Benefits To Zoom Meetups
It’s hard to imagine that I’ve been hosting a guy’s fiber zoom meetup every day since March of last year. But there have been many benefits to Zoom meetups.
My Top Five Benefits To Zoom Meetups
- Worldwide audience of possible participants. While time zones can restrict which guys show up for the daily Zoom meetup, we have had many countries represented. Portugal, Philippines, England, Germany, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Australia. And the U.S. of course.
- Expanded community of guys in the fiber community. I have been a long-time advocate of the men’s fiber-arts community. Through the Men’s Knitting Retreats, I have met hundreds, maybe thousands of guys. So it was kind of surprising that most of the guys who showed up each day were guys I had never met. Or even known about.
- Encouraging designers. There have been a number of designers in our group. Some completely new. And very enthusiastic and creative. It’s been awesome to both encourage and support their efforts.
- Learning new techniques. Even after 35 years of knitting, these guys have taught me new things. It’s honestly amazing to consistently realize that the opportunities for learning in this craft are seemingly infinite.
- Exposing myself to new yarns, new designs and new tools. The moebius cowl I recently finished was a good example of a new design and technique. Someone was working on a new (to me) shawl pattern that I had to try (see Current Knitting below). Wellen Pink by Sue Berg. But in 3 hours a day, the guys tell me about beautiful new (to me) yarns. And even new tools (like MJ Yarns crochet hook sets, which I think are gorgeous!)
There are some downsides to Zoom meetups. And perhaps I’ll come up with a top-five list of disadvantages some day. But for the most part, these meetings have been a life-saver during times of not going out in public except when necessary.
More focus on one project than the other three. But making a lot of progress.
Of the four WsIP, I have made no progress on the Wellen in Green lace shawl. But I have done some work on the other three. The fingerless gloves, I’ve made it past the cuff and onto the hand of the first glove. The Activity Cap, I have made it to the purl/folding row on the hemmed band.
But mostly, I have made progress on the test-knit for the Provenance Mitts.
Yes…the first mitt is finished and the second one I’ve finished the initial ribbing. Here are some photos of this great project.
The Sankofa is the main motif of this project and it looks so good in flaming orange.
The other side has a completely different motif (mirrored hearts) that I just love. Even the wrong side of the mitts look great.
I’m enjoying this test-knit a lot. I have a feeling a lot of folks will be buying this pattern when it gets published. It’s a great design and the resulting mitt is very warm and snug and soft.