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Re: How do we get more members?

Teresa Ambrose
 

I like Hanover spinners. We can always keep the name. It is where we started out. 

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On Jan 19, 2020, at 12:59 PM, Shelley Reid via Groups.Io <shelweb@...> wrote:

My $0.02:

1) I hate spinning outdoors. (I won’t ask anyone else not to, I’m just not eager to do so myself.) I think if we asked nicely for permission to place a tasteful sign in the sale area, that would let people know. Or an ad on the farm website. Or both.

2) Places to advertise/spread the word:
  • Ravelry Hudson Valley group
  • Ravelry Spinners group(s)
  • Ravelry Rhinebeck group
  • Ask stores/farms that sell wool for permission to post a sign (wool shop in Cornwall, Faraway Farms, etc.)
  • Craigslist “groups” category
  • Westchester Knitting Guild newsletter
  • Do we consider ourselves a guild? If so, we can get listed with Northeast Handspinners on their web page.

Hannah has offered to create a few options for a graphic, but it will take a few days as she is still recovering and school is starting; I’ll get back to you soon. 

If you would like to go on a recruitment offensive, might as well ask now: would anyone like a snappier name for the group? Is it Hanover Knit and Spin? Hanover knitters and Spinners? Do we want to keep Hanover if there is any chance we’ll leave the farm eventually? If there is any interest in changing the name that should come before the advertising. 

Shelley



On Jan 19, 2020, at 11:13 AM, Lucinda Shastid <jzygala@...> wrote:

I notice that as some people move out of the area, we don't get new members to replace them.  At this rate, the group will eventually die away.

What can we do to get more people interested?  I'd love some brainstorming.

Here are some of my thoughts:

There are a lot of knitting groups in the area, I think that we are unique in also being spinners, so this is one place to focus our efforts.

We can spin in public in front of the Farm Stand during good weather.  Maybe move some chairs out by the composting toilet  so we don't block the selling area?

What about talking up our group when we knit with others?  (It's good to be able to make exactly the kind of yarn you want)

Getting into the news would be good - I know we've gotten a few curious people that way.  How do we do that?

Reactions?  Other thoughts?

Lucinda



Re: How do we get more members?

Jane Daniels
 

Thanks Lucinda for raising the questions and Shelley for giving marketing suggestions. I think there are lots of reasons people have dropped out. Moving from the area is just one. In addition to exploring the marketing options that Shelley listed, here are some other questions
  • We lost some people when we had to stop meeting on Sundays. Would moving the location gain them back if we could have a Sunday meeting.
  • Would a time change help - that question was never answered.
  • There is lots of knitting groups now, day, evening, and weekend. So there is competition, in some sense. Are we the only spinning and knitting group?  I can start a list of when they meet and where, but need folks to tell me. 
  • Several people dropped out because of too many off topic posts. 
  • Kay Kopil asked to only get meeting notices, but she does not get them. Why?
  • Lets contact ladies who don't come anymore and find out why.
I agree that if we have to leave Hilltop Hanover, we would need to change our name.  So if we are looking to marketing ourselves, lets change the name as well.

Jane

On Sun, Jan 19, 2020 at 12:59 PM Shelley Reid via Groups.Io <shelweb=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:
My $0.02:

1) I hate spinning outdoors. (I won’t ask anyone else not to, I’m just not eager to do so myself.) I think if we asked nicely for permission to place a tasteful sign in the sale area, that would let people know. Or an ad on the farm website. Or both.

2) Places to advertise/spread the word:
  • Ravelry Hudson Valley group
  • Ravelry Spinners group(s)
  • Ravelry Rhinebeck group
  • Ask stores/farms that sell wool for permission to post a sign (wool shop in Cornwall, Faraway Farms, etc.)
  • Craigslist “groups” category
  • Westchester Knitting Guild newsletter
  • Do we consider ourselves a guild? If so, we can get listed with Northeast Handspinners on their web page.

Hannah has offered to create a few options for a graphic, but it will take a few days as she is still recovering and school is starting; I’ll get back to you soon. 

