I hope your new year is off to a good start! We hit the ground running, with a slew of new
classes scheduled and some stunning new yarns on the shelves! Beginning Knitting, Crocheted Hats, Zig Zag Colorwork Cowl, Short Row Workshop, Intro to Spindle Spinning, Puerperium Baby Sweater,
Cabled Hats . . . so much to choose from! And if you're in town this Saturday afternoon, our Continental Knitting workshop still has spaces
Among our new yarns are three laceweights from the Japanese brand Ito. We now have Kouki, a silk-ramie fusion that looks like spun metals; Kinu, a textured silk; and Gima, a narrow cotton ribbon with the appearance of paper. I love what I've seen of them knitted up singly, and I can't wait to play with them in combination with other yarns.
Coming up this Tuesday, February 10, which would normally be our first Knit Night of the month, is a screening ofKeepers of the Loom at North Gate Hall (room 105, 7:00) on the UC Berkeley campus (at Hearst Aveunue; a short walk from Claddagh). In lieu of Knit Night and because the description of the film resonates with what so many knitters hold dear--tradition handed down from one generation of women to another, beautiful and skilled handwork--I'm suggesting we support the filmmaker, Reet Mae, who will speak and answer questions, and the Estonian Society of San Francisco by attending. From Keepers of the Loom:
Dear Friends of Claddagh,
We've just put together a great batch of classes to start in the new year! Kira Dulaney's six-session Sweater Workshop will kick things off in mid-January, closely followed by Zoe Gladstone's Sampler Shawl (Texelle) Workshop. A series of crochet classes--Beginning Crochet, Crocheted Hats, and Kira's Belle Époque Shawl--are coming up, as are some skill-building sessions (Fixing--and Avoiding--Mistakes, anyone?). You'll find details here, and, as always, feel free to stop in, write, or call with any questions.
Since Claddagh will be closed a bit over the holidays, we'll keep extra hours tomorrow (Monday)
and Tuesday--and if while shopping for your favorite knitter you can't decide between the Freia and the Phydeaux, the Malabrigo and the MadelineTosh, don't worry: we've got gift certificates!
We're happy to mail them, too, in case you can't make it to the shop.
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.