Marketplace Extras

All the events listed below are included with your class, lecture, package, or Virtual Marketplace ticket registration!
There is no need to register for individual events: All events will be available to you in your Event Hub.
Replays will be available 2–4 hours after the event has completed in your Event Hub. 

All Marketplace Extras will be held in Eastern Time

Additional Marketplace Extras will be announced soon!

Keynote with Annie Larson of ALL Knitwear

Making Magic on the Machine

Saturday, May 14, 12:30–1:30 PM Eastern 

Access to the keynote is included with all class, lecture, package, or Marketplace ticket registrations. 

Meditation Classes

Daily, 9:30–9:45 AM Eastern
Suzan Colón will lead 15-minute meditation classes every morning before the start of the day’s classes. 

Download MedKnitation Handout here

Protecting Our Mental Health: A Maker's Mental Health Toolkit with Dr. Antonis Kousoulis

Thursday, May 12, 9:00–10:00 AM Eastern

What can we each do to protect our mental health? Are there changes we can make in our lives, as folks who work with fiber?  Could it be that “fundamentals of life” are also fundamental to maintaining mental health? New, groundbreaking research highlights those behaviors that are most actionable and highly likely to prevent poor mental health. Published in September 2021 in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Health Promotion, the research is one of the most cited and downloaded studies of the past year. Its findings have been featured extensively in the popular press. Our guest, Dr. Antonis Kousoulis, is a Director at the Mental Health Foundation. He will describe the research and its findings, suggesting that instead of buying into “miracle cures,” we should use preventative self-management actions, such as improving sleep habits, helping others, and being open to new experiences to protect our mental health. Dr Kousoulis’s talk with conclude with a short Q&A session, connecting his findings closely with what we as makers in the fiber community can do to protect our mental health.

Dr. Antonis Kousoulis is leading the public mental health research, programmes and policy functions at the Mental Health Foundation across England and Wales.

Previously, he was Deputy Director for the development team at the data research centre of the Department of Health, and has held various academic appointments internationally including with University College London, Harvard School of Public Health, and Oxford University. Antonis qualified in medicine at the University of Athens, Greece, and holds postgraduate specialist degrees in public health from Imperial College London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

He has published, peer reviewed and presented extensively, held editorial appointments for multiple publications, including The Lancet, as well as various visiting teaching appointments, including at Oxford University and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

When not at work, Antonis is an avid world traveller and photographer.

Yarn Tarot with Ana Campos and Francoise Danoy

Thursday, May 12, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM Eastern

Curious about tarot? Come learn about tarot and how it works, and get to know our new tarot deck for fiber artists, the Yarn Tarot with VKL instructor and tarot teacher Ana Campos from Circle of Stitches and Francoise Danoy of Aroha Knits.

Ana Campos was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and now makes her home in Salem, Massachusetts. She is passionate about all things handmade and learned to knit and crochet as a child. Ana brings more than 20 years of knitting experience to her yarn shop, Circle of Stitches. She also has a line of hand-dyed yarns, Toil & Trouble, and teaches workshops throughout New England. Her focus is on the technical aspects of knitting, and she particularly enjoys teaching Portuguese knitting in honor of her Portuguese ancestors. Ana is fiercely committed to intersectionality and diversity, which she seeks to promote within her own business.

Francoise Danoy is a Franco-Māori Australian-American knitwear designer living in San Antonio, Texas. She started her knitwear design career while living in the mountains of Southern Japan. Her designs draw influence from her Māori background, as she uses the pattern creation process as a way to reconnect to her roots. Her favourite designs to create are lace shawls and colorwork cowls. She also teaches aspiring and beginner knitwear designers how to transform their ideas and yarn into patterns of their own making.

Official Virtual Knitting LIVE! Welcome Party
Hosted by London Kaye

Thursday, May 12, 5:30–6:30 PM Eastern

Latines y Lana: Our Journeys in the World of Fiber hosted by Louis Boria and Ana Campos, featuring Barbara Vilas Boas, Marcela Chang, and Nara Takeda

Friday, May 13, 10:00–11:00 PM Eastern

Join Louis Boria and Ana Campos of the DAC for a panel discussion with fellow Latines in the fiber community. In celebration of Latine heritage, we will be discussing Latine visibility in the fiber world and the influence of heritage on our work. 