If you would like to go on a recruitment offensive, might as well ask now: would anyone like a snappier name for the group? Is it Hanover Knit and Spin? Hanover knitters and Spinners? Do we want to keep Hanover if there is any chance we’ll leave the farm eventually? If there is any interest in changing the name that should come before the advertising. 

Shelley



On Jan 19, 2020, at 11:13 AM, Lucinda Shastid <jzygala@...> wrote:

I notice that as some people move out of the area, we don't get new members to replace them.  At this rate, the group will eventually die away.

What can we do to get more people interested?  I'd love some brainstorming.

Here are some of my thoughts:

There are a lot of knitting groups in the area, I think that we are unique in also being spinners, so this is one place to focus our efforts.

We can spin in public in front of the Farm Stand during good weather.  Maybe move some chairs out by the composting toilet  so we don't block the selling area?

What about talking up our group when we knit with others?  (It's good to be able to make exactly the kind of yarn you want)

Getting into the news would be good - I know we've gotten a few curious people that way.  How do we do that?

Reactions?  Other thoughts?

Lucinda





--
Jane Daniels
2802 Deer Street
Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
(h) 914-245-1250 (c) 914-471-5545 jdhikes@...

Life is better when you go outdoors!

Re: How do we get more members?

Shelley Reid
 

My $0.02:

1) I hate spinning outdoors. (I won’t ask anyone else not to, I’m just not eager to do so myself.) I think if we asked nicely for permission to place a tasteful sign in the sale area, that would let people know. Or an ad on the farm website. Or both.

2) Places to advertise/spread the word:
  • Ravelry Hudson Valley group
  • Ravelry Spinners group(s)
  • Ravelry Rhinebeck group
  • Ask stores/farms that sell wool for permission to post a sign (wool shop in Cornwall, Faraway Farms, etc.)
  • Craigslist “groups” category
  • Westchester Knitting Guild newsletter
  • Do we consider ourselves a guild? If so, we can get listed with Northeast Handspinners on their web page.

Hannah has offered to create a few options for a graphic, but it will take a few days as she is still recovering and school is starting; I’ll get back to you soon. 

If you would like to go on a recruitment offensive, might as well ask now: would anyone like a snappier name for the group? Is it Hanover Knit and Spin? Hanover knitters and Spinners? Do we want to keep Hanover if there is any chance we’ll leave the farm eventually? If there is any interest in changing the name that should come before the advertising. 

Shelley



On Jan 19, 2020, at 11:13 AM, Lucinda Shastid <jzygala@...> wrote:

I notice that as some people move out of the area, we don't get new members to replace them.  At this rate, the group will eventually die away.

What can we do to get more people interested?  I'd love some brainstorming.

Here are some of my thoughts:

There are a lot of knitting groups in the area, I think that we are unique in also being spinners, so this is one place to focus our efforts.

We can spin in public in front of the Farm Stand during good weather.  Maybe move some chairs out by the composting toilet  so we don't block the selling area?

What about talking up our group when we knit with others?  (It's good to be able to make exactly the kind of yarn you want)

Getting into the news would be good - I know we've gotten a few curious people that way.  How do we do that?

Reactions?  Other thoughts?

Lucinda



Yesterday's Meeting

Lucinda Shastid
 

Mostly knitters again.

Catherine knitted a baby sweater of a soft purple color.

Jane worked on a hat to match the sweater she wore last meeting.

Joan knitted a black and white slip-stitch cowl in a pattern she's used before (including the cowl she was wearing).

Shelley spun a maroon and blue roving (and wound up with maroon and blue palms).

Lucinda knitted more on her Bohus sweater and then frogged two days' worth of work, because she'd been short-rowing across the front instead of the back (teardrop emoji) (temper tantrum emoji).

Susan dropped off some mill-spun yarn from the sheep at her daughter's farm for anyone who wanted it.  She's cleaning stash preparatory to putting her house on the market and moving closer to Albany, where her daughter's farm is.

