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Hi guys!

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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.

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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.

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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 👀

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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.

Click on the drop down menu in the top right corner to find the subscribe box:

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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 ✌🏻

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  1. Pence
    December 23, 2020 / 6:04 pm

    Just subscribed. Its been a shitwreck of a year. I’ve been lucky so far with the plague, just dealing with kiting high blood pressure (wonder why!).
    I am probably not the only reader concerned by your absence from the blog – I was afraid you all had been unwell.
    I’ve been hearing about the long recovery times.
    Best wishes for for continuing improvements, both personal and in the larger world.

    • Sarah
      Author
      December 23, 2020 / 6:39 pm

      A shitwreck of a year is a very accurate statement 😂
      I dread to think what my blood pressure is… I bet there’s a lot of people with super high stress levels, anxiety levels, all that jazz. And no wonder.
      Aww I’m sorry to have worried you – thankfully we’re both still here and hopefully soon we will see good improvements 🤞🏻
      Keep well, have a wonderful Christmas and new year 💕🎄

  2. Natacha (tachalili)
    December 23, 2020 / 6:05 pm

    Hey!!! So nice to hear from you even if the news are mehhh… So sad to hear about the husbeast. This virus is really a very tricky one. I work in one of France’s main Research Institute and let me tell a majority of scientists are working on it. Hopefully your husband will be better soon. Sending you both tons of good vibes. To be honnest, I would love to do like Leela right now. The mood is quite gloomy here as well. Still employed, which is great but one my bosses is a really toxic person and I have not been to work since the end of November (doctor’s order). Let’s hope 2021 will bring us some great news and a more serene time. And of course I will follow you to your new “place”. Hope you have a nice and peaceful hoiday. Love from Paris

    • Sarah
      Author
      December 23, 2020 / 6:36 pm

      Hey Natacha!
      Thank you for your good vibes 💜 You know, I think Leela has the right idea 🤔 Wake me up when it’s all over please?!
      Oh that’s not good about your toxic boss – I’ve been there, and feel your pain. Remember that nothing is more important than you and your mental health. Make sure to take care of yourself 💕
      Happy Holidays! 🎄

  3. Helene Wilson
    December 23, 2020 / 6:19 pm

    Hi Sarah, I’ve really missed your blog posts and I’m happy to see that you’re back. Sorry to hear that the husbeast is a long-hauler. Hope he gets better soon. I did try to click on your ‘follow blog via e-mail’ button, but the link didn’t work. So, I went over to WordPress.com and clicked on the ‘Follow’ button there.
    Look forward to more of your posts and hope that you and your family (four-footed kids included) have a much better year in 2021. In the meantime, enjoy the Quality Street, movies and books.

    • Sarah
      Author
      December 23, 2020 / 6:33 pm

      Hi Helene!
      Oh – I’m not sure why it didn’t work for you 🤔 Sorry about that! Glad to hear you managed to follow through WordPress 🙃
      What a year it’s been hey. Thank you for your kind wishes 💜 Hopefully he will be better soon.
      Keep well, stay safe and happy holidays! 🎄

  4. Helen Jackson
    December 23, 2020 / 6:21 pm

    Lovely to hear from you, so sorry it’s been a grotty time for you and that hubby continues to get better with each new day. Christmas is going to be tough for all of us but here’s hoping there is better news in the New Year. The days will get longer and nights lighter and you’ll have some lovely snowdrops and spring flowers to see from your bench. Take care both of you and go with the flow if you fancy doing something do it, if not chill!! By the way the quilt is fab cant wait to see it finished. Love Helen x

    • Sarah
      Author
      December 23, 2020 / 6:31 pm

      Hi Helen!
      I hope you’re doing well 💜 Gosh, yes I hope 2021 is better, for everyone, in every sense. I can’t wait for the summer to roll around again, for long days, and for the husbeast to be well enough again to go for long cycle rides in the gorgeous Kent scenery.
      I’ll definitely post pictures of the finished quilt – I’ll be honest though it’s taking me ages to cut out and appliqué all those buildings!! 😳
      Keep well, and happy holidays 🎄

  5. Barbara
    December 23, 2020 / 6:24 pm

    Signed up at your new address and look forward to your posts when you feel like it. I hope your husband’s health improves, I’m sure Quality Street will help. Best wishes for Christmas and 2021.

    • Sarah
      Author
      December 23, 2020 / 6:29 pm

      Awww thank you Barbara! 💜
      Quality Street helps everything 😜
      Happy Holidays! 🎄

  6. Janet Miles
    December 23, 2020 / 6:30 pm

    I have been wondering how you and the husbeast have doing. So sorry you both have had such a tough year. God bless and take care.

