Saturday, October 25, 2008

Crafty Content (Pictures!)

The house sage continues. The closing on our house is approaching, and we have had an offer accepted on a lovely condo. The Purchase & Sale is next week, the inspection today. My parents are here, which means they'll get to see the place -- it's beautiful.

In the meantime, I haven't been lazy. Or rather, the moving, lawyer-calling and packing stress has led to increased crafting/cooking activity.

Exhibit A: Very heavily iced cinnamon buns (yum!)

The Pomatomus sock is growing. The pattern is beautiful, but I find it annoying to knit. It's not difficult, it just requires constant counting, and when you're too tired to count, you mess up. But the result is worth the effort.

Exhibit B: Pomatomus Sock

Merlin kept getting in the picture, so you see Sock with Cat. My mother saw the sock, tried it on... well, now it's for her. It has been claimed.

I've also been crocheting. I love, love, love the fall issue of Interweave Crochet! There is maybe one pattern in the whole magazine I don't want to make. This is a closeup of my Stone Scarf, my first ever crocheted item that looks like it will keep its shape throughout. No unexpected stitch fluctuations.

Exhibit C: Stone Scarf

I'm crocheting it out of Kureyon Sock. The stuff almost killed my hands when I tried to knit with it, but it's not bothering me too much when I'm crocheting. And look at those colors!

As you can see, there's a lot going on around here. For now, I'm spending a lot of time with my parents, knitting/crocheting/cooking whenever I get the chance, and try to get a bit of breathing space every once in a while. Soon, I'll be moving, cats, stash and all!

Friday, October 17, 2008


No, I'm not talking about the opening line of the Phantom of the Opera. Our house is under agreement, the P&S has been signed, and we have a closing date in mid-November. Mr. Batty and I are scrambling to either find a house/condo we want to buy, or, failing that, to line up temporary housing so we don't have to sleep under a bridge. It's... intense.

I've been knitting and crocheting a lot, but haven't had the time or energy to post pictures. It doesn't help that some of the knitting is secret, what with birthdays and the holidays coming up. I apologize in advance for the spotty updates on this blog, and for my seeming disinterest in everybody else's -- I still care what you're up to, I promise, but I'm more than a little preoccupied with this moving thing. We're trying to pack up and move an entire household in less than a month... aaaaaaaaaaah!