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Three beautiful options
Here in Pittsburgh, there is a change in the air. Summer is drawing to a close, the air is growing crisper, and the leaves are beginning to turn. And when that change turns into full blown Autumn, it creates no end of inspiration!
But as we stand at the dyepots coming up with ideas, we decided to sidestep the more usual autumn hues and go for something a little different. Golds and oranges are a natural starting point, but purple? Well, pure purple adds both a touch of the unexpected and, even more fun, when it mixes with warmer hues, it creates a delightfully muted khaki that, while not so stereotypically autumnal, feels perfectly right for the season nonetheless.
We started by mixing a very warm gold. When working with yellow-based hues, it takes only the slightest change to the dye mix to radically change the result, so we were debating over drops – literally drops – of extra red or black. Eventually we settled on the right blend of gold and orange, and submerged part of the skein into it, leaving the end of yarn undyed and natural.
Then we mixed a rich, moody purple and plunged the skeins into it, letting it soak up until it just kissed the gold-orange. And where it did, it created hints of that muted khaki that I mentioned earlier. And then, just for added depth of shade, we created a deep charcoal, and layered that over the purple, letting it billow in the dyewater and cast a lovely shadow across part of the skein.
The result is a bold colourway that is both fun and bright in some places, and moody and muted in others, with little surprises (like that khaki) along the way to delight you as they move across your stitches.
And for the coordinating colourways, we used the same hues in completely different dyeing techniques. In our painterly skein, the dyes saturate the whole skein to give a more intense feel to the colours, and flow over one another freely, creating washes of khaki throughout. And in our semi-solid, we dyed the whole skein in the gold-orange before layering over that deep charcoal for a beautiful glazed effect. Use either (or both!) of them in stripes, as accents, or in colour blocking. Or just for a stunning project all on their own.
Fiber Content: 70% Superwash Merino, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 4-ply
Weight: Fingering; Each skein is approximately 3.5oz/100g, and the yarn contains approximately 350 yards per 100g
With autumn yarn show season upon us, I thought it might be fun to have a new project bag to take your WIP with you (or to fill with all the new skeins you’ll be adding to your stash!). I love that this one has both handles and backpack-style drawstrings. And of course, our happy SpaceCadet is along to keep you company.
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!