70,137 stitches

29226154160_9491c644eb_bThis is the correct answer to the question of how many stitches can be found in Åsa Tricosa’s “Boon Lay” shawl, which was on display at the Wollmeise stand.

None of the 222 people who participated in the contest estimated the exact number (we would have been very amazed if someone had managed that!), but with a guess of 70,000, Andrea O. got awfully close.

Congratulations, Andrea!

The most common guess was approximately 23,000 stitches, give or take 500 stitches, and the other guesses ranged from 400 to more than 1.7 million.

There is a package with the Wollmeise lace donated by Claudia and a pattern signed by Åsa on its way to Andrea. Thanks to both of them for making this contest possible and to everyone who took part!

Thank you, everyone!

image_mediumWollfest Hamburg 2016 has come to a close, and we’d like to give everyone our heartfelt thanks. To the fabulous exhibitors who brought their beautiful wares for us all to admire, to the talented designers who taught workshops and shared their skills in the marketplace, to our generous sponsor, to our numerous volunteers who cheerfully helped, and of course to all our visitors: you were the reason we did this and it would not have been possible without each and every one of you.

Now we have the last few details to wind up, and a lot of sleep to catch up on. We will be announcing the contest winner in just a few days, so watch this space!


Who is selling what?

Many of you will be showing up at Wollfest with a long shopping list, and you’d like to head to the stands with the corresponding goodies first.

This is not a problem. Together with the exhibitors, we have compiled a “who is selling what” list. This list will answer many of your questions, such as where you can find a certain brand of yarn, or a certain accessory or tool, or who sells fiber or other special things you are hoping to find. The list contains lots of terms, names, etc. followed by numbers – the stand numbers of the Wollfest exhibitors, where you will have an excellent chance of finding exactly what you’re looking for.

You can download this list here or check it out on the info board at Wollfest.

There’s always something happening in the marketplace

Not everyone attending Wollfest has booked workshops, but that isn’t necessary because there is so much else going on.

The marketplace will be offering lots of different attractions that are free of charge and where no registration is needed.

Nancy Marchant will be signing books, Martina Behm will show us how to wear her shawls elegantly, Åsa Tricosa and Yarnissima will be giving mini-workshops on their personal clever knitting tricks, Melanie Berg will have a Q & A session, Hilke will be presenting her silk production when she’s not sitting at her sock knitting machine, and much more.

The marketplace schedule can be downloaded here. And this schedule can also be found during Wollfest in the corresponding marketplaces – yes, there are several – so you can be sure of not missing anything you’re interested in!

Martina Behm reads and Melanie Berg answers

MartinaBehmMartina Behm will be reading a column (in German) that she wrote on the subject of “knitting in difficult times”. In her text she tackles the question of how people can knit socks, for example, in times like these. This reading is taking place on Saturday at 3 pm in Workshop Room 6.

Melanie Berg fotoAlso in Workshop Room 6, at 4 pm, Melanie Berg will hold a Q & A session on everything having to do with knitting and her patterns. So if you have any questions for her, this is the place for you.

Both of these fun events are of course free of charge and no registration is needed.

You will find the complete marketplace activity schedule here soon.

New patterns at Wollfest

Our event is a celebration of our favorite hobby, and some of the designers attending are using the occasion to release brand new patterns. We consider this an honor and think their numerous fans will be thrilled too.

Åsa Tricosa is releasing a pattern for a shawl called “Boon Lay”, and it is also the shawl we are using for our competition. The pattern can be bought at the Wollmeise stand and will be available through Ravelry later.

Janukke is publishing “Verum”, and this shawl pattern can be found at the Frida Fuchs stand. It will be available on September 15th through Ravelry.

Nicolor will have two new patterns available in printed form at Wollfest: “Oblique” and “Compensation”. One is a cowl and one is a scarf, and the patterns can be found at our pop-up store together with a download code for the digital version (available at the end of the month).


Wollfest Hamburg has a sponsor





Wollfest Hamburg is being sponsored by ggh and Rebecca, one of the biggest and most popular yarn manufacturers in Germany.

The company has a broad range of different yarns, and recently they have turned more and more to manufacturing yarn made from natural fibers. This is reflected in the fact that ggh is a GOTS*-certified company, although this does not apply to all yarns that the company produces. Worthy of mention here is the recycled yarn “REVA”, which is manufactured using recycled jeans.

The magazine “Rebecca” shows what all can be made from these numerous beautiful yarns.

All Wollfest visitors who bought their tickets and workshops in presale will be given a free Rebecca and ggh bag containing a small surprise.

*GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard



Check in your coat or bag for a good cause

ZFZ_logo_4c_300dpiWe are following in the footsteps of the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and have turned over the coat check to a charity organization so that they can raise money for their (excellent) cause.

The coat check at Wollfest Hamburg will be run by the “Zeit für Zukunft – Mentoren für Kinder e.V.” organization, who put children in challenging living situations together with a mentor. The mentor gives the child their time, an open ear and lots of support. By doing things together, the child discovers his or her strengths and gains in self-confidence. And with the mentor at their side, the children have an easier path into adulthood.

“Zeit für Zukunft” (which means “Time for the Future”, by the way) will also be offering a yarn-winding service.  http://wollfest-hamburg.de/en/infos/#yarnwinding

100% of the money they raise at Wollfest will go towards supporting their charitable cause.You can read more about them here (site in German only): https://www.zeitfuerzukunft.org

Details about the coat check can be found here:

The Bistro at Wollfest

logo_cafemylysHungry or thirsty? Hanna will take care of all your culinary needs at Wollfest. In real life she runs café mylys, so will be a familiar face to many people from the Hamburg area.

Her coffee is legendary and let’s not even get started on her cakes and quiches…

At Wollfest, Hanna will be selling her coffee and cold beverages along with a vegan couscous salad with lots of herbs and different vegetables. Feta cheese can be ordered to go with it. There will also be sandwiches (on organic rolls) and a classic Bockwurst (sausage) for the carnivores. And for those with a sweet tooth, there will be a sweet dish made from quark & pureed berries and buttermilk balls available too.

Hanna will have a bistro on the ground floor directly underneath the “Blauer Saal” and will also have a stand selling drinks next to the door to the lounge.

Pop-up Store

We will be running a so-called pop-up store with great items from people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to take part this year.

Dye For Yarn, for example. The masterminds behind this brand, Cordula and Nicole, can’t attend in person, but are sending us a good amount of yarn to sell for them.

Then there’s “Drechslerwerkstatt Matthes”, the woodworker, who unfortunately had to cancel Wollfest due to health reasons. He is sending us a nice selection of spindles for our stand.

Friederike Karsten is a ceramic artist based in northern Germany who has made a series of very beautiful yarn bowls specially for Wollfest.

Nicolor, designer extraordinaire and co-organizer of Wollfest, will be offering her patterns out through the pop-up store as well.

And last but not least, we will have some amazing project bags as well as wooden yarn ball holders for you.

There will also be lots of different marketplace activities happening at the pop-up store, so make sure to check in regularly while you’re at Wollfest!


HanddyedBerlinEvelin from Berlin is having a true premiere at Wollfest. Her handdyedberlin company is so new, that her homepage will be launched afterwards.

Evelin is an interior decorator by trade, a job in which creativity is an important aspect, but which didn’t quite provide her day-to-day life with as much of it as she wished. She therefore turned to knitting to bring even more creativity into her leisure time.

She then started dying yarn, initially with food coloring, and only for her own use. She posted the results on Instagram – just for the fun of it – and more and more people asked her whether she would sell it.

Evelin by now kettle-dyes her yarn professionally. She’ll be presenting the results of her skills, which she learned during her vocational training, on merino, silk and cashmere.

www.handdyedberlin.com   (website launch planned in October 2016)


Wolleverliebt_logo_schwarzThanks to great patterns and fine yarns in beautiful colors, Wolleverliebt has been popular within the knitting community for the last four years. The yarns are created from merino, silk, yak and cashmere, and the colorways range from to semi-solids to high-contrast.

Wolleverliebt will also be bringing knitting accessories from Della Q, HiyaHiya, KnitPro and Clover to Wollfest


Early Bird Special

Those who have already bought a ticket in presale have the opportunity to avoid the long lines at the Wollfest doors. By picking up your wristband early, you can walk straight into the building and head to your favorite yarn dealer or workshop.

Where can wristbands be picked up?

On Thursday, September 1st from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at mylys, Weidenallee 12, 20357 Hamburg


On Friday, September 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in front of the Miralles Hall of the Jugendmusikschule (where Wollfest is taking place), Mittelweg 42, 20148 Hamburg.

We will also be issuing wristbands on Saturday, September 3rd starting at 9:00 am. Doors open at 10:00!

Important: please make sure that you do not put your wristband on too loosely – if it can be pulled off over your hand, it’s too loose and we’ll have to replace it at the door.




The Wollfest 2016 “How Many Stitches” Competition

Thanks to the enthusiasm and cooperation of Åsa Tricosa and Wollmeise, we will have a fun competition for everyone to take part in at Wollfest 2016.

