Spinning Classes with Lauren Haiken

I’m pleased to announce that this year at IKS we will have a truly fabulous spinning teacher (and a friend of mine) joining us.

Lauren Haiken will be offering 2 awesome workshops for more advanced spinners: Worsted? Woolen? What? – Exploring the two main spinning styles and Taste the Rainbow – Exploring the Many Splendors of Multicolor Spinning

Classes will be limited to 15 people, but must have a minimum of 8
Lauren has been spinning for twenty years and teaching for ten. She has learned at the knees of Judith McKenzie, Rudy Amman, Michelle Boyd, Stephenie Gaustad and many other venerated teachers. Lauren lives in Bellmore, New York with her husband and daughter, and she prefers to teach people that there are no spinning police.

And here are some answers to questions I asked her

How did you get started:
I grew up on Long Island, N.Y., in an area where there are no sheep, and we are all sad. Learned to spin at my first visit to MDS&W, more than twenty years ago. (She also learned to spin before she could knit!)

How many spindles/wheels do you own:
I’m owned by fourteen wheels, and upwards of fifty spindles. I love them all, but usually choose to spin on my cherry Matchless, or my Hansen Minispinner. My most unusual wheel is my Journey Wheel, and my first wheel was a single treadle Joy. My most unusual spindle is a mid whorl Mongold Norge.

Where have you taught spinning:
I’ve taught spinning at Homespun Yarn Party for… Every year it’s been in existence, but two, the first and 2014. I’ve also taught at local yarn shops in Maryland, workshops for Dragonfly Fiber, and The Verdant Gryphon, and private lessons. (Homespun Yarn Party is an amazing fiber show in DC that partially inspired IKS.)

Geekiest spinning habit:
Kate from Dragonfly would tell you it’s that I finger spin fiber, any fiber, when I pick it up. It’s a habit, and I’m not thinking about it when I do it. I have little finger spun yarn bracelets from most of the events I’ve been to.

What do I like to spin most:
I like to wash wool, raw wool, one lock at a time, on a bar of soap, and I love to spin that washed wool from the lock. I have a lot of handspun, and it’s all hanging up in my closets.

Favorite spinning teacher:
Really, you’re going to make me pick? I’ve taken the most classes with Judith McKenzie. The teacher that taught me the most was Margaret Stove. The teacher who taught me the technique that I had the most fun with was Sarah Anderson (Wrap and Roll yarn). The teacher whose class I met the most long term friends in was Rudy Amann. The teacher who probably finds me most annoying, because I’m a ringer every time, is Maggie Casey.

If you need a one liner for that, go with Judith. I admire her because she’s used spinning to bring her through every life situation.
Now the classes! Each class lasts 3 hours and costs $45.  If you sign up for both, you get in for $40/class.  Each also has a material fee to be paid to the instructor on the day of the class. To register or if you have any questions, send an email to cosymakes@gmail.com.

Worsted? Woolen? What? – Exploring the two main spinning styles
Saturday November 14th, 9-12
You want to create a yarn that’s shiny and smooth. How do you do it? Spin it worsted.

You want to create a yarn that’s fuzzy and extra warm. How do you do it? Spin it woolen
You want to learn more? That’s what this class is for. We will explore Worsted yarn and its properties, spinning both Top and Batts to create Worsted and Semi-worsted. Then we will explore Woolen yarn and its properties, spinning Batts and Top to create Woolen and Semi-woolen. While we’re spinning we will discuss some of the best uses for each type of yarn, and work on improving your spinning in each style.

Skills Required: Students should be able to spin a continuous yarn.

Equipment Required: Students should bring a spinning wheel in good working condition

Materials Fee: $20 per student – includes class handout and fiber
Taste the Rainbow – Exploring the Many Splendors of Multicolor Spinning
Saturday November 14th, 2-5

Do you have a gorgeous, many colored braid of fiber, and you don’t know what to do with it? In this class we’ll try several techniques to split and spin that fiber. We’ll create intentional barberpole yarn, color blocked yarn, and fractal spun yarn. If time allows, we will play with ply structure and its effect on colored yarns, spinning three ply and cable ply yarns. Each yarn will be unique, and they will all be beautiful. Which one will be your favorite?
Skills Required: Students should be able to spin a continuous yarn.

Equipment Required: Students should bring a spinning wheel in good working condition

Materials Fee: $20 per student – includes class handout and fiber

IKS call for vendors 2015

Indie Knit and Spin marketplace will run 10-4 on Saturday the 14th of November, 2014 at the Wilkins School Community Center. Classes of varying lengths and subjects will run from 9-5:30.

To apply to be a vendor at the marketplace send an email to cosymakes@gmail.com with the name of your business and ‘IKS application 2015’ in the subject line

This is a juried show. All applications need to be in by June 21 in order to be considered. Notification of acceptance or not will be sent via email by June 28. September 30th is the last day you can pull out of the show and get a refund.

