Use your digital connections to strengthen your bonds with friends, not obsessing over the latest coronavirus rumors.
I suspect we’ve all seen it: a forum or group chat that’s usually chatting about spinning or hiking or family news becomes a virtual room awash with anxiety-producing rumors. Avoid those rooms. Find (or start) a thread that commits to craft talk—there are plenty of places to get the latest virus news.
Remember your spinning friends who aren’t online friends.
Is there someone you usually sit next to in your spinning group who swore off social media years ago? A friend you only see in weaving class? It may take a little more effort than usual (especially for the phone-phobic among us!), but reach out to those friends who might be missing out on the online connection.
Look for ways to get together (but not too close together).
The recommendations I’ve read call for maintaining 6 feet of distance between people to avoid spreading the virus. Where I live, I can go out for a walk while maintaining that distance—and although Devin Helmen isn’t here to join me, I know he’d recommend going for a walk with a handspindle. As the weather warms up, take the opportunity to use your OUTSIDE VOICE and catch up with friends at arms’ length.
Reach out if the distance is getting to you.
If you’re used to getting social interaction in the course of your day, it may feel weird or unwelcoming to suddenly need to seek out the company of other humans. Do it anyway—maybe slowly at first. Browse through groups on Facebook, hashtags on Instagram, forums on Ravelry, or fiber-related podcasts, and see where you feel most at home. Decide how much you want to join in the conversation. You're not alone.
Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:I discovered how it's possible to have a meeting with a group while all are staying at home! It's an app called Zoom. I don't know exactly how it works, others organised it, but all you need is the internet, your own computer/laptop/smartphone with camera and microphone working. We were together with over 80 persons, able to see and hear one another. Modern technology can be great!