Liberated Orphans of May

Presenting the eight liberated Orphans of May!


In no particular order:

  1. Mecha Rye
  2. Holiday Hitchhiker
  3. Oceans of Malabrigo
  4. Citron Grande
  5. Baby Blanket
  6. Frogged Sweater
  7. Silky Hat
  8. Basia Hat

When I began this journey, I wanted to finish my long forgotten projects over the next 10 months. That equated to about eight projects every month. Some months will be more challenging than others (okay, not casting on eight more projects will be the real challenge). Accomplishing my goal this first month, seemed a crucial milestone on this quest.


Yesterday, I was busy making a pom-pom, sewing on buttons and weaving in more ends. Weaving in ends is my arch nemesis.

This was the first time I used a commercial pom-pom maker. It’s pretty nifty. In a few simple steps, you have a fantastic pom-pom. The purple Basia hat, on the right, is going to be for my sister. It’s Malabrigo Worsted in Violettas. The hat on the left is Malabrigo in Silky. I have no idea what pattern it is, but it now has buttons and is ready to adorn a head.


Yesterday, I managed to snap this photo while our family watched a movie together. Gracie has always sort of hated Burt. She would randomly just walk by and hiss at him. They must have signed a peace treaty. Or maybe she is mellowing out in her middle age.

Stay tuned for the Orphans of June.


Count Down to June

It’s mid-day on May 29th. There are approximately 60 hours left in this month. The clock is ticking down on my quest to liberate eight Orphans this month. I’ve been busy blocking and weaving in ends. Here’s another project having a soak. This one the suds were overflowing.


Here’s a few more liberated orphans. I decided to frog a sweater that was in progress. When your British hubby makes comments on your sweater resembling shag carpet, one should rethink the garment.

I had blanket for one of my nephews almost finished. It just needed the ends woven in and a wash. It’s now ready to be shipped off to it’s new home.


Last but certainly not least, I give you my Citron Grande. I can’t wait to wear this one. The photos don’t really show just how massive this shawl is. It can double as a lap blanket.

Brief update on a other wips:

  • Washington Mist: Six out of fourteen repeats are done in part two. The rows are getting longer. Soon I will have 300 stitches and be ready for the second lace short row section.
  • Rios Rye for the British Hubby: Just on the cuff on this one. The second skein arrived, but it’s much darker. I’m going to alternate skeins on sock number two.
  • Charity Malt: 11 of 80 rows done in the small square section. This is going to be sort of a marathon project.
  • Earth & Sky: Skein 1 has 37.23 grams left and skein two has 60.65 grams. Since I made this a bit wider than the original, I ordered a third skein.

That’s four Orphans Liberated! Can I get four more done? Ernie wants me to spend all my time like this:


More snuggles Mama.


Peek a Boo Loo

One of the online yarn retailers I frequent, does a deep discount sale that rotates every two hours or when the product sells out. I like to check it out from time to time just to see what’s on sale. A few weeks ago, I saw this and it made me laugh. Now I giggle every time I go to the loo.

Here’s another almost finished Orphan taking a bubble bath. Is it my Citron Grand? Is it Oceans of Malabrigo? Or maybe it’s something  I haven’t even mentioned! Okay, you should be able to figure it out. It’s not hiding very well.


While I was giving my Orphan a soak, I did some kitchener stitch. And then, I did some more kitchener stitch. British Hubby and I both have one finished Rye sock. On the left is Malabrigo Rios in Vaa for British Hubby. On the right, is the Mecha Rye for me. I’m working on the gusset decreases for the Mecha sock number two.


I love knitting socks. It’s a portable project that can easily be condensed for travel. You can make them in any weight for any season. Did I mention how amazing they feel on your feet? Store bought socks can’t compete. Maybe I should knit some for the kitties. I think that’s why Gracie is giving me the cold shoulder in this photo. She wants some kitty socks.



First Liberated Orphan

It’s the 23rd of May, and I’m finally posting my first liberated orphan. Introducing my finished Holiday Hitchhiker. It has 43 teeth. Normally, I would measure how much of the skein was left, but it appears to be on walk about. It felt so liberated that it decided to go on vacation. Maybe it will send me a postcard.


