open studio changes

First of all, in the new year open studios will be on consistent days – The first Friday of the month from 4-8, and third Sunday from 2-6.  Also, I’ll be offering mini-classes for $5 or free with a yarn purchase.  Here are the first four.  If you have anything you would like to see as an open studio class, let me know cosymakes (at) gmail (dot) com.
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Open Studio Class, January 4th, 5:30-6:30 (offered during open studio in another room) drop in
$5 or free with a yarn purchase
Learn to cable without a cable needle – a great skill to have! Makes cabled projects much more manageable.

Open Studio Class, January 20th, 2:30-3:30 (offered during open studio in another room) drop in
$5 or free with a yarn purchase
Learn how to knit a small circumference in the round using a long circular needle.

Open Studio Class, February 1st, 5:30-6:30 (offered during open studio in another room) drop in
$5 or free with a yarn purchase
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!

Open Studio Class, February 17th, 2:30-3:30 (offered during open studio in another room) drop in
$5 or free with a yarn purchase
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.

the holidays at the studio

(the december newsletter is available for reading here.)

i have officially started my holiday knitting!  and hold on to your hats… because i might actually have my presents to their recipients on time this year.  you know, the girl who does craft fairs and thus doesn’t send/knit for the family until late – usually mid january is when they get them.

but i had only one yarn show this year, seriously paring back what i usually do.  so the holiday knitting has begun.  here’s the beginning.  may it all not be quite this boring to look at ;)
first of xmas knits
i honestly don’t find hat knitting boring at all… and especially not when it’s heading to a good home to be loved. and not when it’s in this divine tweedy cashmere yarn. yum.

i would now like to put in a little plug for some holiday knitting at the studio – both of the free come knit with me type and the class type.

First, the classes.  I am offering several classes this December with the holiday knitter in mind.  More information can be found here, but the basics are below.  These classes are still often on Thursday nights, but come January most classes will be on Saturday and Sunday afternoons!  If interested, you can see the Jan/Feb schedule here.

Last Minute Gifts: Simple Embroidered Fingerless Mitts
December 13th, 6:30-8:30, $25
Still missing a couple of holiday gifts? Come bust out some mitts for your favorite fingerless mitt fan. This class comes with a recipe for super simple mitts that can be made with any yarn and tips on how to make them really special with some embroidery.
highland alpaca class

Last Minute Gifts: Bulky Baby Hat
December 16th, 3-5, $25
Last minute gifts don’t need to be stressful if you make them with thick enough yarn. Join me to make a fun and funky square baby hat for that lovely little one in your life. This class will include a recipe for making the hat and a tutorial on how to make it your own by adding tassels, earflaps, or embroidery.
s's daisy hat

Last Minute Gifts: Waterfall Scarf
December 20th, 6:30-8:30, $10 and bring a friend and they pay half price
Join in this last ditch effort to make a beautiful drop-stitch scarf in only a fraction of the time it would take you to knit anything else. A guaranteed pleaser, this scarf is easy as pie and looks great when finished. Have a couple of folks you can’t figure out what to give this year? I recommend this! And even better, this pattern can easily be worked with any size of yarn.
waterfall scarf kit

Now on to the open studios for the month. this month I have way more open studios than normal! I figure I will need some last minute knitting time to finish up gifts, and maybe you will too? Or last minute buying time for that knitter on your shopping list?  So I will be open for knitting, spinning, chatting, and shopping

Friday, December 21st, 4-8

Saturday, December 22nd, 1-5

Sunday, December 23rd, 2-6

Please note that the Open Studio Schedule will be more consistent come the new year!  They will be the first Friday of the month from 4-8 and the third Sunday of the month from 2-6.  I will continue to make facebook events for them, so be sure to follow cosymakes on facebook. Here’s the one coming up.

October Class Highlights and Open Studios

You can see and register for all classes here.

Keyboard Mitts
Thursday, October 11th, 6:30-8:30
Make these keyboard mitts for your favorite texter, computer nerd, or pianist.  Inspired by a vintage sock pattern, they’re a great gift and the perfect way to figure out how to cable or to advance from just cabling to cabling without a cable needle.
mitt up close

Triangle Shawl Workshop
Saturday, October 13th, 1:30-3:30
Come learn the basics of the Triangular Shawl, and how to alter it to fit your needs.  We can also discuss different sort of increases, how to insert a pattern, and how to do a fancy garter ridge start to keep a stockingnet stitch shawl from curling.

Supplies:
Any yarn and needles you want to attempt to make a shawl with.
scrappy prayer shawl

Knit from your Stash: Start a Project or Finish a Project
Sunday, October 14th, 2:30-4:30
This class is a multitude of things.  You could bring yarn you don’t know what to do with and we can get you started on something and discuss what might be the most appropriate kind of project for the yarn.  You could get help with an older project, reading patterns, reading charts, or just figure out where you are with an old unfinished object so you can get going again.  Either way, put some yarn to good use!

Design: Top Down Raglan Baby Sweater
Thursday October 18th and Thursday October 25th,  7-9
In this class we will discuss how to design your own top down raglan baby sweater in a particular size (you choose).  We’ll look at size charts, figure out the math, and have fun discussing the options of what you can do.   In the first session, we’ll begin swatching and by the second, you’ll hopefully have some further questions to throw my way.

Beautiful Baby Bundle e-book

Embroidery on Knitting
Thursday October 25th, 5-7
Spruce up that hat you knit 5 years ago, that store bought sweater, or your beautiful newly finished knit with embroidery!  Come learn the ins and outs of choosing a motif, selecting an embroidery yarn, and the hands on process of getting the embroidery where you want it and doing what you want it to.  We’ll cover some color theory in this class as well as practice several simple shapes to equip you to embellish as many of your knits as you like!
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Open Studios

I would like to cordially invite all you knitters and spinners to the studio to a knitting/spinning group.  I really want this studio to be more than just a teaching/retail space, and this is one of my attempts to do that. So please! Join me.  Also, the boutique will be open during these times.  See all open studio times/dates here.

Sunday, October 7, 2012
OPEN STUDIO from 2:00-6:00 pm

Friday, October 19, 2012
OPEN STUDIO from 4:00-8:00pm

open studios

I really want this studio to be more than just a teaching/retail space, and this is one of my attempts to do that. So please! Join me. Come knit, spin, chat etc. And, of course, the boutique will be open.

Sunday, September 30, 2012
OPEN STUDIO from 4:00 to 8:00 pm

Sunday, October 7, 2012
OPEN STUDIO from 2:00-6:00 pm

Friday, October 19, 2012
OPEN STUDIO from 4:00-8:00pm

Friday, November 9, 2012
OPEN STUDIO from 4:00-8:00 pm

Sunday, November 25, 2012
OPEN STUDIO from 3:00-7:00 pm

Sunday, December 9, 2012
OPEN STUDIO from 2:00-6:00 pm

Friday, December 21, 2012
OPEN STUDIO from 4:00-8:00 pm

Saturday, December 22, 2012
OPEN STUDIO from 1:00-5:00 pm

Sunday, December 23, 2012
OPEN STUDIO from 2:00-6:00 pm