Wollmeise Trilogy – Updates

Psssst… make sure to go through to the end of the post! There is a giveaway happening! Enter by Tuesday, April 13, 2010!

I’ve been going through my blog stats and when I looked to see how people are finding the blog I was surprised delighted to see that the large majority of search terms (as in more than 50%) included the word “Wollmeise” in it. Now, obviously I have a thing for Wollmeise and am in love with it, as all of my readers know. I was just not expecting that of all the search engine words I get, Wollmeise was winning by far. In particular, lots of people are apparently looking for a way to get Wollmeise, as “Wollmeise Updates” or “When does Wollmeise update?” were some of the largest subsets of searches! And because I’ve been particularly lucky in being able to get Wollmeise I thought it would be helpful to others for me to write down what I know about Wollmeise updates.

First things first. If by some miracle you are a knitter and still haven’t found Ravelry, I suggest that you head over there right this instant and sign up. Trust me, it’s worth it! Secondly, if you are on Ravelry but haven’t joined the Wollmeiseholics Anonymous group, go ahead and do that too. Again, totally worth it if you’re Wollmeise stalking! In particular, pretty much everything I’m going to write in this post can be found in some form or another in that group. However, I have found that the information can be scattered and for a newbie who doesn’t know where anything is, it can be daunting to go through. But if you prefer to find things out on your own (hey, I like to do that myself!), then just head over there and learn the ropes. It can be done! I know because I did it! πŸ™‚

If for some reason unknown to me you don’t want to join Ravelry (really???), then following this post without the Ravelry references will still get you to score some Wollmeise, so don’t worry. However, joining Ravelry and the Wollmeiseholics Anonymous group *will* make things easier for you. Fair warning. Now for the goods:

1. Go to the Wollmeise website and bookmark the In Stock page for easy access. Is the page in German for you? Don’t worry! Click on the US flag on the upper right corner and everything will turn to English like magic! Make sure to bookmark AFTER clicking on the US flag so you don’t have to do it all the time! The In stock list is the page you want to refresh when stalking for updates – that’s the easiest way to do it!

2. Wollmeise update times have been changing a lot but since the beginning of the year Claudia (that’s the owner of Wollmeise) has decided to make them on Friday morning and Saturday afternoon**. That’s Germany time, not US! It’s never on a *specific* time, but there is a good range of times available. I usually catch the Friday morning times. That means it’s Friday EARLY morning or Thursday LATE night East Coast time depending on how you view it. Basically Friday between 1am-4am seems to be the range. For Saturday afternoon updates that’s Saturday morning East Coast time which usually happens between 9:30am-12pm. Again, these are *ranges* and is usually when I start stalking the site. It is possible that the update will happen a little earlier or later, but I’ve found that those time frames work for me.

**Update: As of June 2010, the updates are taking place on Friday morning and Friday afternoon. The times for Friday afternoon are the same as those for Saturday afternoon – usually 5pm Germany time, so around 11am East Coast time.

3. Before you start stalking, get the In stock list page up. Make sure you’re signed into your account. If you don’t have one yet, make an account! This will be necessary for when you’re actually buying the yarn. Do NOT wait until the update to sign in as you’ll miss out on a lot. Trust me.

4. The Wollmeise website is configured in such a way that right before the update goes live (as Claudia and her workers start putting up yarn on the site) the entire site – every page in it – will go GRAY for anywhere between 3 to 15 minutes. I’ve seen as much as an hour wait after it goes gray, but that’s very rare. Usually a gray screen means that the update will be live within the next 5 minutes, so you start refreshing quite constantly when you see that gray so that you don’t miss out when things go up! Finding out when the screen goes gray can happen in different ways. One, you can just keep hitting refresh every 10-15 minutes or so to see what is going on. Two (and what I usually do), you can refresh the Chatter Thread on the Wollmeiseholics Anonymous group every 15 minutes or so where someone will always yell out GRAY when they see a gray screen. I do this because I prefer to refresh the thread rather than the actual in stock list so I can read the chatter. But whatever works for you, as long as you can see when the screen turns gray.

4. What in the world? I don’t see gray right now but a bunch of flags! What is this? The flags are VERY common and you might as well get used to them right now. They basically are telling you that the server is overrun with people and is busy. Just keep refreshing through them! If you see a flag, hit refresh. Don’t stop and think about it as you might miss out on the update!

5. The update goes live – OMG there are so many colors! what do I do??? First off, there are many different ways to approach this. If you’ve been refreshing the In stock list – the best way to do it, IMO – you right away should open all the pages of the in stock list, if there are more than one, in tabs so you can see it all in a glance. You need to be quick about this! Make sure that you’ve done your homework and you KNOW what colors you’re looking for because these babies move fast and half of them won’t have pictures. This is where Ravelry and knowing what colors are what comes in handy! The second way is to have the colors you really want open (you do this BEFORE the update) and refresh those pages. Of course, in that case you have NO idea if the color you want will be updated that day, so it’s a risk. I only recommend doing this if you know for a fact you only want that color and *nothing* else!

