Live Online Chats with Engaging Creators
Fiberside Chats are one-hour online (Zoom) sessions with special guests, giving us a peek into their world. These designers and creators will discuss 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 surprises for those who join! The gatherings are organized and hosted by our friends at Longmont Yarn Shoppe. The registration fee for each chat is only $20 USD and the proceeds support the guests and participating yarn shops such as ours.
How to register: Join Barb, Cynthia and the River City Yarns group! Register on Longmont Yarn Shoppe's website and find River City Yarns in the drop down menu. Easy-peasy!Details:
- September 11: Melanie Berg
- September 25: Vivian Hoxbro
- October 9: Nancy Bates
- October 23: Stephanie Pearl McPhee
- November 6: Birger Berge
Sunday, September 11: join us for A Fiberside Chat with Melanie Berg.
In this chat, Melanie introduces you to her ideas about knitting. What turns a project into a true favorite? How to make sure you'll get a lot of wear out of it? Melanie will talk about what's currently on her needles and will give you a sneak peek on upcoming designs.
Melanie combines texture and color into wearable modern designs that are both playful and beautiful. She designs to surprise — from matching cheeky stripes with elegant lace, to choosing unexpected color combinations. She loves to collaborate with other creative types around the world, and her patterns have been published by yarn companies and knitting magazines large and small. Together with her husband and their three children, Melanie lives in Bonn, Germany, where she draws inspiration from the architecture and landscape.
This is a live Zoom Event on Sunday, September 11th at 10:00 am PDT, 11:00 am MDT, 12:00 pm CDT, 1:00 pm EDT, 2:00 pm ADT. This session will be recorded; registered attendees can view the recording for one week.
Sunday, September 25: join us for Tradional Danish Knitting with Vivian Hoxbro.
What do you do when you find there aren’t any books on your home country’s knitting heritage? If you’re Vivian Hoxbro – you make it your mission to write that missing book. Visiting her local museum and others, she diligently measured, photographed and drew the patterns of 89 historical sweaters. Six years later her book Traditional Danish Sweaters, including 200 patterns and 11 sweater designs, was complete. Zooming in live from Denmark Vivian will share her knowledge of Danish knitting history and inspire us to cast-on a piece of her heritage!
Bio: In 1985 I started my career as a designer employed by yarn-companies and soon became a free-lancer working for different yarn-companies and weekly magazines until 1999. I then started designing my own kit-collection and also wrote the small book on domino-knitting. That opened the world of traveling and teaching and I spent many years living out of a suitcase, traveling to the US 26 times and to many other countries also. I’ve been fortunate to be able to choose to do what I really love and have authored many designs and the books, Traditional Danish Sweaters and Vivian Hoxbro’s Knitting Handbook: 8 Schools of Modular Knitting.
This is a live Zoom Event on Sunday, September 25th at 10:00 am PDT, 11:00 am MDT, 12:00 pm CDT, 1:00 pm EDT, 2:00 pm ADT. This session will be recorded; registered attendees can view the recording for one week.
Sunday, October 9: join us for Knitting the National Parks with Nancy Bates.
Join Nancy as we talk about her new book Knitting the National Parks – a beanie-knitting journey through all 63 U.S. national parks! Find out what it takes to turn nature into knitting, where the inspiration comes from, and why hats are a great place to learn a new skill. We’ll talk about choosing colors, adding embellishments, and having fun while you’re doing it. Discover the joy of creating a project that’s not only fun and beautiful, but also brings back memories of special places with the people we love. Find out where Nancy’s next design journey will take her as we relax and share a mutual love of beautiful places and beautiful yarn.
Growing up in a family of 11 in the suburbs of Southern California, Nancy’s love of nature and all things fiber arts started at a very young age. Each day could find her climbing trees and exploring the local hills one moment to hand sewing Barbie clothes and making hats the next. Over the years, embroidery, crocheting, costume making, knitting, painting, cross stitching, and weaving were added to the list of beloved hobbies. In college, Nancy sat under the trees between classes knitting sweaters. The love of the outdoors grew as national and state parks became family destinations with her husband and 3 daughters. The idea for Knitting the National Parks began 5 years ago as she was looking at a Joshua Tree and decided “I could knit that into a hat.” And she did!
This is a live Zoom Event on Sunday, October 9th at 10:00 am PDT, 11:00 am MDT, 12:00 pm CDT, 1:00 pm EDT, 2:00 pm ADT. This session will be recorded; registered attendees can view the recording for one week.
Sunday, October 23: join us for Knitting - Strange and True Facts, History and Stories with Stephanie Pearl McPhee.
So, some mirror neurons, stilts, a red pair of stockings and the truth about video games go into the French Revolution and… well, even I can’t pretend that’s the set up for a good joke, but when you join me for our hour together at Fiberside Chats, I’ll tell you what they have in common. (Hint: It’s knitting, and everything about it that is strange but true and it’s going to be a lot of fun.)
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is the New York Times Bestselling author of eight books, seven of which have a lot to do with knitting. (The eighth is lighter in the yarn department, but is still funny.) She's been knitting for more than forty-five years, and is also the author of the popular and long lived blog "Yarn Harlot” and part of the magic at Strung Along Retreats for knitters. Stephanie loves to teach about knitting and thinks that most people would be surprised how important she thinks it is. She's an avid grandmother, can drive a standard, and has owned two cats in a row that don't care much for her. Stephanie lives in an untidy, wool filled house in Toronto, Canada.
This is a live Zoom Event on Sunday, October 23rd at 10:00 am PDT, 11:00 am MDT, 12:00 pm CDT, 1:00 pm EDT, 2:00 pm ADT. This session will be recorded; registered attendees can view the recording for one week.
Sunday, November 6: join us for A Journey into Norwegian Knitting Traditions with Birger Berge.
Birger will take you on a journey into Norwegian knitting traditions and how they can be renewed and used in today’s world. He will share his best tips for stranded knitting and techniques to get the best results possible. He will also journey into other pattern techniques that have been used and how they can be used to bring color and patterns to your work. Join us for this hour of learning and armchair travel to Norway!
Birger has been a knitter all his life. He comes from a family of makers where the value of working by hand has been honored and appreciated, and he learned knitting and crocheting from his grandmother at a very young age. He started his Instagram in 2016, which quickly led to a lot of followers and publishing of his first book, Nordic Knits with Birger Berge: Traditional Patterns, Exciting New Looks. Birger loves to take Norwegian knitting traditions in to modern life and create new designs based on these traditions.
This is a live Zoom Event on Sunday, November 6th at 10:00 am PST, 11:00 am MST, 12:00 pm CST, 1:00 pm EST, 2:00 pm AST. This session will be recorded; registered attendees can view the recording for one week.
Read these helpful tips before you register:
- You should sign up early to get a seat.
- Registration fees must be paid in advance to hold your seat.
- Registrations will close 3 hours before the event starting time.
- You will receive an online invitation and meeting identification code that you will need, from Longmont Yarn Shoppe in order to enter the event. This invitation will come within 24 hours of the event.
- As this is an online event, you need to have Zoom downloaded on a computer, tablet or mobile device. If using a computer, make sure you also have a webcam and microphone built in or attached.
- Refunds? Sorry, there are no refunds if you forget to sign in or cannot attend.
- Date Changes or Cancellations: in the event the Fiberside Chat has to be cancelled due the the Guest not being able to attend, Longmont Fibers will make the best effort possible to immediately accommodate a new date. All participant registrations will be valid for the new date. In the event an alternative date is not available your registration will be refunded in full.
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