Self striping and gradients!

As I’m wrapping up my testers, I’ve been able to experiment with some different, new to me techniques, which has been really really fun. In the latest, I rocked self striping yarn. We will definitely be doing more of this. It was so fun and I can’t wait to see how it knits up. This is on a twist sock base that I hadn’t tried before, but really like the look of. Inspiration photo

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Another view. You can see the barberpole effect especially well on the darker blue in this pic.

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And that yarn wound

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Can you tell I love this yarn?

 

Here is one of the gradients

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And the other

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that same yarn wound from the opposite direction

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On the knitting side, I’ve been working on a lot of projects for the family. I have 2 adorable new pairs of longies finished, just need to lanolize and take pics. I’m working on a blanket so awesome that it will need its own post and on a pair of socks for me with yarn from an indie dyer swap I was in. This was super fun to do! I got

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from my swap partner TwoToast. I’m working on Leyburn Socks, a lattice pattern type job. They are very pretty so far, but this is definitely a after kid bedtime project. I’ve made a number of socks before, but none with this type of patterning. It’s definitely a more interesting knit than plain. We’ll see how I like them when they are done.

In other exciting Nachomama news, I have a new logo in the works and some yummy yummy yarn headed my way. There is a giant blob of worsted squishiness headed my way from Uraguay and a bit of superwash merino DK from South America coming as well. I’m enjoying experimenting with different yarns and figuring out what’s going to be part of our regular stock.

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Even more awesome customs

After the holidays, then the whole family being sick for weeks, I’m back in the dye lab. Here are the latest creations!

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This is on Blackberry Ridge. I got to be creative here, just “something boyish” and I LOVE the result! The darker blue reminds me of the Crayola color “midnight blue”, my childhood fave!

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Here is the other set, with one reskeined and one not to show the difference. These were hand painted with the colors of these pajamas as a model with long color repeats. Frankly, I think I nailed it and they look awesome!

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These lovelies will be going out, along with reformulated samples of the wool wash, tomorrow!

I’ll be trying a couple of new techniques, some new yarns and a few new dyes in the next few days. Pics coming soon!

Blues

Love this tonal blue on Gaia Bulky

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And another shot of my beloved rainbow with black. I think this guy will become an official colorway, just needs a name!

 

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Latest tester yarns

I am in LOVE with this scrappy set!

 

 

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Then, I don’t know if I talked about this pinky-coral with lime set. Pic with flash

 

 

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and wound up with no flash

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I also just finished a pair of socks with yarn dyed by my talented friend Chicken Knits

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This is the Fleegle’s sock pattern, which I really like.

It’s a family affair

Nachomama’s Knits really does involve my whole little family. My ┬ákids 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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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 ┬ámake 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.

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