Knitters understand the value of community. Knitting circles have been an important part of knitting since the very beginning of the craft. Knitters are also resourceful and so, naturally, we have found alternatives to traditional knitting circles to keep us connected. Add a touch of technology and a few skeins of yarn and we are magically together again.
HOW DOES A ZOOM KNIT ALONG WORK?
Reconnecting with your knitting community using Zoom is simpler than it sounds. Here is what you will need:
- A laptop or tablet
- The Zoom app
- Your knitting project
- A cup of coffee or glass of wine
Once you download the Zoom app on your device, you will be able to virtually connect with other members of your Knit Along. Each member can share their project, ask questions, and interact with each other.
Here are a few tips for preparing for your first Zoom call:
- Position your device so that other members can see your project.
- Test your audio and video prior to the knit along to make sure that everything is working properly.
- If you will be positioned away from your device’s microphone when working on your project, consider purchasing a headset with a mic.
If you already belong to a knitting club and want to make the shift to virtual knit alongs, here are the steps to get started:
1. CHOOSE A KNITTING PROJECT
For a true knit along where everyone is working on the same project, select anything from composition socks to a weighted blanket. Ask the others in your knitting group to weigh in on which projects they prefer.
2. SCHEDULE THE ZOOM KNIT ALONG
Reach out to everyone and decide on a day and time that works for the majority of the group. Decide on the frequency of the knit along and send out a calendar invite. Create a project timeline so that everyone is knitting the same stage of the project during each Zoom call.
3. HAVE FUN!
Show up on time, catch up with your knitting crew and laugh a lot. Snap some photos to post on Facebook or Instagram.