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!)
Our first annual Giftalong is under way, and this week our focus is on holiday ornaments. Anna and I will be helping knitters make gingerbread people today at the shop from one to three, and then again at this evening's Knit Night, which starts at six. The pattern is free, and I've got print-outs at the shop--join us! Anna has also been working on Laura Chau's Orbital Ornaments (see below; perfect for the astrophysicist or stargazer in your life), and is glad to give you pointers on your knitted Saturn, space shuttle, or rocket ship.
We've also started a Giftalong thread in Claddagh's Ravelry group (you can type in "Claddagh Yarns" and
join here); please go ahead and use the thread to ask
questions, make suggestions, and, of course, share photos of your Giftalong projects!
There's still space in a few of our July classes--Lace Shawls, Beginning Knitting, Toe-up Socks, Knitted Hats, and Kids' Class: Beginning Knitting--if you'd like to reserve a space, just be in touch!