It's lockdown again, and this time we are gathering on a video call to chat and catch up and support one another. Bring whatever knitting/crochet/spinning/fibre craft you're working on, get advice, have a giggle and share experiences. If you're feeling shy, you can stay muted and/or keep your camera turned off.
with Kim Smith @kimsmithhappy (Owner of AU) & our Knitting Knights!
You will need to book a place (per household) by checking out in order to receive a link to the call on Zoom. The link will be sent to the E-mail that you check out with. Thank you!
NOTE: This is a club/event that is taking place ONLINE ONLY! (Due to Corona Virus!)
-Drop In, Drop out.
This is a very chill group. The 'Cleeve Knitting Knights' have been meeting every Sunday in store since we opened (in 2014!) and the group changes and moulds over time. Feel free to sign up for one session, pop in once or twice a month or become a regular. It's totally up to you!
-Help with projects/Beginners?
Yes! Between us all, theres usually a heap of experience. We love beginners too though, so don't let that put you off. If Kim doesn't know how to do something, someone in the group will, and everyone is usually super happy to share tips, tricks and funny stories.
We are asking for a humble £0.50 per booking just to cover our time and help us get through this difficult time period. If you wish to ‘add more to the pot’ and support us further, please consider buying something from the shop. Thank you!
-Adults only (hehe!)
I just say this because we are mostly 18+ and some of us have dirty mouths/naughty senses of humour. There's no age restriction, so if you're a cool 15 year old (or cool 90 year old!), feel free to join! We try and avoid having lots of little kids around just so we can relax and be ourselves- but we will try to be on our best behaviour if requested.
Video calls with many people just work so much better when everyone has headphones on. Depending on your device, if you aren't wearing headphones, it can cause feedback/loops and all kinds of funky background noises that might be distracting. We recommend that you 'mute' yourself when you are not talking, if you don't have access to headphones. This is not a requirement, just something that helps the chat go smoothly. :)
Kim will try and say 'Hi!' to everyone who joins, and give you a chance to introduce yourself. We try and verify that anyone that signs up is a customer/crafter before sending out the links SO if you're feeling shy you can 'lurk' with your microphone muted or your video off. It's cool, we get it. Social anxiety is real. Maybe you just want some company but don't want to actively participate. That's cool.
We are a very friendly and welcoming group. Inclusivity is important to us, and we want everyone to feel like they can join in safely. Felt unsafe in another knitting group? Never fear, we got your back here! Kim will say this at the beginning of every group but just so you know:
Kim moderates talk gently and uses the 'Red Card' system so we can keep any negativity (racism, xenophobia, slut shaming etc) from taking over. Talking about sensitive issues is always encouraged as long as discussion is fair, informational and doesn't trigger anyone. Feel free to message Kim with any triggers prior to the session. This has never been much of an issue, but in order to make everyone feel safe, Kim will have a 'Red Card' that she holds up on screen if anything gets too heated/unhelpful/hurtful. This is a visual cue to wrap up that topic. We really appreciate your consideration.
(For example: Kim has struggled with body image and diet culture her whole life. If the discussion turns towards fat-shaming, she may try and interject with a body positivity comment and try to steer the conversation away from diets, numbers, weights etc. If this doesn't succeed, she may hold up the Red Card and then we would try to change the subject.)
This is not an attempt to control the conversation, but guide it gently so that we all have a good experience.
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