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!
Two beautiful options
Ever since I first started dyeing, I’ve been struck by how differently the people interpret the same colourways. One person looks at a blue-grey yarn and sees the waves upon ocean, while another sees a gloomy rainy day. A purple-green yarn might look like an African violet to one person while someone else sees a scarab beetle. And what I think looks so obviously like a roaring fire on a winter’s eve appears as a glorious summer sunset to someone else. Colour is a highly personal thing, and the last seven years of working with colour and using colour and talking with folks about colour, it has never ceased to amaze me how differently we all interpret it.
For this yarn, I found myself in front of the dyepots with no specific inspiration other than I that I wanted to start with something really intense. Because this month’s yarn, Maia, is mostly bamboo and takes colour so softly that I knew even the most powerful colourway would emerge from the dyepot mellow and chill. I began by mixing some super hot reds and oranges on one end of the skein and then, submerging the other in luscious coo summer greens, I watched these two opposite flow into one another, swirling and colliding in the dyebath until they created new hues I never expected. And when I pulled them out of the water, I discovered delightful shades of mint greens, soft rose-pinks, gentle taupes, and faded wheat, each skeins taking on the colour in its own unique way.
(Want to see what I mean about how Maia takes colour? Look at the choke ties on your skein: they’re made of 100% merino and went in the same water -- that’s the real colour of the dyebath!)
For the coordinating colourway, I started with that same summer green and then splashed it with cool blues and greys. And when my assistant saw them, she held the two colourways together and announced, “Ah! They’re a mirage and an oasis!” I hadn’t been thinking of that at all when I dyed them, but, to her, the interpretation was so clear. And she’s right, they are the colours of that strange mirage you see shimmering on the horizon on a hot day, and the cool oasis we always hope it might be.
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
Exclusively for the members of the Yarn Alliance and featuring the SpaceCadet in his adorable flying saucer zooming around the stars, these handmade stitchmarkers will add style to any project! Normally priced at $19, they're available to club members for just $16.
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!