*Left Coast Knits

When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap. -Cynthia Heimel

Friday, February 20, 2009


You will recall my recent enthusiasm toward knitting "Lizard Ridge" from Knitty. Well, I finally finished my crocheted cardigan (photos later if I like it- if not, you will have to use your imagination) and instantaneously (ok, I really did it a tiny bit before I even finished) cast on for Lizard Ridge. I started knitting and got to the short rows... and messed them up. What? You mean I have to pick up the wraps? Plus, knitting backwards did not work out quite as well as I had expected... So far I have knit the beginning of square one twice, and I am currently back to a ball of yarn. Oh well- I shall persevere, because I am smarter than a ball of yarn, most of the time.

The other day, I left the house on my way to work, and spied this:
A gift from the neigbor's cat. He used to be a stray, and my husband would feed him every night- now he brings us worms as gifts. Woohoo!

I put them in the grass and send them on their (wormy) way.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Quiet Sunday

It has been a quiet Sunday here on the Left Coast.

I have been working hard to get my Ondori Crochet Cardigan finished in time for Stitches West at the end of the month. It is just about done- all I have left is one side of the front from the armpit up, and then the collar.

It has been a fun project and a learning experience... good thing that crochet symbols are universal, because the pattern itself in in Japanese.

Earlier this week, I got the yarn for my next project in the mail. Twenty-one skeins of Noro Kureyon in every color they have (plus a few doubles)- can you guess what I am making? Here is a hint!
I bought this yarn from Annie Amelia , and it came so perfectly packaged that I am not sure I can bear to use it!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Dishcloth Mania Continues!

You can never have too many dishcloths, right? After all, there are always lots of dishes in the world that need doing. Keeping that in mind, I hit Michaels for their dollar sale of discloth cotton (I only bought five balls of it- I was good!). "Chinese Waves" in Sugar and Cream Faded Denim (not to be confused with Peaches and Creme Faded Denim)

"Grandma's Favorite" in Peaches and Creme Faded Denim, which is ever so slightly lighter in color than the other Faded Denim.

This is more hand dyed cotton- I was rummaging through my stash looking for some other yarn, and lo and behold, I spied something that looked suspiciously like cotton... it was not one, but two skeins of it in two different colorways. I think that they are froma Spinning Guild Dye Day a few years ago. Score!

The leaning tower of dishcloths.

More coming soon- I got a book on ebay!
On another note, one of the great tgings about the Bay Area is that once the holidays have passed, we don't waste any time with more winter- we move right along into spring.

This guy (gal?) was in my yard this morning, partaking of the bird bath.

Here is my hellebore that finally opened...

Daffodils on the way too!