It’s a family affair

Nachomama’s Knits really does involve my whole little family. My  kids help wind yarn and pack up orders.

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Baby Peach doesn’t get to wind actual yarn yet (that’s the licorice twist from a recent custom, so pretty!)

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The secret to why my custom knits are so quick — child labor

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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.

LOTS of new stuff!

Catching up and adding a LOT of new projects.  Here’s some that I actually remembered to take pics of (mostly on my cell phone, sorry)

Fish pond soakers

More socks, love this Alphabette Zoope yarn

This AMAZING (if I do say so myself) Bowser hat

Look how adorable that kid is!

Love this Shasta Daisy yarn!

Dyed by me with food dyes!

Convertible bloomers (need buttons yet)

Hat for me

Breastfeeding symbol longies!!! Yarn dyed by the very talented Mandy James

A closer look

Soaker made from leftovers

Something Beautiful Shrug, made for a trade and tops that will become dresses for the same trade

Man, I’ve got to work on my photography skillz, eh?

Giraffe hat, love this

Another one of that hat

Newborn hat for a photog friend

Myfirst lace project!!! The Immie Tee. Love this!

The back of that soaker, love the duplicate stitch

Baby girl’s hat

And tiny mitts

And button sweater. LOVE these buttons! I think this really really turned out nicely.

Cartman hat

A dear friend of mine from back in the day, Ratso,  is fighting cancer, taking chemotherapy. I feel so sad about this. He is my former roommate, someone I really care for, even though our lives are so very different now and we don’t talk as much as we once did. So, I knit him a hat. It’s getting cold, more so, I imagine if you don’t have hair. I offered him the choice of a hat with duplicate stitching saying Fuck Cancer (my aunt had one of these before she died. It was pretty awesome.) or a Cartman hat. We used to watch South Park together all of the time and I’d actually made him a Cartman hat when I was a very new knitter. He chose the Cartman hat. I picked some 3ply Purewool, a favorite for baby items. It is soft as a marshmallow. I know hairless chemo heads can be sensitive, so I wanted something soft enough for a newborn. (If you know me, you know I’m super picky about what yarn is and isn’t soft enough for my newborn.) So, I dyed it up, the same weekend Big Brother and I dyed the yarn for his cardi. Now, Ratso is a bigger fellow with a largeish head, so I made him measure it to make sure I would be making something big enough. Then, I just sort of winged the pattern because I’m awesome like that. The result:

Then, I really wanted to cast on for Big Brother’s cardi before I went to bed. Well, I was planning to do the Something Beautiful Shrug and modify if to be full length (instructions are given). Well, it was late and I was trying to figure out what to do to add buttons down the whole thing and it was just too confusing for 1130 at night. So, I decided I need to make it as is before I try revamping it. Then, it was back to the drawing board, aka Ravelry pattern search. You know, it is almost impossible to find a seamless pattern for a plain, stockinette stitch cardigan. Just a regular cardigan. No stitch pattern. No poofy, weird sleeves. Just a regular cardigan. I finally found one ish. I cast on and I love the way the yarn is working up so far. We’ll see how it all pans out, I suppose.

Quickie

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These are the start of my pop top mittens for this fall/winter. Love the colors together!!!

I can’t believe I’ll miss working on these

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(Blogging from my phone again, excuse any weird formatting)
These mittens have become a part of my nighttime routine. I put kids to bed and sit down to watch a movie with my hubby and work on these mittens. I feel like I’ve been working on them forever and, indeed, it has been a long while. In fingering weight yarn, on size 1 needles, only while kids were asleep… At any rate, they are finally both done!

I’m really pleased with them. I can’t wait to deliver them to my gnome loving friend!

Orange you glad I’m done with these

Well, I finished some stuff up. I finished a super awesome pair of Evie Pants longies in a 2T size with some super soft amazing yarn. AND I forgot to take a pic. Maybe I can convince the mama to get me an action shot so I can show them off. I’m blaming baby brain on the lapse. I’m also blaming baby on the lack of knitting and blogging about knitting going on around her.

At any rate, I finished some stuff and took pics. Here’s the orange longies I was working on before. I ended up changing out the trim color. It’s now less rusty than it was here.

 

What’s more, 1 mitten down, 1 to go:

The palm:

The palm with the other side of the thumb showing:

Now, remember, these are the “no kids are on me” project, so the going is slow. Also, for knit nerds, these are done on size 1s. They have been super fun so far and I’m really pleased with them. I’ve started on the other one. Maybe it will be done before they are needed…

On the needles, stripey longies and the other mitten. Up next, a hat to match the longies and  a hat for me!

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