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.