(Sorry if you saw this post yesterday, it got scheduled wrong…)
New Year’s Eve has come and gone, and I’m sure you were hoping to see an FO post but…
Bogatell is still on the needles. As you can see, the first sleeve is done (and I’m actually well in to the second). If I’d done nothing but knit, I might have been able to finish it before the year was out. But I had other things to do.
I don’t mind though. I’m closing in on the end, and it is quite an enjoyable knit. I love the effect of using three different shades of grey for the big stripes. And the mauve and magenta on the skinny stripes are so striking. You can’t see it, but the mauve has lovely shifts in shade – it’s a beautiful yarn! And I should have enough left to make a pair of socks for myself from it.
Well, here we are at the end of an “unprecedented” year. (I am so sick of that word now.)
And while there of course, have been challenges, I really can’t complain. Both Dave and I were able to keep our jobs. And while my pay was cut for a while, and Dave’s hours were (and are still) reduced, we still managed to pay off a couple of debts, and our finances are in better shape than they were at the start of the year. If that’s the only thing 2020 brought, I would have been happy.
But 2020 brought lots of others smiles. You’ve already seen my knitting and quilting retrospectives, but 2020 brought a lot more!
After the first lockdown, and before the second wave, Mom and I were able to get north and spend a lovely summer day with our girls.
In September Dave and I got all gussied up
And took the fancy car out to celebrate true love with his uncle and new bride.
There wasn’t much more traveling than that, but I had plenty to keep me occupied at home.
I merely had to step outside my door to experience a beautiful world
My gardens, and all the critters that inhabited them, kept me plenty busy
And let’s not forget my adventure with the swallowtail caterpillars…
Even if it didn’t have a happy ending.
And then, of course, there’s been hours of entertainment with Squirrelington’s!
And while we said goodbye to our gorgeous Torti princess in November.
She hung on for 11 long months and went peacefully in the end. And we still have Los Trios Diablos to keep our spirits up
Did 2020 turn out how I expected? Absolutely not. But overall there was more good than bad, and that’s the most I ask of any year.
So now we move into 2021 with hope. Because if 2020 taught us anything this, it’s that anything can happen.
I’ve spent the last few days diligently stitching away, and as a result, the body of Paisley’s Bogatell is done!
I believe I mentioned that I’m forgoing twisted ribbing on this one, so that’s making it go a little faster. The sleeves should go fairly quick compared to the body. But the hood will slow it down again. I’m still aiming for a New Year’s Eve finish, but it will probably be down to the wire!