6. So you click on a color you love and add it to the cart and OMG NO!!! More flags!!! What do I do??? Don’t worry, just keep on refreshing. If you’re sending it into the cart or checking out it will ask you to send the form again. Do it. Don’t worry about sending the form more than once, it will only go through once. Just keep refreshing and hitting “send” until it goes through. Make sure to go as fast as you can through checkout! There will be a page where you have to check a box to keep moving, so make sure that’s checked off or you’re losing precious time. Go as fast as you can – this is where speed *really* counts! Once you hit the page that says Pay with Paypal, you’ve got your yarn! Don’t worry about paying for it right then if you still want something else. You can just leave that window/tab open and use another tab to keep looking OR you can close it and when you receive your email confirmation there will be an order number there. You can then go to paypal later on and use the email address from the confirmation to send a payment to Claudia. Make sure at that point that you write the order number in the comments so she’ll know what it’s for. If you got cartjacked and lost your yarn, just go back to the in stock list and find something else you want! Things move fast, but during one update I usually do at least 2 and oftentimes 3 checkouts so there’s time to do that for sure.

7. How many skeins should I buy at once if they go so fast? That’s a good question. The main rule is that you should buy in sets of 2 or 5. The reason for it being the size of the envelopes that Claudia uses fit those amounts of skeins. So to minimize shipping costs (which aren’t cheap from Germany), you should try to go for 2 or 5 skeins. The orders will NOT be combined for shipping, so keep that in mind. If there are two colors I like and they’re right next to each other on the In stock page, I buy them together. If I feel like it’s a popular color and I know I won’t make it if I wait to add another color, I just check out with one.

8. Easter eggs. What the heck are those? Easter Eggs are colors that didn’t make it into the In Stock list – you have to hunt for them! The way I find easter eggs is either through pure sheer dumb luck – a color I wanted that I had open was available – OR I search for them. During the update you can see the in stock list and you KNOW what Claudia is offering that day. Either the Twin base or the 100% base or lace (could be all). Then you go into that section of the shop and start searching. Click on all the colors one by one – yes lots of flags! – and try to see if you can find one that says in stock! If you find one that wasn’t in the In Stock list, and you like the color, buy it and you’ve got yourself easter egg. πŸ™‚

9. What is this We’re Different section and what are grab bags? Grab bags are bags of skeins that are one-off. They are usually grouped by color groups (Teal, Purple, blue, red, etc.) and come in small sizes (2 skeins) or large sizes (5 skeins). There are grab bags that are a random mixture of color, as well as some that are “harmonious” colors. If you get a grab bag you won’t know what exact color you’re getting until it arrives. It’s like a surprise! I love getting grab bags because they’re fun. But if you don’t want to be surprised, then I’d steer clear of them. Usually grab bags are on Saturday updates and single skeins are Friday updates, but that is NOT always the case. I’ve seen grab bags in a few Friday updates (and vice versa), so keep that in mind!

10. How long will it take for me to get my yarn? That SO depends on the customs officer that receives your package, on how slow the mail is going, on a million different little things that it’s hard to say. I can say that I’ve had it take as little as 10 days and as long as 20. So, a little while. Definitely not instant gratification, if you’re the impatient sort!

11. Wollmeise is so expensive, though! $45 on destash at Ravelry! … If you just paid $45 for a skein of Wollmeise on Ravelry, you’ve been cheated. And I know that this will piss off some people, but I don’t care! If you are selling Wollmeise for that much, shame on you. Honestly, those people are making a huge PROFIT from selling you Wollmeise at that price. For 1 skein I pay – including shipping from Germany! – approximately $32 depending on how the dollar is doing vs the euro that day. I honestly believe that you should never pay more than $35 for a skein of Wollmeise from a destash. Please stop buying from people selling it for more. It just encourages the behavior, which I find atrocious – to make a profit on someone else’s hard work.

12. Once you get your skein, enjoy its yummy and gorgeous colors! Just look at this bouquet (I think it’s a bouquet!) of colors I received recently! πŸ˜€


And now for the fun stuff! As you can see, I bought two skeins of Stella Polaris (a very popular color right now!) and I didn’t mean to. I actually only wanted one skein – a little trigger happy with the finger there, LOL! I was going to sell it, but I thought wouldn’t it make a fun giveaway? So, up for grabs to one lucky winner, a skein of Wollmeise 100% in Stella Polaris:

Wollmeise 100% Sockenwolle

If you are interested, please leave a comment by the end of the day, Tuesday, April 13 letting me know if you have any other questions about Wollmeise that I didn’t cover in this post. Also, if you post about the giveaway on your blog, come back here and tell me you did so with a link to your blog to get yourself an extra chance to win! If I get a lot of questions about a certain thing, I will update this post with the info. The winner will be picked by Random Number Generator – US or Canada shipping only. Good luck everyone! πŸ˜€

69 thoughts on “Wollmeise Trilogy – Updates

  1. Ohh, this is not how I found you, but I have decided to try to win…. It is so lovely. I have a friend in Germany about 2 hours away from the store front, and I am trying hard to convince him that he wants to drive half way across the country to get me random yarn…. So far, no luck!

