It's hopping at the shop these days! Between the onset of autumn weather and the upcoming holidays, a lot of us are getting in the groove--and in the interest of supporting said groove, Claddagh's got a couple of special events scheduled . . .
Many of you know Judy Smith, friend of Claddagh and the woman behind the handmade Alice+Alma project bags we carry. Judy sews all of her bags here in Berkeley, and has just designed new pieces that she's worked up in some great fabric combinations.
Claddagh will host Judy and her Alice+Alma pop-up shop this Saturday from noon to four o'clock. A locally and well-made, one-of-a-kind, beautiful project bag or notions case makes a great gift for your favorite knitter or crocheter! Judy will also be taking special orders for custom bags.
It's been a year now since I opened Claddagh's door, and I couldn't be happier about or more grateful
for the experience. To celebrate our first trip around the sun, we'll have a little party
this Saturday, and we'd love it if you'd join us! The shop opens at eleven, and then
from two to five o'clock we'll have refreshments, music (Paul Chaffee on fiddle, Lewis Santer on guitar!) to knit by, the wonderful company of your fellow knitters, some pretty fantastic prizes,
and good vibes in abundance.
About the prizes: I'd like both to thank Claddagh knitters for supporting the shop as well as to create a forum to share their projects, and so we'll have a special drawing for those who send me photos of their finished projects (knitted with yarn from Claddagh) that I can post on the Claddagh website's Customer Projects page. For each photo sent (to firstname.lastname@example.org; please also note the yarn and pattern), knitters will be entered for a chance to win some lovely yarns. Want to see?
We'll also have a prize drawing for those who come to the party in their handknits as well as one for everyone who shops at Claddagh between now and the end of day Saturday. I have so many great prizes to share! Thank you to all of the companies pictured, who donated to our special day.
Friends of Claddagh: Berkeley's annual Sunday Streets festival is this weekend! From Rose to Haste Streets Shattuck Avenue will be closed to traffic and open to musicians and roller skaters and chess players, bakers, artists, dancers, and diners! This year Claddagh wants to get knitters in the mix.
From eleven until five on Sunday Claddagh will have tables, chairs, and a picnic blanket out in the arts and crafts section of the festival--between Lincoln and Francisco Streets--for a knitting / crocheting / spinning circle. Come join us to work on your project, meet new friends, talk yarn, and introduce the larger Berkeley community to ours.
We'll have a drawing for a free class and are happy to offer a 10 percent Sunday discount to all those who knit/spin/crochet with us at the festival!
So bring your projects on Sunday and make a day of it! Up with Berkeley!