the holidays at the studio

(the december newsletter is available for reading here.)

i have officially started my holiday knitting!  and hold on to your hats… because i might actually have my presents to their recipients on time this year.  you know, the girl who does craft fairs and thus doesn’t send/knit for the family until late – usually mid january is when they get them.

but i had only one yarn show this year, seriously paring back what i usually do.  so the holiday knitting has begun.  here’s the beginning.  may it all not be quite this boring to look at ;)
first of xmas knits
i honestly don’t find hat knitting boring at all… and especially not when it’s heading to a good home to be loved. and not when it’s in this divine tweedy cashmere yarn. yum.

i would now like to put in a little plug for some holiday knitting at the studio – both of the free come knit with me type and the class type.

First, the classes.  I am offering several classes this December with the holiday knitter in mind.  More information can be found here, but the basics are below.  These classes are still often on Thursday nights, but come January most classes will be on Saturday and Sunday afternoons!  If interested, you can see the Jan/Feb schedule here.

Last Minute Gifts: Simple Embroidered Fingerless Mitts
December 13th, 6:30-8:30, $25
Still missing a couple of holiday gifts? Come bust out some mitts for your favorite fingerless mitt fan. This class comes with a recipe for super simple mitts that can be made with any yarn and tips on how to make them really special with some embroidery.
highland alpaca class

Last Minute Gifts: Bulky Baby Hat
December 16th, 3-5, $25
Last minute gifts don’t need to be stressful if you make them with thick enough yarn. Join me to make a fun and funky square baby hat for that lovely little one in your life. This class will include a recipe for making the hat and a tutorial on how to make it your own by adding tassels, earflaps, or embroidery.
s's daisy hat

Last Minute Gifts: Waterfall Scarf
December 20th, 6:30-8:30, $10 and bring a friend and they pay half price
Join in this last ditch effort to make a beautiful drop-stitch scarf in only a fraction of the time it would take you to knit anything else. A guaranteed pleaser, this scarf is easy as pie and looks great when finished. Have a couple of folks you can’t figure out what to give this year? I recommend this! And even better, this pattern can easily be worked with any size of yarn.
waterfall scarf kit

Now on to the open studios for the month. this month I have way more open studios than normal! I figure I will need some last minute knitting time to finish up gifts, and maybe you will too? Or last minute buying time for that knitter on your shopping list?  So I will be open for knitting, spinning, chatting, and shopping

Friday, December 21st, 4-8

Saturday, December 22nd, 1-5

Sunday, December 23rd, 2-6

Please note that the Open Studio Schedule will be more consistent come the new year!  They will be the first Friday of the month from 4-8 and the third Sunday of the month from 2-6.  I will continue to make facebook events for them, so be sure to follow cosymakes on facebook. Here’s the one coming up.

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.

October Class Highlights and Open Studios

You can see and register for all classes here.

Keyboard Mitts
Thursday, October 11th, 6:30-8:30
Make these keyboard mitts for your favorite texter, computer nerd, or pianist.  Inspired by a vintage sock pattern, they’re a great gift and the perfect way to figure out how to cable or to advance from just cabling to cabling without a cable needle.
mitt up close

Triangle Shawl Workshop
Saturday, October 13th, 1:30-3:30
Come learn the basics of the Triangular Shawl, and how to alter it to fit your needs.  We can also discuss different sort of increases, how to insert a pattern, and how to do a fancy garter ridge start to keep a stockingnet stitch shawl from curling.

Supplies:
Any yarn and needles you want to attempt to make a shawl with.
scrappy prayer shawl

Knit from your Stash: Start a Project or Finish a Project
Sunday, October 14th, 2:30-4:30
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!

Design: Top Down Raglan Baby Sweater
Thursday October 18th and Thursday October 25th,  7-9
In this class we will discuss how to design your own top down raglan baby sweater in a particular size (you choose).  We’ll look at size charts, figure out the math, and have fun discussing the options of what you can do.   In the first session, we’ll begin swatching and by the second, you’ll hopefully have some further questions to throw my way.

Beautiful Baby Bundle e-book

Embroidery on Knitting
Thursday October 25th, 5-7
Spruce up that hat you knit 5 years ago, that store bought sweater, or your beautiful newly finished knit with embroidery!  Come learn the ins and outs of choosing a motif, selecting an embroidery yarn, and the hands on process of getting the embroidery where you want it and doing what you want it to.  We’ll cover some color theory in this class as well as practice several simple shapes to equip you to embellish as many of your knits as you like!
2006

Open Studios

I would like to cordially invite all you knitters and spinners to the studio to a knitting/spinning group.  I really want this studio to be more than just a teaching/retail space, and this is one of my attempts to do that. So please! Join me.  Also, the boutique will be open during these times.  See all open studio times/dates here.

Sunday, October 7, 2012
OPEN STUDIO from 2:00-6:00 pm

Friday, October 19, 2012
OPEN STUDIO from 4:00-8:00pm

open studios

I really want this studio to be more than just a teaching/retail space, and this is one of my attempts to do that. So please! Join me. Come knit, spin, chat etc. And, of course, the boutique will be open.

Sunday, September 30, 2012
OPEN STUDIO from 4:00 to 8:00 pm

Sunday, October 7, 2012
OPEN STUDIO from 2:00-6:00 pm

Friday, October 19, 2012
OPEN STUDIO from 4:00-8:00pm

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

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

Sunday, December 9, 2012
OPEN STUDIO from 2:00-6:00 pm

Friday, December 21, 2012
OPEN STUDIO from 4:00-8:00 pm

Saturday, December 22, 2012
OPEN STUDIO from 1:00-5:00 pm

Sunday, December 23, 2012
OPEN STUDIO from 2:00-6:00 pm