now is the time…

for dyeing. see that big brown box under these newly dyed skeins of snapdragon fingering? it’s full of yarn. and there’s a sister box too.

big boxes of yarn

and that brings me to the point. i am dyeing all the yarn i need for the next several months… and so if you have any particular yarn you’ve been wanting to try in any particularish colorway, with no obligation to buy you can right now send a little note my way or comment on this blog post and your wish will be my command.  unless, of course, i already dyed that colorway.  i don’t do exact colors, as you probably know, but if you want a dark bluish purple – i could totally try to get that for you.

i have some of each of my yarns to dye still, so let your voice be heard!

wip: pikkuveli aka, light bright

i’ve been a bit quiet over here because i hurt my shoulder and couldn’t knit much for a bit, but i’m back at it now.

light bright

this is a sweater for m. from this pattern, which i think is so so lovely. i love looking at all the finished color combos. alas, the BRIGHT and DEEP purple blue in mine never comes out – on camera or when editing. raveled here.

i’m also working on some designs. next up is the math for the babe’s sweater.  then to test knitters.  then the crossbow mitts – which i have one knit already (they got put aside when i had pregnancy carpal tunnel).  then i think a sport weight version of this sweater.  there’s more on the list, but i don’t really think you need to know it all!

you may also like to know that i ordered some snapdragon fingering to dye, since i’m low and it’s a great summer yarn.

fairbanks the second

fairbanks the second

when it wasn’t 80 degrees in march, or 70 in april, you know, mid february, i decided the first fairbanks didn’t fit the little anymore. and as i mentioned, if i’d used worsted instead of aran or gone up a needle size on the first, i would have been golden. but there just wasn’t enough stretch in it.

fairbanks the second

so i made another one.

fairbanks the second

these are the leftovers from 2 skeins of snapdragon worsted.  the brownish color is leftover from my brother’s windschief. i love the yardage on these skeins! i also included a stripe of this in the babe’s most recent sweater.  and the purple is leftover from a sweater i’m currently knitting him. raveled here.

fairbanks the second

and he wore it a bunch before it turned to 70-80 degrees, so that’s good.

falkland fiber club open!

don’t forget to get your entry in for the My Grandmother’s Knitting give-away here!

AVAILABLE THROUGH THE 13th – and there are only 3 slots available

Why Falkland?

Falkland wool is a merino cross that comes from the Falkland Islands. It is a squishy, soft spin with lots of bounce, and a longer staple length than merino. Falkland is my most consistent source of wool that is good for the sheep, the environment, and for us. The Falkland I buy does not have the chemical processing that is used in most commercially processed wool and so retains some lanolin and a bit of a sheepy smell when wet. Mmmm. Sheepy.

falkland fiber club

How does the club work?

What you get.

Each subscription to the fiber club lasts 3 months (in this instance, April-June). You get 4 oz of Falkland wool in an exclusive cosymakes colorway, hand dyed by me with Greener Shades Professional Acid Dyes. You may instead choose to get a double batch (8 oz). If I have left overs of the colorway, they will not make it into my shop until at least 6 months later.

Pricing:

Single Fiber
Pay up front (preferred): $57
Pay month by month: $19/month

Double the Fiber
Pay up front (preferred): $108
Pay month by month: $36

*International shipping by request
Australia single batch is an additional $8.40 for the 3 months
Canada double batch is an additional $6.00 for the 3 months

You can buy a slot in my etsy shop. If you’d prefer to pay by the month, contact me at cosymakes (!at) gmail (dot!) com. If you buy a double batch over etsy, i will refund some of the shipping.

Your fiber will be mailed USPS 1st class around the 20th of each month. If you have chosen the pay monthly option, expect the bill between the 10th and 15th. I will only mail your shipment if you have paid.

lester’s windschief

now that it is 70 degrees outside, shall we get back to the christmas knitting?  complete with pictures that include some of the very little snow we had this year?  ahem. last year i made my brother a botanic by stephen west, and this year is made him a windschief.

snapdragon windschief

i loved both of these patterns. not only are they interesting, they also provide me with men’s hat patterns that i can knit for nearly any of the men i know! (read: 1 brother, 1 father, 1 husband, and 3 brother-in-laws). genius.

snapdragon windschief

made from my snapdragon worsted in this colorway. raveled here.

snapdragon windschief

my brother is another good one to knit for… he loves the hats i make him and wears them to the point of losing them. which explains why he gets two every year ;)