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Yarn Alliance Colourways - January 2023

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Shop/Clubs, Kits, & KALs/Extra Skeins of Club Colourways

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 Colourways:

Three beautiful options

  • Beneath (the semi-solid colourway in your parcel)
  • Above (a graphic coordinating colourway)
  • Ablaze (a painterly coordinating colourway)
Pittsburgh is known as the City of Bridges, partly because it is also a city of rivers – three that convergence dramatically at the city center and create Pittsburgh’s famous Golden Triangle. There’s a spot further upriver that I often like to walk to, sitting on the riverbank beneath one of those awe-inspiring bridges and watching the water flow gently by as the setting sun lights the sky ablaze behind the distant skyscrapers.

But when I walked down to the river a few weeks ago, the setting was anything but gentle. The temperatures had been incredibly frigid and the great, wide river was nearly frozen over from one bank to other – a scene I’d never witnessed before. As I stood at the edge, the water visible beneath the ice flowed dark and sinister, in shades of cold green and shadowed greys. And I instinctively took a step back, just to feel the safety of the rocky shore beneath my boots.

To dye this colourway, we took inspiration from that cold river, and started by submerging the yarn into a dyebath of steely green. We let it soak the colour up slowly, before transferring it a fresh dyepot and pouring in a wash of diluted black that billowed through the water to create clouds of shadowy grey wherever it struck the yarn. The result is a gorgeously subtle semi-solid that captures the fearsome beauty of those deep waters flowing beneath the cold, cold ice.

For our coordinating colourways, we added a contrast inspired by the winter sunset spreading its rose-golden rays above in the frozen sky.  For the graphic skein, above, we dipped the yarn into the colours, being careful to keep them separate. And for the painterly colour, we twisted the skeins this way and that to allow the colours to flow across the yarn and blend into each other where they met… and leave a little white for the snow sitting on the ice.  The results are two colourways that will behave very differently in the stitches they create.

The Yarn:

Celeste is a smooth and light yarn that gives an incredibly generous 490yds per skein.

Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino; 3-ply
Weight: Fingering; Each skein is approximately 3.5oz/100g, and the yarn contains approximately 490 yards per 100g

Bonus! Temperature Charts!

If a temperature scarf is in your plans for this year’s projects, Maria at A Needle Runs Through It has made this temperature chart especially for us, to help you keep track of which colourways coordinate with the different temperature ranges through the year. Just tie a snippet of yarn through each hole and note the temperatures it indicates, and cast on your 2023 temperature project in confidence!

Gauge Measures: Normally priced at $10, these these custom zipper pulls are available to Yarn Alliance members at $6.99

(Yarn pictured not included)

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! Normally priced at $28.99, the colourway is available exclusively to the members of the Yarn Alliance for the special price of $26.
  • 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 (eastern) on 5 March 2023.
  • 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!