Much of the conversation focused on moving - selling, inspections, staging, clearing out relatives' houses, .... lots of hints and tips for those of us not (yet!) involved in these things.

By the way, Rachel (a Farm employee) has been opening the classroom for us this winter - turning on the heat and the water before we get there.  Yay, Rachel!  I wanted to make sure we all knew how helpful she and Shanyn have been in this area.

I'll start collecting 2020 dues at the next meeting, just FYI.

Lucinda

How do we get more members?

Lucinda Shastid
 

I notice that as some people move out of the area, we don't get new members to replace them.  At this rate, the group will eventually die away.

What can we do to get more people interested?  I'd love some brainstorming.

Here are some of my thoughts:

There are a lot of knitting groups in the area, I think that we are unique in also being spinners, so this is one place to focus our efforts.

We can spin in public in front of the Farm Stand during good weather.  Maybe move some chairs out by the composting toilet  so we don't block the selling area?

What about talking up our group when we knit with others?  (It's good to be able to make exactly the kind of yarn you want)

Getting into the news would be good - I know we've gotten a few curious people that way.  How do we do that?

Reactions?  Other thoughts?

Lucinda


Re: Upcoming Event: Spin/Knit-In - Sat, 01/18/2020 11:00am-1:00pm #cal-reminder

Lucinda Shastid
 

The weather's looking acceptable, as far as I can see.  Snow won't really begin until 2:00, when I plan to have been home for a while.

See you later this morning - I'm looking forward to it.

Lucinda

On 1/15/2020 11:00 AM, HanoverSpinKnit@groups.io Calendar wrote:

Reminder: Spin/Knit-In

When: Saturday, 18 January 2020, 11:00am to 1:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:Classroom, Hanover Hilltop Farm

View Event

Description:

We'll meet in the Classroom (third building on the left) at Hilltop Hanover Farm this Saturday, 11:00 to 1:00.  Bring your fibery work, your lunch, your show-and-tell, your questions, ....
See  you then!

Re: Copy and paste into your browser. Great projects.

Lucinda Shastid
 

Absolutely agree

Lucinda

On 1/17/2020 1:35 PM, Carol Fessler wrote:
Teresa, these are incredible!!

On Fri, Jan 17, 2020 at 1:07 PM Teresa Ambrose via Groups.Io <hayslope=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:
Never mind copy and paste, it turned into a link! 

Re: Copy and paste into your browser. Great projects.

Carol Fessler
 

Teresa, these are incredible!!

On Fri, Jan 17, 2020 at 1:07 PM Teresa Ambrose via Groups.Io <hayslope=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:
Never mind copy and paste, it turned into a link! 

Re: Copy and paste into your browser. Great projects.

Teresa Ambrose
 

Never mind copy and paste, it turned into a link! 

Copy and paste into your browser. Great projects.

Teresa Ambrose
 

Re: Upcoming Event: Spin/Knit-In - Sat, 01/18/2020 11:00am-1:00pm #cal-reminder

Joan Conca
 

I will be coming on Saturday after all. Considering the weather, it's probably best to stay close to home.
Joan



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From: "HanoverSpinKnit@groups.io Calendar" <HanoverSpinKnit@groups.io>
Date: 1/15/20 11:00 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: HanoverSpinKnit@groups.io
Subject: [HanoverSpinKnit] Upcoming Event: Spin/Knit-In - Sat, 01/18/2020 11:00am-1:00pm #cal-reminder

Reminder: Spin/Knit-In

When: Saturday, 18 January 2020, 11:00am to 1:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:Classroom, Hanover Hilltop Farm

View Event

Description:

We'll meet in the Classroom (third building on the left) at Hilltop Hanover Farm this Saturday, 11:00 to 1:00.  Bring your fibery work, your lunch, your show-and-tell, your questions, ....
See  you then!

Re: Upcoming Event: Spin/Knit-In - Sat, 01/18/2020 11:00am-1:00pm #cal-reminder

Catherine C.
 

