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Mending socks at Lake Merritt!

  • Torii Gate Garden, Lake Merritt Gardens 666 Bellevue Ave Oakland, CA, 94610 United States (map)
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Come for a relaxing mend-fest at Lake Merritt!

Where: Meet by the Torii Gate inside the Lake Merritt Gardens. Come through the east entrance of the main garden, and look for the big red Japanese gate on the right.

Cost: Free, $20 suggested donation.

Please RSVP to so we know how many people to expect!

How many socks have you thrown out because of a couple holes, when 80% of the sock is just fine? We’ll provide tools and instructions to patch those pesky holes and worn spots to get more miles out of your socks.

The clothing industry is one of the most wasteful industries on the planet. It creates more greenhouse gas emissions than all international flights and maritime shipping combined, and less than 1% of textiles produced for clothing are recycled into new clothing. Mending clothing and getting more use out of it is one way to keep it out of the landfill- plus you’ll save money, hone your crafty skills, and it’s a great group activity!

What to bring:

  • worn socks that might still have some life

  • empty & clean beer or soda bottle OR a dead light bulb (the globe kind, not the spiral kind). These are to put in your sock so it stays taut while you mend.

  • Snacks! (optional)

We’ll provide the needles, thread, instruction, and have some extra beer bottles / light bulbs on hand.