  7. Bren Holmes
    December 23, 2020 / 7:09 pm

    Hi Sarah. Lovely to have an update from you. This year has been a drag, yes. Sorry to hear you’ve both had Covid and that your hubby us still suffering. I have a friend with long Covid and she’s had a dreadful time since March. I’m pleased to hear that you’ve taken the pressure off somewhat and are finding some peace and relaxation in your life. Keep visiting your bench. We have been lucky enough to avoid infection so far, as cases in North Norfolk have been low, plus we’ve been very careful. Now we’re in Tier 4 because cases have risen dramatically, we will be lucky to continue to keep well.
    I have also done a lot of reading, although none of the books you’ve listed, and sewing this year, as well as a bit of knitting. Your quilt is lovely. I knew it would incorporate some purple fabrics. 🙂
    I wish your hubby well in the very near future. Happy Christmas, such as it is.

  8. December 23, 2020 / 7:11 pm

    Just subscribed to your new corner of the internet and am looking forward to your future projects when the spirit strikes you… after a decade-long hiatus from sewing, it was your funky and inspired pieces that brought me back. 🙂 I’m so sorry that you contracted covid and that your husband is still recovering. My boyfriend got it earlier this month as it was so scary and the recovery has been slower than we would hope. I left social media about three years ago and it was the best thing for my mental health, so I’m happy to hear that you’re taking care of YOU and giving yourself permission to relax and simply be. I think we all need that lately. Happy holidays, and wishing you a brighter 2021!

  9. Zak
    December 23, 2020 / 7:26 pm

    I was just thinking the other day I hadn’t seen any of your posts in a while, and was hoping everything was okay! 2020 has definitely been a one hasn’t it. It’s manifested in different ways for everyone, but it’s all been weird and unsettling. If a digital hug from a random human on the internet would be appreciated, I’ll leave one here: 🤗 (the good thing about hugs is that they’re not exhaustive, so anyone reading this, please help yourself!) Especial wishes to the husbeast, that sounds really frustrating. All the best for a lovely Crimbo and a new year with however much, or little, sewing/blogging makes you happiest.

  10. Helen HP_sews
    December 23, 2020 / 7:40 pm

    So glad to have an update from you. Looking forward to reading all things wanderstitch over on your new blog 😁. Sorry to hear I won’t be seeing you on Instagram but I do understand how freeing it must feel not to. One thing 2020 has taught me is to live more in the moment, after all we can’t really plan much atm. Enjoy that quality street!

  11. Denise
    December 23, 2020 / 7:48 pm

    Hi. I’ve missed your posts and was really sorry to hear the reason you’ve been quiet. I’m pleased you have recovered from covid and can empathise with your worries over your husband. I wish him a complete recovery and hope for many happy times ahead for you both. Whenever you feel like blogging there will be lots of us happy to hear from you, but take care of yourselves first. Wishing you a peaceful Christmas and a much improved 2021.
    Denise x

  12. Laura
    December 23, 2020 / 7:54 pm

    You have been sorely missed Sarah! But I’m glad you have found the time to do things you enjoy, at your own pace. Sending healing thoughts to the husbeast, hoping he continues to improve day by day.
    Very much looking forward to reading your future posts. Happy Christmas! 🎄

  13. December 23, 2020 / 7:55 pm

    Subscribed. I had wondered where you were? Sorry to hear you have both been unwell with the dreaded plague! Take care, rest and indulge yourselves, follow Leela’s example and hibernate over the Christmas period.
    I used to blog when we did a several long trips, but stupidly tried to write daily, I put so much pressure on myself, it was actually a relief to stop and just do a journal for myself.
    I look forward to future posts
    Take care, above all Stay Safe x

  14. December 23, 2020 / 8:28 pm

    So good to hear from you, thank you for taking the time to update us. I have been missing your posts. It feels very quiet in my little social media sewing world. I think many of us are struggling with our mental health and sewing is taking a back seat. I am glad you’ve found some small ways to find some peace and I hope your husband feels better soon. Have a great Christmas and I’ll see you over on the free blog! x

  15. Sue
    December 23, 2020 / 8:45 pm

    I had also been wondering how you were and I’m sorry to hear about your Husbeast having long covid: totally crappy! Keep making time for yourself and visiting the park bench. I’ll be subscribing to your new blog xx

  16. Ruth
    December 23, 2020 / 9:05 pm

    Lovely to hear from you again. Seeing “wanderstitch” in my email does brighten my day. And I’ll certainly being signing up for the new installments. I love your writing style and would happily read what you have to say about sewing, knitting or the weather.

    The quilt is looking amazing!

