First, my apologies as this is going to be a quick, photoless blog - but that's ok because I have some really exciting news.
Today I would like to announce the addition of iYarny to my blog.
iYarny is an online yarn group designed to offer friendship in the fiber arts. I have noticed from various comments and posts of other yarnies that some people do not have yarn groups near them or have various things going on/situations that prevent them from attending their local yarn group. I have really benefited from having one local and I want to share it with the world.
So - how does one go about joining iYarny? It's EASY!
First, you will have to register a free account at stickam.com - this is a video chat website that allows for chat rooms and groups. iYarny is a group.
Once you sign up at stickam.com, you can access the group 2 different ways.
1. Via Stickam.com - go to Groups and search the groups for iYarny. Once you find the group, come on in. It is currently a public group but that could change to where membership would be requested. We shall see how it goes. It would most likely be best to join the group now to prevent any wait times in membership approval.
2. Come to the blog and click the iYarny tab at the top of the page. This will take you to another page on my blog where the chat module is embedded.
The only difference is that if you chat via the group in stickam there are 10 cameras available for you to use/watch. If you access the embedded module then there are only 8.
You can pick and choose who you have showing in your camera slots. If you want to be on camera, I only ask that if it is a scheduled iYarny group time, that you be working on something fiber arts related.
The group is available 24/7 so this means you could pop in there anytime you like to chat. Use it as much as you would like!
The rules are very simple.
1. As mentioned above, during the scheduled times, please be working on something fiber arts related if you are going to be on cam.
2. If you are going to be on cam, you MUST use headphones. This prevents feedback and echoing.
3. No vulgarity, profanity, pornography, hate, etc. Keep it PG simply because there are many different age groups and sensitivities. PG is usually safe.
Something to consider is that if you are on cam and your location has a lot of background noise, you may want to mute yourself to the group unless you are speaking (mute and unmute through a conversation). Granted, people can mute you too so if your background noise becomes problematic, know that people do have a choice in muting you.
The point of the group is to celebrate yarn and allow people to find that time they can just sit and enjoy creating with others who enjoy the same.
I have no idea how this will work out but I've been thinking about it for a very long time. I have some other plans for iYarny including possible themed nights, charitable crafting/giving, and classes/tutorials.
So I hope that if you find some time, you'll swing by and check it out.
(wow, this post got longer than I expected HA!)