My Beetle convertible also gave up the ghost last week so rushed around and around and finally settled on a 2012 Honda CRV. I got a great deal, bought the extended warranty whether I should have or not, and am happy with my new wheels, as you can see.
I haven't stopped knitting though. Right now I'm working on a great follow-up to the Sophisticate, another top-down raglan cardigan. This time though, I'm test knitting a new pattern by Deb Gemmell. It's really more of a complicated, comprehensive recipe for a perfectly fitting raglan. A couple of people told me they didn't like the way the back of the Sophisticate fits me because it was too large in the back; I thought that this is just the way it is with raglan sweaters.
But Deb says an excellent fit is achievable so I'm using her new pattern to prove the theory. I stash dove and found some Ram Wool Selkirk, manufactured by Briggs & Little, 100% worsted wool in a lipstick red. I'm going to keep the cardigan very simple so that I can focus on fitting techniques. I've been longing for a plain, red cardigan for years anyway. I will of course share with you what I learn along the way.
Meanwhile, I'm going to grieve the loss of the beloved Monica, a cat who has owned me for 19 years, has completed wrecked at least 19 couches, and has lived to tell the tale anyway. She's tolerated the completely spoiled Moose who sucks the air out of every room and loved me anyway. I'll miss my little companion. I really will.