GRAND OPENING

Because some of you might be in the Pittsburgh area, I’d like to cordially invite all of you to the Grand Opening of cosymakes studio!

What: A fibery party! Snacks, drinks, spinning, knitting, and checking out the studio space. Plus a discount for anyone signing up for classes at the opening.

When: Sunday, September 16th from 2-5

Where: 1406 S. Negley Ave in Squirrel Hill

And here’s the blurb about the studio, in case you have been wondering:

Located at 1406 S. Negley Ave in Pittsburgh, PA, cosymakes studio offers

Classes for all levels – including design, color exploration, my patterns, and sweater recycling

My hand dyed yarns, Knitpicks needles, and my pattern samples to see and PDFs for sale

Open studios twice a month for knitting, spinning, shopping, and hanging out (one Friday and one Sunday)

I share the studio with the lovely Sharon of Yoga Matrika and we offer a fabulous yoga and knitting combination class 8 times a year

Open on Tuesdays for a knitting group from 10-12, by appointment and during lessons.

I can be contacted at cosymakes (!at) gmail (dot!) com if you have any questions or requests for classes, or if you’d like to make an appointment

check out the cosymakes blog to follow my fibery life and follow the studio on facebook here.

today

days are a roller coaster. baby’s been under the weather – molars… and maybe sick? we leave on crazy vacation this coming monday for 6! weeks.

but today. today i feel inspired.

orange springling

i taught someone how to spin yarn on her spinning wheel last night and now all i can think about is how much i love to teach.  i’m working on the class schedule and describing the classes.  so fun!

i’m knitting a springling shawl sample for the shop because i needed something simple on my needles. and all i can think about is the possibility of light weight yarn garter stitch. i want a yoked summer sweater. and there must be a baby sweater. garter combined with colorwork? oh the possibilities.

also. this color. bright orange-red. it makes me happy.

June’s Newsletter

I’m re-printing this from the newsletter, although it does have different pictures! Note at the end, where I mention the shop will be closed for vacation.

Hi Woolie Friends,

There are great and crazy things afoot over here at cosymakes! I must let you know that this summer the fiber club fizzled. I only had two people sign up and we found ourselves carless, so I decided to take a break from it. And thank goodness I did… because a new chapter has come about. Or, if you’d rather, another layer has been added to the fiber arts snowball I’m rolling through life in :D

i whipped up this soaker for the babe since i had none in his current size
soaker

Introducing: cosymakes studio! I’ve always wanted a studio space to teach in outside my home. I tried it through one of my local yarn store, but that didn’t work so well. I also dabbled in dyeing a bit for them, but that was kind of a bust too. So without further ado, within the last 2 weeks I’ve landed a studio which has a teaching space and a small retail space. And I couldn’t be more thrilled to be sharing the space with my lovely friend Sharon of Yoga Matrika.

Yarn and Yoga you say? Let me tell you about our first class: Working the Knots: Yoga and Yarn

It will be a fun time right at the space of what Yoga and Yarn converge. We’re hoping to run one of these a month, so if you can’t make it to this one, watch for another. Here’s a snippet.

From the description:
Join Sharon (YOGA) and Cosy (YARN) for this delightful workshop for yogis and knitters of all levels. The workshop begins with some stretches that are helpful for knitters and techniques for enhancing knitting and creativity in general through meditation and visualization. Once we are warmed up with all our creative juices flowing, we will explore the sensual and social sides of knitting by discussing our current projects and ideas together and receiving guidance from Cosy on a variety of unique techniques for materials, color work and pattern interpretation. Then, we’ll knit together and close our workshop with a deep relaxation guided by Sharon.

If you’re interested in more information (or in enrolling) click here.

mushroom detail – raveled here.
mushroombum

What does this mean? Not too much for you newsletter readers. Probably more designing and yarn dyeing. And a place you can take classes from me and see my samples and yarns in person, if you’re so inclined. You can always contact me if you’re just swinging through town and we can meet up there. There will also be a couple of open studios a month where people can just come and knit, spin, crochet, chat or whatever. But mostly it means this newsletter will be top half general interest and bottom half studio stuff. That way if you’re not in my area and totally uninterested, you can just read the top half.

So long story short, it’s kind of good that fiber club fizzled. I seem to have my plate completely full in a totally new way. Two patterns with test knitters, two more being graded to get out to test knitters. One schedule of classes to plan. One new blog to figure out. A retail space to plan. And one month – mid-July through mid-August – to dye as much yarn as I can get my hands on. I, sadly, think the monthly dyeing that went along with fiber club is going by the wayside now that I have all of this and an almost one year old. Instead I’ll probably be dyeing ridiculous amounts every time Ben has a break from teaching.

And so life moves on.
Hope you’re having a nice entrance into summer,
Cosy

p.s. we will be out of town for quite a bit in the coming weeks – your next newsletter will come from montana! – and so if you wanted to buy any yarn or fiber from the shop, you should do it this week.

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.

falkland fiber club openings

AVAILABLE THROUGH THE 15th – and there are only 4 slots

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, Jan-March). 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.