As you probably know, like many other businesses and shops around the world, Baa! had to temporarily close the shop to the public in order to help mitigate the expansion of the dreaded coronavirus. In these difficult times, as most of us are confined to our homes, we would like to weave together (pun intended!) more closely our little community of crafters.
For some of you, our weekly “knit nights” were a very welcome crafty breather, an opportunity to catch up with like-minded friends, or a distraction within a stressful week. For Baa!, it was the chance to connect with all of you, and to offer a welcoming place to help your creativity thrive. Despite the “stay at home” measures, we want to keep this little crafty bubble alive, and we would like to invite you (and everyone looking for a friendly, casual knitting group) to meet up virtually for now, until we can reopen our doors and rejoice in face-to-face knit nights again, complete with hugs, tea and cake.
Please join us as we turn our regular “knit nights” at Baa! into “virtual knit groups” online. We have decided to use a very user-friendly application: Zoom. You will need a device of some sorts (laptop, desktop, tablet or smart phone) equipped with a microphone and a webcam / camera. We will setup our first Virtual Knit Group tomorrow, Friday 27th March at 10.30am GMT. Click on this link at the time of the meeting, and simply follow the directions. We will have another Virtual Knit Group on Wednesday 1st April at 7.00pm GMT. We hope you can join at least one of these sessions. If all goes well, we plan on holding weekly Virtual Knit Nights. Join us!
You will find below a quick “how to” from Zoom customer service.
If you join a Zoom meeting for the first time, we recommend that you download the Zoom application first (especially if you are using a smart phone or tablet). Look for the "Zoom" app in the PlayStore if you are using an Android device, or in the AppStore if you are using an Apple product). If you are using a laptop/desktop, you may want to download the Zoom Client for Meeting (available here). On an iOS device, you may want to check that your microphone is given access to Zoom, by going to "Settings > Privacy > Microphone" and checking that the toggle button for Zoom is switched on.
Try to click on the link a few minutes before the actual beginning of the meeting, so you have enough time to configure your audio / video settings if required. It is normally pretty straight forward, but if you have any issue, please reach out to the “chat” dialog that we are setting up on Baa! website (check out the bottom right corner!) and we will try to help you.
We look forward to seeing you all online.
Janice (owner of Baa!) and Aurelie (geek friend of Baa!)
Prepare a cosy little corner in your kitchen / living-room / favourite place with your choice of drink (coffee for us, but pick whatever you fancy!), your current knitting/crochet project (we recommend a not-too-intricate piece so you can chat in a relaxed manner), and maybe indulge in a piece of cake?
Tomorrow Friday 27th March at 10.30am GMT, and/or Wednesday 1st April at 7.00pm GMT, click on this link.
Follow the directions on your screen.
Engage with all of us as we knit, crochet, craft along while blethering about this and that.