I helped out at Yarn Rhapsody on the first day of close out sales. The shop was busy, and I would like to thank everyone that came in to support Claudia as she works through the closing process. A great deal of yarn left yesterday but there is a great deal of amazing yarn left. The shop reopens Tuesday at noon. Hint, not so subtle, hint. Really, it all has to go!
I spoke to quite a few people yesterday and heard it voiced several times; where are we going to knit and crochet now? There was always an open and available table at the shop for people to come in and work on projects. Unfortunately, when the shop goes, that table goes too. There where a lot of good times and discussions at that table.
I’m going to do the best I can to keep ,and if possible build, the crafting community that started at Yarn Rhapsody alive, but it’s not an easy task. It’s something we, the collective we, the lonely knitters/crocheters we, have to fight to keep. Let’s be honest, we’ve lost the yarn shop, the folks I spoke with yesterday just realized how much we’ve taken things for granted and that sense of community can easily crumble with the shop closure.
A very active hunt for class locations began last night for what I hope mid-May class dates. I had been putting out feelers, but didn’t want to hunt too hard until the shop had officially announced its closing. I’m looking for quiet, well-lit locations that can host no more than 10 people at a time for 4-5 hours two Saturdays a month. If you are in the Hall County area and have a public location (or contacts at these locations) that can fit this bill, please give me a shout.
Knitalong/crochetalong locations have been solidified and once schedules are confirmed a few of these events will be ready to roll again early May. The shorter times, and less structured nature of these events made finding host locations a lot easier. Just keep an eye out on this blog and the facebook page for those announcements.
Now, for the stuff that doesn’t require a fee to attend…
There is a yarn craft group in it’s infancy that meets on the second Sunday of every month (except this month – long story) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. That would be Woolly Wonders, it is wide open to any fiber crafter, and changes locations every month for a little interest and to keep from stressing out one location. It’s not a huge group now, but it’s growing bit by bit. The next meeting is May 6th (not the second Sunday but the first – no one wants to compete with Mother’s Day) at Downtown Drafts on the Gainesville Square. The June event will be announced once a location is decided on.
There is another crafting group in the works…more details on that later. Summer tends to be a little busy at work, and before this group gets announced I would like to have a co-organizer confirmed for the times I can’t be there.
World Wide Knit in Public Day is Saturday, June 9th this year. I’ve reached out to the city of Gainesville to see if an event can be hosted on the square, like Yarn Rhapsody had set up last year. There was a pretty good turn-out. If the city approves this request, I would like a little help from the locals to organize prizes for a raffle. This introvert isn’t great at approaching local businesses for sponsorship or prizes. If this city does not approve the request for the square that day, a backup location is being worked up.
All in all, there will be places and events that us crafty types can get together and work on our common interests together. Update: Claudia has announced that she’ll still be an active contributor to the crafting community by offering themed knitalongs, finishing services and get help sessions.
If you see an yarn themed event or group meet up, or are interested in starting one of your own, give me a shout with the details. I’ll help spread the word.