Claro Stole

I have, once in a while, thrown some yarn support at another designer who I like. I do this mostly on a whim and if it is a person I know or have had contact with several times.  One of those is Amy.
Amy is a brilliant designer (and architect, if you can’t tell from her designs). And she made an AMAZING stole out of my yarn – the Claro Stole.
The only unfortunate thing about this one, for me, is that I will have to wait at least a year until I get my brain back from baby number two to make this. But I think it is brilliant and worth the knit.
And what could make it better than ingenious construction and beauty? It only takes one skein of Snapdragon Light Fingering. Now you should click here and go look at all the beautiful pictures of it and drool.

Thanks again Amy!

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.
sweater recycling
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

more small things

same bootee pattern as here.  easily memorized, super portable, and addictive is what i dub these ones. i made up the hats.

mix of 2 ply spindle spun handspun and snapdragon sport – raveled here

pink/purple handspun singles, spindle spun – raveled here

blue green addabootees made out of my hand dyed chard light and snapdragon sport – raveled here
i might keep one more set or the just bootees for my wee babe and the rest will be baby gifts for the next round of winter babies.

fogt baby wrap

wee sweaters. the pattern is heading to the test knitters shortly.
stripey fogt baby wrap
sport weight yarn. big buttons.  i love them.
yellow fogt baby wrap
two down, one to go. i need to finish this soon so i can distribute them… especially to that one person who has already had her baby.  running a bit late on that, but in my defense, the baby was running a bit early.

stripey on ravelry here. yellow on ravelry there.

have a very merry christmas!

handspun addabootees and hat

so… we are having a small project knit along over in the due in april group on ravlery and these are my first finished knit. it took me a couple of bootees to figure out the sizing, but these are down sized Elizabeth Zimmermann addabootees, using size 4 needles with sportish weight yarn, but also made a bit shorter.
ez addabootees
aren’t they so flipping adorable? i can’t get over them. on ravelry here.
a completely enjoyable knit. this new babe in my belly will only be wearing them for 2 months at most, but still. how could you not knit these? having only had a summer baby i really missed out on all the little little things, knitwise.
ez addabootees
these are made from some handspun singles i’ve had lying around for a long while. i had enough handspun left to make a wee hat too (here on rav). and although i am notoriously not matchy matchy, i guess these might be okay since one is on his head and one is on his feet. now i’m thinking of tiny projects that i can make with other small amounts of handspun… and pondering making more pairs of bootees.

the pile

you know that Ben is done teaching for a bit and my MIL has come to visit when i 1) get to finish some knits 2) get to take photos of said finished knits, and 3) actually edit the photos and put them up on here the day same day
the pile
there may be some blogging in the next few weeks ;)

Pacific Tomten

I finally finished this one! There really was no need until it actually fit him, which is now.

The handspun yarn is an early falkland fiber club colorway and the dark brown is some recycled sweater wool that I’ve used in a gazillion projects.  Most useful color ever.
Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Tomten Pattern
pacific tomten
pacific tomten
Love that hood! Unfortunately he does not. hee hee.
pacific tomten
pacific tomten

p.s. here’s the latest newsletter if you’d like to read it.

changes and a sale

I have made a separate pattern etsy shop from the yarn. It is clearly not finished ;) The all in one shop was getting a bit cluttered. You can, of course, still buy all of my patterns on Ravelry here.

You probably already know that you can buy the Winter Bird Hat Collection and get 3 patterns, plus instructions on designing colorwork, but I think you should also know what other patterns I have available in collections.  Collections, in general, give you a break in price by buying a group of patterns.  Sometimes, like Mixed Knits, they are a much much better deal.
Winter Bird Hat Collection
Right now I’m working on a series of one skein shawls for my Snapdragon Light Fingering.  I’m still knitting the red one and the purple one just got handed off to test knitters.  However, because this is my current project, I’ve already made the ebook.  It currently only contains the Springling Shawl, but with each new shawl published, a purchaser will get an updated PDF.  I hope to have them all done by summer.
one skein shawl collection
I am planning to collect all of my sport weight baby/kiddo wear into one ebook too. Here are all the patterns so far, with the last space saved for a little baby sweater I’m knitting right now.  Only two of these published so far and one will be with test knitters this week!  So much work to do for this one.
sport weight baby/kiddo wear
What else is available together?
The Reflection Hat and Mitts
Reflection Set
Knit the Bridge – the patterns
Beautiful Baby Bundle
Beautiful Baby Bundle e-book
Little Colorwork Hat Collection
hats bundled
And, of course Mixed Knits, my big collection of patterns which includes: an essay with tips on how to knit with handspun and how to go about mixing it with commercial yarn and 13 fun patterns to mix things up with your handspun.

Please note: All patterns for handspun can also be made in commercial wool. Just make sure you get gauge. Also, the tips for mixing yarn can be applied to any yarn.
mixed knits

Now that you have made it to the bottom of the page, click over to Ravelry and use the coupon code bundles2013 for a 20% discount. Or you can just click here and the coupon code will already be entered for you.  This discount is not good in the Etsy shop.