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Fiberside Chat


Fiberside Chats

Join Live Online Chats with Some of Fiber's Most Exciting Creators

Kid Ewe Knot is collaborating with Longmont Yarn Shoppe and 19 other shops around the US and Canada to bring you special guests and a peek into their world.

These gatherings, hosted on Zoom, are one-hour sessions with designers and creators discussing their unique path, creative processes, latest projects- or whatever is inspiring them now. There will also be a Q&A session, giveaways, and other fun surprised for those who join!

Fiberside Chats cost $20 to register.

September 12, 2021 4pm

Linda Ligon and Anne Merrow smiling and wearing scarves

Pulling color from nature is an ancient and universal human pursuit, and still relevant today. In this chat, Long Thread Media partners Anne Merrow and Linda Ligon talk about their new publication, Nature’s ColorwaysConjuring the chemistry and culture of natural dyes. Blue from green leaves, magenta from crusty lichens, a rainbow from your garden—there’s a full spectrum of possibilities represented in its pages, plus travels in time and space back to 18th century London, to 21st century gallery shows. Learn more about the world of natural dyes that may be right out your back door! Can Anne and Linda talk and pound leaves at the same time? Tune in and see.

 Reserve your spot now, please choose Kid Ewe Knot from the list of shops.

Linda Ligon has had a long career in publishing, from high school yearbook to Interweave Press to Thrums Books to Long Thread Media. Crafting words, particularly words about textiles, has been her special focus. A founding partner in Long Thread Media, she has found joy in helping bring Handwoven, Spin Off, and Piecework back home.

Anne Merrow learned to knit while working in a Times Square publisher’s office, looking for an outside hobby. After making that hobby into her job as an editor of knitting books, she learned to spin and weave for fun and then found herself as the editor of Spin Off and Little Looms magazines. She uses her love of words, yarn, and craft communities as cofounder and Editorial Director of Long Thread Media.
Register Now! Please choose Kid Ewe Knot from the list of participating shops.
This is a one-time live Zoom Event on Sunday, September 12th at 4:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Central, 2:00pm Mountain, 1:00pm Pacific.

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Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 1pm

Nancy Marchant

nancy marchant wearing a beautiful grey shawl

In this Fiberside Chat we’ll be in the presence of the “Queen Mother of Brioche”, Nancy Marchant! She will share the history of how she developed the brioche stitch and tuck stitches for hand knitters too. We’ll be heartened to learn that although she’s been ‘brioching’ for years she still finds the stitch difficult to read in some circumstances. Nancy will share tips and tricks to help you in your next brioche project. We’ll see many examples from her books and get an insider view of her latest book idea – Knitting Brioche Shapes. Whether you’re experienced, a novice, or completely intimidated by this stitch – you won’t want to miss this Chat!!
Register Here. Please choose Kid Ewe Knot from the list of shops.

Nancy Marchant was born in Indiana but Amsterdam has been her home for more than 40 years. Her first published knitting pattern was in 1974. She’s seen knitting styles and techniques change over the years and has built up quite a collection of knitwear designs. Nancy has studied the nuances of the brioche stitch and developed new and exciting stitch patterns and techniques for achieving beautiful brioche and tuck stitch results. She is the author of Knitting Brioche, Knitting Fresh Brioche, Leafy Brioche, Tuck Stitches, Knitting Brioche Lace, and Brioche Knitting.
Register Here. Please choose Kid Ewe Knot from the list of shops.

This is a one-time live Zoom Event on Saturday, July 31st at 1:00pm Eastern, 12:00pm Central, 11:00am Mountain, 10:00am Pacific, 7:00pm CEST.

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Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 4pm:

melissa with a bulky pink hat on her head

Do you want to learn the secrets of knitting reversible cables? Melissa Leapman will be back at Fiberside Chats to teach us another awesome technique! In one fun-filled hour, you'll amaze yourself--and everyone you know!--with a fabric that has completely different cables on each side. No sorcery required!

Register here- please choose Kid Ewe Knot from the  menu of shops

There is however, a little homework required to knit along with Melissa!

With a light-colored worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles, CO 30 sts. Row 1 (RS): Slip the first 2 sts purlwise with the yarn in the back, p1, [k2, p2] 6 times, k1, p2. Repeat Row 1 until the piece measures approximately 1". Slip sts onto holder with the yarn still attached.

 Supplies to have on hand:

Homework swatch; appropriate size needles; open ring stitch marker; 2 double-pointed needles, US size 5 or 6; sticky notes.


