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!
Our FedEx and UPS delivery men know something's up: Claddagh's been receiving small mountains of boxes for several days now. We've been stocking up and are happy to say that the shelves are full to bursting with the most beautiful yarns . . .
Our Dream in Color Jilly and Everlasting DK are replenished and in some pretty great autumn shades,
we've brought in a few choice colorways of Noro Silk Garden Sock,
Hello! I hope you've had a fantastic summer. I'd say we've still got sunshine in store, but last week a couple of days hinted at the onset of autumn, and I have to say, I was a little giddy at the prospect. Sweater weather's wating in the wings!
And while sweaters are of course all sorts of wonderful, it's actually knitted skirts that I've had on the brain lately. If you've been in the shop recently, you'll have seen the Lanesplitter Skirt on display. It's a great simple knit--a bias-knit rectangle, seamed and given a waistband--that is so fun to work up in a self-striping yarn (ours is made is Noro Silk Garden). The Lanesplitter (designed by Tina Whitmore) was my first knitted skirt, and I've found it to be so comfortable and flattering that I've got a handful of others planned: Yumiko Sakurai's Running Stitch Skirt, Kira Dulaney's Bell Curve, Cecily Glowick-MacDonald's Chelsea Skirt. All of these call for worsted-weight yarn, and so can be knit up in plenty of time for Berkeley's late-September/early-October temperature drop. I'll be working on mine at the blue shop table--feel free to join me to knit your own!
Another exciting autumn development: handspinning is coming to Claddagh! Lauren Zimmermann will teach our first drop spindle spinning class next month; you'll find details on the classes page, and if you'd like to learn, there are still a couple of spaces available. We've also begun to carry Ashford student drop spindles as well as Ashford Corriedale top and Malabrigo merino top, with an eye to expanding our fiber section soon . . . (Other upcoming classes include Concentric Circles Sweater [top-down, in-the-round child's pullover; photo below], a short-row workshop, Intro to Crochet, Fingerless Gloves, and what's become a Claddagh favorite, Kira's Sweater Workshop; be in touch if you'd like to enroll!)