Thanks for all your get well wishes. I think I am finally on the other side of my head cold. I also managed to get the quilt top pieced over the weekend and now have to sort out what to use for the backing.
The faster I can finish this, the happier my oldest son will be. He's "mad for plaid" (and one of the outgrown shirt sources for this quilt), and is being rather fussy about what I intend for the backing, lest I mess up the overall, and I quote him here, "manliness" of his quilt. Ha.
While contemplating a manly finish to the quilt, I picked up my languishing knitting needles. Here's the second sock to a pair I've had on the needles since... um... Nov.? Sad, I know. This is the reason why I need to continue to knit socks in self striping sock yarn. It's obvious that the different colours in the striping yarn actually motivate me to finish the socks faster. (Since I'm being honest here, I will also admit to not liking the Kitchener stitch, which if you look close at the top of my yarn basket, you will see the first sock is still on the needles awaiting the grafting of the toe... but I actually do like knitting the socks. Really. I do.)