Hooked on Wollmeise?

I received my first order of Wollmeise literally a couple of days after I wrote my last post. How in love am I with this yarn? Very much so. It’s not really the base (though I do like to knit with it) but the amazing VIBRANT color of it. I don’t understand how she can keep color so well in her yarns. I have plenty of other indie dyers that I still adore – and probably more than Wollmeise, to be honest – but Wollmeise has sky rocketed to my top ten for sure! First, I just love how it was packaged:

Wollmeise order

Is that a neat little bag or what? Written all over it are knitting terms in German translated into English. And upon opening, a wonderful burst of green:

Wollmeise

Wollmeise

Along with some German Gummy Bears. How could you beat that??? My guess is with gorgeous yarn! I got four skeins, Wasabi (love the BRIGHT green!!!):

Wollmeise

Campari Piccolo (beautiful orange with hints of yellow – it was so hard to capture!):

Wollmeise

Maus Jung (a lovely purpley gray):

Wollmeise

And the gorgeous Pesto:

Wollmeise

The Pesto definitely inspired me to cast on right away and as I am the most wonderful sister in the world (I am! Ask my sister! πŸ˜‰ ) I’m giving her the finished object – yes I already finished! – of an Aestlight Shawl:

Aestlight Shawl - FINISHED

It turned out beyond lovely and I am so glad I did it in the Pesto color. It was an amazing green to work with!

Aestlight Shawl - FINISHED

As for the pattern, I couldn’t be happier with the end result though I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bored knitting it. It’s all garter stitch and even the lace pattern is incredibly easy. The edging was a lot of fun to knit, though. I do think that my bored problem came from the fact that I finished it all at once, though. If I had taken my time (like I did for Mara in the previous post) I’m sure that I wouldn’t have been even half as bored with it as I was doing it all in less than a week.

Aestlight Shawl - FINISHED

Aestlight Shawl - FINISHED

I can’t complain too much, though, and I daresay I look pretty happy with the finished product. πŸ˜€

Aestlight Shawl - FINISHED

Pattern – Aestlight Shawl by Gudrun Johnston (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Wollmeise Sockenwolle 100% Superwash (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US6 (4mm)
Cast on – July 29, 2009
Cast off – August 3, 2009
Modifications – None. I didn’t want to deviate from the pattern too much due to amount of yarn needed. I have about 40 yd left of the yarn, though, so I probably could have added a few border rows (which is what I would have done).

I wanted to show you all the wonders of blocking again so I laid out the shawl on the couch and went into the other room to get the camera. When I get back, here’s what I found:

Hitch "helping" take pictures of the shawl

When I asked Hitchcock what he thought he was doing, he decided that the shawl was too comfy to slink away so he laid down for a nap, LOL.

Hitch "helping" take pictures of the shawl

I did throw him off of it to get a picture, though!

Aestlight Shawl - Pre-Block

Blocking is pretty amazing, no? My advice to you for the day is to start blocking your FO’s if you don’t already. Great advice or what? πŸ˜‰

Oh and my budding love affair with Wollmeise will continue! I’m casting on soon for a pair of Sunshine socks (rav link) using Wollmeise in Safran (destashed from a fellow raveler). Can’t wait! πŸ™‚

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23 responses to “Hooked on Wollmeise?

  1. beautyredefined 08.04.2009 at 3:12 pm

    That’s beautiful. I don’t know that I’ll ever order any wollmeise, given how hard it is to get and probably the price, but I do love their colors. Just gorgeous – and I’m super-impressed with knitting a shawl in just a week, mostly garter stitch or not!

  2. shortly24 08.04.2009 at 3:43 pm

    Lovely, lovely yarn, and I love your FO too, simple is often incredibly effective, yes?

  3. Christa Dovel 08.04.2009 at 3:58 pm

    That yarn isincredibly beautiful! What is it made of? Does Wollmeise have a web site?

  4. Susan 08.04.2009 at 9:24 pm

    Gorgeous yarn, I am completely jealous!

  5. sara 08.04.2009 at 9:46 pm

    The shawl is gorgeous!! I’ve never tried Wollmeise, but now I want some. NOW! πŸ™‚

  6. Heather 08.04.2009 at 10:53 pm

    Lina,
    You did it again. BE-YOO-TI-FULLLLL! The pesto is fantastic. But I can’t wait to see what you create with the wasabi. Loved the shock of green!

  7. Julia 08.05.2009 at 4:58 am

    Less than a week?!?!? The colours you chose are gorgeous and I agree, the packaging is too cute.

  8. cici 08.05.2009 at 11:11 pm

    I know exactly how you feel. I have fallen for wollmeise myself lately. The shawl is gorgeous and your sis is so lucky. I can’t wait to get more wollmeiseβ™₯

  9. Alexandra 08.06.2009 at 1:46 am

    The shawl is beautiful! What a gorgeous color!

  10. Jill B. 08.06.2009 at 6:15 pm

    The shawl looks great! I am too lazy to wait for updates so miss out on all these beautiful yarns!

  11. apocaknits 08.06.2009 at 11:13 pm

    beautiful!

  12. Zyle 08.07.2009 at 5:08 am

    Oh wow, your shawl is beautiful! Such gorgeous colours you chose. You really are a lovely sister to give that shawl away!

  13. Geknitics 08.07.2009 at 1:55 pm

    Just lovely (both the yarn and the pattern).

  14. Carrie 08.08.2009 at 8:21 am

    That is amazing you finished the shawl so fast. I love the color green and this yarn is very beautiful.

  15. harddaysknit 08.08.2009 at 8:40 pm

    Beautiful yarn! I;m jealous πŸ™‚ I went to order some the other day, but I guess she’s not excepting orders for a little bit. Oh well, it gives me more time to drool over the colors. Great shawl too!

  16. tangletale 08.08.2009 at 10:21 pm

    Beautiful shaw- I hope your sister appreciates you!

  17. yarndancer 08.10.2009 at 4:09 pm

    The shawl is gorgeous! It looks fantastic in that yarn, very colourful and cheerful πŸ™‚ Very jealous of all the pretty Wollmeise, especially the Maus Jung!

  18. Lopsy Li 08.12.2009 at 11:54 am

    Wow, that’s amazing! I love the shine that the yarn gives the shawl πŸ™‚

  19. Kate 08.27.2009 at 9:40 am

    I love the yarn and the pattern together- the shawl is perfect! I really should try to get my hands on some Wollmeise…

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