I think it’s wonderful when something serendipitous happens, don’t you? The chance decision to go and look for a coffee, down a street we don’t usually go, found us falling into the most delightful cafe, that just happens to be directly connected to a wool and yarn shop! Bingo!
The name of this gorgeous little wonderland is Mylys. From the street, you see Myly’s cafe on the left and Mylys yarn store on the right. They both have their own front doors – but once you’re inside, you see they are connected by a small opening in the adjoining wall – tempting coffee drinkers to take up knitting and knitters to buy a coffee. Win-win, I say!
I couldn’t let another moment pass, without sharing some of this special place with you.
It is not only one of the best resources for wool and yarn I have found here in Hamburg, it is also one of the loveliest. Full of colour – each nook of carefully curated yarn makes you want to touch them all, just to compare texture, weight and softness. How on earth do you choose just one?
Need Alpaca? Merino? Organic cotton? Look no further. Many of the yarns have a knitted example near them – so you can see what it looks like and how it feels knitted up. Genius! Just some of the brands of yarn available here include: Bremont, Malabrigo, Filatura di Crosa, Zitron & Schoppel Wolle. Quince & Co, Cascade, madelinetosh and Jamieson & Smith to name a few.
There are gorgeous examples of little cardigans, beanies, cowls and mittens – which make me want to knit and crochet all winter long in front of an open fire. The attention to detail here is romantic and genuine. You can really see Naima – Mylys owner and her small team of helpers are, what they like to call themselves – Fiber Enthusiasts! They’re all more than willing to help you find just the right kind of yarn and colour for your next project.
I think what surprised me most, was their large collection of pattern books and magazines, for knitting and crochet crazies – in English. This is not something I am used to seeing here, unless I am standing in front of the international press section in a newsagency. There is obviously many choices in German too, but it’s clear they have enough expat or tourist patronage, to need to carry publications in english too.
They offer classes too, which run over one evening a week for approximately 3 weeks – for those beginners out there wanting to try something new. I think it’s wonderful these age-old skills are continuously being passed on. I hope this knowledge never fades. There is even a ball winding service – where they charge €0.50 per ball – should you have yarn that needs winding. If you buy your yarn here though, it’s free and you can do it yourself!
The best part about finding this wonderful haven is that there is Knit Night from 6.30pm – 11pm on the first Friday of every month! The fact that it is joined to a cafe, means you can knit, sip, munch and talk all at the same time! It’s an open invitation – so I am hoping to join them with my very modest crochet projects very soon. Who knows – maybe it’ll become a monthly thing.
Should you ever be in Hamburg – and love yarn – make sure Myly’s is on your list!
Maybe I’II see you there!
Mylys can be found here:
They are open:
Tue – Fri 11.00 am – 7.00 pm
Sa 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
“Knit Night” every 1st Friday of the month 6.30 pm – 11.00 pm
Just so you know, this is not a sponsored post. My opinions and observations are my own and I wanted to share them with you.