Yarn-along: of swaps and sickness

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~ Ginny at small things

Yarn Along - February 26, 2014

Yarn Along – February 26, 2014

Good morning … it’s 32 and lightly snowing … as opposed to the mid-60s we had a few days ago. Virginia weather: gotta love it (or not …). We’ve had some horrible creeping-crud in the house; one of the highschoolers was home for a day last week, HotRod succumbed this weekend and Kit has it this week. On top of that … I’ve got it! Never good when mom is sick … I’m a lousy patient and don’t enjoy being sick. It’s not the stomach flu (and THAT’s a blessing) … it’s a really bad cold that seems to last a few days with horrible sore throat, stuffy than runny nose, cough, etc. Dh swears I’m sick cuz I don’t get the flu-shot. But then he had this last week as did HamBone … both of whom had the shot. So there you go.

I’m so sick I don’t even feel much like knitting … I know, heresy, right? The knitting you see in the photo is a slip-stitched coaster set and now I’m doing a larger coaster for the teapot/coffeepot. These are for a swap where the swappee loves bright colors; I think the Noro Retro in the bright pink and bright blue fit the bill nicely. This is the first Noro yarn I’ve enjoyed knitting: a wool, silk, mohair blend that is nowhere near as scratchy as their Silk Garden, which I love the colors of but can’t stand knitting with. Retro is a worsted weight.

This weekend I hadn’t yet fallen victim to the creeping crud so I was able to post my first e-book, a collection of Celtic-inspired patterns. le gra o Mhaire (which means “with love from Mary” in Irish) is packed with 12 of my popular designs and is available for immediate download either on Ravelry or Craftsy.

Yesterday, HotRod played nurse and got me all set up on the couch with tissue/trash bin, blankets and my Kindle all nearby. I slept most of yesterday as did Kit. The Kindle has been of great benefit while I’m laid-low: I can read my books without having to wear my reading specs (great for when I keep falling asleep thanks to this cold). I can read our read-aloud, The Boy Crusaders easily and can read my “business of knitting” books like Craft Business Power and Grow Your Handmade Business. Both of these books are wonderful reading — and on the Kindle, I can bookmark and highlight without dog-earring the pages …. love my Kindle!

So what are you knitting and reading … wanna come play? I promise not to get you sick …sig block

9 Responses to “Yarn-along: of swaps and sickness”
  1. Donna says:

    I hope you’re feeling better soon. I hate it when I’m so sick I don’t even feel like knitting.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    oh dear; so sorry for the sickness; glad you are resting; best way to get over it quickly; your collection is lovely! 🙂

  3. Mary G says:

    Thanks, Elizabeth … it really makes it easier to be sick when your youngest is 11 and willing to be my nurse!

    Hugs and so glad you like the “collection”!

    Mary G.

  4. Mary G says:

    It stinks, doesn’t it Donna? Moms aren’t SUPPOSED to get sick … altho my mom would get a bad cold/laryngitis EVERY year at Christmas. We thought it was hilariously!


  5. CathieJ says:

    I hope you feel better soon. Everyone seems to have a opinion of why we get sick when maybe they brought the germs home. Thanks for the book references.

  6. Paula says:

    Oh, I have that argument with people all the time. The ‘flu’ shot only works for influenza -not regular colds. I think we’ve got the same cold working through the house here too. Many I felt so miserable on Monday I didn’t knit a stitch! That never happens. Luckily Grandma took Ella for a sleepover so I only had to take care of myself. Happily this cold doesn’t seem to be the kind to linger, I’m much better today mostly just tired. Never been a Noro fan, it’s so scratchy. I’ll have to look for this new kind.

    Hope you’re feeling better too!

  7. Paula says:

    PS, I’ve have never been so healthy over winter since I quit getting flu shots 2 years ago! Haven’t had pneumonia or bronchitis since either (knock on wood)

  8. Mary G says:

    Exactly CathieJ … dh is sure it couldn’t have been him or the high schoolers (even tho I homeschool the other two and we haven’t been anywhere).

    Glad you liked the books.

    Mary G.

  9. Mary G says:


    You’re so funny! Glad you seem to have recovered quickly … and always nice when someone can take the little ones. I have the benefit of my youngest being 11 and my daughter is just about 14 (on Saturday) so they’re pretty self-contained anyway. It’s nice to sometimes just lay on the couch and be pampered by the kids!

    Mary G.

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