Art is the Handmaid of Human Good

Life in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

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Some thoughts on Project Spectrum…

Over on her blog, Lolly has a very interesting post about Project Spectrum. Now great minds must think alike because I was thinking about the PS colors and set up last night. So I made the following comment: Continue reading



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.

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A Splash of Blue

Day 125 - Wednesday, February 21st 2007
Today Gist & I went to the Concord Museum to see this exhibit. We happened upon it purely by chance – as I was watching NECN this morning they has a PSA for the exhibit and I immediately thought of Project Spectrum and told Gist we had to go.

The exhibit was very interesting. It showcased selections of the museum’s collection in all shades of blue. It talked a little bit about the symbolism of blue throughout time, different blue dyes (such as indigo) and how they were discovered, and the meaning/history of “blue” words and phrases such as blue stocking, blue plate special and blue moon. I especially enjoyed that the show contained all sorts of blue things, from a Pucci dress to quilts, along with pottery, hats, shoes, paintings, and even an excerpt from a movie. The highlight was an embroidered indigo bedspread – the depth of the blue was stunning. It was a great Project Spectrum field trip!