What else have I been working on? Well, the epic picot binding is still on going. Citron Grande is still waiting to be blocked. I pulled out Sky & Earth for the drive to Mount St. Helens. It’s a great mindless project for TV watching or travel. The yarn is Malabrigo in Rios color Cielo y Tierra. The pattern is Wheat by Tin Can Knits. Hubby requested a new scarf so I’m slowly making hubby a new scarf. I’m slightly worried I don’t have enough yarn to make this long enough. I guess we shall see when I run out of the first skein.


Here’s another Tin Can Knits pattern, Rye. This is one of my favorite patterns for bed socks. The yarn is Malabrigo Mecha in Tabacos. I’m just about to turn the heel on sock number two. Sock number one still needs to have the toe kitchener stitched closed. Maybe I can convince Ernie to do that for me this week.


I also pulled out my Washington Mist. I just finished the first lace short row section. I’ve never made a shawl with lace short rows before. It’s really rather nifty. The pattern is Waiting for Rain by  Sylvia Bo Bilvia. The yarn is Malabrigo Mechita in Plomo. Plomo is one of my favorite grays. It has hints of purple. You can just about see them in this photo.


I have eight days to finish seven more projects. It’s going to be quite a race to June 1. Maybe I’ll call in sick one day.

Here’s another photo from our Mount St. Helens journey. This is a view of Mount Adams.




There’s no room and you’re not on the guest list…


Climbing Mount St. Helens

Only crazy people wake up at 3:30 a.m. to hike up a volcano, but that’s what British Hubby and I did on Friday. Our bags were packed, our boots were tied tight and the kitties had a sitter. We traveled down a dark forest road making comments about Big Foot and being in an X-file episode, to arrive at the trail head right before sunrise. Here’s our first glimpse at the volcano.


By 6:00 a.m. we started to see the first patches of snow.


And not soon after that little shrubs striving to survive in the ash.


Then comes the lava channels.


And a relentless climb up in the snow.


I did manage to get some knitting done on my orphans. I’ll post more about that later.


I’m ready for my close up now Mr. DeMille.



Expedition Week

In about 96 hours, we leave for our first expedition up Mount St. Helens. Today was spent prepping our gear and picking up last minute supplies. Fresh socks are a must!


One of my orphans enjoyed a bubble bath. Is this my Citron Grande or the Holiday Hitchhiker?  I think there will be a liberated orphan soon.


The epic picot edge bind off has begun for Oceans of Malabrigo. Picot edging looks amazing, but wow does it take forever.


Ernie after a rough day of binge watching the local wildlife.


Freaky Friday

Freaky Friday, things ain’t going my way
Everything is gone, my life is a country song, oh-oh

This is one of my all time favorite Aqua songs. And it’s perfect for Friday the 13th. You can’t help but bop your head when you hear this song. Freaky Friday.

We also like to honor Friday the 13th by watching horror movies. Sometimes we watch current movies, but more often than not we watch black and white horror movies. The old horror flicks are fantastic. It’s refreshing to see a movie that doesn’t have CG or any special effects.


Even black and white horror flicks are too scary for Ernie. He can’t watch!

This wasn’t a very productive knitting week so far, and I’m starting to feel the pressure of liberating 8 orphans this month. It’s the 13th, and they are all still being held captive! Typically, I relieve knitting stress by casting on a new project. In an attempt to create new habits, I decided to see if I could come up with some project ideas for the yarn I acquired last week.


This is all delicious Malabrigo Twist. On the left, is Twist in black. It is destined to become a Lemongrass by Joji Locatelli. My next pair of Rye socks will be out of the Twist in Sotobosque on the far right. In the middle, is Tuareg and Zinc. No definitive plans for them yet, but maybe something with stripes.


If I ever finish knitting my orphans, I want to become a cardigan knitter. I am slowly reading the Knit to Flatter by Amy and Little Red in the City by Ysolda Teague.  The Malabrigo Rios in Cumparsita on the left will be my first Ysolda Teague knit, Angostura. Next are Malabrigo sock in Alcaucil and Dewberry. Dewberry is my favorite shade of purple, and I love me some purple. One day, this Dewberry will be Poetry in Motion. No plans yet for the Alcucil, but can one ever have too many black cardies?  The colorful skein standing upright is Arroyo in Arco Iris. It’s probably going to become an Aviatrix Hat. Aviatrix hat is my go to gift for new babies.

Maybe this weekend, I’ll have my first liberated orphan. Stay tuned.