    Wishing you, husband and your furry family a very Merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy New year xxx

  17. December 23, 2020 / 9:10 pm

    Good to hear from you again Sarah & sorry to hear that you have both been ill, here’s hoping your lovely hubby returns to his former self. It’s been a rough year for most of us but hopefully 2021 will bring better things. You blog when the mood takes you, we will be here to read your musings, sewing or otherwise. The quilt is looking fab & shouldn’t be rushed. Have a lovely Christmas both of you & I think I’m going to take a leaf out of Leila’s book & find a blanket to hide under😉

  18. christine aram
    December 23, 2020 / 9:22 pm

    Like everyone else I’d wondered what had happened to you. Like you it’s been a harrowing year for our family. My 92 year old mum gave up the ghost, but I was able to be with her, which was oddly good. Then my husband goes downhill quickly with Parkinson’s and dementia, so that’s my cheerful lockdown!! I can’t get my knitting vibe going again, I guess it will come back sometime…
    Meanwhile I’ll look forward to your new blog.
    Health and happiness to you both xx
    Chris

  19. Mary McMuldren
    December 24, 2020 / 6:46 am

    Yes I’ve been worried about you. I hope the coming year will be much better for everyone

  20. Susan B Hagloch
    December 24, 2020 / 12:34 pm

    So glad to see you back! Here’s hoping the husbeast keeps improving. 2020 has been a total disaster, especially here in the US, where our government is dominated by CRAZY people! We’re hanging on and hoping to see improvement in ’21. I’ve stepped up my sewing, and am currently deconstructing a wool-blend kimono to make some trousers. Kimono are made with 14 inch wide fabric, and the fine sewing in them is amazing! You would be fascinated. You literally can’t see the stitching ANYWHERE! And except for a very few cuts, they break down into the original whole panels completely. Then you can sew the panels into wider pieces to make whatever you want.

  21. Potimarron
    December 24, 2020 / 4:57 pm

    So sorry to hear you’ve had a crap year (and all the best to your husbeast for a full recovery). We’ve managed to dodge the worst of it so far, touch wood (largely by luck). It’s our first Christmas by ourselves- and my feelings are a mixture of sadness about not spending it with more of my family and delusion that it will be like the video for the Robbie Williams/Nicole Kidman version of Somethin’ Stupid (minus the riding crop). My answer to this has been to overcater and to clean the house more thoroughly than I have in ages (in other words, acting the part of my mum). Somehow it seems important.

    Enjoy the Quality Street!

  22. December 24, 2020 / 5:38 pm

    Best wishes, hope your 2021 is better. Sorry to hear of your struggles but sending hugs and well being your way. Take care, look after yourselves and thank you for all your posts and entertainment. Enjoy your time out and your knitting- can’t beat knitting, it has seen me through many a dark time. Love to you all.

  23. Caroline
    December 25, 2020 / 5:35 pm

    Thanks for the update! Wishing you both well and hoping the ‘husbeast’s long covid is a shorter long one. I got diagnosed with cancer just as the first lockdown began, so it’s been a peculiar year over here. Too. Thankfully caught early and no follow up treatment needed after surgery. Long covid must be much more scary and I wish you both out of it pretty darn pronto in 2021. Keep your peckers up – we’re rooting for you…

  24. Lodi
    December 26, 2020 / 7:47 am

    I was worried, so I’m SO glad to hear from you! I love the photo of your park view. My daily two mile walk was upended by 3 1/2 feet of snow…now melting in 50 degree F temps. (Wild & wacky weather to coordinate with our wild & wacky year.) Keep on keeping on. Love you guys!

  25. December 28, 2020 / 9:23 pm

    Hi! I was wondering how you were, I’ve missed you! I’m sorry you’ve been sick, and I hope husbeast gets a swifter recovery for Christmas! I’ve not done any sewing since the summer. I’m just gonna write off the year and ignore the smug people who wrote a book or whatever this year! Happy new year!

  26. Janine
    December 30, 2020 / 8:22 am

    Hi from Australia. Is it weird to be worried about someone you follow online, halfway around the world? I’m sorry but not shocked to hear why your blog went dark. 2020 f**king sucks, man and thank ch**st it is almost over. For me, working from home instead of going to the office every day meant I have been on a sewing streak. I’ve made more garments than ever before. My success rate – delivering a garment that I wear frequently and genuinely like – is at an all time high too. Without the commuting & business travel grind, I have had time to breathe, relax, take my time, not feel rushed, and the results speak for themselves. I will follow you wherever you go, if that’s not too stalker-ish. I love your style and your courage. I have learned tons from your posts. I will look forward to seeing something new from you, some day, one day, when you are ready and when it brings you joy. Big hugs from the land Down Under.

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