Last Sunday they invited their fans to stop by for tea and to meet Clara Parkes of Knitter's Review
and that was motivation enough for me. It really is a great shop - they carry fabric as well as yarn - and all of it is attractively displayed with lots of room to wander around and a nice area for classes.
They hand dye alot of their own yarns and also teach classes on hand dyeing:
It's a very trendy shop; Julie Weisenberger of Cocoknits teaches classes there on a regular basis and there were lots of patterns from the latest group of popular designers, like Stephen West. Here's a couple of ladies wearing their Stephen West Daybreak shawl:
Then it was time for Clara Parkes:
She talked about attending Mills College in Oakland and graduating with degrees in French and Art History and then getting into the tech industry for a company located just south of San Francisco. She starting spending her lunch hour at a yarn shop near there and an hour became an hour and a half or more (with numerous parking meter tickets to show for it) and her knitting career began. Eventually she moved to a beautiful coastal area in Maine and is now living almost every knitter's dream. Sigh!
Clara has just published a book called, The Knitter's Book of Socks
and there were lots of fans there for the book signing:
Some of the socks from her book:
This week marks the one year anniversary for A Verb for Keeping Warm and they are having some great sales and a booksigning by Ysolda Teague this Saturday. A good reason to get over there!