Panelists:

Barbara Vilas Boas is a Brazilian knitter, teacher, translator, designer, and entrepreneur. After studying translation, Barbs finally discovered the pleasures of knitting and since then has been able to join both worlds, translating numerous patterns. She teaches both English and knitting. Barbs has also published a few patterns and keeps working on new releases. On top of all that, she owns a company along with her partners, Iris Alessi and Pris Lopes, called Tricopedia, an online knitting video encyclopedia and producer of an annual online knitting festival.

After studying fashion design, Marcela Chang found knitting as a way to express herself as a designer and as a person. What she loves about making knitting patterns is that you can make beautiful projects in an affordable way, for different people around the globe. Knitting teaches us patience and love for what we are doing and is limitless. Knitting has taught her that there are no boundaries—you can always make something new. In the pass years she's collaborated with magazines and brands such as Knit Now, Interweave, Manos del Uruguay, and Fibre and Co.

Nara Takeda is a Brazilian tax lawyer who discovered knitting during the pandemic. To share her learning experiences and build her own fiber family, she created @knit.nara.knit on Instagram and then Knit Nara News on YouTube. Today she is known in Brazil, Portugal, and Spain as the “Press of Crafts,” as she broadcasts news and covers events, festivals, and related initiatives in Brazil and abroad. As of June 2022, she will take a 12-month knit tour across Europe to cover all festivals, fairs, and events related to the fiber world.
 

Meet the Newest Baby Llama—Born Today!—with Long Island Yarn and Farm

Friday, May 13, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM Eastern

What does spring means to me as a fiber farmer? Longer and warmer days, baby animals, and most importantly shearing season. It is the time of year when we harvest the very medium that fiber enthusiasts cherish. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to be part of our virtual shearing demonstration with one of our llamas. In this one-hour demo we will engage in a detailed discussion of the shearing process, including info about the animal, the fibers, and the steps that take it from the animal to the yarn. Whether you have seen a shearing demonstration before or not, we promise you will gain a greater appreciation for where your yarn comes from, and there is always something new to learn. This demo will be both fun and educational, and as a professional shearer, Tabbethia always looks forward to the opportunity to share her perspective on this process. As all of our yarn tags say, “Shearing is an intimate process between the animals and myself. My relationship to them is always one of patience and positive approach. . . . Long Island Yarn and Farm puts a face with the fiber and through the hand knit garments people make, connect you to the animals we love.

Asians in the Fiber Arts: Our Stories with Angela Tong, Jen Immer from Children of the Rice, Duke of Nikko, and Yoriko Oki

Friday, May 13, 12:30–1:30 PM Eastern

Join Angela Tong for a conversation with Jen Immer from Children of the Rice, Duke of Nikko, and Yoriko Oki.

A self-described dilettante with her interests, in 2017 Jen Immer added knitting and designing knitting patterns to her other making pursuits, which include making jewelry and art. Exploring the tradition of knitting and other fiber arts is, she feels, similar to growing up in an immigrant household. It’s like straddling two worlds--one of holding onto and preserving age-old traditions, while trying to exist in a fast-paced, and tech-heavy world that demands consumerism and assimilation.

Duke of Nikko is a knitwear designer based in Memphis, Tennessee. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Tokyo, Japan. He moved to the US shortly after college and established his career as a project manager in the automotive, IT services, and banking industries. He started knitting in 2010 and released his first handknit pattern design in 2019.

He specializes in Amimoji typographic knitting using language and cultural symbols. He is especially interested in incorporating his Japanese heritage in his designs.

Yoriko Oki was born and grew up in Tokyo, Japan, surrounded by rich history of textiles. She learned how to crochet when she was in kindergarten, and self-taught knitting and embroidery from her mother’s old magazines when she was in elementary school. Although Yoriko loved the fiber arts from when she was small, her path to where she is now was not straightforward. She was originally trained and worked as architect in Tokyo. After hitting a glass ceiling early in her career, she moved to Canada and earned master’s degree in architecture. However, without a luck of finding a job as architect, she worked as a freelance translator. A few years later, she attended Helen Lefeaux School of Fashion Design in Vancouver and graduated with the Best Overall Achievement Award and a renewed appreciation toward textiles. After the graduation, Yoriko worked at the school as an instructor for 4 years.

