clarelight-ly knitting

Knit lightly, it makes it easier to take the mistakes out.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

bits of this and that

Here's my March Project Spectrum scarf: Teseo in a pink/purple mix, very easy and soothing to knit with.

Easy and soothing is at a premium right now, as I go through the job search process: I hate to go to interviews, although I apparently do well at them. I had one yesterday at a little credit union in downtown, and I'd really like the job, but I didn't feel like I did very well. How much of that is carry-over from the total beating my confidence got at my last job, I don't know. Probably more than I'd like. Well, if I don't get offered that position, I'm sure there's something else out there. At least I'm pretending to be an optimist.

Here is a not-so-great shot of a sleeve. I'm knitting myself a cardi with a black body and striped sleeves. I don't know if you can tell in the picture, but I'm using two colors of red, two rows of a dark brownish purple red, and one of a brighter, almost cherry color. The effect is to make the eye look twice at the stripe, as it is just a bit "off". I think it looks cool.

For the front, I'm going to have a mock-turtleneck type collar, and I think a zipper. I was considering a dark red zipper, to sort of contrast with the black, but as I was considering this design choice while reading a book about Jack The Ripper, I don't know if such a graphic "gash" in the front is really what I want. Of course, I don't have to tell anyone I refer to the cardi as my "jack the ripper jacket".

I have a feeling my subversive nature will be getting the upper hand here...any ideas for a zipper pull? ;-)

Finally, a pic of an extremely vocal family member:

This is Sophie, our rescue miniature schnauzer. We know very little of her history, other than she was picked up by Multnomah County Animal Control, she had been running wild for several months, and she was a mess. The dog rescue I volunteered for took her in, and I decided she needed us. My parents and other two dogs were decidedly more reserved about her.

Now two years after I brought her home, she is an interesting and active member of the household, totally and utterly devoted to my father, whose lap she owns. She sings (ah-wooooo), barks, growls when you do anything to her that isn't her idea, and is generally noisy. She's also a lot of fun. This pic shows her in her accustomed position: on dad's lap, where she belongs (at least in her mind!)

Monday, March 13, 2006

Moving Forward

In an effort to get my brain back, I quit my job.

I was bored to tears and my manager drove me up the wall. Bad combination.

I'm looking for a new job, and I'll be posting my adventures in knitting soon.

Thank you for all your good thoughts.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Too damn hard

I haven't been posting regularly. There's a reason for this (isn't there always?)

My mental health is, shall we say, delicate. I suffer from clinical depression, which is treated with medication and talk therapy. I can go for months and do well, then take a downward slide. These downward moves in general mood come without warning, and often without any trigger. I know it's happening, but I can't prevent it.

Right now I am spending every ounce of energy getting through the day, and so I want to blog, I think about what to say, but I just don't get the heart to do it. I'm just sapped by the neccessities.

I am so damn tired. This grey fog descends and sucks the life out of me.

I'll still post irregularly, as I'm participating in Lolly's Project Spectrum, and the accompanying Postcard Swap, and I have lots of actual knitting going on. If you're curious about where I am or what I'm doing, you can always email me at clariestar(at)aol(dot)com.

Thanks for your patience (all 12 of you ;-) )

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Strange Picture Day

I have declared Wednesdays to be for the weird, strange, and unusual. Here' the first, for the first of March.
This is courtesy of Astronomy Picture of the Day, an extremely worthy site that everyone should check out. It's an artist's conception of the "multiverse". Rees would be proud.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006


So, I go to the LYS, just to "look around". I get a skein of dark red Lamb's pride for a sweater project, a skein of Trekking XXL in a colorway I don't have, and two skeins of Dale Hauk in dark grey, to knit myself some fingerless mitts. All is well, and all is in budget and planned for. And then I walk by this basket on the way to the cash register...and I see this:

See that fat skein in the left corner? Glowing in it's delicious multi-colored-ness? That, dear reader, is The Yarn Clarelight Can't Live Without. I want to enshrine it in a crystal case for eveyone to admire (but not touch with their grubby, acquisitive claws). Its a bit heavier than laceweight 50/50 merino/silk hand-dyed yarn from Great Adirondak, and now that I have seen and purchased this skein of lovely stuff, I finally understand what all the fuss over "hand-dyed" is about. There is purple, and cobalt blue, and green and gold, and even a little orange, and it is spectacular. Too spectacular to hide, much as I want to.

Lightening struck again, because I also purchased the book "Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls" by Martha Waterman, and in the back is a stole pattern called "Lir's Children" that is a balance of openwork and solid sections that will show off this loveliness beautifully. I'm stoked.

But first I need a swift and ball winder. I have hand-wound lace weight ONCE (1050 yards of Morehouse Farms Merino) and I will never do that again.

Finally, a picture of my boss, Purrsis. She's a tortie with long hair in some places and short in the others, with green-yellow eyes and a sweet face. She has been very patient in training this dog person in the Way of Cat, and I adore her.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Cast of Characters

Hi all. I don't have much to say about my knitting right now, so I will distract you with a picture of my favorite child, Teds.

Teddy is a West Highland White Terrier, a breed once described as a white dog determined to be brown. In my boys case, that is spot-on. He came into my life as a shy 11 month old puppy, frightened of cars, loud noises, and my dad. He's still nervy about loud noises (jet planes, fireworks, thunder) but he walks along busy streets on his lead with aplomb, and aggravates dad because as far as Teds is concerned, if I'm around, no one else matters. Teds is my dog, and I am his human.

We have other dogs, and I have a cat, and I love all of my animals dearly. But Teds is my baby, my darling, and I am extremely lucky to have him.

Coming up tomorrow: pictures of recently acquired yarn! (Oooooh!)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Inside the bag

Well, life is settling into the ordinary routine, except for my aunt, who is having to make up a new one as she goes along. Thank you so much to all of your support and well wishes. I am so excited to see that people are reading my little blog and leaving comments, thank you.
Last week Imbrium tagged the readers of her blog to show the contents of their knitting bag. I am only slightly embarassed to say that I currently have five bags/baskets going. I like to keep the yarn, pattern, and frustration for each project in it's own space. But I do have only one little bag that I keep my tools in, so here's a picture of that. Discerning readers will notice that there are two categories I tend to hoard: stitch markers and Chibis. Beaded stitch markers can be kind of spendy (like ten bucks apiece, hello? You can buy some really nice yarn for ten bucks.) but my favorite LYS always has a bunch right at the counter at reasonable prices (2.50 each), and I can't ring up a purchase without adding one or two new markers into the pile. (I also have this thing for sock yarn, but that's for another day.) As for the Chibis, I just like the little container things, I guess. They're cute, and useful, and the right size. Perfect little gadgets. You're going to laugh, but I was reading Zeneedle (hi, Margene!) and she's having a little contest, and one of the prizes is a green translucent Chibi, and I really wanted to email her and ask Where did you find that? because I haven't seen any here in Portland. I don't need another Chibi, but its in a color I don't have, and well...I guess I'm a little obsessed.