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Varsity (Yarn Alliance Exclusive, Sept 2021)

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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 Colourways:

Two beautiful options

  • Varsity (the colourway in your parcel)
  • Old School (a coordinating colourway)
This time of year, I find myself gathering notebooks and sharpened pencils, lining them up on my desk as if preparing for a new teacher to arrive.  I arrange a big piles of books on the side table next to my armchair, ready for me to curl up with, tea in hand.  I’m drawn to the classic look of old varsity jackets with their faded school colours, neatly tailored skirts, and loafers.  There is just something about the way the shadows are a bit longer at this time of year and the way the leaves skitter across the road that always makes me feel like it’s time to go back to school.  

Honestly, I don’t think I’m alone in this.  Everyone I know seems to feel that same, strange little tug.  So we decided to use that as the inspiration for our scholarly themed colourway, Varsity.

We began by mixing a beautiful mid-grey and let the skeins soak up the colour part way along their lengths.  Then we created a classically collegiate red and layered it onto the other end of the skein, letting it blend into different shades as the two colours met.  And finally, we applied a streak of softened navy – almost like a shadow – to add a little depth to the grey and create interest as you work the skein.
For the coordinating colourway, Old School, we played with that same gorgeous mid-grey and that lovely soft navy to create another classic combination.  Perhaps it’s a rival school’s colours, ready for the homecoming game.  Either way, it’s a beautiful pairing that will work for a project on its own, or tie into the main colourway for a larger project

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 11:59pm (EST) on Nov 08 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! Extra Button Sets!

And just in case the collegiate project you’re inspired to cast on is a nice, comfy cardi (for keeping warm during your late-night study sessions!), I went to the lovely Maria at A Needle Runs Through It for these utterly delightful SpaceCadet buttons.  I love the way the design on each one is individual and yet the whole adorable set goes together.  And I can’t wait to see how you use yours!

Normally priced at $8.99, they're available to club members for only $6.99!

 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!