The month of Yarnuary, 2018

I signed up for a Mastodon account a few months ago and have been really enjoying it. (Find me here.)

The fiber arts community there is connecting with each other across the fediverse; this month (Dec 2017) there's a knitalong. If you're on Mastodon, it's the #mastoKAL2017, and the information is here.

There was a request for a more general month of textile-related things in January 2018 that isn't knitting-specific, and here's what I proposed.

The goal for Yarnuary on Mastodon is to show each other the various yarn-related things we're making or have made at any point in the past. It would be great if you could post at least once a week, with a photo if possible (don't forget to add image descriptions, please), and with the hashtag #yarnuary. This can be knitting, crochet, tatting, embroidery, weaving, handspun yarn, bobbin lace, nalbinding, or whatever handmade stringy thing you like to do. There's no real rules - you can ask questions, or post things you want to show off, or just show your work in progress, whether you're a beginner or have been making yarny things for sixty years.

Feel free to include pictures of your #MastoKAL2017 project - either finished or in progress.

I've also come up with some ideas for general things to learn about for each week of Yarnuary, if you'd like a little learning challenge. Each of these themes is meant to be useful for as many yarn crafts as possible, and for both people who are just starting out and people with a lot of experience.

These challenges are not necessarily for finished objects - I'll be making a sampler for mine.

Here's some starting ideas; they are by no means the only options! Make sure to check out stitch dictionaries or instructional sites. Also, feel free to ask for ideas on the hashtag; I've been doing lots of fiber arts over the last forty years, and will maybe at least have some ideas about where to look. Other people will also have good ideas!

Please feel free to offer suggestions on Mastodon! Here's where to reach me: @gannet



(working on adding links to at least searches for techniques; more to come.)

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