Fiberside Chats (Online Social Gathering)
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Fiberside Chats (Online Social Gathering)

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

Join us and some of your favourite designers and creators for a series of new online gatherings organized and hosted by our friends at Longmont Yarn Shoppe. They are called Fiberside Chats!

These gatherings, happening on Zoom, are one-hour online 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! Fiberside Chats are just one way to join in on an interactive and engaging online social gathering. We'll be there; we hope you'll come along too!

Upcoming Fiberside Chats:

Carissa Browning: Sunday, January 24 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm MST

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 US 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.

Hanne Dale and Siri Angela Gamborg: Saturday, February 6 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MST

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.

Norah Gaughan: Sunday, February 28 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm MST

New Book: Twisted Stitch Sourcebook, also her first issue as editor of Vogue Knitting. More details to come!

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, in order to enter 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. 
  • Questions? Send an email to info@rivercityyarns.com

Past Fiberside Chats:

Casapinka: Thursday, June 4th at 2:00 pm MT

Ann Budd: Wednesday, June 10 at 5:00 pm MT

The Shepherd's Mill: Sunday, June 14th at 2:00 pm MT

Romi Hill: Saturday, June 20th, 3:30-4:30 pm MT

Ann Weaver: Sunday, June 28th, 2:00-3:00 pm MT

Jane Slicer-Smith: Wednesday, July 8th, 5:00 - 6:00 pm MT

Isabell Kraemer: Sunday July 12th, 10:00 - 11:00 am MT

Sivia Harding: Wednesday July 22nd, 5:00 - 6:00 pm MT

Olga Jazzy: Sunday, July 26, 12:00 - 1:00 pm MT

Tin Can Knits: Friday, July 31st, 5:00 - 6:00 pm MT

Lesley Anne Robinson: Sunday, August 9th, 4:00 - 5:00 pm MDT

Erika Knight: Sunday, August 16th, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT

Melissa Leapman: Friday, August 28th, 4:30 - 5:30 pm MDT

Karida Collins of Neighborhood Fiber Co. : Friday, September 4, 4:30 - 5:30 pm MDT

ARNE & CARLOS: Saturday, September 12 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT

Toni Lipsey: Wednesday, September 30 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm MDT

Patty Lyons: Wednesday, October 7 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm MDT

Kate Atherley: Sunday, October 18 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm MDT

Mary Jane Mucklestone: Sunday, October 25 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm MDT

Dana Fiddes & Bert Freed: Friday, October 30 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm MDT

Karida Collins: Sunday, November 8 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm MST

Diana Wiley/Handspun Hope: Monday, November 16 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm MST

Carson Demers: Saturday, November 21 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm MST

Mary Scott Huff: Sunday, November 29 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm MST

Laura Nelkin: Friday, December 4 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm MST

StevenBe: Wednesday, December 9 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm MST

Kerry Lord: Sunday, December 13 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MST

Julie Weisenberger of Cocoknits: Saturday, January 9 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MST

Felicia Lo of Sweet Georgia: Friday, January 15 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm MST