I don’t really think I can come up with a better combination that yarn and coffee. This combination together with the shop/cafe Die Mercerie, it’s proprietor Sabine and it’s lovely staff has brought so much joy to my life in Munich. A well as being an absolutely stunning shop it is also a fantastically social place to visit. It’s a place where you can bring your family and friends, even if they don’t really care for yarn at all. It’s the only yarn shop I have ever been in with my husband (several times) where he is happy to stay for a while as long as he has coffee and cake.
But apart from all that, what is it that makes me think this is such a great concept? Well let me tell you a little thing about me. I’m from Jutland in Denmark and it is commonly said that people from Jutland don’t like to spend money. Now I know from personal experience that this is not true of everyone, but it is probably true of me to some extent. If I am going to spend any kind of serious money on good yarn I need a good reason and I most definitely must not feel pressured in any way.
In Die Mercerie I could come several times a week, sit down, have a coffee and a chat, walk around looking (and feeling) the yarn, sit down for a think, go home, decide what I wanted to make, come back, have another coffee and look at different colour options and then buy. It suits me perfectly, and perhaps I’m not the only one.
The shop building is a funny long shape, which is perfect for displaying all the lovely antique shelves that Sabine has found around the place. If you get off the Ubahn at Maillingerstraße and walk North/West up Nymphenburgerstraße you will come across a bike covered in yarn on the right hand side. Behind it, a bit away from the road, you spot the shop. The windows are full of wonderful displays, among other my favourite, the dolls shop that actually looks very much like the real shop.
One of the first yarns you come across when entering the shop is the Koigu display. I would never have thought I was into variegated yarns, but I am loving the Koigu.
The shop carries quite a bit of Rowan. One of my favourites is the Purelife British Sheep Breeds Chunky in Blue Faced Leicester. This is the same one that I used for the free Dirghagama baby cardigan one-skein wonder pattern.
I have been looking at the Handmaiden Casbah yarn (particularly the Lily Pond colourway) since the first time I stepped into the shop. For a long time I felt it was much too expensive for me. But after having looked at it for so long, realising that there was only one of that colour left and with the move closing in, I finally decided that maybe it wasn’t too expensive after all. It will make for a pretty shawl (I’m already thinking of what pattern to design).
Die Mercerie also stocks buttons, fabric, oilcloth, embroidery thread and much more.
One of my favourite yarns in the shop is the Holst Garn, perfect for stranded colour-work. It goes well with Jamieson’s and it is probably the yarn I have been buying most of.
Down at the bottom of the shop is the cafe part. My favourite view down here is the Manos del Uruguay yarn hanging along the wall.
Last but not least is the coffee machine and you can just spot the book shelves to the left.
I am sure going to miss this place and the people I’ve met there.