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Last week to pick up BatCycle kits

Greetings! For those of you beading with us the May who want one of our special BatCycle kits, this is the last week to get one. I wish I had more time to make and ship kits right now, but it’s just me until we can gather, and my time is all about the press runs for our new books (on schedule to hit the press in July and ship in August).

The BatCycle can be made with any beads; there is no reason at all to buy our kit other than to enjoy it and to support the CGB Fellowships and Stipends fund, which is what pays for everything we do to bring people together and support our artists.

On May 1, I will release the full pattern along with a YouTube class that shows how to assemble the cycle, and both are free to all. You can absolutely use beads from your stash, and I’ll publish a materials list this week when I get the kits out. If you miss the live session on May 1, no worries, it will live on YouTube for free forever, and our team will be online helping on Facebook during the month of May.

Thanks to all of you who have bought kits or signed up for our November and December workshops – each of them are half full at this point so if you are thinking of coming, especially with a group of friends, please let me know so I can hold you some slots.

In October (if borders are open and we are all vaxxed) the research team will be together in Spain, and in January both the core bead team and the science teams will be at MIT all month to teach the January term. So these two are our only public workshop slots until next year.

About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. Find her at or on some city street, walking fast, smiling at strangers.

11 comments on “Last week to pick up BatCycle kits

  1. Patricia Wren
    April 20, 2021

    Hi Kate– So glad to see this this amazing project is finally jelling… it has been a long and VERY interesting journey. Am having trouble paying for the BatCycle kit with Paypal, when I hit Pay it sends me back to your “Big Cartel Pay Now” order page. Repeatedly. Even after I reboot (!). I use Paypal a lot and have never had this problem. Any insight? Or alternative? Thanks!

    • katemckinnon
      April 23, 2021

      Ah, the kits must have sold out just as you were coming in, Patricia.
      They now show “Sold Out.” I will email you, I think I will have one or two extra once they are all shipped out this morning.

      • Patricia Wren
        April 23, 2021

        Thanks for your help! You’re a class act, as always.

  2. Suzanne Golden
    April 19, 2021

    Are these Zoom classes???

    Sent from my iPhone


    • katemckinnon
      April 23, 2021

      NO! Absolutely not. There would be no way to translate the deep workshop experience to Zoom. We will all be vaccinated (it is a requirement for the workshops) and we should be able to bead as a small pod of vaccinated humans, without masks. That’s the goal.
      Please come!

  3. Christi Bell
    April 19, 2021

    I’m so excited to get my batcycle beads and have fun! Thanks Kate for giving us a way to have more beads and also to help everyone involved.

  4. Eleanor Ringer
    April 19, 2021

    Dear Kate, I have a question about the workshops. You are requiring proof of vaccination within 30 days of the workshop. I am now fully vaccinated. Would I have to have another vaccination before the workshop? I know the CDC says that we may need additional boosters but I am a bit confused about your requirement. Thanks, Ellie Ringer


    • katemckinnon
      April 19, 2021

      Great question Eleanor – it is possible that those vaccinated now may need a booster by November/December, and if so I will be asking for that as well, but what I really meant is that the vaccination cycle needed to be *completed* 30 days before the start of the workshop, and I will go back and clarify that in the description. Thanks for asking!

  5. Valerie Alsbrook
    April 19, 2021

    Can I pay for the BatCycle kit with a credit card instead of PayPal? I didn’t see that option.

    • katemckinnon
      April 19, 2021

      Absolutely – PayPal is just a secure processing service.

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