Having read several other people's accounts of shopping at the Wollmeise brick and mortar store, I feel like I am just reiterating what they have already said. I also have this problem of not being able to come up with a better description, when asked, other than "so. awesome." Not particularly descriptive, but the simplicity and nondescriptness of it kind of harkens back to what was happening in my brain when I first entered the sock yarn mecca that is Rohrspatz & Wollmeise.
So we arrive in Pfaffenhofen after a rather long day of travel. It started the night before, when we met my uncle and his friend in Kaiserswerth for dinner and beers. Lots and lots of beers. And also Killepitsch. We were out until about 1AM and then had to get up at about 5AM to go to the train station. Needless to say, I wasn't in very good shape that morning. Then we board our ICE train to München. If you are not familiar with this type of train, all you really need to know is that it goes fast. Very very fast. Close to 200mph fast. That alone is enough to *ahem* exasperate post-drinking pain. Add to that that our seats were facing the wrong way (i.e., we were riding backwards) and it was all I could do to stay conscious and/or not covered in vomit.
After we almost miss our connecting train only to be squished in the aisle by the toilet w/several other people (they really like to pack those trains in!), we do make it to Pfaffenhofen and walk over to the store.
*queue angelic voices*
We walk in and husband immediately scopes out a seat at a table and plants himself there. He is immediately offered coffee. Now this may seem like just friendly customer service, and it is, just not directed at the husband. Oh no, by making him very comfortable and giving him a hot drink that will take a while to drink, they are enabling me to take my sweet time shopping. Brilliant! Myself, I am completely overwhelmed. I don't even think I could have come up with "so. awesome." I was so deer-in-the-headlights dazed by where I was. I just wandered around a bit, picking up skeins here and there, but really not comprehending where I was or what I was doing, let alone how to jump into the gathering of skeins of gorgeousness.
See what I mean? I mean, shelves and shelves and shelves of beautiful skeins of wollmeise... and they could all be MINE!!!! Well, I calmed down (sort of) and got to work. Luckily, Dani was there to help hunt down the colors for the other people I was shopping for, giving me the time to pick out my haul. Which I did. I ended up with a few more skeins than I had planned on, but I regret nothing. NOTHING. What made me absolutely ecstatic was finding the three colors that had topped my wish list for over a year now: Emil (oh how I love him), Traubenhyazinth and Vergissmeinnicht (in twin). I cleared her out of Emil, just because I am a total hoar when it comes to that man. And now, without delay, my haul:
You can see the lovely Emil at the bottom there - isn't he lush? Some of the other highlights (not that they aren't all totally gorgeous, but some are just a little more spectacular, in my eye):
|my personal favorite - a wacky Mond im 7. Haus|
My favorite thing about being able to peruse the shelves was being surprised by colors I had previously written off as not that interesting to me. The Veilchen above is a perfect example - I was blown away by the beauty and kicked myself for never giving it a second glance on the website! Same went for Tiefer See. I really hope some day I can go back and do it all again - it was such a wonderful experience and Dani and Claudia were so very nice. Hopefully next time I will have won the lottery and can just buy the place out. Can you image? Talk about a knitter's wet dream...
Well, now that my stash is that much more out of control, I guess I have to knit all this yarn up, eh? I'll get right on that!
P.S. So that the title makes sense - I haven't gotten much further in Twilight, as I have been re-reading World War Z. Sparkling = Twilight, Zombies = World War Z, Heaven = Wollmeise