  2. Wow! Thanks for all the details! I am going to have to work up my knitting skills to being worthy of this yarn!! πŸ˜‰

    1. I couldn’t resist! It’s probably the only way I’ll ever have a skein of Wollmeise! I need to read your blog!

  3. Thanks for the info about wollmeise, i have never seen anything there, but I guess I am not checking at the right times.
    see you on ravelry!

  4. That’s a gorgeous color! I think you’ve pretty well covered how to get Woll, so I’ve got no questions πŸ™‚

  5. Love having this info..thank you very much..
    I bought a skein of Tiefer See from a friend (at the right price)and made Traveling Woman and love it!
    Would love a little more if tho I don’t NEED it!

  6. Ha. I actually DID find your site through a Wollmeise search, and have really enjoyed reading your blog ever since. What a cool and generous giveaway for you to do – both the tips and the yarn! Would sure love to win. Thanks!

  7. Nice instructions! I have never had the stomach (or wallet capacity) for Wollmeise! Still I want to know what all the fuss is about! πŸ™‚

    Here’s to the random number generator generating ME! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Wonderful instructions. I would get somewhat confused on the site having no idea about the actual colors since I’m not familiar with the names and then slow internet connection only made it stressful. This post has definitely clarified the process for me. Thanks.

  9. Oh, how I love the Wollmeise! What awesome instructions!! I had to read a billion posts on the WMA board before I figured it all out a few months ago. πŸ™‚ I think the only thing you didn’t cover is the difference between 100% and Twin.

    And for those that think WM is too expensive…consider the yardage (510 yards for Twin and 575 yards for 100%) and compare it to the price per yard of your favorite indie dyer, and WM is probably a smokin’ deal!

  10. Here’s my Comment because I would love to win your giveaway yarn.
    Lina, I have finished my neckwarmer/snood using the Malabrigo Applewood from your giveaway last Noevmber.
    This Malabrigo yarn feels so good around my neck.
    I am supposing this is my opportunity to try out Wollmeise 100% Merino superwash wool :^)
    Now I’m on my way to Rav.

  11. Yay for Wollmeise! Guess if I want to give this a shot, I better hijack my DH’s new computer, mine is as slow as molasses and I wouldn’t be able to buy anything!

  12. Hi Lina! Love your blog. You make such beautiful knitted items that my to-be-knit list is growing faster than I can knit. And of course, I always love the pictures of the furkids πŸ™‚

    I would love a skein of Wollmeisse!

    Thanks for your generosity,

  13. Thanks for the great info! I’ve always heard all sorts of great things about it, but never got a chance to get my hands on any. Thank you for the lovely giveaway. πŸ™‚

  14. That was a great write up on how to get Wollmeise! I’ve been trying to get lace but either miss it or a friend will lose it with all the flags at check out.

  15. Oh.My.God. You are GIVING AWAY a skein of Wollmeise? I want it! I don’t have any yet, but I’ve heard so many wonderful things about the yarn! Thanks for the tutorial. πŸ™‚

  16. Thank you for perhaps the clearest explanation of how to acquire this elusive yarn. I have been hesitant to go the destash route (I do have a kit on the way though) but I would rather try to get the colors I want than the ones people are trying to offload. I would be happy with a few skeins; I don’t get the hoarding thing at all.

  17. This is the best writeup I’ve read on catching an update. THANK YOU SO MUCH! don’t give that skein of “my favorite color” away – I’ll trade with you – look in my stash!! πŸ™‚ THANKS!

  18. Thanks for a very clear and concise write up on how it works. If I dont win this contest…. I guess I will have to stay up all night to see if I can score some.

  19. What a wonderfully informative blog post! I poured over every word and learned a lot. I have a couple of skeins of WM but I purchased them from friends. I’d love to get some more but have never managed to hit an update.

    I was surprised to see she does Saturday updates. It made me very Happy!

    Thank you for such a generous giveaway!

  20. Let me see, would I like to win a skein of Wollmiese? Hmmm?

    Only if I can knit it into something as pretty as you make! Great idea for a giveaway πŸ˜‰

  21. I don’t claim to be a Wollmeise junkie, since I’ve never seen it in person. This may open up a whole new world of addiction for me! I am a dark, luscious blue junkie however. Pretty much all blues really. Thanks for the super giveaway!