I’m planning to come.
Catherine

Re: Upcoming Event: Spin/Knit-In - Sat, 01/18/2020 11:00am-1:00pm #cal-reminder

Joan Conca
 

Hi Lucinda  

I didn't bring the Hanson to PA after all. I ended up being busy meeting with friends and helping my husband with his car restoration.

I probably won't be coming to the meeting on Saturday after all. 
A friend and I will probably be going to the VKL Marketplace. I need to talk with an Irish knitwear designer with whom I took a class when I went to Ireland in May. She will be there. 
If I don't end up going,  I'll come to the meeting. 
Joan



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-------- Original message --------
From: Lucinda Shastid <jzygala@...>
Date: 1/15/20 7:55 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: HanoverSpinKnit@groups.io
Subject: Re: [HanoverSpinKnit] Upcoming Event: Spin/Knit-In - Sat, 01/18/2020 11:00am-1:00pm #cal-reminder

How was Pennsylvania?  How did your miniSpinner work?

I hear you about the weather - the forecast keeps pushing it later and later, so I hope we can safely get through our meeting and home again.

Lucinda

On 1/15/2020 7:09 PM, Joan Conca wrote:
I plan on coming, as long as the weather cooperates!
Joan



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-------- Original message --------
Date: 1/15/20 11:00 AM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: [HanoverSpinKnit] Upcoming Event: Spin/Knit-In - Sat, 01/18/2020 11:00am-1:00pm #cal-reminder

Reminder: Spin/Knit-In

When: Saturday, 18 January 2020, 11:00am to 1:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:Classroom, Hanover Hilltop Farm

View Event

Description:

We'll meet in the Classroom (third building on the left) at Hilltop Hanover Farm this Saturday, 11:00 to 1:00.  Bring your fibery work, your lunch, your show-and-tell, your questions, ....
See  you then!

Re: Upcoming Event: Spin/Knit-In - Sat, 01/18/2020 11:00am-1:00pm #cal-reminder

Lucinda Shastid
 

How was Pennsylvania?  How did your miniSpinner work?

I hear you about the weather - the forecast keeps pushing it later and later, so I hope we can safely get through our meeting and home again.

Lucinda

On 1/15/2020 7:09 PM, Joan Conca wrote:
I plan on coming, as long as the weather cooperates!
Joan



Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S10.


-------- Original message --------
Date: 1/15/20 11:00 AM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: [HanoverSpinKnit] Upcoming Event: Spin/Knit-In - Sat, 01/18/2020 11:00am-1:00pm #cal-reminder

Reminder: Spin/Knit-In

When: Saturday, 18 January 2020, 11:00am to 1:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:Classroom, Hanover Hilltop Farm

View Event

Description:

We'll meet in the Classroom (third building on the left) at Hilltop Hanover Farm this Saturday, 11:00 to 1:00.  Bring your fibery work, your lunch, your show-and-tell, your questions, ....
See  you then!

Re: Upcoming Event: Spin/Knit-In - Sat, 01/18/2020 11:00am-1:00pm #cal-reminder

Joan Conca
 

I plan on coming, as long as the weather cooperates!
Joan



Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S10.


-------- Original message --------
From: "HanoverSpinKnit@groups.io Calendar" <HanoverSpinKnit@groups.io>
Date: 1/15/20 11:00 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: HanoverSpinKnit@groups.io
Subject: [HanoverSpinKnit] Upcoming Event: Spin/Knit-In - Sat, 01/18/2020 11:00am-1:00pm #cal-reminder

Reminder: Spin/Knit-In

When: Saturday, 18 January 2020, 11:00am to 1:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:Classroom, Hanover Hilltop Farm

View Event

Description:

We'll meet in the Classroom (third building on the left) at Hilltop Hanover Farm this Saturday, 11:00 to 1:00.  Bring your fibery work, your lunch, your show-and-tell, your questions, ....
See  you then!

Re: Upcoming Event: Spin/Knit-In - Sat, 01/18/2020 11:00am-1:00pm #cal-reminder

Lucinda Shastid
 

I'm looking forward to it.