With over 1250 designs in print, Melissa Leapman is one of the most widely-published American knit and crochet designers at work today. She's worked with leading ready-to-wear design houses and is the author of several bestselling knit and crochet books including The Knit Stitch Pattern HandbookMastering Color Knitting6000+ Pullover PossibilitiesKnitting the Perfect FitMelissa Leapman's Indispensable Crochet Stitch Collection, and most recently, Knitting Modular Shawls. She is a sought-out speaker and teacher at national and international yarn events such as Vogue Knitting Live. She lives in New York City.

Register here- please choose Kid Ewe Knot from the menu of shops

This is a one-time live Zoom Event on Saturday, July 24th at 4:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Central, 2:00pm Mountain, 1:00pm Pacific.

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marie with armful of sweaters

How to Make Your Next Sweater Your Best Sweater 
Join designer & author Marie Greene for a chat about her "secret sauce" for sweater knitting success.  If you're hesitant to knit sweaters, can't seem to get the results you want, or just want a look inside Marie's sweater secrets, this uplifting & inspiring chat is for you!
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Marie Greene, founder of Olive Knits and Knit Camp, is a knitwear designer, instructor, and best-selling author of three knitting books, including Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks. She's also the creative whirlwind behind the annual 4 Day Knitalong (now in its 5th year). Her cheerful, down-to-earth style makes learning delightful (and often hilarious). Marie specializes in seamless sweaters and creative confidence, nurturing knitters to stretch their comfort zones, try new things, and build community along the way. Marie lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two very particular kitties. See more about Marie here: https://www.oliveknits.com  https://www.facebook.com/oliveknits 

Register here for this one-time live Zoom Event on Saturday, June 12th at 4:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Central, 2:00pm Mountain, 1:00pm Pacific.

 

smiling cecilia

Register Here! During this virtual visit to Uruguay Cecilia Lalanne of Manos del Uruguay will share the background of the company born in 1968 out of the desire to improve the quality of life for Uruguay’s rural women. Cecilia will tell us how being part of Manos today means being a part of a female-powered universe, driven by social responsibility, the love of wool and the care for traditional crafts and Uruguayan heritage. Manos is owned by its artisans and organized as a group of 12 collaboratives, each one is a workshop located in a small village in the Uruguayan countryside.
We all love their unique and colorful yarns and we will now fall in love with their ethos and mission as well!  You don’t want to miss this Chat!
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Cecilia Lalanne studied Fashion Design in Montevideo before joining Manos del Uruguay, the iconic Uruguayan producer of sustainable wool textiles and yarns. After a few years designing for the apparel line, Cecilia moved to the Yarns Division, where she has been in charge for the last 10 years. There she works through the development line from the yarn concept and spinning aspects, collaborating with the dye house in new colors and dyeing methods to overseeing all the marketing and communication.
An avid crafter, she likes to devote her free time to knitting, illustration, block printing and recently, natural dyeing. 

Register here for this one-time live Zoom Event on Sunday, June 6th at 2:00pm UYT, 1:00pm Eastern, 12:00pm Central, 11:00am Mountain, 10:00am Pacific

 

vincent with crochet hook and yarn

Universal Colorwork Across Crafts
Colorwork is one of the exciting ways that makers can explore their self expression and creativity! Have you ever encountered a beautiful colorwork design, but the pattern is written for a craft different from your own? Join Vincent for an evening of fun introductions on how to access and expand your realm of colorwork by working with designs that’ve been created as either knitted OR crochet pattern. Knitters, grab your needles, and crocheters, bust out your hooks, because we hope all of your minds are ready to craft even more colorwork than before!
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Vincent Williams is the crochet and knitwear designer behind @visuvios_crafts , which was born from his longing for stunningly timeless knits that’ll keep you warm in the coldest of mid-winter horse pastures. When he isn’t crafting, he’s working with dogs, horses, and playing music. So if you ever see him without headphones and a tapestry crochet design in the works, you are truly in for a treat! Join all the crafty vibes of his maker journey on Instagram and visit VisuviosCrafts.com for cozy creations, monthly Maker Mood playlists, and fun patterns for makers just like you!

Register Here for this is a one-time live Zoom Event on Saturday, May 8th at 6:00pm Eastern, 5:00pm Central, 4:00pm Mountain, 3:00pm Pacific.

 

"Teaching design means empowering people to move beyond following a pattern. It gives you the skills to make unique pieces wherever inspiration takes you. I want to share those skills beyond my classroom."
It’s been almost three decades since Shirley Paden turned craft into career. Today, this internationally acclaimed designer celebrates the 10th anniversary of her seminal book “Knitwear Design Workshop” (KDW). Shirley released a commemorative edition of KDW and has just launched her second book, “Knitwear Workshop Designs: Duets & Inspirations”. Expect a hands-on revelation that harmonizes the creativity of both teacher and student. 
 
