Claddagh, the shop, is closed now, but Claddagh, the community, thrives. So many friendships were established at our table, so much good will extended; this is the heart of Claddagh, and not subject to closure.
It was wonderful seeing so many of you last week. Trading stories, discussing the finer points of fiber content/pattern structure/colorplay, teasing, laughing, recounting, and planning with you has been a joy for me these last two years. Those of you who were at the shop Sunday afternoon: I am overwhelmed by your love, stealth (I was clueless), and generosity.
Friends: I would be so pleased if we kept up the spirit of gathering at the table by gathering around town. Let's use Claddagh's Ravelry group to announce get-togethers--if you'd like to meet on a given Thursday at a certain cafe, say, post it to the group. If you're thinking about putting together a knitters' book club, post it to the group. I'd like also to note that another local yarn store, K2Tog in Albany, will soon reopen as Avenue Yarns. I plan to support them, and hope that we'll find each other there.
Claddagh has been everything I hoped it would be, and more--and I had high hopes! I couldn't have imagined the wealth of experiences, the friendships, the satisfaction, and the love I've known since opening the shop. Thank you all for being part of it. It has been an honor.
Many of you have had the pleasure of taking classes at Claddagh with
teacher/designer/yarn whisperer Kira Dulaney, so I'm glad to let you know that she's put together another of her popular yarn crawls for Saturday, July 18, and has spaces still
The agenda: Yarn Crawlers will meet at Exclusive Buttons in El Cerrito to check out
their legendary vintage stash and a trunk show of Kira's patterns and kits; carpool to Claddagh, where we'll have lots of beautiful new samples out to inspire your next project (10 percent
discount for attendees!); and then relax together over lunch at Thai Delight here in north Berkeley.
I hope your summer's off to a great start! If you're in town, stop by any time--the tables are
set up especially for knitters and crocheters who want to get a few rows in while enjoying the sunshine.
Claddagh's just had a couple of special deliveries: Perfect for portable summer
knitting are gradient kits from Pigeonroof--dyed locally by Krista
McCurdy, each set has 40 yards each of six ombre-making shades to be knit on their own or as striking complement to your next sweater, scarf, shawl . . . anything,
Another new favorite are our knitters' eye charts. The real deal, in lace pattern format, these
make a fantastic gift for any knitter.