Portrait of Kate Atherley
Portrait of Fiona Ellis
A collage of hand-knitted garments with styled sleeves.
Portrait of Ann Budd
A hand-knitted garment with styled sleeves.
A hand-knitted garment with styled sleeves.
A collage of hand-knitted garments with drawn-thread work
A hand-knitted garment with drawn-thread work
A hand-knitted garment with drawn-thread work

Saturday Seminar Series (Online)

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Learn from a Pro (no homework involved)

Every Saturday, we're hosting one fav designer on Zoom for a 60-minute seminar on a topic of interest. Our guest will have the floor for 30 - 45 minutes to talk about the topic and we'll spend the rest of the time in discussion format. The best part of all is that you don't have to leave your home and there's no homework! Our guest will share swatches, designs, photos, and demos with you as well as answer your questions about projects and techniques.

Coming Up!

Ann Budd: Measuring Gauge. Sat, Jan 16 at 11:00 am MST. Few of us enjoy knitting gauge swatches. However, a gauge swatch is key to having a sweater (or anything that needs to “fit”) end up the correct size. All too often knitters find themselves with a sweater that’s either too big or too small. In this one-hour class, Ann will demonstrate the proper way to knit a gauge swatch, block that swatch, and steps necessary to measure it properly so that there will be no surprises in the size of the resulting sweater.

Kate Atherley: The First One Doesn't Have to Be Awful: how to ensure your first sweater, your first socks and your first lace projects are easy, fun, and beautiful. Sat, Jan 23 at 11:00 am MST. An honest discussion about the challenges facing newer knitters and those looking to expand their skills. Kate will talk about the classic pitfalls of the “first” project, whether it’s a sweater pattern that turns out to be a giant blanket of boring stockinette stitch that takes forever to knit, and results in an error-riddled ill-fitting sack, or the first sock with ridiculously tiny yarn and tiny needles. Kate will propose a better way to learn a new technique and tackle a challenge, showing how knitters can ensure that any “first” project –sweater, socks, cables, lace - is something to be proud of. She will provide tips for success, from guidance on choosing a good pattern to the knitting and finishing process.

Fiona Ellis: Trick Up My Sleeve. Sat, Feb 13 at 11:00 am MSTSleeves are a complex part of a garment. They can add style and interest or dramatically change the overall silhouette. A sleeve has several different components each of which can be modified. Combining variations of these components with each other has led to a seemingly endless number of styles.

Fiona will begin with an illustrated journey through sleeve styles and design, looking at when and why various styles became popular or fell out of favour. But the journey doesn’t end there… we will move onto the basics of modifying a published sleeve pattern. This will be an invaluable tool to enable you to ensure a better fit for your specific project; how to lengthen or shorten a sleeve, or maybe even change its shape! Here's a clip where we talk to Fiona about this seminar.

Ann Budd: Fixing Mistakes. Sat, Feb 20 at 11:00 am MSTToo often knitting comes to a screeching halt (usually late at night) when we find mistakes that we’re unable to correct. In this class, Ann will demonstrate fixing common mistakes, including stitch mount, ripping out, picking up single and a series of dropped stitches (including edge stitches), and reversing the direction of a cable, or correcting a mistake in a lace pattern several rows below the needles. Instructions are provided for knitting a 22-row swatch if you choose to follow along.

Kate Atherley: Size & Fit: Why the "Medium" Never Fits Quite Right. Sat, Mar 6 at 11:00 am MST. The biggest challenge for many knitters when starting a garment project is knowing which size to make. This class will show you how to decide - and set you well on the way to a successful and flattering sweater. We’ll explain how to read sizing tables and schematics to understand how a garment is sized. We'll show you how to measure yourself properly to make the right choice. And most importantly, we'll explain garment fit, including demystifying terms like "negative ease" and show you how to choose the right pattern from the start.

Fiona Ellis: Drawn-Thread Work, Then and Now. Sat, Mar 20 at 11:00 am MST. Fiona enjoys taking historical techniques originally developed for other purposes and applying them to knitted design in new and refreshing ways. Drawn thread work is traditionally associated with woven fabric yet she has discovered ways to apply it to hand-knit fabric to great effect.

Join Fiona on a journey that begins with a brief historical review of decorative embroidery techniques, then follow her as she demonstrates ways of incorporating them into knitwear design. She will then show you, step-by-step, how to work her unique drawn-thread for knits technique. She will leave you with her trademark - an inspired springboard - ready to dive into trying the technique for yourself! Be prepared to be inspired! Want to hear from Fiona directly about this topic? Click here.

    Read these tips before you register:

    • You have to pay the registration fee in advance to hold your seat. You can register online or call the store at 780-477-9276 to make a payment over the phone.
    • A Zoom calendar invitation and an email reminder with the meeting information will be sent to you the day before the seminar.
    • Can't find your login info? Cynthia sends two emails (a google calendar invite and an email that contains "Saturday Seminar" and the name of the guest in the subject line). Please check your spam folder for the email if it's not in your inbox.
    • As this is an online seminar, you will 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.
    • The seminar will be recorded for internal review after the event.
    • Refunds? If you cancel 7 days (or more) prior to your workshop date, we will transfer your registration fee to an RCY gift card at no charge or offer a refund less a 10% cancellation fee.
    • No refunds will be made if you have to cancel less than 7 days before your class is scheduled to begin. If our guest is unable to attend or our minimum enrolment is not met and we have to cancel/postpone, a full refund of your registration fee will be offered.
    • Transfer? You may transfer your registration for this seminar to another participant by contacting cynthia@rivercityyarns.com. Any transfers must occur 24 hours before the seminar is scheduled. Questions, comments, concerns, suggestions? Please contact cynthia@rivercityyarns.com.

    Previous Saturday Seminars:  
    Cables with Fiona Ellis: Saturday, Aug 1
    Intarsia with Holli Yeoh: Saturday, Aug 8
    Socks from the Toe Up with Kate Atherley: Saturday, Aug 15
    Tips and Tricks with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee: Saturday, Aug 22
    Kitchener Stitch with Ann Budd: Saturday, Aug 29
    Shirley Scott & Christine LeGrow (Saltwater Series): Saturday, Sep 12
    ARNE & CARLOS: Sunday, Sep 20
    Tips and Tricks with Stephanie Pearl McPhee: Saturday, Sep 26 
    Modular Knits with Lucy Neatby: Saturday, Oct 3 
    Short Rows with Kate Atherley: Saturday, Oct 17 
    Mosaic Knitting with Lisa Richardson: Sunday, Oct 18 
    Colour with Fiona Ellis: Saturday, Oct 24
    Matching Bind Offs & Cast Ons with Ann Budd: Saturday, Oct 31
    New Designs
    from Erika Knight: Saturday, Nov 7
    The Journey Shawl with Caroline Sommerfeld: Saturday, Nov 14
    Custom Shawls with Kate Atherley: Saturday, Nov 21
    Setting in a Sleeve with Holli Yeoh: Saturday, Dec 5
    No Knots in Knitting? Perhaps Knot! with Kate Atherley: Saturday, Dec 12.
    Creative Couture Necklines with Fiona Ellis: Saturday, Jan 9.