Don't miss this Fiberside Chat as Shirley takes us along on her creative journey. "It still amazes me that we create all that we do with two sticks and some string. It's time to celebrate the ingenuity of our craft and its many innovative designers." Join Shirley and discover more about her 4-step design process, DALs (Design-A-Longs), and more!  

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Shirley Paden is the owner of Shirley Paden Custom Knits located in New York City where she designs her exclusive line of hand-knit clothing. She’s appeared in industry-leading publications like Interweave Knits and Vogue Knitting, which she recently guest-edited. Paden was also invited to be the keynote speaker at one of Vogue Knitting's new Virtual Knitting Live events. HGTV and Knitting Daily TV featured Paden as an expert on various aspects of hand knitting. The British magazine, The Knitter, also includes Paden on their list of  “Who’s Who in North American Knitting.” She has also lectured on various knitting techniques across the U.S., as well as in Canada, Europe, and the UK. For more information please visit www.shirleypaden.com

This is a one-time live Zoom Event on Sunday, May2nd at 4:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Central, 2:00pm Mountain, 1:00pm Pacific.

fiberside chat registration beth brown reinsel smiling

European Knitting Traditions

From the Scottish Lowlands where the unique Sanquhar gloves developed, to Sweden, home of Tvåändsstickning (twined knitting), Norway (Selbu mittens and the Setesdal Lusekofter), and England (the gansey), Estonia (gloves the Troi, and mittens), and Latvian mittens, these countries (and more) have wonderful knitting traditions that can inspire us today, and teach us techniques that have faded from main stream knitting knowledge. Beth has examined 19th century garments in European museums for a better understanding of our knitting history. She will show slides of garments and details of construction methods that can be used today in our contemporary knitting and will be happy to answer questions. Beth will also do a demonstration of a cast-on, so bring some worsted weight yarn and US size 6 or 7 (4.0 or 4.5mm) needles if you'd like to play along!

Beth Brown-Reinsel has been teaching historic and traditional knitting workshops, nationally and internationally, for over thirty years. Her focus has been to bridge the gap from 19th century knitting, fashion, and culture to present-day practices, making a connection to women of older generations, their daily lives, and their handwork. She has traveled to over twenty countries (so far!) to research textiles, visiting museums to examine artifacts, gaining inspiration for the development of new knitting patterns and workshops. Her books, DVDs, and classes explore historic knitting techniques from many cultures, including the UK, Scandinavia, and the Baltic. Beth holds three knitting retreats each year in Vermont beyond her busy teaching schedule. Her work can be seen on her website (www.KnittingTraditions.com) and on her Patreon project (www.Patreon.com/BethBrownReinsel). 

 REGISTER NOW This is a one-time live Zoom Event on Sunday, April 25th at 4:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Central, 2:00pm Mountain, 1:00pm Pacific.

 

fiberside chat jeane and brook smiling faces

Under the Covers at 2 Dye Studios: Sincere Sheep & Elemental Affects

Brooke and Jeane have been working together separately for over 10 years. Brooke's specialty is natural dyes, while Jeane is focused on using the more commercial acid dyes.

It's not easy taking a small yarn and dye company from dream to reality. In the beginning, they operated as sounding boards for each other. Questions that would often be discussed would be things like .... How to produce quality hand-dyed yarn in larger quantities? How to be efficient without losing control of the process? How to stay cost effective? How to source the raw materials we needed from small producers? Where to get the yarn made? And, of course... What the heck are they doing?

In addition to their distinctly different dye backgrounds, Brooke and Jeane have loads of experience working with their fibers as they come straight off the sheep's back to buying in larger quantities from some of our remaining U.S. wool co-ops; not to mention to the knitty gritty of "how much does it cost?" 

Please join us as they share their journey with Fiberside Chats!

Brooke Sinnes

   In 2003, I moved back to the Napa Valley and founded Sincere Sheep based on principles I translated from the slow food movement, a concept that was gaining regional momentum. Applying the ideas of traditional and regionally sourced ingredients to textiles, our early products were made from wool from bay area family farms and processed at a local mill into carded roving and yarn. They were initially labeled with both the name of the farm and animal.
     Now, still located in the wine-growing region of Napa, CA, Sincere Sheep continues to be inspired and guided by the concept of terroir. Both wool and natural dyes are agricultural products that depend upon and reflect their environment. Factors during the annual growing cycle such as water, grass, weather and stewardship all impact the quality of the wool clip and plant harvest. You will see the effects in the subtle variation of colors and textures of yarn from year to year.
 

