2019 into 2020: celebrating successes, building community, and embracing inspiration

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We hope you’ve had a satisfying and rewarding year of making. We certainly have, primarily on the brewing and knitting fronts, with a lot of natural dyeing as well. In each of these spheres, we’ve tried new types of projects, mastered skills, and published our own recipes and patterns.

So come along and explore what we’ve been working on and what we’re looking forward to. In the first part of the video, Rick and Sarah discuss the beverages and brewery upgrades, and ideas for what we’ll brew during the first few months of the new year.

Afterwards, Sarah shares her fiber crafts from 2019 and exciting plans for 2020, including new patterns on the horizon, recent releases from other designers that she’s eager to knit, and some information about maker movements and knit-alongs coming up during the first quarter of the new year.

What are your maker plans for 2020?

People and projects mentioned for 2020 inspiration:

Maria Muscarella (@ninja.chickens) of the Ninja Chickens YouTube channel is hosting a Dye Garden Along for 2020 – check it out if you’re an aspiring natural dyer and have space, even a couple of pots on a windowsill, to grow some dye plants this year.

Marceline Smith of heyBrownBerry – inspirer for the #makenine2020 challenge with open-ended prompts . More information is available from Make Nine Challenge (@makeninechallenge | #makenine | #makenine2020) from Rochelle of Home Row Fiber Co.

I plan to knit the Jureck Pullover by Ainur Berkimbayeva (aka @mamasteddybear). Before getting started on this garment I’ve decided to make Ainur’s complimentary Alatau hat as it uses my target yarn, Nightshades by @harrisvilledesigns.

Felix sweater KAL (#bdecpfelixkal) hosted by Best Day Ever! podcasters Trisha (@tyedyediva) and Arthella (@heiressknits), with pattern support from designer Amy Christoffers (@savoryknitting). Sarah’s knitting another version of the Felix pullover with Mountain Mohair from Green Mountain Spinnery (@greenmtnspinnery)

Published by Sarah Scully

Sarah is the owner/operator of Vermont Natural Sheepskins. She is an avid knitter and knitwear designer. She also enjoys cooking and gardening.

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