Art is the Handmaid of Human Good

Life in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

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The world only spins forward.

Day 292 - Tuesday, November 11th 2008

As I am sure you have gathered, this is most decidedly not a political blog.  I love politics (PoliSci was one of my majors), reading about politics, thinking about politics, and discussing politics.  That being said, this little corner of the internet is (for the most part) dedicated to food and knitting; the parts that aren’t dedicated to food and knitting are dedicated to random stuff that flits through my head at any given point in time – under that umbrella I am going to say a few words about yesterday’s elections (feel free to stop reading now if you wish and focus instead on the pretty leaf picture…) Continue reading



Quincy Hat

I went and made myself a hat!

Pattern: Quincy by Jared Flood (aka Brooklyn Tweed)
Yarn: Classic Elite Ariosa
Raveled here.

I’m calling this hat “Mood Lifter.” I bought the yarn last Friday after a terrible, rotten, no-good day. It was my first yarn purchase for myself in, ummmmmm, over a year…

The yarn itself is a lovely, lofty, single-ply, barely-spun merino and cashmere blend. It was lovely to work with, and the hat is light and warm – I can barely feel it on my head.

The pattern was well-written, easy to follow and interesting enough that I looked forward to finishing but simple enough that I could work on it while watching teevee or enjoying a beer/glass of wine/cocktail.  That being said, there are a few errors in the final product: they stem directly from my strong dislike of Kitchener stitch and my *ahem* inability to count.

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Day Twenty-Eight – Oh Noes!

Christmas Parade Mosiac
Ummmm, so NaBloPoMo? I’m not so good at it and so I stopped. I wanted to stick it through but, really, most of my posts stunk and it just felt like a burden. I appreciate everyone’s nice comments and I got a lot of inspiration from all of the NaBloPoMo posts out there on the internets but, in the end, it just wasn’t for me. So, from now on, I’ll post when I want to – woo hoo!

In other news this past Saturday was Lowell’s annual City of Lights Parade (aka the Christmas Parade.) It’s a Thanksgiving tradition that Jere comes to Lowell for the parade and to decorate our tree. This year Heather joined us and it was lots of fun. I took a lot of pictures – they’re on Flickr!

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Day Twenty-Two – Thanks!

I am thankful for my life and everything and everyone in it. I am truly thankful that I have many people (and pets) to love and that love me in return. I am thankful for the delicious meal that I was lucky enough to share with wonderful people. I am thankful that in our messed-up world we still have a holiday dedicated to being grateful for what we have.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Day Twenty-One

WIPs, what WIPs? I have not made any progress on either the wristers or capelet because I have been seduced by the gorgeous but high-maintenance skein of Claudia Handpainted Silk Lace that I bought on PA. I have started and frogged lots of potential projects (Juno, Muir, Muse) with this yarn – I am hoping that she’ll let me know what she wants to be sooner rather than later…