Jeane deCoster

   In 2005, I returned from living in New York City to settle back in Southern California low desert area of Desert Hot Springs.  I retired from the corporate world and decided that I wanted to make and dye yarn for a living.  I know -- those two things don’t necessarily go with each other, especially in the summer when I am in the dye shed with the burners on ... and the outside temperature is 120 degrees Fahrenheit!  (We won’t discuss the temperature IN the dye shed!)
But I am stubborn that way. My dream was (and is) to create beautiful yarns from natural fibers in the U.S. ... and then dye them in wonderful colors.
     During my stay on the East Coast, I worked in a yarn store between professional gigs and I was struck by how few nice yarns were made in the U.S.  I was struck by what a nice job Peggy Wells (Brown Sheep) was doing with domestically produced yarns, but couldn’t find anything else.
     Time passed. Airplanes hit buildings and I decided it was time to go home and do something I really wanted to do.
Elemental Affects was born.
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This is a one-time live Zoom Event on Sunday, April 18th at 4:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Central, 2:00pm Mountain, 1:00pm Pacific.

gudrun johnston fiberside chat

Join Gudrun for a wee virtual journey to Shetland. Learn about the traditional Shetland Hap, an heirloom item that has been a jumping off point for many of Gudrun's shawl designs over the years. She will demonstrate how to start these shawls using the modern method and also share one of her favorite spit splicing tricks to start a new color exactly where you need it! Gudrun will be showing you some of her available shawl designs based on hap constructions and she will share a preview of a soon to be released shawl pattern for which you will get a special discount coupon! On top of all that, Gudrun will also give us a sneak peek of her soon to be published book based on knitwear her mum designed in the 70s in Shetland.

Register Here for this is a one-time live Zoom Event on Saturday, April 10th at 4:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Central, 2:00pm Mountain, 1:00pm Pacific.

Your ZOOM Link will be sent the evening before and about 1 hour before the event. Check your spam filter if you do not see it.

cecelia campochiaro fiberside chat

Join us as we explore both Sequence Knitting and Making Marls with author and creator, Cecelia Campochiaro. Sequence knitting is a mindful way to create richly textured and reversible fabric by repeating a sequence of stitches again and again. Making Marls is a way to do colorwork in knitting by holding strands together. Cecelia will go through the concepts and inspiration that led her to write her books. We’ll see many examples of pieces made with these techniques and a combination of both. This will be an hour of discovering textures and color that will expand your approach to creative knitting!
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Cecelia Campochiaro appeared on the knitting scene in 2015 with her debut book, Sequence Knitting. She had an ah-ha moment in 2010 and realized that interesting textured fabrics could be created by the simple repetition of a sequence of stitches. This idea evolved and led to her writing Sequence Knitting, a reference book about this mindful approach to knitting.
Sequence Knitting is about texture, and her new book, Making Marls, is about color. Making marls, the act of working multiple strands together as one, is an old technique, but has never before been written about as an important technique in handknitting.

She lives in Silicon Valley, where for many years she developed specialized microscopes used in computer chip manufacturing. Textiles, photography and the arts have been a lifelong passion running in parallel with her technical life. Not only is she interested in the arts and knitting, but also in books. Books have been the primary mechanism for knowledge transfer for over a thousand years. One of her missions is to honor that tradition and create books that are both informative, and also beautiful objects in and of themselves. Makers love beautiful things, and Cecelia feels strongly that books should be as lovely as tools and yarns.

Today she is fully dedicated to the fiber world and “unventing” new ways to make amazing knit fabrics.

Register NOW for this one-time live Zoom Event on Sunday, March 28th at 2:00pm Eastern, 1:00pm Central, 12:00pm Mountain, 11:00am Pacific



Holli Yeoh image and fiberside chat

Intarsia and Duplicate Stitch

Join Holli Yeoh for a chat on tackling the intricacies of intarsia to add blocks and motifs of colour to your knitting. You’ll learn all the basics including joining colours, avoiding holes, managing all those ends and tangles, reading graphs, and tension issues. She’ll show you how duplicate stitch can be used to fix mistakes, draw outlines, and add even more colour, after the project is done. Holli breaks down the techniques into simple relatable ideas and actions, taking the fear out of trying something new.

