How far we have come since I hit publish on the Patreon campaign in April—or perhaps I should start the timer from the moment I opened that box and realized that all those projects had disappeared into the sunset. Life has a funny way of working out. I personally will forever be on the journey to make great cloth and I’m so glad you have joined me for this interesting part of the trip.
I can’t thank you enough for making this particular lemonade moment the best yet. Cheers to the lemonade crew! There will be other moment where life will hurl lemons my way, but each time I face life’s challenges with faith that it will all work out and look for the lessons learned, those lemons lose their power to set me back and only push me forward. (And, really, in the grand scheme of things, losing a bunch of projects is not the worst thing that could happen to a person.)
Without further ado, the link to register for the next weave-along is live!
Please read all of this information before signing up!
What You Need To Know
The new and improved Yarnworker Weave-Alongs are now being hosted in a platform called Thinkific. This platform is designed for hosting online classes. Each weave-along a stand-alone module in which I can host videos, documents, top level information, and chat, all in one place and in chronological order. We are all learning this new platform together and your patience is very much appreciated.
To join in, you will need to create a user name and password for Thinkific and then register for the weave-along. There is no cost to participate in the weave-alongs. They are being fueled by Patreon power! When you register, you will see the first lesson is populated. Please watch the welcome video and start gathering your supplies. I’ve included a document with tips for modifying the pattern
Currently, Thinkific doesn’t offer an app. It is, however, fully mobile responsive if you sign in from your browser on your tablet or phone.
Questions and Chat
To date, we have been spread out all over the place and, as the Yarnworker community grows, so do the conversations. I receive daily questions via email, text, direct message, and in the Facebook and Ravelry groups. Part of implementing this new platform is to try to bring the conversations into one place.
The reasoning for this is partly personal, as it is increasingly challenging to keep up with the steady stream of questions in so many places. It is also partly for the benefit of the group. If you have a question, chances are someone else does as well. We all benefit from seeing the conversation as a whole.
I seeded the discussion section with top level questions that cover each of the chapters. I also included a chat feature in the Celebrate and Chat chapter. The chat feature is managed by an additional plug-in called Disqus. You will need to verify your email before you can post. From my testing, the plug-in is more feature rest and mobile friendly than the discussion tab.
Please keep questions and chat in the realm of the current weave-along. If I gently remind you of this, know it is to keep us focused and on task.
Navigating questions and chat is probably going to be our biggest challenge. I included some information in the first chapter about how to ask a question and chat including some screen shots. Please read through this so we can all get on the same page.
The other ways to reach me aren’t going away, but I would very much appreciate directing all questions regarding the Four Looks Towels weave-along in this feature.
Weave-Alongs vs. Future Classes
The Thinkific platform is designed for online learning, so the weave-alongs will be structured in a similar way to the future Yarnworker School classes. I think of weave-alongs as being different from classes.
The classes will be structured to learn skills and techniques, and each class will build upon its predecessor. While we still may weave projects, the classes will focus on the fundamentals of mastering a skill, then building upon that learning.
The Yarnworker Weave-Alongs are a way to get support for tackling big projects. You still learn things, but it’s not as comprehensive. There are assumptions that you understand the fundamentals of weaving, even if you are still trying to master them. Don’t be afraid to jump into the deep end. You will be amazed at what you can do with a little support. And, remember the doing is in the undoing. Even if things go wrong, you will be ahead of where you started.
Life is nothing if not a grand adventure. Let’s weave some towels!
P.S. Forgive me my typos for the next few weeks, I’m cranking out a lot more content than my comfort level. My poor copy editor is working double-time and I keep refining things so we are reading the same sentences over and over again.