CORVID-19. It’s affecting all us regardless of whether or not we have it. Recently, across most of North America, governments have issued decrees advising everyone to stay home as much as possible, leaving only for groceries and medical assistance where/when needed. Prior to that there have been bans on gatherings of more than 5 people in public places. While this may help slow the spread of this virus, it has very effectively stopped most in person social interaction outside of the home.
Stitchers have always been very social people. Most cities and towns have a social aspect to the fibre arts industry, whether it be through gathering for lessons in LYSes worldwide, going to a fibre arts convention or festival, or just meeting with a few other stitchers at your local cafe to enjoy the company of other like minded people while we enjoy our craft. For the foreseeable future, this has come to a very abrupt end.
In order to help lessen the impact this social isolation will have on the individuals in our community, I would like to propose an idea. In actuality, I’d like to tell you about something that I’m doing that I hope will help alleviate it drastically.
Global Virtual Stitch-up.
This is an initiative I have already started in motion and will be launching this week! The concept is to have a StitchUP (knit night) online. It would be live streamed on my YouTube channel so that anyone with internet access anywhere in the world would be able to view and participate. There’s a few things to work out tech wise, but the first one will be happening this Sunday – March22nd from 10:00am – 1:00pm PST. This time is to enable as many people to participate as possible, even if only for a few minutes. Things we’re doing to make this amazing …
- have special guests from the fibre arts world during the stream so you “meet them” and interact with them
- have the ability to have viewers join in the stream and be seen by all viewers
- allow questions and comments through a chat room feature during the stream
- have a few giveaways and specials during the stream
- record the stream so that it can be uploaded and anyone unable to join for the full length of the stream can watch it at their convenience
- make this a regular occurrence (weekly) and ongoing – even after the virus threat is gone (this too shall pass)
As I said, there are a few things to work out, but it will happen. I will be doing a test run later this week and let everyone know what they need to have if they want to be a “viewer guest”. If you only want to view and get in on the chat room action, all you need is a device that can connect to the internet or has the YouTube app installed. The event will be live streamed on my YouTube channel here – ITBTK. It’s probably a good idea for you to check it out ahead of time and subscribe to the channel so you get a reminder notification when the stream starts. Sylvia Wattas-Cherry and Trudy Ann are already confirmed guests and there’s a couple more I’m waiting on to confirm. And of course, you have the chance of being a “live” guest viewer as well!
I know these are extremely difficult times for everyone, but I know the recommended social isolation is only making it harder – even though it is currently the best course of action to help combat this virus. Hopefully you’ll be able to join in on this StitchUp and it will help reduce some of the adverse effects we’re all dealing with at this time. Let’s strengthen and grow our #closeknitcommunity!