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Holli’s passion for knitting has spanned a lifetime, from learning to knit as a child to her fine arts degree majoring in textiles and jewellery, and an almost 20-year designing career. A Holli Yeoh pattern is sure to offer something to learn, as well as a casually elegant aesthetic. Interesting techniques, clear instructions, and inclusive sizing ensure a rewarding knit with beautiful results, as featured in leading publications and her book Tempest. 

Holli feels strongly about fine craftsmanship, believing that while there’s more than one right way to do things, it’s important to do it right! To this end, she teaches skills that enable knitters to feel justified pride in their finished projects, while accommodating different knitting styles and preferences. Students leave her workshops with an arsenal of valuable techniques, deep understanding of the choices to be made in knitting, and new confidence. Find her patterns on Ravelry and follow her work on Instagram at @holliyeoh and her website at holliyeoh.com.

This is a one-time live Zoom Event on Sunday, March 21st at 1:00pm Eastern, 12:00pm Central, 11:00am Mountain, 10:00am Pacific.

dendennis fiberside chat sock knitting

Special Bonus Giveaway!

Berroco Yarns has generously provided a special Prize for us to give to one lucky participant who registers for this chat at Kid Ewe Knot! The prize includes a copy of their book and 2 50g balls of yarn, plus a cute project bag. Register now for the chat and to be entered to win!

A message from Mr. Knitbear and Dendennis: 

Knitting socks has been popular for a while, but we were missing a certain style, something more humorous and cheerful, something unique. Not just socks with Fair Isle patterns. We wanted socks that we’d wear for evenings on the sofa at home but also socks for special occasions, business appointments, teaching in class and nights out on the town.
We rose to the challenge to design socks that will inspire others to start knitting too, and to show that you can create very cheerful and striking patterns with Fair Isle knitting, from flamingos to skulls and from avocados to geometric patterns.
In addition to showing our unique and fun socks, we will demonstrate how to knit a turned stitch, which you’ll need for the boomerang heel and how we knit with two colors in a row. Hopefully we’ll manage to inspire and motivate you to start on the great adventure of knitting socks!

Once there were two men…
Dennis, better known as Dendennis the crochet guy, was looking for people to test his crochet patterns. And Wim, another crochet enthusiast, took on the task. Not what Dennis had expected: a guy from Belgium who could test patterns well and who is extremely creative to boot. After years of testing and online contact, in 2018 there was a crocheting cruise in the south of the Netherlands. Wim and Dennis both went on the cruise and spent the entire day knitting and crocheting on a ship in the sun. A representative of Lang Yarns was also on this ship. The three of them
got talking — and the idea to do something together was born. Dennis immediately suggested making a knitting pattern book. The big problem was that Dennis didn’t know how to knit yet. But Wim did. This was actually the perfect opportunity for a book. If Wim could teach Dennis how to knit, he should be able to explain it to others as well. And that is how this great adventure began.
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This is a one-time live Zoom Event on Sunday, March 14th at 3:00pm Eastern, 2:00pm Central, 1:00pm Mountain, 12:00pm Pacific.

sarah solomon fiberside chat

Sarah Solomon started knitting as an adult fueled by a passion to knit sweaters.  A self-styled “sweater evangelist” she now works to bring more knitters into the sweater-knitting fold through her patterns and teaching.  With a background in woven construction and dressmaking, Sarah brings a love of details and fine finishing to her hand knitting designs and enjoys creating and teaching techniques that are simple to master but yield beautiful, long-lasting results.  One of her favorite techniques to share is a double-knit button band with self-reinforced buttonholes that lend a refined look and long life to a hand-knit cardigan.  Sarah will demonstrate the basics of the technique and show samples that make use of it.  She’ll also present an overview of her work to illustrate her approach to designing knitwear that combines elements of fashion, textile and applied design.

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Sarah Solomon is a knitwear designer, writer and teacher based in New York City.  Her patterns and articles have appeared in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, knit.wear, Pom Pom Quarterly, and Vogue Knitting, and in collections by yarn companies large and small. She divides her time between designing and teaching and has also recently joined the editorial team of Vogue Knitting magazine.  Her interests include everything from traditional techniques to colorwork to fine finishing, with a particular emphasis on garment construction.  She is also an avid sewer and spinner and loves handwork in many forms.  In her design work, Sarah creates garments and accessories from exceptional yarns that are knittable, wearable and designed to last.  Find her patterns on Ravelry and follow her work at www.intothewool.wordpress.com or on Instagram as @intothewool.

