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Frequently Asked Questions

Regularly updated, this is the post where we answer some questions from our lovely knitworthy followers! If you have any burning questions we’ve missed, please do let us know: we can update this post and answer flash questions on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr!   What do you do? Who does what work? Cozy Hearth Yarn Works is a partnership between two sisters, and we have been slowly re-negotiating the boundaries of our partnership over the time we’ve been working together. Em, the younger sister, is currently taking a hiatus from writing, but has written some beautiful posts for the blog in the past – Em also manages all of our bookkeeping and financials, and designs patterns and knits finished objects for customers. Em loves knitting cablework, and tends toward more...

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Gratitude and #SmallBusinessSaturday

Happy Holidays, one and all! We’ve been gearing up for the season for a while here at the Cozy Hearth, making sure that our customers, friends, and family stay warm this winter. We wanted to take some time on this year’s Small Business Saturday to celebrate small businesses in general (on our Twitter feed), and to be thankful for everything that makes our little knit-business run. Our shop cats, of course, are always eager to help. They also make dashing, charismatic models for store photography, when they feel like cooperating. Which is, in true cat fashion, only sometimes. Isaac and Fiyero both like to keep a close watch on all fibercraft proceedings. Our suppliers make the things we need to make more...

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FO Friday: Open-Ended Treegarth

So on top of the planned store-remodel and the furious preparations for our first festival booth in September, we have, of course, still been knitting store orders and custom commissions. I have the great pleasure of finally showing off my most ambitious commission yet – a nearly four-foot-diameter allover lace circle shawl, knitted and designed by yours truly. This shawl is knitted on US size 5 needles, and contains around 1000 yd of yarn. Hand-picked by the customer, the yarn is actually a fingering-weight hand-dyed sock blend in three different colorways, and is a blend of merino wool, domestic wool, silk, and nylon. I cast on this project at the end of March, with a general plan for the design (lace motifs selected, a mostly finalized...

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Pattern Design: Mori Lace Gloves

That’s right, bumblebees and chickadees, I’ve worked out my first pattern design! (I should say, the first design that’s complete and I’m willing to let see the light of day… there’s a few failed monstrosities of pattern drafts stuffed into trash bins around here, and I wouldn’t be me if there wasn’t a giant lace shawl pattern in the works in the background.) These gloves are inspired by construction details from several different fingerless mitts, but the lace charts for the back of the hands are originally the property of Ana at knit-nana, repurposed from her inimitable Mirno shawl design with her gracious permission. (Thanks Ana!) My hand-copied draft chart, and an early prototype knit. The lace comes out quite differently at the...

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Coffee Shop Knitting

A lot of the photography for this blog has taken place on the front steps of our apartment, partly because that space has good lighting and some good framing devices, but also because it’s a favorite knitting space for me in particular. Since the weather in this season is highly unreliable, though, and because I missed the conjoined activities of knitting while people-watching, I’ve been taking time a few mornings a week to bring my knitting to a coffee shop for a few hours. So far, it’s been excellent. Knitting in public does a number of good things, both personal and in general. Personally, I can get a boost in productivity and focus on nearly any project when I introduce occasional changes...

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