Fiberside Chat

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

We’ve invited some of your favorite designers and creators to join us for a series of online gatherings with Longmont Yarn Shoppe: Fiberside Chats!

Launched in May of 2020, these gatherings hosted on Zoom, are one-hour sessions with special guests joining us to give 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!

How to register: Register on Longmont Yarn Shoppe website, select YARN HARBOR from drop down menu. Check out.

As a participating shop we get credit for bringing our customers along!

Your ZOOM Link will be sent the evening before and about 1 hour before the event. Check your spam filter if you do not see it. 

If you have a conflict in your schedule for a particular chat, don't worry we've got you covered.  Many of our guests are allowing Zoom recordings of their Chat.  You'll be able to confirm this on registration.  Whether the chat will be recorded or not will be clearly stated for each chat. 
Recordings will be available for 1 week after the chat, only to registered attendees.   

Upcoming Chats:      

Denise Bell: January 8, 2023

Steeking Will Set You Free!

Designer and knitting teacher Denise Bell lives in rural Oklahoma, six miles from the closest four-way stop. Because she seldom wastes time battling traffic, she spends what some might consider an exorbitant amount of time pondering how nature and knitting intersect. In January she’ll be sharing the backstory of a few of her favorite knitting designs which range from fine lace inspired by kale to colorwork featuring a bat and a lizard. She’ll also introduce a her latest colorwork design!

This brand-new garment features one of her favorite knitting techniques – steeking! Denise is a huge fan of demystifying this technique, telling anyone who will listen that planning a steek in advance leaves nothing to fear about taking scissors to your knitting. Adding a steek to a knitted garment can help avoid purling, alleviate the angst of working colorwork flat, and enable the knitter to work sleeves two-at-a-time, thus avoiding the dreaded Second Sleeve Syndrome. Denise will present several styles of steek bridges while acknowledging how awkward a garment looks before cutting. Finally, she will show how she finishes the raw edges in a way that would make her high school home economics teacher proud. She may even be willing to give us a peek inside some of her sweaters to see how the cut steeks have held up over the course of time.
Sign up now and Zoom with Denise to discover how Steeking Will Set You Free.

Denise Bell of Lost City Knits - Bio
When she was growing up, Denise always performed some kind of handwork. Upon learning to knit she was instantly addicted. Wherever she looks, Denise sees patterns, so it’s no surprise that her knitting emphasis is lace and colorwork. Denise is a sought after instructor who teaches coast-to-coast at knitting conventions, yarn shops, retreats, and guilds. Travel and spending time in the natural world provide inspiration. Her first book Ultima Thule – Patterns Inspired by the Shetland Islands drew from Shetland knitting traditions, but also from life-long Shetlanders themselves. Her next book, Deep Roots – Patterns Inspired by the Tallgrass Prairie took the same approach to the flora, fauna, and inhabitants of this distinctly American landscape.
Her business, Lost City Knits, named for the community nearest her Oklahoma farm, offers traditional yarns, fine hand-dyed yarns, and original designs. When not knitting, teaching, dyeing, or designing, Denise puts her pattern-seeking abilities to work solving cryptic crossword puzzles, and because no one can do just one thing, she also kayaks on lakes and streams near her eastern Oklahoma home.

This is a live Zoom Event on Sunday, January 8th at 4:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Central, 2:00pm Mountain, 1:00pm Pacific

This Fiberside Chat will be recorded - a link to the recording will be available for one week and shared with registered attendees only. 


Kate Oates: January 22nd

Ready, Set, PLAN!

Knitting a sweater that flatters begins with the work you put in on the front end, before even casting on. In this chat, knitters will learn all about the pre-knitting prep that goes into creating a dream sweater fit including swatching tips, taking measurements and how to choose a size based on ease and garment construction.
To make the most of this chat, knitters should have a few things handy: scrap yarn, notebook & pencil, measuring tape & a sturdy piece of cardboard letter sized or larger (a flattened box will work just fine!) 

kate oates is a knitting pattern designer and author with almost 300 individual designs and several books: grownknits for boys and knitting clothes kids love. under her own name, she creates a line of modern and stylish knits for adults. her other line, tot toppers, features whimsically wearable garments and accessories for babies and children. kate is known for her attention to detail & fit, extensive size ranges and providing a multitude of options within her patterns. you can find her patterns at your local yarn store or online. she also does freelance work for a variety of publications and yarn companies.
in her non-knitting life, kate holds a phd in political science from the university of florida. she lives with her family in south carolina, which includes husband ryan and boys jesse, charlie, oliver & eliot (4 very handsome tot toppers models). you might also see the oates crew at a clemson football game. go tigers!  

This is a live Zoom Event on Sunday, January 22nd at 2:00pm Eastern, 1:00pm Central, 12:00pm Mountain, 11:00am Pacific

This Fiberside Chat will be recorded - a link to the recording will be available for one week and shared with registered attendees only. 

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