Register Now! This is a live one time Zoom Event on Sunday, March 7th at 6:00pm Eastern, 5:00pm Central, 4:00pm Mountain, 3:00pm Pacific.

norah gaughan fiberside chat

Norah will walk us through her newest book, Norah Gaughan's Twisted Stitch Sourcebook filled with beautiful images of the stitches and garments, while she explains the many ways to use the book, no matter your skill level. As a bonus we'll see photos from Norah's first issue of Vogue Knitting as editor in Chief. We think you'll be thrilled with the expanded size range and relaxed photography.

Now the Editor in Chief of Vogue Knitting, Norah has spent her life immersed in knitting—as a freelancer for yarn companies and knitting magazines, then overseeing the Reynolds, Artful Yarns & Adrienne Vittadini Yarn lines as the design director at JCA, and as the design director at Berroco for nearly nine years. The author of Knitting Nature and Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook. Her newest labor of love, a sourcebook of twisted stitches is available now! Follow Norah on Instagram:  Norahgn and on her website: norahgaughan.com 

Register NOW for this live, one time Zoom Event on Sunday, February 28th at 5:00pm Eastern, 4:00pm Central, 3:00pm Mountain, 2:00pm Pacific

fiberside chat with andrea rangel

Andrea Rangel has been creating knitting patterns for over ten years and has a passion for yarn. In this Fiberside Chat, you’ll learn Andrea’s 6-step checklist for choosing the right yarn for every project from colour work sweaters to socks. Be purposeful about your creative process and bust that stash with confidence! 

Andrea Rangel is an independent knitting pattern designer, author, and teacher based in Victoria, BC. She's written two books, AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary and Rugged Knits, and designed over a hundred patterns. When she’s not knitting, she’s outside with her camera or inside with her sewing machine. You can find her online at andrearangel.com and on Instagram @AndreaRangelKnits.

REGISTER HERE! This is a live one time Zoom Event on Friday, February 12th at 6:00pm Eastern, 5:00pm Central, 4:00pm Mountain, 3:00pm Pacific

textile museum in Norway

Although the current pandemic prevents us from travelling the world, we can still journey in our minds and online! Join Hanne and Siri from The Textile Industry Museum in Bergen, located in one of the oldest Norwegian textile factories, the picturesque Salhus Tricotagefabrik. Learn more about the textile history of Western Norway, and the striking geometric colorwork patterns produced in Salhus, often used for workwear in the form of woolen sweaters. These sweaters have inspired the book Squares, Stripes & Lice: 25 Traditional Knitting Designs from Bergen, Norway, now available for the first time in English. The book presents new designs by a selection of Norwegian knitwear designers, inspired by this rich textile history. Join us on a winter visit to Norway!

Salhus Tricotagefabrik (1859–1989) was the first fully mechanized knitwear factory in Norway, and is now protected as an industrial heritage site and museum. The factory was a part of the first wave of the industrial revolution in Norway and was known for producing durable everyday clothes: wool and cotton underwear, woolen socks, and not least, wool sweaters. Today the factory is home to the Textile Industry Museum, which tells the story of the Norwegian textile industry. Here you can still see the historical machinery in operation, producing woolen socks and scarves for the gift shop. Since 2016 the museum has arranged Bergen Strikkefestival (Bergen Knit Fest), a grand celebration of knitting during one weekend in late September.

Hanne Dale is collections manager at the Textile Industry Museum and an avid knitter, and Siri Angela Gamborg works in education, product development and has designed several knitting patterns for the museum.

Register NOW for this live, one time Zoom Event on Saturday, February 6th at 1:00pm Eastern, 12:00pm Central, 11:00am Mountain, 10:00am Pacific

Carissa Browning headshot

Let's visit with Carissa Browning, designer of the Dissent Cowl and the Wonder Woman Wrap! During this Fiberside Chat Carissa will share her technique for combining double knitting with double stranded (aka marled) garter stitch to create an extra squishy, reversible fabric, like that featured in her Breaking Plaid cowl. With instructions for multiple mod options included in the pattern, you may soon find yourself filling your home with all things plaid, from scarves and shawls to blankets and washcloths. If you'd like to follow along with the demo, be sure to have two contrasting colors of worsted weight yarn handy, along with a pair of size 10 (6mm) needles.

Carissa lives and knits in the Dallas, Texas area, where she has accepted the futility of stitching cozy woolen sweaters and has perhaps overcompensated with a three-month supply of hand knit socks. With a background in math, she particularly enjoys playing with geometry and developing new methods of constructing familiar shapes and patterns using knitted or crocheted fabric. 


