Lots of excitement

Many exciting things going on here in the Nachomama household.

1) My lids arrived! So, I’ll be packing up the wool wash samples to send out with my yarn orders!

2) Most of the yarns I’ve dyed recently are dry or almost dry, so lots of pics coming.

3) We’ll be adding a new yarn to the line up, Mountain Meadow!!! I really love how they do things, so I’m very happy and proud of this!

4) Last night, I finished the ear warmer I’ve been working on and I’m getting close to finishing the matching scarf. These were the ones that go with the fingerless fold down mitts. It will  make a neat set. Pics coming this weekend.

Edited to add pics of the wool wash

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and pics of the yarns that will be going out next

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Tester Yarn #1

I’ve been doing some dye “testers” on Diaper Swappers to test out some new dye techniques. Here’s the first order, one reskeined, one not

This is done in a “fall colors” scheme on Cestari Fine, which is really nice to work with.

In knitting news, here are the completed fingerless mitts from the other fall yarn I dyed, on merino. Matching headband and scarf to come,

Lots more dyed yarn is drying all around my house now, so pics of that coming soon.

Dye prices

I just updated the “About” section with prices for my hand dyed yarns. If this is something that interests you, shoot me an email at nachomamasknits@gmail.com You can design your own yarn, leave it to me or we can work out something together. I use professional acid dyes so your knitted items can be as wash fast and light fast as possible. I’m happy to use food dyes if you’d like my kids to help with the dyeing process. They love it and come up with some creative combinations, like the Big Brother Sweater.

Prices for hand dyed yarn, for a 3.5 or 4 oz skein:

Purewool- $14

100% Merino- $14

Cestari Traditional- $12

Cestari Fine- $20

Blackberry Ridge- $20

Gaia- $20

Mountain Meadow Wool- $21

Licorice Twist- $21

Subtract $4 from pricing for solid or semi solid. 2 oz solid or semi solids also available. Scrappy sets also available. Prices do not include shipping. If you’re interested in a different base, message me. I can likely oblige. Look for the selection of yarns to expand as my little dye business expands!

Also in the works is my very own lanolizing wool wash formula. I’ve been working on perfecting a natural wash, free of chemical fragrances. All of my line will be scented with only pure essential oils. We avoid artificial fragrances around here, especially for baby. The cleanser is natural, too, coconut based. I’m still in the tester stages with these, sending out a sample bottle with each order.

Romper is done!

I finished the Reid’s Romper for Baby Peach with the Licorice Twist I dyed to match these adorable Alice in Wonderland buttons. It turned out so cute!

 

Better shot of the darling buttons

Now, to wait until it is done drying and try it on her. I think it’s going to be a little long in the legs, not sure if hers are shortish or if the patter is sized weird.

 

I also banged out a quick scarf for myself in one evening. Love bulky yarn and big needles. This stuff is so yummy it makes me want to add a thick and thin to my eventual in stock yarns to dye.

 

In progress, I have some fingerless mitts, dyed by me that will be part of a 3 piece set.

I’m making a dyer’s wishlist of gear that I want. So far a spin dryer or salad spinner tops the list, then a motorized triple skein winder. Soooo, if anyone is looking for gift ideas…

Improving

I’ve been knitting for 12ish years. I think I’ve sharpened my skills the most in the past 2 years. When Big Brother was a little guy, 2-3 years ago, I made him his first pair of longies. I just found some random pattern and make them. There were no short rows. I’m not even sure there were actual eyelet holes in the waist. The drawstring may just be shoved through randomly. I know all of this because Baby Peach is now the right size to wear these longies, so I’ve dug them out. Honestly, they look terrible. The quality and professional look of my knits has improved soooo much in this time span. I’ve picked up so many little tricks on how to make things look just right. It’s very interesting. It makes me wish I had more old old projects laying around so I could examine them. It’s nice to keep sharpening my skills.

 

In other news, I’m going to start doing testers for my hand dyed yarns. I’d like to expand that some and I think testers is a good first step in that.  I still have the first yarns I dyed 2 years ago. I’ll have to dig them out and see if I think they are awful also.

Here are some pics I took for that

“citrus-y” stuff for a custom

 

Fall colors for a custom

 

 

A better pic of that BBR I did for Baby Peach

On the FO front, I finished a pair of socks for a trade

 

Baby Peach’s awesome romper is almost done, just need to sew on the buttons, part of tonight’s mission. Then, casting on for more socks for that trade and a scarf for me. I also have some rainbow longies/legging longies on the needles for Baby. Then, Big Brother is due for a project.

From the dye pot

Dyed this semi solid blue bbr

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to go with the novelty yarn and become something awesome for Baby Peach. It will have to wait until I have cast off a few things. Suddenly, I have so many WIPs, plus dyed yarn for customs drying. Here’s a sneak peek of that

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Alice romper

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This is the licorice twist I dyed to go with these buttons. I’m making a romper (Reid’s Romper) for Baby Peach. It’s flying along, loving this color, so it’s inspiring me! In other projects, these are the Ky Baby hats I made for a friend.

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The green is dyed by me. The other is Purewool.

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I’ve been snapping up a lot of great blanks lately. Here is some I got from the Bishop Hill spin in

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Llama and merino, Broadway is a novelty yarn that will make an awesome skirt on longies. I have some BBR kettle dyeing for that project as we speak. The handspun there was too good of a deal to pass up. I’m not even sure what it will become, a vest for baby, maybe. I ordered from Wool 2 Dye 4 for the first time, some merino and some sparkle, which I’m super excited to use. Planning a Cestari order soon as well!

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