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Circulation (Yarn Alliance Exclusive Colourway, Jan2020)

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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 -- we won't be able to deliver your order. 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

  • Circulation (the colourway in your parcel)
  • Heartbeats (the coordinating colourway)
One of effects I love most when we’re dyeing yarn is getting several bold, competing colours to flow into and around one another in the same skein, without losing what makes each of them special.  Sometimes that’s an incredibly tricky thing to do – it’s the nature of dyeing that the colour can flow freely around in the water and, in an instant (really, a instant!), all the lovely individual colours suddenly combine and become a single mixed hue.  
Now, it may be a beautiful hue but, if our hope was to convince the original colours to hold their own and play off each other instead, it can be heart-breaking.  We layer on the first colour and it looks amazing, and then there’s a moment of truth when we lower the skeins into second colour…  will they come out the way we want them to?  Everything has to be just right: the temperature of the water, the concentration of the dye, and even the way we flick the skeins as they go into the dye (yes, seriously!).  All that preparation and planning…  and still, I’m holding my breath every time we do it!

But when it comes out right, when the colours blend in the places where we want them to blend and stay strong and individual in the places where we don’t, the effect is stunning.  For this colourway, we wanted a gorgeous cool blue set against rich reds.  We knew they’d merge into a beautiful deep purple in spots but the focus would be those pops of pure colour to create a wonderful heathered effect in your knitting or crochet.  So we started with the blue first, layering it on carefully across the skein but changing the intensity as we did.  Then we worked in two reds, twisting and untwisting the skeins so the dye hit enough… but not too much.  The result is a colourway with hues that circulate between both hot and cool, both clear and moody, and look absolutely beautiful.

For the coordinating colourway, we pared the recipe down a little, to create new tension between the dye, the temperature, and the yarn.  At this lower concentration, the dye did amazing things: blending more gently and breaking out into pools of colour.  The result is a complimentary colourway that with added depth and interest to a larger project, to work as a contrast, as stripes, or in colour blocks.

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 Wrist Straps available too!

A few years ago, I got a handy little wrist strap from Allena at StarKnits and instantly realised just how useful it was.  When I next ran into her, I picked up a few more -- and found myself using them to carry practically everything!  So of course, I asked her if she’d make some custom wrist straps for you too, this time with the SpaceCadet in his little flying saucer.  Use it to make your keys easy to find in your handbag, or to attach it to the zipper of a project bag so it hangs easily from your wrist.  So handy -- and so cute!

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 $26.99, this yarn is available exclusively to the members of the Yarn Alliance for the special price of $24. 
  • 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 March 8 2020.
  • 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!