Register HERE! This is a live one time Zoom Event on Sunday, January 24th at 5:00pm Eastern, 4:00pm Central, 3:00pm Mountain, 2:00pm Pacific


fiberside chat Felicia Lo Sweet Georgia Yarns

Planning a Year of Colour + Craft
Welcome to a brand new year! It's a time when we get refreshed and inspired about things we want to make, do, and learn. After over 15 years of talking about the importance of colour and craft to our lives, Felicia is excited to lead you through some of her strategies around making time to make things. Reflecting on the project planning workshops that are available through the School of SweetGeorgia, Felicia will talk about challenges around inspiration overload, time management, starting too many projects, and so much more. Join us for a session to get clear, get inspired, and get ready for a year of colour and craft!

Felicia Lo is a designer, educator, and entrepreneur who is passionate about helping people discover the transformational power of colour and craft. As the Founder & Creative Director of SweetGeorgia Yarns, Felicia leads a team of artisans to create luxurious hand-dyed yarn and spinning fibre as well as designs for knitters, crocheters, and weavers. In 2017, Felicia published her first book “Dyeing to Spin & Knit” with Interweave Press and founded the School of SweetGeorgia, an online education platform to help make in-depth video-based fibre arts education more accessible to makers all over the world. Felicia teaches dyeing, spinning, weaving, and knitting courses on the School of SweetGeorgia and also offers in-studio workshops when possible. Currently, Felicia hosts a weekly video series called Taking Back Friday on the SweetGeorgia YouTube channel where she talks about the importance of making time to make things. 

Register Now! This is a live one time Zoom Event on Friday January 15th at 6:00pm Eastern, 5:00pm Central, 4:00pm Mountain, 3:00pm Pacific 

fiberside chat Julie Weisenberger

Let's kick off the New Year and sweater season at our next Chat with Julie Weisenberger of Cocoknits!  She'll share an overview of the Cocoknits Sweater Workshop method and show samples of completed pieces. Have you wondered how and where the Cocoknits tools we use come from? Julie will give us an insider look at how she invents them and how they're made, incorporating the use of sustainable materials wherever possible. This is an hour not to be missed!

Julie has developed her own top-down, seamless knitting system called ‘The Cocoknits Method’. An easy -to-follow technique using English tailoring to create flattering, custom fitted, top-down, seamless sweaters. Her simple silhouettes combined with fine yarns result in elegant, wearable designs for knitters of all abilities. In addition to designing patterns, she develops knitting tools based on real-life experience. Cocoknits tools are the result of Julie’s 30+ years of experience teaching and knitting - seeing what would make the experience of knitting more enjoyable with tools that last and are created sustainably. Designed for knitters by a knitter, our tools are intended to delight and empower the Maker.

Register Now for this is a live one time Zoom Event on Saturday January 9th at 2pm Eastern, 1 pm Central, noon Mountain, 11 am Pacific 

 

Kerry Lord book portrait

Kerry Lord will be introducing the TOFT yarn brand, in particular TOFT’s range of Edward’s Menagerie inspired Crochet Kits that are suitable for complete beginners through to more advanced crocheters. Split into three skill levels, these kits come with everything you need to complete your project from the materials you’ll be using to the printed pattern itself. Helpful instructions are provided to get you started, and online video tutorials are available for all the techniques used in each pattern. Kerry will be unpacking a kit, taking you through what a TOFT pattern looks like and demonstrating some of the basic techniques used throughout her crochet patterns along with answering any of your questions and queries. Register Here

 Bio: Kerry Lord is the founder of TOFT, a British yarn brand that provides luxury wools alongside knitting and crochet designs that are simple, stylish and fun to make. She is also the best-selling author of the popular Edward’s Menagerie amigurumi crochet books, of which there are now nine in the range with two more set to be published in 2021. Determined to get as many people crafting as possible, Kerry has released a range of online video tutorials for the techniques used in her patterns and a huge variety of TOFT knit and crochet kits are available in stores all over the world, from the UK to Australia, the USA and across Europe and Asia. Kerry has taught thousands of people how to crochet and continues to do so through her books, kits and online tutorials.

Register NOW! This is a one time Live Zoom Event on Sunday December 13th at 1:00PM Eastern

 stevenBe beauty

Listen in as Steven shares his inspirational philosophies, techniques, and true-ish stories of StevenBe.  Register Here to experience the magic of mixology, proportions, color palette and more.  Broaden your horizons and let your creative self free!  Get a glimpse at how color choices reveal many aspects of ourselves. Are you a fabulously classic like Coco Chanel, or are you more of a fiery spotlight seeker like StevenBe? Steven will divulge this philosophy to inspire you to express your unique personality and elevate your knitting and crochet to the next level.  Steven may even share his unique short row technique that will illustrate how to use his signature color & texture philosophies to create something truly unique and fabulous!

