Art is the Handmaid of Human Good

Life in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA


A Good Week

Oh hai! Here I am sea-grubby and happy.

Sea-Grubby and Happy!

Why? Well, I spent the week down the Cape and I was offered and accepted a job. Yes, while I was on vacation I got a job – yay me!   Continue reading



Wait. What’s this thing here? Oh yeah, it’s a blog.

Okay. So I’ve all but disappeared. Why? Who knows – I was on vacation, then commuting from Newburyport, then overwhelmed with work. Oh yeah, I have also been Raveling (is that what it’s called?) So here’s a lame update…

My vacation was very nice. I read a lot (seven books!), napped a lot, finished my Clapotis (yay!), went to the beach, walked two lovely terriers, biked all over Newburyport,spent time with friends and loved ones (Gist, Jeremy, Eddy, Katy, Yovani), and really just enjoyed not working for two weeks. To sum it all up, an ubiquitous photo montage:
My Vacation
There are a whole lot more pictures in my Newburyport Vacation photo set on Flickr.

Now I’ll try to post more frequently!


Slowest. Knitter. Ever.

Today I sat here:
Where I knit today.

and worked on my Clapotis. I am on the decrease rows, so close to the end that I can taste it. I just wish I were there already. I am amazed when I read about people who finished this project in a week – how do they do it? I have been knitting it since April (which seems a bit excessive I’ll admit.) Anyway, a not-so-great progress picture:
Clapotis progress...

I hope that I’ll have a FO pic soon!


Sucked into a work vortex (aka a long update post)

Mmmmm, that’s where I’ve been. When I last posted I had just found out that we won at the Con Con. A week later and I still don’t know if I believe it. Last Thursday Gist and I went down to Boston for the party (some activists we are!) The party was a lot of fun and it was great to see and thank in person all of my former MassEquality colleagues. They, along with volunteers all deserve a great big “Thank you!” Here’s a picture of Scott and me, the Original Gangsta Development Team:
Yay Massachusetts!

On Sunday Jill & Jason came up to Lowell for a visit. We had some lunch at the Mambo Grille and then went to see the Kerouac “On the Road” Scroll. It was fun!
On the Road - Kerouac

Talking to Jill this weekend gave me the idea to post my Project 365 daily picture here every day with a small post about what happened on that day. I want to do it because one of the main purposes of this blog is for me to keep a record of my life but this week has just been too hectic. That’s a bit of what this post is trying to accomplish. Anyway… on to Monday.

On Monday I took some great pictures and I’ll let them speak for themselves:
Day 242 - Monday, June 18th 2007

On Tuesday Team ¡Arroz! came in second place – yay us! I also finished the straight rows on my clapotis – that means I am 2/3 of the way done – whaoo! Wednesday and Thursday were filled with work which brings us to today. Today is the start of a fun-filled four day weekend – yay! Pictures and posts will (hopefully) follow.


Clapotis (now, with pictures!)

Thanks for the comments and suggestions for my clapotis. Here is a picture that shows the difference between the first ball and the second ball.
Clapotis Progress
I’m kind of a spaz because I hate frogging but I’m also a perfectionist. It’s an ugly combination that occasionally leaves me throwing my knitting on the floor in frustration. I think the solution to this problem is to realize that: no one will notice it, it’s hand-dyed yarn and part of the beauty is its uniqueness and that I do this for fun.

I am however going to be alternating my remaining balls of yarn.


Clapotis Update / Frustration

The Clapotis is moving right along. I added a second ball not too long ago and I’m eight rows of dropped stitches into it and I am going to be dropping the ninth on the next row. I am happy with how it is turning out but (and here’s where the frustration comes in) the second ball of yard doesn’t match the first and it’s driving me crazy. Yes, I know I am working with hand-dyed yarn, and it’s to be expected, and it’s part of the beauty, and no one will (or has) really notice(d) it but I just can’t let it stop bothering me. I know it is super-anal of me but I can’t let it go. Any suggestions? (I’ll post some pictures later…)

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Vacation Yarn

Day 181 - Wednesday, April 18th 2007 (not really)
While Gist and I were in Northampton this week I was lucky enough to go to Webs. I went looking for some spring-green yarn to make a Clapotis, specifically Malabrigo in Lettuce. I’ve been working with Malabrigo on Gist’s wristers and it is a dream – soft and perfect. Anyway, I had my heart set on Malabrigo and on a green yarn for Project Spectrum. I thought it would be a quick in and out. But (and there’s always a but) the Lettuce just wasn’t what I wanted. The yarn was soft and dreamy but I wasn’t in love with the green – it was a bit too yellow. So I decided to look around – always a fun activity.

I looked and I looked but I couldn’t find the “perfect green” that I had stuck in my head. I did find a gorgeous blue Cascade 220 that was on sale and that I had to have – four skeins for less than $20 – I couldn’t resist. Anyway, just as I was about to give up on my perfect spring-green Clapotis I decided to go into the warehouse. There I found the yarn I was meant to have and it was on sale! I got four skeins of Araucania Nature Wool (color #23). It is exactly what I wanted. I cast on my Clap on Wednesday (4/18) and I am almost done with the increase rows. I love how it is turning out so far.