Ribbon Rock (Yarn Alliance Exclusive Colourway, March 2016)

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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:

A few weeks ago, I was looking at the website of an artisan jewellery maker when I came across a piece that brought up a flood of memories. Back when I was in university, a boyfriend and I went on a month-long camping trip across the US, taking in some of the most spectacular scenery the country has to offer. I remember going to a small town somewhere in the Rockies and finding a shop selling necklaces made from “ribbon rock” – slices of the local red rock that was shot through by veins of turquoise. The combination of the clear bright blue against the deep rust of the surrounding stone was stunning. If I’d only had the money, I’d have bought every single piece, but I was a student and jewellery is hardly practical on a camping trip so, sadly, I walked away. But I never forgot how much that Ribbon Rock called out to me.

For this colourway, I took my inspiration directly from those memories. The yarn was dyed first with turquoise in such a way as to mimic the changing shades within the rock itself. Then I overlaid the rust and russets, pinching and twisting the yarn in places to allow the dye to penetrate at different levels. In some places, the rust is more intense and, in others, more subdued. But always those veins of turquoise emerge to offset it and create the beautiful contrast that I remember so well.


The Yarn:

Aurora is simply delicious!  With 20% cashmere, it's amazingly luxurious, and a touch of nylon gives it extra strength.

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

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 $36, this yarn is available exclusively to the members of the Yarn Alliance for the special price of $32. 
  • This yarn will be remain available to order for a full month. The listing will be marked as sold out at 11.59pm (EST) on April 14, 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.


Extra Beaded Waves Kits!

With only 10 yards of yarn, 3 different colors beads and an hour of your time you can make this cuff! Beaded Waves Cuff plays with elongating stitches on one row, and then placing beads on them on the next row.  The kit includes generous amounts of beads to allow for fun color play without the risk of running out. The pattern is sized and contains video tutorials to help with the tricksy bits!  Each kit is priced at $17.

 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!