Bio: Steven Berg is a fiber artisan armed with a wealth of experience, a daring sense of style, and a firm belief in the transformative power of creativity that knitting or crocheting offers to all who are brave enough to push the boundaries. After an eventful career in the fashion industry, his creative work brought him back to his favorite medium, the one that always inspired him the most: the imaginative world of fiber arts. Today you will find Steven in his Minneapolis store, StevenBe: a 6,000-square foot nineteenth century firehouse adorned with chandeliers, animal prints, and his eclectic collection of objects d’art. His knitwear designs, chunky creations, and signature multi-stranded knitting style have caught the attention of Hollywood celebrities and stylists and have been featured in national publications. Steven reminds all fiber aficionados: “There are no mistakes, only variations.”  

Register NOW! This is a one time Live Zoom Event on Wednesday December 9th at 6:00PM Eastern

Laura Nelkin promo picture

Intrigued by Brioche? Want to learn how to play with it while knitting toe-up socks and slippers? Laura will teach you a few tricks to working Bottoms Up Slippers – a new pattern to be released December 3rd! At the same time Laura will chat with you about her design process and how she goes from concept to sample to pattern...an hour of fun to be sure!

Bio: Laura lives in upstate New York, where the sunny season is short, leaving plenty of time to be indoors knitting. Though she has a degree in apparel design from Cornell University, she took to knitting years ago and hasn’t looked back. Laura's designs and techniques are innovative, fun and will challenge you to think in new ways about your knitting. Laura runs two knitting clubs that encourage community, learning and skill building! When Laura is not designing or knitting, she is gardening, sewing, whipping up yummy feasts with her family, and taking time to play!

Register HERE This is a one time Live Zoom Event on Friday December 4th at 6:00PM Eastern, 5:00PM Central, 4:00PM Mountain, 3:00PM Pacific

mary scott huff fiberside chat

Sunday November 29 at 5pm

Let's have some fun with Mary Scott Huff as she presents a fashion show of her innovative designs. Known for her expertise in stranded color work techniques and designs along with the imagination of her fun and fantastical hats and slippers, this is sure to be an hour of inspiration and whimsy!  

Mary will also demonstrate a technique she uses extensively in her work, the Knitted Hem. To knit along with Mary you’ll need to have two contrasting colors of smooth yarn (nothing too dark) and needles to match.  We can't wait to let you get to know Mary!  Mary has so much to offer in both knitting wisdom and just having fun with yarn!  Mary Scott Huff has figured it out!

Register Here!

Bio - Mary Scott Huff is the author of six knitting books: The New Stranded Colorwork, Teach Yourself Visually Color Knitting, Fun and Fantastical Hats to Knit, Fun and Fantastical Slippers to Knit, The Creative Kids Photo Guide to Knitting, and The Mitten Handbook. An Information Technology refugee, Mary now leads a yarn-centered life. The many friends she's found along the way have helped her become an internationally-recognized designer, teacher and author. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Mary shares a wee little house there with her family, some Scottish Terriers, and more yarn than is strictly necessary. You can join Mary on her adventures playing with string at www.maryscotthuff.com.

carson demers fiber side chat and hands crocheting

Tips to Knitting Longevity and Comfort

Let’s face it, we all want to knit forever! What’s your plan to get there? Here’s a talk that will give you an overview of what you need to have in mind to make your goal. Carson will discuss specific tips that you can take away and try in your knitting. And you’ll get some strategies for integrating them into your knitting routine to keep you knitting for a lifetime! 

This is a one time live Zoom event on Saturday November 21st at 4:00PM Eastern. Register Here

Karida Collins Fiberside Chat Link

Join Karida Collins of Neighborhood Fiber Co. as she takes us along her creative process with a virtual tour of the production studio, dye kitchen and a live yarn dyeing demonstration! You’ll get to see exactly how NFC yarns get the vibrant, intense colors they're so well known for. She’ll also break down some of the dyeing techniques and show the finished results. Check out the Transitions Lookbook to see how these one-of-a-kind colors fit into the trademark NFC aesthetic and vision. Don’t miss this insider tour and virtual Trunk Show!

This is a one time live Zoom event on Sunday November 8th: 3 PM Eastern, 2 PM Central, 1 PM Mountain, 12 PM Pacific.

Register HERE online or in-shop

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