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.

new years…

bring new things.

first off, thanks for all of the love for elena’s cardigan!  it’s funny how you sometimes don’t really get what something is looking like until you do the finishing.  pre-finishing, i thought it was cute – but with post finishing – adorable.  sweet. the perfect shades of green.  oh la.  i highly recommend the pattern.

anyhow, two sweet potatoes, knit as samples for a beginning colorwork class i’m teaching later this month at the north store.  i tried to use yarns people can actually get ;)

cascade 220 and kathmandu aran – 18 mo.-4 yr.
sweet potato

and more classes! these ones through the PCC
Beginning Knitting on the 21st of January
and Spindling on the 18th.

the new lamb’s pride superwash bulky – 0-6 mo.
sweet potatoes

so, new things.  i quit my small cleaning job and am trying to teach more instead.  i’m also setting up a newsletter for those interested in where i’m vending and what classes i’m teaching.  i haven’t quite figured it out yet though… but trust me, you’ll hear about it when i do ;)

hope the new year brings you bright new things.

and, selfishly, i hope this whole teaching thing works out!  i’m nervous and excited all at once – and i think i tell you that about something once a week.  ha!

knitting knite

just thought i’d do a little plug for the first knitting knite i’m hosting. more Pittsburgh Craft Collective classes to come from me including a drop spindling class and a sweater recycling workshop!

PCC is proud to announce the first in a series of knitting circle classes.

This class is set up so that you can bring whatever you’re working on and I’ll help you learn to fix your mistakes, give you the support you need to progress, and assist you in whatever way I can! You can also bring a new project to start, or an idea and we’ll try to help make it happen.  This is also a good class for beginning knitters, because I shape each class to the students.

Location: Cosy’s house in Squirrel Hill. [address provided after registration]
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Date: Friday, December 19th

This class includes:
Hot tea! Coffee! Christmas cookies! And plenty of good healthy wool. Okay, and a bit of knitting instruction, chatting, and support for any level knitter.

The Knitting Circle fee is:
$10 for members of the PCC
$12 for non-members

*Class is limited to 6 people. Please RSVP with your name and contact information to pghcraftcollective@gmail.com.

like a charm

thank you all for your lovely wishes about my starting to teach more knitting… my first class was friday. i was supposed to have 4 students, but i ended up with 3.

anatomy of a bsj

this sweater worked its magic wonderfully.

i delivered waterfall to emily (happy birthday!), who also got into handmade arcade, and then, i spent yesterday spinning on the front porch with lauren. all in all a good weekend. now to bake some blueberry muffins and it will be complete. what fibery goodness has happened in your life lately?

tea for two on the porch, anyone?

sunday afternoon tea