Sunday, December 27, 2009

Good King Wollmeise

I knew he was up to something when this gift was the first to appear under the tree.



And when this sign appeared on our door on Christmas eve, I knew he was up to something... elaborate.


Christmas morning, this is what I found...

At the door...



 And down the hall...



And in the kitchen...



Kevin (a.k.a. Love of my Life) was "perplexed" by all of this, but shrugged and got down to the business of Christmas morning.  And a lovely Christmas morning it was...




...until almost everything was opened, and then he "heard something" in the basement and went to "investigate".

After dramatic commotion downstairs and an apparently valiant struggle on the part of the "intruder", Kevin came upstairs with this:




I didn't really understand why there were hooks on his back, until the Mexican Hat Dance started to play (loudly) in the living room.



Dudes, it was a SHAUN THE SHEEP PINATA.
He MADE me a PINATA.

There was about 20 minutes of hysterical laughter on my part, and then the destruction of Kevin's carefully crafted paper mache Shaun the Sheep began in earnest (in fairness, I had a hunch at what kind of gifts might have been wrapped into a sheep pinata and the destruction didn't take very long at all.  There's video.  I'm not sharing it here. Suffice to say I was not at my most ladylike.)

I was right about the contents.




And it wasn't just any yarn.



Wollmeise.  Gorgeous, unattainable, precious, oft-compared-to-crack Wollmeise. There is a veritable cult around this stuff. It's made in Germany, and new stock usually sells out of the online shop within 3-4 minutes of being added.  You cannot get it.  And when I first said these things to Kevin sometime last summer... well, let's just say that Kevin loves a challenge.

Not only did he craft an elaborate 2-day build up to the unveiling of a paper-mache sheep that took him a couple of sleepless nights to build.  He joined Ravelry (to all of you who helped a myterious forum-member who called himself "Centrino", thank you thank you thank you).  He emailed Claudia. He stalked the forums and EBay. He stayed up to catch the site update.  He emailed de-stashers.  And over the past 2-3 months, he got his hands on 15 skeins.

I am so loved. (Plus, I have Wollmeise.)

29 comments:

  1. wow just wow, you scored big on the holiday gifts and in the guy department for sure! congrats :)

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  2. Wow! What an incredible gift! I'm so happy for you! What a thoughtful hubby you have!

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  3. that is so cool! He bought a skein of Rhabarber from me, and I was happy to aid in his quest. Enjoy your lovely yarn and your nice BF.

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  4. If only all men understood how amazing Wollmeise is! That is so thoughtful of him, you are so lucky!
    I can't wait to see which projects you choose for it :)

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  5. Hahha I just showed my husband and he said "{Expletive Deleted} that guy!!"

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  6. Wow, if you haven't married that guy, marry him. Now. If you're already married, marry him again. That's pretty much the best Christmas gift EVER given to a knitter, I'm sure. You're guy is a gem -- don't let him go.

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  7. (And by "you're guy", I of course, meant YOUR guy.) Doh!

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  8. I was excited about the pinata (that's what low standards I have), but full of yarn? What a man!

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  9. I think I just fell in love with your husband (but in a totally appropriate platonic sheepy way) That's amazing.

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  10. Kevin is amazing. What a great gift!

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  11. Oh warm warm happy feelings - we share your joy

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  12. Bugger the wool, I want your man. Hand him over immediately!

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  13. I think I need to introduce my BF to your Kevin - what a great guy!!

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  14. Love the calendar, Its already hanging up in my spare room with the yarn stash! Great fun today, here's the recipe for the cookies!
    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Snickerdoodles-I/Detail.aspx

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  15. Amazing stuff! Yikes - he is a KEEPER!

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  16. HOLY CATS! He's a keeper! That Shawn looked great too!

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  17. Are you by any chance sharing your man? Or does he have brothers?

    Dang...

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  18. That is truly incredible? Mine wouldn't even think to try a buy just one skein...

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  19. What a wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing. Gifts are most wonderful when they demonstrate how much thought went into the giving. I love shaun the sheep!

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  20. That is just amaaaaazing - what a brilliant husband you have! When I think of the time and thought that went into this, I'm just speechless

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  21. OMG!!! That is the best Christmas story and gift ever!!!

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  22. That is so freakin' awesome. I'm seriously about to cry!

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  23. WOW! What a wonderful, hard working, creative hubby you have. WOW!

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  24. You are loved. You are also bitterly, passionately envied.

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  25. Awesome. Do you think hubby would be willing to share how he made that pinata? I need to make one for my little girls party.... please. How did he do the head?

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  26. i don't know who you are or where you are lol, but we really really really really want a shaun the sheep pinata! long story, we want it for our wedding. we can't find one anywhere! then we saw your website and omg awesome!! if we could hire whoever made this pinata, that would rule. cheers, mike

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