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, 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!

Patty Lyons

October 7 at 5:00 pm Central

Save the date for Patty Lyons - Wednesday, October 7th at 6 Eastern, 5 Central, 4 Mountain, 3 Pacific.  More details coming soon!  

BIO - PATTY LYONS ( is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in her pursuit of training the “mindful knitter”. She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much-maligned subjects of gauge and blocking.

Patty teaches nationally at guilds, shops & knitting shows around the country such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, and STITCHES. Her popular classes can also be found on DVD and digitally available through her website. She also runs wildly popular video sweater classes on her Ravelry group.

Patty designs and knitting skill articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, Knit Style, Creative Knitting, Twist Collective and Mason Dixon Knitting where she writes a monthly knitter’s advice column: “Ask Patty”. Patty’s designs have also been included in pattern collections from Classic Elite, Noro, Cascade, Tahki Stacy Charles, Sugar Bush and Willow Yarns.


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Join us as we welcome Kate Atherley to Fiberside Chats for a personal tour of her latest book, Custom Shawls for the Curious and Creative Knitter. Her newly released book takes a deep dive into the world of shawl knitting. Kate will guide us through the wealth of information found in this book including 13 great designs to knit, recipes for more than 20 shawls shapes, chapters on designing shawls and working with different yarns and colors, pattern stitches to make your own custom pieces and last but not least, helpful tutorials on a multitude of key techniques. This is a must have resource for anyone who loves to knit, modify and design shawls! For some hands-on practice Kate will also provide a mini lesson on the often-troublesome garter tab, and share some of her favourite techniques for stretchy bind offs. Bring your sticks and appropriate weight yarn and knit along with Kate during this mini lesson! Let this hour with Kate help inspire your next shawl knitting adventure!

This is a one time live Zoom event on Sunday October 18th: 5:30PM Eastern, 4:30PM Central, 3:30PM Mountain, 2:30PM Pacific.

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Spend an hour with Mary Jane as she tells the story of making her new book Fair Isle Weekend.

 In the book she invites you to join her on a trip to Fair Isle, a remote, windswept island in Shetland, famous for its traditional colorwork knitting. Mary Jane has been fascinated and inspired by the island's rich textile traditions, learning about Fair Isle knitting by looking at old textiles and sharing stories and knowledge with local knitters over cups of tea.

• Learn about traditional Fair Isle knitting and what makes it different than other stranded knitting traditions from around the world, and how knitting from Fair Isle differs from  stranded knitting in rest of Shetland.

• See beautiful examples of various motifs in Mary Jane’s stacks and stacks of swatches, and how she uses them as sketches for future designs. She will explain how the patterns in her book were developed, getting a glimpse into her design process.

• Watch Mary Jane demonstrate how she holds two strands of yarn, and how a Shetland knitting belt is used, although she admits she’s not very good at it. She believes there isn’t one way of doing things, and encourages knitters to find what works for them. Experimenting is half the fun!

So grab a cup of tea and some needles and yarn if you like, and join us!

This is a one time live Zoom event on Sunday October 25th: 3:00PM Eastern, 2:00PM Central, 1:00PM Mountain, 12:00PM Pacific

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