space for Wollmeise yarn!
After I had spent my budget, I took the train back to Munich and the airport. I had several hours to kill and by this time I was hungry and very, very tired. I decided to get dinner at the (only) restaurant in the terminal that I was flying out of. I got the special, which I thought was composed of: soup, sausage and a pretzel. This was what I got:
It was sort of surprising when the lady took the 3 sausages out of a jar and stuck them in a bowl full of hot water. I mean, I guess that is sort-of a soup. It didn’t taste bad, but I was glad that I had the 2 packets of mustard! I also must’ve been dehydrated or really tired as that half liter of beer made me a tad tipsy!
Anyway, you don’t really want to see what I ate. You want to see what I got!
It’s really hard to see the colors of some of them because a lot of them were the really dark black-with-a-color colors. So, for those of you keeping score out there. I got 16 Twin, 9 100% Merino and 2 Lace-garns. Not all of them were for me a (cough, hack) couple were for other folks:-)
Here are some more shots:
It was an interesting experience and I am deeply glad that I went. If you are ever nearby, I would totally suggest that you go and check it out!
(Edited to fix the problems with the photographs)