Booths cost $50
Half Booths cost $25

Each vendor is also required to donate an item or two in order to lure in volunteers to help with the show.

Teach a short class! Spread your love of fiber arts!

I am looking for folks to teach short classes – 30 minutes to 1 hr. I have 2.5 hrs left.

These are fun little classes for a maximum of 6 people, where you can share whatever you are passionate about!

Already being offered:
Kids Fiber Arts
Altering Patterns (adding cables, lace, stripes etc)
Lace Chart Reading
Crochet for Knitters

Other ideas:
Cabling without a cable needle
Finishing of some sort
How to size something (I could totally do a 30 minute how to size hats to fit heads class)
or anything you can think of!
think specified technique or something you love to do and want to share

email me at cosymakes@gmail.com if you’re interested

Dates and Call for Teachers 2015!!

IKS 2015 will be Saturday November 14th! Save that date.
Marketplace will run 11-4
and Classes will run 9-4

Now I am in search of people to teach classes similar to the following at the IKS in November and a new one in February. Please inquire by sending me an email at cosymakes(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll let you know how classes work. Classes are purposefully kept pretty small, last 2 hours, and pay by the head.

Pattern Writing
Design – Shawl
Design – Sweater
Altering Patterns

Lecture on natural dyeing?
Lecture on or hands on workshop in expertise on spinning particular fibers?

Spindle Spinning
Advanced Spinning
Spinning Fiber Prep

Color Theory / Choosing hand dyed yarns and matching with patterns etc

Advanced Crochet
Crochet Design

Darning/repairing knits


**Anybody with a house in/near Regent Square who would like to host a class during IKS. I’m particularly interested in finding someone who would want to swap dye lessons for allowing a dye class to be taught in their kitchen.

IKS 2015 class survey

Hi IKS fans!

Please take this survey and let me know what classes you’d be interested in taking at IKS!

We are looking for unique classes that aren’t necessarily offered elsewhere – design, spinning, pattern writing, yoga and yarn etc. And we are looking to seriously limit the class sizes this year and create a great learning and teaching environment.

This coming Saturday!

Indie Knit and Spin is coming right up!  You can find information here!  Here are a couple of things to remember:

We have classes this year
You can sign up at the show if there is still room, or email me cosymakes(at)gmail(dot)com. We have a nice variety of classes:  Toe up Socks and How to use Variegated Yarns, Support Spindle and Drop Spindle, a class on making your own preparations to spin, Stranded Knitting, and a Yoga and Yarn class.

Give away take away table
This table will be in the hallway again this year.  A table (or two) to get rid of the fiber arts stuff that you just have lying around collecting dust. And maybe to score something new that makes you happy. Books, patterns, needles, knitting, crochet or spinning supplies all welcome! You do not have to bring something to take something or take something if you bring something.

If you feel so inclined to volunteer – more info here.


The Ross Farm

Name: Amy Ross Manko
Business name: The Ross Farm
Website(s): The Ross Farm Website
What kind of items do you make?
We produce fleece, roving, locks, batting and yarn from our flock of Heritage and Rare Breed sheep that we raise on our PA Century Farm.

How long have you been in indie artist?
I’ve been an indie artist for as long as I can remember. I’ve been producing wool products for about a year.

What got you interested in your art of choice?
I was looking for a way to ‘work smarter. not harder’ with our wool flock and I wasn’t interested in raising animals specifically for meat, so fiber animals seemed like the perfect fit. We chose to work with Heritage and Rare Breeds because our farm has been in my family for over 100 years and is on the National Register of Historic Places so anything that wasn’t “old school” seemed like it would be less than authentic.
What do you most enjoy about what you do?
Two things: Lambing season and shearing! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the cute little lambies but the big payoff is when we shear and the fleece falls off the animals in silky, shiny locks. It’s like Christmas! You see, on the animals, it looks sort of scraggly and muddy and blah, but that’s just the outside. Inside the fleece is where the magic is. They may look like light brown marshmallows in the field but when you peel that back they may be shining silver or midnight black or warm dark chocolate on the inside. I just love that.

What most inspires you?
What inspires me most is my sheep. I know that sounds stupid, but I feel like my products have to do them justice. They worked a whole year to grow that fleece, and it’s my responsibility to make it SPECTACULAR. It’s different when you have a relationship with your product.
What makes your creations unique?
What makes my creations unique is their simplicity. All of my yarn is 100% natural wool. “Un-fooled-around-with” as the commercial says. The color you see is the color it grew on my sheep. It never ceases to amaze me how many shades and tones you can get from these guys!

