Great news: they flipped the ON switch.
See? Up there in the left corner? The Lounge—that’s it. Game on!
The conversation has just begun, and we hope you’ll come introduce yourself and be a part of it.
It’s all very intuitive. Just show and tell. You can add photos, links, and videos from YouTube or other third-party video hosts. You can read posts without logging in. To join the conversation, use your MDK account username and password so you can write posts.
Why are we doing this?
Because, like most things involving knitting, we think it’ll be fun.
A Bit of Background
In case you didn’t know, we met on an internet message board, at the Rowan Yarns website, in 2002, back when our friends thought we were basically nuts to be engaged in ongoing conversation with people we had never met in person. We thought it was nutty, too, but that didn’t really slow us down. It wasn’t easy to find people as wound up about knitting as we were.
Now, all these years and pullovers later, we’re still believers when it comes to online community. And, after so many years of wise, funny, generous, helpful, wacky, surprising, and unexpected comments from MDK readers, we are certain that this community needs a better place to talk than a comments thread.
You know: a lounge, a hangout, a basement rec room with a busted-out corduroy sofa.
Knitters, that glorious day has arrived.
Welcome Our Moderator
Nell Ziroli will be moderating The Lounge. She has long experience as a knitting teacher, designer, and resident of the online knitting world. We’re delighted that she will be on hand with her wisdom, ideas, and skill.
We’ve started a few topics over there, and we’ll add more as we go along. Please let us know what you’d like to see happen in The Lounge—we’re game for whatever would be fun.
Pregame the Giftalong
Next Monday, November 14 is the official start of our new knitalong, the Giftalong. The Lounge will be a central location for conversation about this epic effort to make warmhearted gifts, EZ kwik knits, or whatever you please on a fairly stiff deadline. This week, please feel free to dive in with your schemes, strategies, and dreams for what you’d like to accomplish during this month of holiday gift-making.
Thank you for being a part of this community—here’s to a lot more chitchat, gibblegabble, and meaningful exchange of profound ideas and slow cooker recipes in the days and months to come.
(Featured image from James Vaughn.)