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Burst (Yarn Alliance Exclusive Colourway, May 2017)

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This colourway is exclusive to current members of the InterStellar Yarn Alliance. If you're not currently in the club, please do not order this yarn. But do feel free to order other colourways from the SpaceCadet shop or join the Club mailing list to be the first to know when it re-opens for subscriptions!


The Colourway:

Two beautiful options

  • Burst (the colourway in your parcel)
  • Flourish (a bright coordinating colourway)

The thing about Spring is that it comes out of nowhere.  The world is all snow and slush and cold… and then we get two days of surprise warmth and everything bursts into colour.  This year was exactly like that and the juxtaposition of the sudden appearance of the riot of amazing spring blooms against the last of winter’s snow was in my mind as I stood in front of the dyepots dreaming up the Yarn Alliance’s May colourway.

I started by mixing the colours I saw in the flowers popping up everywhere: deep magenta, a little fuchsia, soft pinks…  and letting them soak up gently into the yarn.  I love the way the colour changes as the dye is absorbed into the wool – such a wonderful process to watch.  To contrast these bright shades, I created a gentle grey and drizzled it across the white of the skein – here is the cold and slush still holding on where it can.  And then, I added in a splash of zingy spring yellows, allowing it mix with the pinks to form vibrant oranges, beautiful rusts, and amazing pops of gold.

By letting the dye soak in where-ever it naturally flowed, each yarn took on the colour in its own way, creating a unique collage that will knit or crochet into a watercolour palette.  Swatch a few different stitch patterns to see how the colours in your individual yarn like best.  And then cast on and bloom into Spring!

Inspired by the season’s flourishing blooms, I pulled out two shades from Burst and let them run across one another in the dyepot to create a colourway that flows beautifully back and forth between them.  Use Flourish to create a larger project, combined with Burst or on its own – splendid either way! 

For our gift, Melissa Jean (of has created a fabulous pair of oversized buttons for us, featuring our adorable SpaceCadet zooming through the galaxy in his flying saucer.  Handmade in porcelain, they are the perfect accessory for any handknit or crocheted project!

The Yarn:

Ester is smooth and sturdy, the perfect hard-working yarn.

Fiber Content: 80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon; 3-ply
Weight: Fingering;  Each skein is approximately 3.5oz/100g, and the yarn contains approximately 365 yards per 100g

Bonus! Extra Buttons available too!

Handmade exclusively for the members of the Yarn Alliance by Melissa Jean and featuring the SpaceCadet in his fabulous flying saucer, these sweet buttons are the perfect finish for any project.  Normally priced at $6, they are just $4.95 each.

Ordering Details:

  • Order as many skeins as you like, and we will get them in the dyepots for you! Because this is a custom process, please allow up to 4-6 weeks for your order to be ready.
  • Yarn Alliance Members' Price!  Ester is normally priced at $26, this yarn is available exclusively to the members of the Yarn Alliance for the special price of $23.40. 
  • This yarn will be remain available to order for a full month from the time you receive this email. The listing will be marked as sold out at 11.59pm (EST) on June 12, 2016.
  • A very important note: As you all know, different dyelots rarely match perfectly, especially in hand-dyed yarns. Although we will do everything in our power to replicate the yarns from first dyelot, the yarn you receive may not match perfectly. Do bear this in mind if an exact match is important to you. To minimise any visible impact when using hand-dyed yarns, we always recommend alternating skeins every couple of rows in your project.

 At SpaceCadet®, we passionately believe that knitting and crocheting make people happier deep down inside and that nothing does that more than working with gorgeous, vibrant yarn. For us, dyeing is a cosmic adventure -- a wonderful process of mixing each shade by hand from primaries and seeing where the colour takes us. The result is yarn that is as exciting for you as it is for us. Come with us and explore the farthest reaches of SpaceCadet® colour!