It is ironic that I should find out about Wollmeise only after leaving Germany to live in the UK. I was a knitter for a few years before my move, but I had never heard of Wollmeise before and I was completely unaware of all the hype.
Once I became aware of the brand, I, like many others, loved the many colours and was keen to try the yarn for myself. Since Wollmeise is so popular, it is hard to get your hands on it, especially in the online store. I was lucky enough to receive a skein of their Twin yarn years ago and I will be posting photos of the shawl I made from it soon. I was happy with the Twin, but I didn't think it was anything particularly special. The colour was lovely, but the yarn felt unexpectedly rough.
The yarn I really wanted to try was Wollmeise lace. I once nearly bought a skein from a fellow knitter from my knitting group, but I was disappointed that it was a solid instead of one of the multicolour skeins and the roughness of the yarn put me off as well. So I declined and didn't think much about the yarn for a while.
Then came the release of Viajante, a pattern specifically designed with one skein of Wollmeise lace, and I was intrigued. I thought about substituting the yarn with another, but for a change I wanted to knit with the recommended yarn just to make sure the result is as close to the original pattern as possible. Now, Wollmeise isn't cheap and I spent quite a while saving up for it, enough so I don't feel bad about splashing out. Then I searched people's stashes on Ravelry to see who was selling any and I was lucky enough to find three skeins of interest. two were blue, but things got in the way and the sale didn't happen. Then I came across a lady who sold the Ruby Thursday colourway which, just by chance, happens to be the exact same yarn I nearly bought from my knitting group friend years ago!
Yesterday, the huge skein of red lace arrived in the post and I love the colour. It is such a nice, deep red - just what I like in my favourite colour. I still think the yarn should be softer and nicer to the touch than it is, though, so I do not subscribe to the hype. It is a good yarn, but probably a bit overrated. I will be casting on my Viajante as soon as I finish my next project. I think it will come in useful in these colder days and I am really looking forward to knitting and wearing my lovely red Viajante.
I'm curious as to what you think of Wollmeise, if you have tried it. Do you think it is overrated or that it lives up to its hype? What have you made from your Wollmeise?