Lucinda

On 1/15/2020 11:00 AM, Jane Daniels wrote:
I intend to come, but will need to leave about 12:45

Jane

On Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM HanoverSpinKnit@groups.io Calendar <HanoverSpinKnit@groups.io> wrote:

Reminder: Spin/Knit-In

When: Saturday, 18 January 2020, 11:00am to 1:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:Classroom, Hanover Hilltop Farm

View Event

Description:

We'll meet in the Classroom (third building on the left) at Hilltop Hanover Farm this Saturday, 11:00 to 1:00.  Bring your fibery work, your lunch, your show-and-tell, your questions, ....
See  you then!


--
Jane Daniels
2802 Deer Street
Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
(h) 914-245-1250 (c) 914-471-5545 jdhikes@...

Life is better when you go outdoors!

Re: Upcoming Event: Spin/Knit-In - Sat, 01/18/2020 11:00am-1:00pm #cal-reminder

Pat O’Rourke
 

Darn!  I am subbing at food bank again....have fun


On Jan 15, 2020, at 11:00 AM, HanoverSpinKnit@groups.io Calendar <HanoverSpinKnit@groups.io> wrote:



Reminder: Spin/Knit-In

When: Saturday, 18 January 2020, 11:00am to 1:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:Classroom, Hanover Hilltop Farm

View Event

Description:

We'll meet in the Classroom (third building on the left) at Hilltop Hanover Farm this Saturday, 11:00 to 1:00.  Bring your fibery work, your lunch, your show-and-tell, your questions, ....
See  you then!

Re: Upcoming Event: Spin/Knit-In - Sat, 01/18/2020 11:00am-1:00pm #cal-reminder

Jane Daniels
 

I intend to come, but will need to leave about 12:45

Jane

On Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM HanoverSpinKnit@groups.io Calendar <HanoverSpinKnit@groups.io> wrote:

Reminder: Spin/Knit-In

When: Saturday, 18 January 2020, 11:00am to 1:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:Classroom, Hanover Hilltop Farm

View Event

Description:

We'll meet in the Classroom (third building on the left) at Hilltop Hanover Farm this Saturday, 11:00 to 1:00.  Bring your fibery work, your lunch, your show-and-tell, your questions, ....
See  you then!



--
Jane Daniels
2802 Deer Street
Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
(h) 914-245-1250 (c) 914-471-5545 jdhikes@...

Life is better when you go outdoors!

Upcoming Event: Spin/Knit-In - Sat, 01/18/2020 11:00am-1:00pm #cal-reminder

HanoverSpinKnit@groups.io Calendar <HanoverSpinKnit@...>
 

Reminder: Spin/Knit-In

When: Saturday, 18 January 2020, 11:00am to 1:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:Classroom, Hanover Hilltop Farm

View Event

Description:

We'll meet in the Classroom (third building on the left) at Hilltop Hanover Farm this Saturday, 11:00 to 1:00.  Bring your fibery work, your lunch, your show-and-tell, your questions, ....
See  you then!

Re: Here’s how to keep your cat forever

Anne Abramtsev
 

me!  lol    i have done this with my own and daughter's cats, and grand daughter's bunnies.  annie a.

On Monday, January 13, 2020, 08:11:58 PM EST, Lucinda Shastid <jzygala@...> wrote:


When I saw the video at the top of the page, my first thought was "Kromski"!  The close-up made me think I was right.

After each of our first two Papillons died, I asked the vet to shave them and give us the hair.  I haven't spun it yet, but it's waiting for the right moment.  In the meantime, Joe has two caps made of brown and white yarn (Shiloh and Morpho).  It's a great way to remember a pet.

Who else has spun or plans to spin their pet's yarn?

Lucinda

On 1/13/2020 8:03 PM, Teresa Ambrose via Groups.Io wrote:
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/13/style/self-care/etsy-death-pet.html

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“History, despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage need not be lived again.� -Maya Angelou