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. 

NEW FOR YOU! 
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 Guests:

Yumiko Alexander June 2nd, 2024

Experience the Graceful World of DanDoh

Join us this spring as we welcome Yumiko Alexander, the innovative mind behind DanDoh. Discover the story of her journey to becoming a renowned designer and the inspiration behind her exclusive line of Japanese-crafted yarns. Yumiko's designs are a harmonious blend of simple shapes, rich textures, and unique stitch patterns that cater to all body types. Each piece from DanDoh will become your go-to signature wardrobe garment that effortlessly combines simplicity and elegance. Yumiko's creativity doesn't stop there - she aims to unite the knitting community through knit-alongs and intimate retreats, transforming each crafting experience into an enriching artistic journey for all participants. Join us in celebrating artistry, creativity, and community with Yumiko of DanDoh.

BIO: 
I am Yumiko Alexander, founder of DanDoh. I was born and raised in Japan.  I got married and moved to America in my late 20’s.  I have really enjoyed my time in the US and I am so happy I have been able to share my knitting and crochet designs through individual patterns and books. I have enjoyed communicating with people and expressing myself through my design work, and I have met many wonderful friends through knitting and crochet.  Knitting and crochet have made my life in the U.S. very beautiful.

This is a live Zoom Event on Sunday, June 2nd at 1:00pm Eastern, 12:00pm Central, 11:00am Mountain, 10:00am Pacific

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

Faina Goberstein June 16th, 2024

The Art of Slip Stitch Knitting!
Join Faina Goberstein, a long-time designer, for this in-depth exploration of slip-stitch patterns and the beauty they can add to your knitting. Get inspired to use more of the various slip-stitch combinations that will enrich your knitting skills and add another dimension to your creativity. Faina has classified slip-stitches into 4 different groups: Traditional, Woven, Reversible and Combination. She will describe each type and share numerous swatches that represent endless possibilities! There will also be a demonstration of a slip-stitch tuck and you can choose to work along if you’d like – Homework: Cast on 10 stitches with any size needle and yarn appropriate for that needle, purl one row, knit one row and purl one row. You’ll be ready to go.  Register today for this engaging and informative Chat!

BIO: 
A knitter, teacher, author, and long-time designer, Faina Goberstein fell in love with knitting from the time she made a first knit stitch as a child. Knitting has been tightly entwined with anything that she encountered in her life. Most of all she enjoys the process of creating a beautiful and interesting texture that is later applied to a design in most flattering way.
Faina’s interest in a wide assortment of knitting techniques and stitch patterns that lead to unusual and interesting textures is evident in her designs and topics of her inspirational classes.
Faina is the author of Fresh Slipstitch (Ravelry.com) and the co-author of The Art of Slip Stitch Knitting (2015) and The Art of Seamless Knitting (2013) published by Interweave Press. Her designs often appear in internationally recognized magazines such as Rowan, Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Cast-On and in numerous books. Faina is best known for her elegant and well-fitted classic designs.
Faina teaches live at various events around the country and abroad, virtually for Vogue Knitting, Rowan Connect, guilds, and other venues. She has many online classes for sale on Interweave.com and Craftsy.com.
Find out more on Instagram: @faina.go or at www.fgdesignsknits.com

This is a live Zoom Event on Sunday, June 16th at 1:00pm Eastern, 12:00pm Central, 11:00am Mountain, 10:00am Pacific

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

Jennifer Daley June 30th, 2024

Fair Isle Knitting!
Join Jennifer Daley on an extraordinary adventure through the textile history and color of Fair Isle knitting. Jennifer will discuss her journey to Fair Isle, Scotland, the historic birthplace of Fair Isle knitting. She will unveil the evolution of Fair Isle knitting, Shetland wool, historic motifs or patterns, color theory, and knitting techniques specific to Fair Isle knitting. This fun and informative Fiberside Chat will integrate traditional Fair Isle knitted fisherman’s keps, designed by Jennifer as Knitting Jenny. Fisherman’s keps are caps or hats of conical shape and colourful design that were once considered a necessity for survival at sea for fishermen and sailors. Today they are an entertaining and interesting way to display the knitter’s skill for design and color. Please join us for this special presentation of Fair Isle knitting!

BIO: 
Dr. Jennifer Daley is a university professor, textile historian, and knitwear designer. Since 2005, Jennifer has been sharing her knitting journey at www.KnittingJenny.com. In April 2022, she moved to the Shetland Islands, Scotland, to continue her research into the history of Shetland wool and Fair Isle knitting. In the Shetland capital of Lerwick, Jennifer managed the day-to-day operations of the Shetland Textile Museum, where she also researched the history of the Shetland knitting industry, handknitting techniques, and tools specific to Shetland. In November 2022, Jennifer moved to the remote Scottish island of Fair Isle, the historic birthplace of Fair Isle knitting. In 2023, from her knitting design studio there, Jennifer launched The Knitting Jenny Pattern Series, celebrating creativity and colorful wool projects inspired by Fair Isle of the Shetland Islands, Scotland.

This is a live Zoom Event on Sunday, June 30th at 1:00pm Eastern, 12:00pm Central, 11:00am Mountain, 10:00am Pacific

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