artful yarns workshops

hey all! i’ll be doing a day of workshops at the Artful Yarn in Chagrin Falls, OH, near Cleveland on the 27th. from the artful yarns site:

Join us for a fun day with Cosy Cornelius-Bates, nationally-known, Pittsburgh fiber artist who describes her work as “an attempt to speak eloquently on behalf of all things wool.” She spins, knits, dyes, recycles, embellishes, designs and teaches. Her work is fun, imaginative and highly wearable. Cosy will show us how to re-purpose old sweaters, embroider & embellish fibered items and gain inspiration from her design vibe.

Choose from one of two options:

All-Day Option: Includes our Morning Workshop re-purposing sweaters followed by lunch with Cosy as she shares her take on color theory and design. In our afternoon workshop, learn to embroider on fibered pieces and other embellishment ideas. This option also includes a copy of Cosy’s book Knit One, Embellish Too, which she will sign for you! All Day option: $75/person includes both workshops, lunch and copy of her book.

Single Workshop Option: Select either the morning or afternoon session. $40/person. You may purchase a copy of Cosy’s book, Knit One, Embellish Too for an additional $12/copy.

Seating is limited to the first 20 participants. Supply list provided at registration.  Click through to the Artful Yarns site if interested!



just showing off one of my new pots :) before the babe and i were stricken down with a cold, i was working on getting the book pre-orders out, so now i’m even slower than you thought i would be with a 2 1/2 month old! alas.  i’m using a lot of my time trying to keep myself fed and blowing my nose.  regardless, the plan is to have them out by the end of the month.

Knit One, Embellish Too

my book, Knit One, Embellish Too, has been remaindered by my publisher. that means it is being sold to me much cheaper than the original price and i’d like to pass on the savings.  but, i’d like to pass on even greater savings to those of you willing to help me buy as many copies as i can.  (the book is on ravelry here.)

oh my!

if you’ve been thinking about purchasing an autographed copy of this book for yourself or as a gift, now is the time! and here’s the deal i have for you – the original price of this book is 22.99, with $2 for shipping that’s $25 – your cost as a pre-order, including postage:

one book – $10

two books for – $18

three books for – $24

if you want more than that, we can make a deal.  i’m also willing to sell copies directly to yarn stores in batches of 5 books.

you have until September 4th to get your money in to me.  email me at cosymakes(!at)gmail(dot!)com with the quantity and either your paypal email address or a note that you’d like to pay by check.  i will order them on the 5th and get them out as quickly as possible after i get them.

i can figure out shipping for folks outside of the united states if you shoot me an email.* and if you’re local and want to pick the book up, it’s $8 for the first book, $15 for two, and $20 for three!

*to canada the total for one book is 13.00, for two books $24.50
*to australia the total for one book is 21.00

Mixed Knits

initial publication on wednesday!

This ebook includes:
-an essay with tips on how to knit with handspun and how to go about mixing it with commercial yarn
-13 fun patterns to mix things up with your handspun

All of the patterns will also be available individually and can be found in my pattern shop.

Please also note that these patterns, as with all my patterns, can really be used with any yarn you like as long as you get gauge.  I have included a bit of commentary about which commercial yarns to pick if not using handspun.

When you click on the button below and follow through on the payment, an automatic download of the ebook in pdf format will be delivered to your email address.


on ravelry here.

mixed knits


introducing mixed knits

the front essay and 7 patterns are slated to go up on wednesday! i even started the ravelry page.

initial publication on wednesday!

p.s. the two remaining falkland fiber club subscriptions are going up in the etsy shop today.

p.p.s. i’m walking in the crop hunger walk next sunday, in which i walk 6 miles in solidarity with people who have to walk daily to get the most basic elements of life, food and water. here’s a link to my donation page if anyone’s interested in donating. one thing that i really like about this walk is that 25% of proceeds stay local and the rest are distributed.  every dollar makes a difference!

