SpaceCadet Inc

Dark Above and Below (Yarn Alliance July 2021)

Sold out.

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 Colourway:

Two beautiful options

  • Dark Above and Below (the colourway in your parcel)
  • Into the Light (a coordinating colourway)

A few years ago, on a family trip to the seaside, I had the strangest experience.  One evening, long after the sun had gone down, I went out to the beach alone.  I sat tucked into the edge of the dunes, hidden amongst tall grasses just where the sand began to flatten into the beach, and wrapped my arms around my knees and gazed out at the dark water and the dark sky.  The stars sparkled against the inky blackness and the quarter-moon cast just enough light to illuminate the tips of the waves before they crashed down onto the shore.

And I was suddenly struck by the by the way the horizon was lost to the darkness of both sea and sky as they blended into one another.  The water looked as deep as the heavens were high, as though you might step into the water like stepping off a shelf and drop instantly to the darkest depths below.  And suddenly the serene scene before me felt anything but.

Try as I might, I couldn’t shake this strangely unsettling sensation.  That darkness above and darkness below had disquieted a part of my imagination that it would not let go.  So I focused instead on my toes pushed reassuringly into the still-warm sand of the dunes, and listened to the grasses around me sway gently in the wind.  And then I took a deep breath and walked back to the house, where welcoming friends – and comforting light – awaited me.

To dye this beautiful skein, we first mixed three shades of sea-blues: one clear and bright, one tinged a slightly green, and one deep and inky.  Then we passed the skeins through the lighter colours first, allowing the bright blue and greenish blue to spread along the skein, softening in intensity as they did.  The we used a special resist-dyeing technique to layer over that rich, inky blue and let it soak in deep into the fibers.

Look for the merino choke-tie to see just how dark that last blue truly is. And then marvel along with me at the way bamboo-rich Maia reinterprets that very same hue into the soft sheen of moonlit water.

The Coordinating Colourway

For the coordinating colourway, Into The Light, we employed those same three blues and, this time, allowed the lovely and light natural colour of the yarn to shine through.  And in doing so, the whole tone of the skein changes!  Now the blues look soft and gentle, so summery and welcoming.

The Yarn:

Maia (my-a) is simply a stunning yarn, named after the fourth brightest star in the Pleiades. Spun with bamboo for incredible sheen and beautiful drape, Maia's soft colours and "iced" appearance make it the perfect yarn for your most elegant and eye-catching.

Fiber Content: 80% Bamboo, 20% Superwash Merino; 4-ply
Weight: Fingering;  Each skein is approximately 3.5oz/100g, and the yarn contains approximately 400 yards per 100g

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 $29.99, this yarn is available exclusively to the members of the Yarn Alliance for the special price of $26.99.
  • 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 12.01am (EST) on 7 Sept 2021.
  • 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.

Bonus! Grab an Yarn Alliance Tassel Maker too!

Maia has an amazing drape and smooth sheen that looks fabulous in tassels, so it seemed natural to ask our friends at Katrinkles to create a custom tassel maker just for our Yarn Alliance members.  Whether yours takes the place of a pom-pom on a hat or embellishes the corners of a summer shawl, creating tassels with this adorable tool is sure to add a little extra fun to your next project! Normally priced at $7.50, they're available to club members for just $4.99. 

 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!