Do you have a favorite item or colorway?
My favorite item is Moonbear Snuggle, a bulky yarn I make from my registered Romney ram Moonbear. He’s such a dear, darling ram and his fleece is just soooo smooshy! (Please don’t tell the others… they are fabulous too!)

What is something you strive to offer the fiber arts community?
I strive to offer the fiber community an alternative to the gorgeous hand-painted and hand-dyed BFL and Merino yarns that most folks use. Believe me, I love those too! But, if you dig natural stuff, I’ve got you covered!
Does being an indie fiber artist affect other aspects of your life?
Yep. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t heard my topic on the critically endangered Leicester Longwool sheep that we raise and the importance of preserving rare breeds for their beauty and versatility. I’m a shepherd. It’s who I am.

What is your fiber arts superpower?
My fiber arts super power is the ability to teach myself to make just about anything as a sample for our booth by watching a video on youtube. That, and predicting what the offspring are going to look like when I’m planning my cross-breeding of my sheep.

How is the fiber arts world different for you today than it was five years ago?
Five years ago I was a non-profit manager and I knew the fiber arts world existed, but I wasn’t involved. Now I’m a compulsive knitter and I’ve discovered spinning competitions, my new ‘sport’!


Name: Stephanie Alford
Business name: SpaceCadet
Website(s): spacecadetyarn.com
What got you interested in your art of choice?
I’ve been crazy in love with the fiber arts all my life — a knitter since I was 19, a spinner, a weaver — but it wasn’t until I tried dyeing that I felt like I’d really found the thing that was absolutely right for me. I love the exploration of dyeing — taking the same base colours and then mixing and layering them to create something new. Dyeing is such a wonderful adventure for me, every time!
Do you have a favorite item or colorway?
In the past few months, I’ve really been experimenting with new techniques and ways of putting colour onto my yarn. And in the process, I’ve created a ton of out-of-this-world amazing colourways. Each one is one of a kind, never to be repeated, but I’m learning a lot and it’s changing my entire approach to dyeing. And, I’m bringing almost all of them to Indie Knit & Spin — I’m hoping everyone there is as crazy about them as I am!
What is something you strive to offer the fiber arts community?
I think I have to say, constant exploration and innovation. I get bored very easily and one thing I love about running my own business is that I never have to be bored. If what I’ve been doing isn’t interesting to me anymore, I can try something new. And what that means for the knitters, crocheters, and designers I work with is that there is always something exciting around the corner — my customers and the members of my Mini-Skeins Club get to see my experimentation happen right before their eyes, and I think it’s as fun for them as it is for me!

Great Lakes Hand Dyed

Name: Elizabeth Deremiah
Business name: Great Lakes hand dyed
Shop, Great Lakes Hand Dyed Shop Blog, and on Ravelry here
What kind of items do you make?
Hand dyed yarn and fiber

How long have you been in indie artist?
Since February 2012

What got you interested in your art of choice?
Dyeing yarn is an extension of my knitting and crocheting. It felt like the next logical step in my crafting journey.

What do you most enjoy about what you do?
Seeing the finished objects made from yarn and fiber. Watching the yarn and fiber go from a blank slate to a finished object is very satisfying for me.

What most inspires you?
Everyday events and the environments around me indoors and outdoors. Sometimes a funny scene in a show or a movie or a trip to the beach.
What makes your creations unique?
All of my yarns and fibers are locally sourced from farms in the United States. I’m not afraid to use different dye techniques and experiment, which creates unique and exciting yarns and fibers.

Do you have a favorite item or colorway?
Currently the favorite product that I offer is the variegated self striping with 4 yards of variegated yarn and 4 yards of black.

What is something you strive to offer the fiber arts community?
Options. Options are a huge benefit to the fiber arts community. There are tons of patterns, yarns, and fibers for fiber artists to choose from. I love when my customers email me and ask about possibilities. They are virtually endless.

Does being an indie fiber artist affect other aspects of your life?
I recently have been a full time fiber artist. Being a dyer and business owner is one of the best jobs in the world. I have had the opportunity to meet incredible fiber artists and travel to places I would have never gone otherwise.

What is your fiber arts superpower?
Finding the perfect project for any yarn.

How is the fiber arts world different for you today than it was five years ago?
5 years ago, the only things I really spent time crafting were baby blankets made from box store yarns. I have discovered hand dyed yarns and taught myself to knit since then.

Indie Knit and Spin/Cosy Knits (literally)

Name: Cosette Cornelius-Bates
Business: Cosy Knits (literally)
Website: Patterns

My booth will be a mixed bag this year. Half of the booth will be where you can sign up for IKS classes (the day of), ask questions, sign up to get our newsletter, and other IKS business stuffs.

The second half of the booth will be some kits of my patterns with my hand dyed yarn (these patterns)
I will also be offering all of my patterns at a discount, just for this show. Here’s a sampling.
And I will have autographed copies of my book for $5 each!