  22. I luved the detailed info on the yarn. I knew the yarn existed, but was never able to purchase a skein of it. Thanks again!!!

  23. I would love to win a skein of Woolmeise. and your blog is great.
    I think that it would be make a beautiful Simple Things shawlette.

  24. Oh my! What a lovely color. How incredibly generous of you to share the wealth of both a skein of Wollmeise and the amazingly detailed way to acquire other skeins.

  25. Wow, that was a very thorough post. I’ve always wondered how people actually obtain WM. Now I know and I’m going to be all over it! Thanks!

  26. Hi Lina!

    Your post is very informative, and from the looks of it, you have some very appreciative readers, me included! I joined the Wollmeise group on Ravelry, and will go directly to the Wollmeise site to create an account, so when I have some extra money sometime, I can get some of this beautiful yarn.

  27. I’ve never touched Wollmeise, it looks quite pretty tho. Especially the blue. πŸ™‚ (Funny, odd fact: I live on Stricker Drive…aka Knitter Drive! How funny is that?!)

  28. I have been reading your blog for a while now, admiring all your FOs. I’ve recently caught the Wollmeise bug as well, so it was a very pleasant (and welcome) surprise to read all these tips from a seasoned WM shopper. I’d found some of them on Rav already, but it’s great to have them consolidated in such a helpful way. Thank you!

  29. Giving away a skein of Wollmeise?!? Yes please! I’ve knit a sock blanket square with a mini-skein before, but I’ve not had a whole skein to myself before. It’s gorgeous stuff – and that seems to be a really well written stalking guide. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  30. I can’t believe someone is willing to give away Wolmeisse! I’ve been admiring the stuff for years now, and would love to try it! I used to stalk the website, and never had any luck. After reading your tutorial I think I might feel compelled to try again πŸ˜‰

    Thanks again

  31. I have recently discovered wollmeise and I am addicted.
    The colors are what has caught my attention,beautiful colors.
    I scored a skein of oxident on ebay that was way overpriced πŸ™ .
    Your information on this blog has been so helpful …thank you

  32. I have never had the chance to knit with Wollmeise, but hear rave reviews about it. I might have to convince my brother who is going to Germany this summer to try and go to the store.

  33. I have yet to use Wollmeise, partially because I’m afraid I’ll get addicted! If I happen to win, I won’t turn it down… πŸ™‚

  34. This is an awesome post! I’ve only ever bought Wollmeise through destash (but not for $45 — for shame!), as the website completely intimidates me. You covered a lot of ground, and I actually don’t have any questions. I might be able to survive a Wollmeise update now…

  35. Wow! you always share the best info. Who else would help out the Wollmeise hunters. I have never worked with it certainly looks pretty. I have really be enjoying the shawls you have been posting. Can’t wait for the next one.

  36. Great post! I happened upon a WM site update once a few years ago and it felt like Christmas! I usually find that site so frustrating to navigate, trying to see what’s in stock, but now that you’ve laid out such a comprehensive list of tips, I may set my alarm clock to try and catch the next update! Thanks!

  37. I enjoy your blog tremendously and the information is helpful. Makes me think I might even be able to wade into the crazy wollmeise waters!

  38. Beautiful colors! I’ve seen and heard so much about Wollmeise but have yet to try it. And what great info for the hunters out there! πŸ˜€

  39. You rock for giving us all this good info on how to buy Wollmeise! I love, love, love this yarn and have had little success getting it (except for a skein I paid far too much for on ebay).

  40. i have no other questions about wollmeise except why does EVERYONE love it so much??? I’ve not had the privilege of trying it out myself so I’d love to win πŸ™‚

  41. I’d like to know what it is about the Wollmeise that you love so much? And how did you find it in the first place to become such an addict?

    Thanks for the great update! although.. it will be harder now that everyone knows how πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for the give-away – very generous of you! I have seen & “petted” but never used the Woll!

  42. I found your blog through Yarn Intercept. I will read your Wollmeise tips and take them seriously! I have 3 skeins but I bought from a friend who is destashing….for the RIGHT price. πŸ™‚

  43. I tried to buy a skein of Wollmeise and got one in my shopping basket but I couldn’t see what colour it was so I cancelled it. Why couldn’t I see the color. Thanks. So I’ve still got no Wollmeise.

    1. Sometimes the colors are not pictured (as I mentioned in the post – see #5 above). If you want to see what all the colors are, join Ravelry and look through people’s stashes and/or look at a Wollmeise group where they have pictures of all the colors. In particular, the German Wollmeise group has an alphabetical list of all colors with pictures in their group pages. Hope that helps and good luck on your Wollmeise stalking!

  44. I have wanted to own some of this yarn for over a year. I wish that they had a waiting list for those of us who have never been able to purchase this yarn.

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