This blog post is the last one for 2020 as we all take some much-needed time to rest and recuperate with family and friends (outside of course!). In a previous blog post, I’ve talked about achievements made in this tough year and how they're all important no matter how small. As this is the last post of the year, I thought I would take the chance to reflect on what we have achieved throughout this strange year, and what we can take forward with us into 2021.
We kicked off 2020 by launching the iinouiio project, promoting sustainable textiles and Yorkshire heritage. We then began collaborating with knitters and designers working to help them grow alongside us. Without collaborating our first feature in Inside Crochet would not have been possible. It was an honour to have Jacinta Bowie use our wool to make the Purposeful Jacket.
Our most recent Feature has been in British Fibre Art magazine discussing iinouiio’s vision, and why we do what we do. We have been humbled by the interest numerous publications have taken in our project. This year, iinouiio has also been featured in the Spinners and Weavers Journal, Knitting magazine, Inside Crochet, and Art Fibre magazine. We are so happy to share our passion for sustainability with others in the wool and knitting communities, and we can’t thank these publications enough for helping us to spread our message throughout 2020. We’re so glad to see others caring about what we do as much as we do!!
Throughout 2020 we have also been involved in different collaborations and competitions to help shine a light on others who share our respect for the environment and enthusiasm for wool and shopping small. Recently, we collaborated with Mila (IG: @Morbidezze), whose creativity and passion has been a huge inspiration for us this year. We have also run a competition in partnership with De Montfort University, hoping to help young creative talent flourish. At innouiio we realise that young people are the future of both the industry and the planet, and we really are excited to help young talent to develop.
2020 has been a weird year for all of us, but we like to think it’s been wonderful in its own way. It has brought many of us closer together. We’ve learned new skills or discovered old ones we had forgotten. The country has come together to support one another in a way most of us will never have thought possible. We’re not saying we hope 2021 is the same as 2020, but there are definitely some things we hope stick around just a little bit longer.
Finally, we couldn’t have made it through this year without all of your support. We want to say thank you for everything this year, and we look forward to picking up where we left off this year.
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you all in 2021!