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Yeah, it’s been awhile. Soz.
2020 has been quite a year, huh?
Me and the husbeast are still here, keepin’ on keepin’ on.
We’re lucky that we’ve been able to work from home for the whole time, and that we still have jobs. We weren’t so lucky in that despite being super careful, we managed to pick up COVID in September and three months on the husbeast is still struggling with ‘long COVID’. That isn’t fun, lemme tell ya. To go from running round the park to not being able to walk up the stairs at home without stopping for a rest is scary. Throw his asthma into the mix and you’ve got yourself a super-fun breathing party. Who knows how long recovery will take for him, but with each month that passes I think we see improvements. I’m making him eat his green vegetables and take his vitamin D and anything else I think might aid his recovery in any way, even remotely.
With the cold weather also comes the hibernation of our girl dog – Leela – who wraps herself in her favourite blanket until the warmer weather arrives. She spends 90% of her day under this blanket, for real.
So I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been quiet on here for like, ever. My focus shifted this year away from sewing, and away from blogging. I’ve also deleted my Facebook account, and my Instagram account has been deactivated too. To be honest, I don’t think I will reactivate it. I felt like for so many years I was so busy – always doing something, never sitting still. No time to sit and just ‘be’. When I stopped the sewing, and eventually the blog, and then cut the social channels… it felt almost peaceful. I could knit if I wanted. Read all day if I wanted. It didn’t matter. There were no (admittedly, self imposed) deadlines, I could just go with the flow. And that’s kinda nice.
I’ll be real about the situation – the mental health of the household is in shreds. I miss my cycle commute to work – for both the exercise and the fresh air. The husbeast hates the dark and gloomy winter, so I bought a SAD lamp to see if it helped – jury’s out on that one. I’m trying to rein in my worrying about what may or may not happen in the future – because ultimately, my worrying isn’t going to change the outcome. Me constantly stressing about how I will pay bills if I lose my job and worrying that the husbeast isn’t getting better quick enough does not affect the outcome or likelihood of those things happening. My work gave us free access to therapist consultations (online, of course, because we’re in Tier 4) who gave me some tips on how to concentrate on the present – aka that buzz word mindfulness – so let’s see if it yields any improvements.
There’s a bench in the park near to us where I’ve been spending a lot of time – I walk up there a few times a week to just sit. Sure, I’d much prefer a view of rolling hills, but I’ll take the concrete jungle 👀
So what have I been up to these last few months? Well…
I’ve *almost* finished that Skyline Quilt I bought at Gotham Quilts in NYC at the start of the year – this one, remember?
Just the bottom section with the buildings to go. It’s been fun!
But garment sewing-wise, there ain’t been much goin’ down. Hardly anything, if I’m totally honest. Knitting is in full swing though and I’ve almost finished my Migration Cardigan, and after probably fifteen years of me making the husbeast hold my yarn skeins on his outstretched arms so that I can wind them into a ball, I’ve bought a swift. The KnitPro one, if anyone’s interested, and I can thoroughly recommend it.
Reading has also consumed many hours of my time this year, here’s a few of my most recent reads…
I Know This Much Is True – Wally Lamb (10/10)
Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell (8/10)
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (5/10)
1984 – George Orwell (9/10)
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth (2/10) Too many characters!
Stoner – John Williams (8/10)
The Nix – Nathan Hill (1/10) Couldn’t stand the whingey main character!
Not bad, hey? Have you read any of these? Let me know!
And now on to the main reason for this post…
The Wanderstitch blog is moving to a new corner of t’internet – from now on, you’ll be able to find me at wanderstitch.wordpress.com. Everything you know and love has already moved across, so if you’d like to receive future blog posts then you’ll need to head on over there and resubscribe – soz. Basically, I’m moving from a paid WordPress account to a free one – it’s lovely to have total control over your website (albeit a bit of a hassle putting things right when they go wrong, especially when you don’t really know what you’re doing) but actually, it’s quite expensive and time consuming.
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I hope you’ll join me in my new home – no hard feelings if not! 💜
Well, we’re almost at the holidays. I hope you are all doing okay (say hey in the comments!). I’m looking forward to cracking open my 1kg tin of Quality Street (the second one of the festive period… 😜) and watching some films with the husbeast, doggos, and a warm blanket. Oh, and doing some knitting of course. I hope you all have the best Christmas you can, and here’s to a healthier, happier 2021.
Much love ✌🏻