Fiberside Chats (Online Social Gathering)
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Sarah Solomon
Lisa K. Ross
Tanis Gray

Fiberside Chats (Online Social Gathering)

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Live Online Chats with Engaging 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! The registration fee for each chat is $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!

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!

Sign up here and look for River City Yarns. As an affiliate of Fiberside Chats we earn a commission when you register through our shop and we thank you very much for your support!

Sarah Solomon Featuring Harrisville Designs: Saturday, October 9th at 2pm MDT

In this Fiberside Chat Sarah will give us a sneak peek of her debut collection for Harrisville Designs, slated to release at the end of October. It takes a village to make a design collection, combining the skills of knitters, designers, technical specialists, photographers, models and many more; and in the case of Harrisville Designs it takes a literal village to make the yarn as well.

Sarah will share a little of the history of the mill and its modern operations and tell us about the yarn they make, ranging from the heirloom-quality Highland and Shetland lines they started 50 years ago to their newest and most contemporary-looking yarns, Daylights and Nightshades, made with American-raised Cormo wool. We’ll learn about the running of a mill and the building of the extraordinary 64-color palette and then take a look behind the scenes at the making of this latest pattern collection.


Lisa K. Ross of Paper Daisy Creations: Saturday, October 30th at 2pm MDT

Looking to add a little color to your knitting?! Little colors (aka mini-skeins) are an obsession for designer Lisa K. Ross of Paper Daisy Creations. Learn how to choose colors for your next project and arrange the yarns you already have. Experience simple techniques that can cut minutes (or hours) off your project time by carrying yarn up the sides and weaving in ends as you go. See the big reveal for the Just Beachy MKAL  wrap and learn more about upcoming designs. We could all use a few more rainbows these days... it's time to get colorful!

Lisa Ross is the mother of four crazy, wonderful boys in Bloomington, Indiana, living out the dream she never knew she had designing knitwear patterns. She has been finding creative ways to showcase incredible yarns for the past seven years and has a particular obsession with socks and shawls. She loves supporting the community with fundraising efforts, such as organizing a KAL that raised over $ 30,000 for Down Syndrome International, and collaborating with other small businesses in the industry. Her love for rainbows and passion for color has led to an obsession with highlighting mini-skeins in her work. You can find her full pattern library on Ravelry or at To see what's on the needles now, check out her Instagram.


Tanis Gray: Saturday, November 6th at 2pm MDT

Join author and designer Tanis Gray for a chat about her newest knitting book, Knitting with Disney, The Official Disney Knitting Book! She’ll take you through the process of what it takes to make an official book with one of the most recognizable brands on the planet, as well as share with you how to do one of her favorite techniques, the Latvian Braid!

Here’s your homework if you’d like to try a Latvian Braid during the Chat: Gather some leftover bits of worsted or bulky weight yarn in two contrasting colors and corresponding 16” circular needle or DPN’s. Cast on enough stitches (in a multiple of 2) to join the round for your chosen needles. Work a few rounds in garter stitch [knit one round, purl one round, knit one round], then [k1 st in Color A, K1 st in color B] all the way across for rnd 1. Because we have limited time, please don’t use fingering weight or something teeny!

Tanis is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Tanis lives in Northern VA with her Mechanical Engineer husband and two children.
With over 600 published knitting designs in her portfolio, her work has been featured in many major publications and books worldwide. She is the author of more than 10 books including Knitting the Galaxy: The Official Star Wars Knitting Pattern Book (2021, Insight Editions). It is her goal to help anyone who wants to learn how to knit accomplish their fiber goals. She is also a firm believer in using bright colors in knitting and wholeheartedly agrees with Ru Paul, who said, “Life is about using the whole box of crayons.”

Tanis believes that we are stronger together. When we respect each other, listen, learn, and educate, we can lift each other up and thrive as humans.
She is a proud member and volunteer webmaster of the Creative Knitter’s Guild, Martha Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and the Washington DC Chapter of the Mayflower Society. She volunteers at Sanctuary for Families, Project Knitwell, and local Scouts troops teaching crafts and knitting. Certain pattern proceeds are donated to The National Center for Transgender Equality, The Trevor Project, NAACP, The Union of Concerned Scientists, Doctors Without Borders, Friends of Notre Dame, and Project Semicolon. Visit Tanis' Ravelry to view her designs.


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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