TwoNauttyAnother baby sweater is off the needles.  It’s a miniature of the first one which I named Nautty after my nephew, Nautas.   The two shown above are in size 18 mos and 3 mos. Both are knitted with backyard hand-painted yarns which makes them extra special to me and hopefully to the recipients (my brother and sister).

NauttyTwo1Missy’s Crafty Mess has kindly volunteered to test knit this new pattern and I’m planning on offering it up for sale on Ravelry in a few days.  It’s my first for-profit design and I’m interested to see how it goes.

There is another large (to me) shipment of bare worsted-weight yarn on its way to my house.  My daughter and I have been bitten by the hand-painting bug.  I’m pretty sure it’s a disease.  🙂  Since we cannot use the amount of yarn that we are painting but we don’t want to put a damper on our fun, we’ve opened up a tiny Etsy store.  There are only 7 hanks listed there currently, but there will be plenty more in the next week.  I’ve also ordered dye from a different company to see how it compares to the Greener Shades we’ve been using.  Let’s hope for some warmer weather here in Virginia since we do the majority of the dyeing on the back porch.allyarns

I’m not sure what’s up next on the needles.  Earlier this year I spent months knitting fingering-weight, color-stranded, adult-sized sweaters so I’m really enjoying these smaller, quicker knits.  Maybe I’ll knit some baby booties with the leftovers from the baby sweaters.  But it’s been a while since I’ve knit any colors-stranded projects.  Hmmm…

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