I am one very happy bunny at the moment and a lot of it is down to Yarn! How has Yarn become my medicine of choice?
I have enjoyed both knitting and crochet for a long time but now I am working from home I find that some of my craft hobbies needed a little added something to make me happier. That something was other people!
I know that while I prioritise making time for creativity many people don’t have that luxury and after reading the work of Brene Brown recently one of her statements resonated with me so strongly that I have almost adopted it as a mantra!
“I’m not very creative” doesn’t work. There’s no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. Unused creativity doesn’t just disappear. It lives within us until it’s expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated by resentment and fear.”
With that in mind I set about creating a group locally to where I live that embraces all types of Yarn craft and means that members will have a definite time in their calendar which is just for them to exercise their creativity.
So far we have had two meetings at Sacher and Strudel, a local Viennese Patisserie. It was important to me to get myself and attendees out of the house, away from the chores, family and petty distractions. Plus, hello! VIENNESE PATISSERIE! Home made Apfel Strudel and gourmet coffee!
Luckily Antonia, the proprietor and pastry goddess was on board and we decided to charge £5.00 a session including a hot drink of choice and away we went!
Yarning (as we decided to call it after a Facebook poll) is open to everyone. It doesn’t matter whether they are old or young, beginner or experienced they can pop along, and just lose themselves in their projects, good conversation and amazing eats.
I am there to answer questions, help with patterns and provide resources that can be used by everyone. Attendees can bring their own projects or I have put together two kits. One for knitting, one for crochet that attendees can buy. These contain EVERYTHING needed for the project from beginning to end and are based on patterns freely available on the internet.
There is also a library of books and patterns (both knitting and crochet) that attendees can borrow simply by signing them out.
I have also started a Yarning Facebook Group which I am really enjoying finding fun and interesting content for. Members can ask questions, share useful videos and any yarn related humour is always welcome.
I brought along my crocheted spotty blanket to work on and even managed to get a few stitches in between helping others.
So far this has been a place where new friendships are begun and expertise is shared freely. Click To Tweet
So far I have had a huge amount of fun at the Yarning gatherings. The idea was that the time is relaxed, enjoyable, inspiring and rejuvenating . Where solutions to other problems present themselves because they have simply not been at the forefront of your mind for a while and it is proving to be exactly what I was hoping for!
If you think this sounds like fun and are in the Hampshire area come along. I’d love to see you and we can enjoy the atmosphere together.
For further details, dates and prices please find our Yarning Facebook Group and get in touch!