Åsa, a popular knitwear designer who is teaching three sold-out workshops at Wollfest, has designed a lacy shawl to be released on the Wollfest Hamburg weekend. We will be exhibiting this shawl at Wollfest, with a question directed at all visitors:

How many stitches are there in this shawl?

Could it be 700? 7,000,000? Åsa is a clever one, so it might not be as straightforward of an answer as you think. ;-) The shawl can be found close to the Wollmeise Stand.

The person who guesses the number closest to Åsa’s calculation will not only receive a free pattern of the shawl, they will also win a 300g skein of Wollmeise lace yarn, which Claudia of Wollmeise has kindly donated to the contest. We will be collecting answers until Wollfest closes its doors on Sunday.

We’d like to thank Åsa and Claudia for their generosity, and we look forward to seeing your answers!

Wellness at Wollfest

Martina BuskeWe want everyone to feel great at Wollfest, and there’s just no place for tense shoulders and sore necks. But what to do if you have a stiff neck from looking at all that yarn or tense muscles from working on an overly complicated pattern?

Martina Buske is ready for this and more at Wollfest Hamburg. She will massage out those knots in shoulder and neck with skillful hands so that nothing can stand in the way of spending a relaxed weekend surrounded by yarn.


Finding your way easily around Wollfest

Planning is a good thing. To help you, we have put together a map that shows you where you can find which exhibitor, where food and beverages are to be found, where the workshops are taking place and anything else you might need to know about the Wollfest location.

You can print out this map in the download section of the website and plan your route to your favorite yarn dealers in advance. Enjoy!



imageIf you make something by hand, you also want the finished piece to have buttons that are just as nice as the yarn you used, and that are made from natural materials. But sometimes they just aren’t that easy to find. Good thing that Franz Budke will be among the exhibitors of Wollfest with his Button-Collectors-Club!

Whether they’re made from mother of pearl, corozo, coconut, wood, buffalo horn, metal or glass, you will find the best manufactured buttons at the Button-Collectors-Club stand.


Woolyimpi collective

Born in sunny South Africa, Vicki Marais made her way to Europe, where she met a lot of talented people who shared their craft skills with her. She quickly became addicted, and spinning in particular felt like “coming home”.

After a friend suggested that she sell her unique spun yarn, she started her Woolyimpi business. Over the years she added handmade Fimo clay buttons as well as a small assortment of handy needle carry-alls.

Vicki will be sharing her crafts with us at Wollfest this year.




Filzrausch: another Wollfest attraction. Not only will there be lots of beautiful fiber and accessories for spinning and felting at their stand, there will also be a lot of knowledge on the topic of dyeing to be found.

The offerings will range from fleeces to tops from different breeds of sheep – undyed, single and multi-colored, and more.

When it comes to accessories, Filzrausch will bring lots of items for spinning, felting and dyeing. Worth special notice are the Wosepo acid dyes, which can be used for dyeing all wool, silk and polyamide fibers.


himawari knits

Logo 300dpi Himawari V01 030816Graphic patterns and straight fits are what characterize Claudia Eisenkolb’s designs, which, together with her chosen colors and yarn structures, give her knitted objects a very harmonious look. None of these elements overpower the other aspects of her patterns.

Under the himawari knits label, Claudia offers out patterns for pullovers, shawls, socks, cowls and hats via Ravelry as well as brick and mortar stores.

Claudia is also taking part in Wollfest this September and will be selling her patterns as well as presenting finished models. She will even have a brand new pullover design ready – published during Wollfest!


Saturday or Sunday?

One of the questions we are frequently asked is whether Saturday or Sunday is the best day to visit Wollfest. And our answer? If you enjoy being around a whole lot of people, then Saturday is your day.

But that doesn’t mean that those who decide on Sunday will be lonely. However, they will have it a little easier getting to the stands, will be able to grab a seat in the lounge quicker, and won’t be faced with quite as long of a line at the coat check or the bistro.

Also, the exhibitors will all be distributing their goods between the two days, so you don’t have to worry about only finding Saturday’s leftovers on Sunday.

And for those who just can’t decide: book a weekend ticket. But please keep in mind: the presale for tickets at a slightly lower price is only going until August 10th. (FYI: workshops can still be booked until the end of the month!)


vegarnWhether it’s certified cotton, handspun yarn from nettle or hemp from Nepal, or soy yarn, what Marlin has to offer is definitely of plant origin.

But she has set herself other standards as well: no testing on animals, as little packaging as possible, CO2-neutral delivery and much more. There is also a special tencel yarn available for which there is a crowdfunding campaign running until August 20th (https://www.startnext.com/tencel).

You will find an excellent selection of all these yarns at Wollfest this year.