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Opinionated Cardinal (Yarn Alliance Exclusive Colourway, Nov 2019)

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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:

Two beautiful options

  • Opinionated Cardinal (the colourway in your parcel)
  • Woodsman (a coordinating colourway)

The first snowfall came as something of a shock to me this year – far earlier than I expected and startlingly bright in the fresh morning sunshine.  It wasn’t a particularly deep snowfall, barely covering the remnants of autumn’s last leaves (and, if I’m honest, it was more shadow than white) but, as I curled up on the couch with a cup of tea to contemplate the arrival of winter, a bright red cardinal landed in a nearby tree and noisily expressed his thoughts on this abrupt change.  It was such a stark image – his beautiful red and black plumage against the fresh white snow and deep grey shadows – that I knew we simply had to capture it in a colourway.

We started, of course, with bare skeins (which are never quite white enough to really reflect the colour of snow but sheep-colour is such a lovely alternative) and gently layered on a soft grey, twisting the skeins as we added more dye to gradually build up the colour until it captured the dark of the tree branches against the snow.  Then a slow immersion into a beautiful and bright cardinal red, flecked with deep black, that we allowed to soak for a long time to give a real richness to the colour.  And then we brought the dyepots up to temperature very slowly to let the colours break out a little and give us just a hint those last autumn leaves.

The result is a yarn that beautifully reflects the stark colours of winter, softened where the colours meet, and brightened by the cheery plumage of that very Opinionated Cardinal!

The Yarn:

Oriana is an sock twist fingering yarn with 8 plies that give extra strength and durability.

Fiber Content: 90% Superwash Merino, 10% Nylon; 8-ply
Weight: Fingering;  Each skein is approximately 3.5oz/100g, and the yarn contains approximately 420 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 Dec 29, 2019.
  • 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 extra Notions Tin too!

If you were a club member last season, you’ll remember the beautiful stitchmarkers that Michelle at Books and Beads made for us.  Well, when she sent my set, she packaged them in a sweet little tin that she’d customised with the SpaceCadet and I absolutely knew I had to get her to make one for each of our club members too!  So here it is, a lovely little spot to safely keep your stitchmarkers or other notions, with the happy SpaceCadet in his flying saucer zipping across the front. 

Normally priced at $6.50, these tins are available to club members for $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!