a note to you

Hello my woolie friends,

Many of you have seen cosymakes through the changes to this blog over the years. First, it was about my writing my thesis and all of the interesting reading of knitting history I was doing. There was lots of thinking and sharing about knitting. Then it became about me trying to make it as a fiber artist, writing my book. selling hats at craft fairs, spinning etc. Then it slowly became me designing knitwear and has now turned another bend.

cosymakes studio!

And with this bend, I’ve realized that there is no way I can or want to maintain two sites! So cosymakes.com is still me, doing my little fibery thing, it’s just going to be a bit more localized to Pittsburgh since I will talk about classes I teach and other such stuff here. I hope that, even if you’re a fan from far away places, you’ll stick around because I am still knitting and designing and I promise to do another shop update and get that Rainbow Chard and Light Fingering up that I haven’t had time to photograph yet… And there’s a design almost finished and another that will come along soon.

And if you must jump ship, safe travels.  It was nice having you along for part of my journey.

p.s. You’ll notice blog posts jumping from the studio blog to here over the next week. Just catching up so that all of my stuff is in the same place!

cosymakes studio

well!  the studio is a go.  i will have actual physical retail space for my yarns and samples and will be teaching classes as well as having open studio times for folks to come and sit and knit or spin.  also, those of you just stopping through pittsburgh can contact me and meet me there to see my stuff in person!

i’m busy imagining all of the fun things i can do with the space.  in the meantime, i will not be mentioning it too much on this blog, unless i take nice pictures or it seems like others outside the pittsburgh region might be interested.  instead, i will have it on this other blog, which is not quite up and running yet, as you can see :)  i’m busy thinking of scheduling, writing class descriptions, and figuring out google calendar.

i do want to mention here that the very first class we’ll be offering will be a Yoga and Yarn workshop. click here for more info. we hope to offer one of these a month as a cornerstone of our joint business. as to my side of the studio, there will also be a grand opening in september. whee!

yarn! and a class

just some nice handspun for you today :) one braid of this roving is still in the shop. mine had less orange and more of the light cherry.

a lighter than bulky weight subtle stripes skein – part of the reason i make these very bulky all the time is that it is easier to control getting complete stripes that way. maybe i’ll start giving 1/4 oz more of the main color in the kits so that it compensates for thinner spinning.  hmmm.


and finally rachel and i have been into the drum carder lately… so a springy yellow yarn made from misc wool – including falkland, scraps from a batt i bought from someone else, and mill ends.

singles from a bunch o batts

i’ve also started knitting with some handspun before i could take a photo (ahem).  this roving.  the knitting is the up-sizing of the baby beau.


P.S. if you’re in the pgh area – i’m teaching drop spindling through the calliope school for folk music. you can check it out here.

june knitting classes

a brief shout out for the classes i’m teaching this saturday through the PCC.

Beginning Knitting
Time: 1-3

This class is for those interested in picking up the needles for the first time, or who have some experience but need a little guidance with the basics. We will cover casting stitches on the needles, the knit and purl stitch, and binding off. If you feel you have a general grasp on these techniques we can cover how to read your knitting and methods to fix common mistakes.

the beginnings

Beyond Beginning Knitting
Time: 3-5

This class is for those who already know the knitting basics, but want help starting the next project, to learn more advanced techniques (increasing, decreasing, lace, cables, socks etc.), or to get help with a current project.

there’s more information over here if you’re interested!


i just finished writing my first newsletter and plan to send it tomorrow

there’s exciting spinning news

fun yarn festivals and classes i’m teaching through the PCC.

you can still sign up by clicking the link on the sidebar to the right.

and, if you can’t tell, i’m super duper excited about it! what can i say, i’m easy to excite :)

cosy knits (literally) newsletter!

geesh.  i finally got it up and running :)

you can click here to sign up or use the link in the side bar below the PCC box.

teaching, craft fairs, and designs ... oh my!

i’ll keep those who opt in up to date on craft fairs, new patterns that i put out, and classes i’m teaching. i’m sure there will be other things that come up too, but i’m not planning on sending this out more than once a month.