and i lied

i haven’t found the niddy noddy, but we watched a movie! what else was i to do? falkland from batts with a tinge of sparkle
spun1
and this from spindling at pgh knit and crochet in march. i’m kind of excited to use this skein to make a hat.
spun2

spun

spun
the first spinning i’ve done in quite a while… since the cat ate my drive band. it makes me happy.

now i am required to find my niddy noddy before i can remove it from the wheel, so back to working on my home studio i go.

the pile

happy woolie new year – you can read my january newsletter here.

i’m planning to bring new colors of falkland in for open studio tonight. and i have been neglecting updating the spinning fiber in the shop so it will be the first to go up this round.
new piles
i have so much more than what’s in the shop! whoops ;)

s’s daisy hat

we had a small friend turn 2 today, so i made her a hat.
s's daisy hat
a hat for a small child who has four coats!! one bright pink, one purple/blue/green, one purple, and one blue/green.
s's daisy hat
the blue/green is hand dyed handspun falkland, the purples are manos, merino of some sort, and malabrigo.

maybe some day i’ll get a photo of her in the hat, but it’s okay if i don’t. just that it keeps her nice and warm. ravled here.
s's daisy hat

november class highlights

First, here’s my November newsletter, if you’re interested. You can sign up here if you’d like to get them via email. On another note, you can also sign up to receive blog entries via email in the right sidebar.

The open studios this month have been a lot of fun!  I love spinning and knitting in community.  This month’s open studios are

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

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

If you’re in the area, I’d love to meet you and fiber craft with you.  It’s just fun to get together :)

All November and December Classes are listed here.   Here’s a sampling of November Classes:

Color Theory: Scrap Happy Celebration Hat
November 1st, 5-7, $25
Join in the fun of learning a bit of color theory while planning a Scrap Happy Celebration Hat. And enjoy getting rid of some of your small balls of yarn on the way. During this class, we’ll discuss color theory and then explore different yarn combinations on the way to making this hat. You may or may not cast on, but you will get out of your comfort zone and think about some new color combinations. This class includes an updated pattern with sizing from newborn up to adult.
scrap-happy celebration hat

Hat Design Workshop
November 1st and 8th, 7-9, $45
This two-session class will focus on creating your own hat design. Come with ideas, I will help you execute them. We’ll be talking about fit, the math of sizing, length, brims, tops, and everything in between! This class will include information about different shapes of hats, sizing, and inserting patterned stitches.
update!

Beyond the Basics: Lace
November 8th, 5-7, $25
Classic, simple lace, is not beyond the reach of any knitter. In this class you will learn several simple lace patterns while also learning how to read simple lace charts. We will discuss yarn and needle choice and see the different effects that can be achieved by using the same patterns in different ways. You bring the yarn you’d like to play with and I’ll provide the play. We’ll also discuss uses for lace in your everyday knitting.
feather and fan neckscarf

Sweater Recycling Workshop
November 15th, 6:30-8:30, $25
Bring in sweaters you don’t wear anymore, great finds from thrift stores, or sweaters with small holes in them and learn how to recycle the yarn from them! In this workshop, you’ll learn how to spot sweaters that might be good for recycling and all the tricks of the trade of how to best disassemble the sweater and process the yarn. What could be better than a whole sweater full of yarn for $5 and a little elbow grease?

Knit from Your Stash
November 24th, 1-3, $25
Start a project or finish one up! 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!
warmth

Reflection Hat
November 24th, 3-5, $25
You know that small ball of hand dyed yarn you bought on a whim, or that little bit of precious handspun you love? This is the perfect pattern for it. This class will include talk about color choice and explore how to do colorwork. Delve into colorwork and use a favorite yarn? Win, win.
reflection hats

Color Theory for Knitters
November 29th, 6:30-8:30, $25
In this color theory class, you’ll learn the ins and outs of color basics. Then we will play around with little balls of yarn and discuss how to pick yarns that go together. With any luck, you’ll go home with a new vision of what you can do with color and some swatches of new combinations to try. We’ll also discuss picking colors for particular projects – for instance, colorwork, stripes, and trim colors. If you have a project in mind, you can work towards finding the perfect colors for that project.

Check out the December classes for some last minute gift ideas… and note that there are 3 special open studios right before Christmas to help you finish up your gift knitting.

beginnings

i love teaching beginnings. i love watching it ‘click,’ i love how proud people are when they master a new skill, i love spreading the fiber arts addiction.

and so i begin, or rather, we begin with 2 classes that i will be offering every month.

beginning knitting (2 classes, 1.5 hr each) $20 for a single class, or register for both for $35
long draw merino
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 with your first finished product! Choose between making simple fingerless mitts, a cute square hat, a short neckscarf, or a cuff bracelet for your first project. We’ll also discuss gauge and selection of needles and yarn.

beginning spinning (2 classes, 1.5 hr each) $20 for a single class, or register for both for $35
on my favorite drop spindle...
spindle
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. In the second class, we’ll work towards actually dropping the spindle, learn to ply, and discuss how to finish the yarn.

wheel
Become one with your wheel as we get down to the nitty gritty of actually getting some yarn made. In this class we will work hard to get you and your wheel to understand each other in order to make lovely functional yarn. We’ll also work on plying and discuss how to finish yarn.

Although I do put these classes onthe schedule every month, I understand that we all have complex schedules.  Feel free to email me at cosymakes (at) gmail (dot) com to show interest.  Once I get more than one person, we’ll figure out a time that will work for everyone!

You can read more about me and the studio here.

Indie Knit and Spin 2012 – call for vendors!

Indie Knit and Spin is looking for some new vendors! The event will happen Saturday November 17th at the Wilkins School Community Center from 10-4. I have a couple of 8×8 booths available as well as a bunch of 6 ft table spaces. I’m hoping to expand the event this year.

Please email me at cosymakes (!at) gmail (dot!) com if you are interested. Booths are $50 and tables are $25. This show is for knitting or spinning supplies – yarn, fiber, buttons, stitch markers, bags etc. Let us see what you make!

p.s. and here’s my September newsletter.