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iYarny: New Moderator and Host

I would like to take a quick moment to welcome Kathryn of Crochet Concupiscence as moderator to the iYarny group (Ravelry group included). Kathryn is very excited to be able to host an iYarny meet-up on Tuesdays. Be sure to stop into iYarny during unscheduled times as you never know who you will find!

Thank you, Kathryn, for taking on the responsibilities associated to iYarny. I appreciate all you do for the crochet community.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2012 in Announcements, iYarny

 

iYarny Voting

I’ve put together 2 polls to gather information on what is best for folks in regards to making the iYarny meetups. I know that having only one hour a week isn’t good for the majority. Some folks can’t make it and other folks just forget.

So I’m looking for your input!

There are two polls below: one for the day of the week and the other for the time of day. You can pick more than one option on each poll but I do ask that you do not select more than three. Then, as we move forward with adding new times, we can work with the majority based on these polls.

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Posted by on January 13, 2012 in iYarny

 

iYarny Ravelry Group

Hello everyone! I hope everyone is having a fantastic Saturday.

I’m taking a quick moment to announce a new Ravelry group designed to be a support forum to iYarny. Obviously, you have to be a member of Ravelry to join the forum, but that shouldn’t too bad because membership is free and of course, you get the bonus of using the website for other forum interactions, patterns, organizing stash, and a host of other yarn related fun.

The point of the group is to be support to the online group. We have to accept that not everyone will be able to join into the scheduled meet-ups. By using the forum at Ravelry, I can make announcements, we can have conversation outside of the chat module simply because someone in the UK may not be up to chat with a fellow yarnie in the US – they can then have delayed conversations in the forum rather than being frustrated at not having a good time to meet in the chat module.

I also will have the benefit of being able to track membership a little better. Yes – you can become a member of the chat module group, but I think because the group is currently “open” we will have a lot of people joining in the chats that may not be a member of the group. If a person deliberately goes to Ravelry, then they have to join the group in order to post there. It also opens up the group to people we may never see in the chat module but still wish to participate.

The chat module will continue to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I am looking to add some more scheduled chat times soon, some themed and some not. If you are interested in hosting a meet-up of your own, shoot me an email and we can get something set up.

Also watch for a little job/contest associated to iYarny in the very near future!

So, interested in joining up? Here is the link to the iYarny Ravelry Group.

I hope to see you there!

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2012 in Announcements, iYarny

 

Announcing: iYarny

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!)

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2011 in Announcements, iYarny