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.
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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!
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.
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
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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