There are a lot of communities that we become a part of in life – our families, neighbourhoods, clubs, and of course our hobbies. We find people both in person and online. I have to say that from all the different groups of people I have spent time with, the yarn and fiber community is one of the most welcoming. I have been a part of many amazing experiences and seen our community come together incredibly at times of need – when our friends are sick, in the event of personal tragedy, or most often just to lend a hand or a word of kindness. I get to see it in many ways every day. I also really enjoy seeing the openness with which people share their knowledge and information on the different things they work on. I have never really experienced much in the way of ‘competition’ but instead been embraced as I embrace others – in that we all have our own niche in this space, and that’s a nice feeling.
That being said, we are at a strange time in the world right now, with a lot of clashing opinions, and a lot of change – some for the good, and some for the bad – if we look at this through a world scope. My efforts in 2017 are going to be more targeted at my community, and at building new communities. I have always thrived on knowledge sharing – part of the reason, I think, it my geeky enjoyment of things like databases and data entry, where I can log information and share knowledge. I have always enjoyed knowledge management, even in my day job – creating knowledge spaces for people to store documents, files, tutorials and so on.
Another nice part of being part of a community is giving each other a hand up, and promoting what we both enjoy. So, I wanted to take a minute to talk a little about THISyarn – if you know my fibre artwork, the majority of the yarn I spin is themed and art yarn, and sometimes it can be a little striking to people who aren’t familiar with it. It’s safe to say that on more occassions than I can count people ask me ‘What can I do with THIS yarn?’ Well, the lovely brains behind THISyarn, Dayna Mankowski and Ashley Martineau, do a wonderful job of answering that question in so many ways for knitters, crocheters, weavers, and general fibre artists. They have targeted patterns and tutorials and the site essentially presents you with many options for working with art yarn. It’s a great resources that serves the whole fibre community.