classes in January and February

I’m not teaching at the Knit and Crochet Festival this year (I’ll be 8.5 months pregnant…), but I’m making up for it by offering these classes at the Wilkins School Community Center.
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Beginning Knitting
Saturdays the 18th of January and 22nd of February, 9-10:30 – $40

Learn to knit for the first time or get a refresher course. In this class, you’ll not only learn the basics of knitting, but you’ll also come out well on your way to your first finished project! Choose between making simple fingerless mitts, a cute square hat, a short neckscarf. We’ll also discuss gauge and selection of needles and yarn. Register here with the WSCC online or by mail.

Beginning Spinning on a Drop Spindle
one class, Saturday February 22nd 10:30-12:30 – $25

Have a hankering to make your own beautiful yarn? In this class you will learn to spin on a spindle using the park and draft method. This class is mostly about getting yarn on your spindle, but I also cover plying and talk a bit about fiber. Register here with the WSCC online or by mail.

Sweater Workshop: Knit or Design a Baby Sweater
one class, includes support after the class is over via email, or in person if we can make it happen – $30
Saturday January 18th, 10:30-1:00 Class size limited to 6

Interested in knitting your first sweater? Or have you just not found the right pattern and want to figure out how to alter patterns or design your own? This class will focus on the top down raglan style of sweater. This is a super simple, seamless garment that can be easily altered with some basic math. After discussing the basics of how these sweaters are constructed, people can either choose to design their own or choose to follow a pattern. Register here online with the WSCC or by mail.

If you have questions, you can email me at cosymakes (!at) gmail (dot!) com

Spinning and Colorwork Classes

I have two classes coming right up this weekend:

Stranded Colorwork Workshop
The basics of two stranded colorwork, plus a bit of colorplay on the side.
We are meeting at a coffee shop in Squirrel Hill
Friday the 22nd of November
9:30-11:30
$20 plus a beverage
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email me at cosymakes(!at)gmail(dot!)com if interested.

Spinning with a Drop Spindle
Learn to spin your own yarn!
We are probably meeting at my house in Squirrel Hill. I have cats.
Sunday the 24th of November
3-5
$20
on my favorite drop spindle...

Sweater Design

Well, I totally failed to do my two blog entries last week, but I did teach 3 new people to spin in a spindle class and re-skeined a whole bunch of the knit the bridge yarn.  good excuses?  Today I thought I’d tell you about a class that has been added to the schedule.  On facebook here.

(baby) Sweater Design Workshop
April 27th, 1-3 – $40 for two session, second session to be worked out with attendants
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In this class you will begin to understand measure and fit on the simple form of a baby/toddler/child. In the first class, we will discuss your vision for your sweater, math to make it fit, and all the knitty gritty. This part will include lots of handouts and talking about sweater construction (top down, pieces, bottom up etc.). You will probably even cast on. In the second class, you will have knit a bit and you can come back at me with your questions.

march at the studio

the march newsletter can be read here

Open Studio
March 1st, 4-8, FREE
Come knit, spin, chat and/or shop.

Open Studio Class, 5:30-6:30 (offered during open studio in another room) drop in
$5 or free with a yarn purchase

Come learn how to attach a simple garter stitch edging to a piece of knitting. This will get you ready to do any edging, lacy or otherwise. Same basic principle.
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Open Studio
March 10, 2-6 – FREE
Come knit, spin, chat and/or shop.

Open Studio Class, 2:30-3:30 – (offered during open studio in another room) drop in
$5 or free with a yarn purchase

Come enjoy the yoga stylings of knitter and yogini Sharon Rudyk of Yoga Matrika. We will be emphasizing stretches designed to get knitters limbered up and knitting better than ever!

March 15, 16, 17 – Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival
Where I will be teaching Embroidery on Knitting and Beginning Spinning – Drop Spindle.
on my favorite drop spindle...

Because of the classes I am teaching at Pgh Knit and Crochet, I am not teaching at the Studio this month. You can look forward to more classes in April. I am planning to at least have a drop spindle class in April – I have several folks interested. If you are interested, please let me know!! That way I can coordinate all of us and find a time that works for everyone.

I am sad to announce the closing of the studio at the end of April. It is the end of an era, but don’t worry! I’ll have my home studio set up for people to come buy yarn and I am planning to teach at Crazy Mocha in Squirrel Hill. I have had enough people still want to take classes that I thought it was worth it. If you have a class you’d like to take from me, please let me know and once I have a couple of people, I’ll put it on the schedule! Classes coming soon: Beginning Spinning on a Drop Spindle, Baby Sweater Design, Baby Surprise Jacket, and Cast ons and Bind offs.

February at the Studio

February is a busy month here at the studio, here’s what is going on.

Open Studio
February 1st, 4-8, FREE
Come knit, spin, chat and/or shop.

Open Studio Class, 5:30-6:30 (offered during open studio in another room) drop in
$5 or free with a yarn purchase
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Have you been wanting to try a lace pattern but didn’t know which to start with? Come learn the lace stand by, feather and fan. You won’t be disappointed!

Color Theory for Knitters – Exploring new color combinations
February 9th, 1-4, $35
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Come push the boundaries of color. We will first discuss the basics of the color wheel and color theory, then we will delve right in to exploring our own personal color biases using pictures that we think are beautiful. Your knitting life will never be the same! I guarantee it.

Indie Knit and Spin Boutique
What: Another chance to see and purchase from some of your favorite Indie Knit and Spin Vendors!
Who: Everyone who loves to work with beautiful and unique yarn and fiber. Vendors will be SpaceCadet Creations, Cosymakes Studio, Gwen Erin Natural Fibers, Fibernymph Dye Works, and Burgh Baby Gear.
Where: Cosymakes Studio, 1406 South Negley, Pittsburgh PA
When: Sunday February 10th, 2012, 12:00-5:00
Here’s the facebook event!

Open Studio
February 17th, 2-6 – FREE
Come knit, spin, chat and/or shop.

Open Studio Class, 2:30-3:30 (offered during open studio in another room) drop in
$5 or free with a yarn purchase
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Come learn how to do Applied I-cord on your knitting. This can be used to finish around the outside of a blanket, to make a button band, or… You’ll need a swatch to practice on and two dpns or a circular needle.

Color Theory for Knitters

February 9th, 1-4, $35
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Come push the boundaries of color. We will first discuss the basics of the color wheel and color theory, then we will delve right in to exploring our own personal color biases using pictures that we think are beautiful. Your knitting life will never be the same! I guarantee it.
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Email cosymakes@gmail.com with any questions or if you’d like to sign up for the class. Be sure to contact me so you can get the supply list.
See the facebook event here.