the little things

so tell me friends… do you get an email when i just hit reply in the comments?  if so, i may start replying to people there so others can see the responses.  and i feel a bit silly for not knowing it before ;)

the garden
garden 2009

next… there’s a chance to win a copy of the book over here at the fabulous Handmade in PA website.

and sorry for the lack of content as of late. ben and i went camping, i’m working on the project i have to do to fulfill my SOAR scholarship, and my MIL comes on Sunday.  oh.  and we’re moving at the end of july… only 10 blocks, but moving none-the-less.  summer appears to be a bit chaotic and busy!  ah well.  add to that sunshine and local food and i’m a happy camper, but the blog is a bit neglected.  also, i  might have needed a respite after that crazy dyeing series i did where i was blogging every day!

the purple bush beans

so.  things to look forward to.  3 patterns in the works.  lots of spinning… an attempt to make a kit for the next craft fair (july 10-12).  plans to apply to renegade chicago (yikes!).  and maybe, if i ever remember the camera, some pics of our summer fun.  and tomorrow, and each and every wednesday – a shop update :)

p.s. and don’t forget the book knits are up for trade/sale to you exclusively until the next craft fair.

the one zucchini plantit’s intentional that there’s only one

caps for sale

the semi-precious book knits have been laying around for a year now. some have landed themselves on the heads of good friends and family, but there are many still without homes.

book knits - going going gone.

1. silky smoke ring, 2. snow princess hat, 3. back alley hat aka the knapweed hat, 4. mountain sunset inside out hat, 5. twirly girl bonnet, 6. popsicle mittens, 7. fruit punch headband, 8. night sky wristers, 9. biker hat, 10. nautical nellie, 11. little flower top hat, 12. wood and water hat, 13. flapper eyelet headband, 14. daisy helmet hat, 15. berry bramble hat, 16. apple on the tree hat

so before i go and do something rash, like sell them at the craft fair booth, i thought i’d give them one last chance to get into loving hands that are closer to me.

all items shown are up for either trade or sale (at my normal prices) to you, my dear blog readers. below is a rundown of my general pricing. what to trade? well. i love all things handmade – from soap to bags and from aprons to silk screened t-shirts. otherwise, i also love all things fibery :)  i also like a lot of other things, so feel free to offer.

adult hats $50-65
hats for those under 4 years of age $30-40
headbands $15
smoke ring/cowl $45

you can send me an offer or your questions at cosymakes (at) gmail (dot) com.



popsicle mittens, berry bramble hat, knapweed hat, night sky wristers

two posts

in one day.  i know.  if you want the post with content, read the previous one.  this one is me catching up!

first off – i go in to my first out-of-state show!! tiny canary in columbus, oh.  hurrah! now to figure out the logistics of travel and whatnot.

living crafts

and the first write up of my book in a magazine has come out!  i had no idea, until a kind blog reader sent me a little congrats note.  then it took me several weeks to find a copy. i have to say, i remember looking through the last issue of this magazine and thinking how lovely it was. if you love wool, this magazine’s for you. if you love wool and have a family, this magazine is doubly for you. i remember the other issue having this amazing wet felt play mat.

front to back: meghan, kai, dana, diane, maria, me… somehow we lost amy, who was also there.

i flat out stole this picture from my friend maria who just put up a series of posts about the classes she took at SOAR. you should check them out.  i must tell you that the picture of me with yarn on my head is due to dana in several ways.  first of all, she’s the queen of yarn turban arrangement.  secondly, she gifted me the 50% merino, 50% alpaca that i had just spun and then put on my head.  cheers, dana!! (here’s her shop.)

lastly, some pixie hoods have been popping up… here and here. and i love love love this hat. i adore when the projects made from my patterns are something i would never make.  claim that pattern and make it your own, i say!

there’s so much happening, you’d think the season’s were changing or something :D  tonight’s dinner?  fresh tomato soup.  more tomorrow.