Grounded (Yarn Alliance Exclusive Colourway, Jan 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:

Three beautiful options

  • Grounded (the colourway in your parcel) -- a beautiful mix of the colours of coffee, hot chocolate, green tea, and gold tea
  • Percolate 1 (a bright coordinating colourway) -- the colour of the coffee cherry interpreted in bright fushcia, pinks, and tawny greens
  • Percolate 2 (a muted coordinating colourway) -- the colour of the coffee cherry interpreted in deep purples, maroons, and tawny greens

I usually write these notes with the information about the yarn up at the top and the details about the gift at the bottom, but this time is different.  It has to be, because for this yarn, the gift is the inspiration.  So let’s start at the beginning…

I have been a fan of Melissa Jean’s buttons for years (have you seen them?  Handmade of porcelain, they are sweet and detailed and the perfect accompaniment to any handknit.  So I asked her to design a special Yarn Alliance button for us …but she came back with an intriguing proposition: she suggested she create for us a special scoop for tea, coffee, and hot chocolate.

With winter setting in, I am almost never without a cup of tea in my hands (to keep my fingers warm and my mind settled) and so it sounded absolutely perfect.  And then, as I sat with (yet another) cup of tea contemplating a colourway to dye, the answered seemed obvious.  Grounded sprang into my mind immediately.

When you look at your skein, you are seeing all the colours of warm winter drinks: the rich deep browns of coffee or hot chocolate, ranging from the deepest shades where its most intense to the lovely softer colours after the cream has been added.  And that fades out at either end into the colours of my two favourite types of tea: the sublime shades of green teas and the crisp brightness of those teas that turn  golden in the cup.

To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure how those three elements would work together but, as soon as I pulled it out of the dyepot, I knew it was the right choice.  I love how the colours both blend and bounce off one another, and I know they are going to look spectacular together in your project, whether you use them in knit or crochet.

Now, for the coordinating colour…  this is interesting.  You know how you see images of the fruit of the coffee bean plant and it’s a surprising dusky pinkish-red?  It’s actually called a cherry (and the bean is actually a seed, not a bean, but I digress…) and I thought I’d explore that for the coordinating colour.  I couldn’t decide whether to go for a brighter colourway or a darker version, so I mixed two dyebaths and started playing.  And once I pulled them out…  I still couldn’t decide!  When I showed them to my assistant, she suggested we go with both.  And so that’s what we did.  You’ll see in the options both Percolate 1 and Percolate 2 (the tags had already been printed back when I thought there would be only one colourway).  Both of them capture the complex colours of the coffee cherry  …and both coordinate beautifully with Grounded.  I wish you more luck in choosing than I had!

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 Scoops 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 scoops are perfect for measuring out your tea, coffee, or hot chocolate.  Each scoop is just $12.

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 February 26, 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!