I have to admit that I haven't been very inspired by the yarn store options I've found so far in Munich. Most of them carry all the same big-name brands of mostly spongy merino yarn with not a whole lot of variety to choose from in terms of color, fiber or texture. I am really missing the handdyes and independent yarns that took up the majority of shelves in my little Brooklyn yarn stores.
However, If you become desperate and begin to investigate the ravelry projects of other local Müncheners, you'll find over and over again the name Wollmeise and their charming shop in Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm. Pfaffenhofen (don't you love that name?!) is a little town about 50 kilometers outside of Munich where apparently people flood to from all directions in search of their infamous handdyed sock yarn.
And so I got myself to the train station
and about half an hour later arrived in the (now infamous) Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm.
After a brief wander into the center of town, I found the most wonderful color oasis imaginable.
This store is just overflowing with the most delicious colorways and unique dyes imaginable. (sorry that my iphone pictures don't do them justice at all)
The impossible part is picking which colorways to take home or stopping yourself from taking home more than you can carry on the train. I settled on these three lovelies
and then whipped up a horseshoe lace cowl for my mother-in-law's birthday.
Three cheers for Wollmeise and yarn pilgrimages! (now if I can only figure out a way to take a yarn pilrimage back to my Brooklyn yarn stores....)