During these 4 years, Yoriko took many textile related courses such as dyeing, printing, and weaving. In 2004, Yoriko joined Fibre Art Studio On Granville Island, a shared textile studio/gallery shop in Vancouver, as a weaver. She started dyeing yarns for her own weaving projects, and started offering them to other fibre art lovers as her yarns soon caught their eyes. In 2014, after her husband suddenly became critically ill, Yoriko decided to make her fiber art business her full-time job. She opened an online shop on Etsy in 2016 offering hand-dyed yarn. In 2019, she participated in Vogue Knitting Live Launch Pad program, which led to many other opportunities.

Yoriko always describe herself as a “forever work in progress.” She is looking forward to finding out what unrolls in front of her eyes next!

1 Hank, Heck Yeah! with Vickie Howell

Saturday, May 14, 3:30–4:30 PM Eastern 

Whether you have a collection of lone hank leftovers from projects past or are a gatherer (impulse buyer?) of single skeins from some of the amazing dyers we all admire on Instagram, we as knitters and crocheters are all bound to have 50gr-100gr of a beautiful fiber that's just waiting to become our next favorite project.

In this casual meet-up, Vickie will take you through a tour of a dozen or more (time allowing) different project ideas for those single hanks of yarn. Chunky, worsted, DK, sock, regardless of your yarn-weight jam, this session will inspire you to dive into your stash or even better, to try a hank of something interesting from that indie dyer or spotlighted yarn in your LYS. Oh, and bonus, you'll leave the hour with a coupon code for a free 1-hank project of your choice from YarnYAY.com!

 

Vickie is a mom of three, an award-winning broadcaster, author, designer & entrepreneur. Over a decade and a half, through various television shows, YouTube videos, online courses, conference tours, books, and her business, YarnYAY! – she’s had the privilege of teaching hundreds of thousands of stitchers new yarn-y skills. It’s her mission to empower people to lean into creativity by making DIY totally doable! Follow @vickiehowell

Spinning Today with Marcelo Martins, Evie of JillianEve, and Angela Whyte

Sunday, May 15, 11:00–11:30 AM Eastern 

Twist up your craft with us in this spinning moment. Marcelo Martins invites  to a spinning talk to share spinning techniques, demonstrate some spinning, plus answer your fiber and spinning questions. He is passionate about fiber preparation, spinning, and how your feelings can be transferred to yarn.

Canadian and Brazilian teacher Marcelo Ribeiro Martins is passionate about animals and textile arts. He has been interested in knitting and crochet from a very young age. Spinning came into his life once he moved to Quebec, where he has been living since 2008. In 2018 Marcelo founded the Centre d’Arts Textiles des Îles. There he coordinates and teaches spinning, knitting, and crochet to youth and adults. He recently opened his studio, Makeloo Studio, where he practices the arts he is passionate about and shares his work. Since the end of 2019, Marcelo has been leading weekly discussions and a study group on natural fibers and their transformations. He is currently a student in the Master Spinner program at Olds College in Alberta.

Evie, the creator of JillianEve, is a fiber artist who enjoys spinning and making things with handspun yarn. After over a decade of spinning on both wheels and spindles, she created the YouTube channel JillianEve to share easy-to-understand and detailed tutorials about spinning yarn. Through JillianEve, she shares her projects that explore spinning tools and techniques, from historical hand spindles and distaves to modern e-spinners and 3-D printed spindles. She believes projects are more exciting with a little history and some humor woven into them. When she is not spinning, Evie can be found gardening, reading, and playing her cello.

Exposed to spinning at a very young age, Angela Whyte finally started their own spinning journey about a decade ago. They thought that they were going to spin yarn for knitting, but as it turns out, Angela can't knit that fast! There are now a lot of pretty yarn in baskets in their space!

Additional Marketplace Extras will be announced soon!