loon kits in progress

on a snow day
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i’m working on all of the winter birds collection. then i’m going to move on to the august vest.

and i’ll take requests as to what you’d like to see sooner rather than later, since i won’t get everything done before the baby comes. anything you’d like? i was thinking some reflection hat and mitten kits… and fogt baby wraps!

August Vest

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A fun and funky scrappy garter stitch vest sized from 12 months to size 8.

Yarn: Cosymakes Rainbow Chard Light, Snapdragon Sport or another sport weight yarn, 280(295, 315/ 330, 410, 460, 515) yds [256(269.7, 288/ 301.8, 375, 420.6, 471) m,] split up over as many colors as you like

Needles: size 7 US [4.5 mm] 16 in. [40.6 cm] circular, or whatever size needles you need to get gauge, 2 double pointed needles are handy, but not required for the applied I-cord

Gauge: 5.25 sts/in. and 5.5 garter ridges/in.

Sizes: 12 mo.(18, 24 / 2, 4, 6, 8) or chest size 20(21, 22 / 23, 25, 27, 28.5) in. [50.8(53.3, 55.9/ 58.4, 63.5, 68.6, 72.4)] cm

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

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pattern winners

first, thanks to everyone who has given me their two cents about kits.  it was very helpful.  i used the random number generator and it told me the winners are…

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Ann, Joya, and Kat

I guess I’ll be spending the next two months turning skeins into kits and deciding what I need to dye come August. We have been pretty slow moving over here, and then, with two kidlets, it will be even more slow moving.  Must plan ahead!

a change in life

as you all know, if you’ve been following me a while, my business appears to change at least a bit each year.  sometimes a lot.  there was the time i gave up my art hat knitting for yarn dyeing and designing.  there was the short time i had a little studio.  there was the time i gave up craft fairs to do fiber shows…
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so many changes! and now, with baby number two pending, i’m thinking of another change. it will just be temporary, but i’m thinking of dyeing and making kits for some of my patterns. it seems more manageable than keeping lots of yarn in stock at all times and then maybe i can even market the kits to yarn stores?  anyhow, it would be great if you could take the following poll and help me decide what to focus on!  you can pick more than one and please list in the other space or comment on this post with any particular patterns you’d like to see in kit form.

here are the patterns, if you need to be refreshed.

and to sweeten the deal, i’ll draw 3 names on the 6th of February in the morning and give each person one free pattern of their choice… please leave a comment in the comment section if you’d like to be in the drawing. thanks for the help!
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sharon’s mitts and hat

when a good friend turned 40 this year, i knew she needed something special. that is when i stole a skein of handspun she bought from me and knit these for her. i didn’t think she’d get around to doing it for quite a while otherwise ;)
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i’ve always wanted to make these mittens by Elizabeth Zimmermann, because they look so awesome in handspun. so this seemed like a good time (ahem, excuse) to do so. raveled here.
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then i had some yarn left, so i figured she needed a hat. i was tempted to make a reflection hat because they look so good in handspun, but no. couldn’t do that. instead i made her this tree hat. i’m thinking about writing up the pattern… we’ll see if i get around to it before the babe is born. raveled here.
and here it is on her head.
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hats for the boys

mount jumbo hat for my brother – raveled here
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for one of my brother-in-laws – raveled here
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the two people i always knit for around the holidays, because they both always wear them. nothing inspires me to knit for folks as much as appreciation and actually wearing the item.
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ben wants one too.  i’m not sure when i’ll get around to that ;)  he has a lot of hats, so i don’t feel too bad.  snapdragon sport and rainbow chard light.

this pattern (recipe) is heading to the test knitters this week.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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