This colourway is exclusive to current members of the SpaceMonster Mega Yarn Club. If you're are not in the club, please do not order this yarn. But do feel free to order other colourways from the SpaceCadet shop!
One thing that is a source of pride for me is that, after years of near-daily practice, I’ve become really good at nailing the colour I want to dye. Whether it’s from an object I can look at or just a shade I imagine in my mind, if I slow down and think for a minute, I can reverse-engineer the colour pretty accurately, breaking it down into the primary colours and the proportions I need to mix to create that same hue on my yarn. Over the years, I’ve got to the point where I can usually nail any shade within one or two tries.
And then this month’s colourway stumped me. I knew what I wanted to dye, had it all planned out in my mind, and went to the dyepots filled with confidence. I grabbed just a few skeins for colour development, thinking I wouldn’t need many, and began to mix the dyes. But when I tested the skeins, the colour wasn’t right! I started fresh and tried again. And again the colour wasn’t right. Huh! I grabbed a few more skeins… and a few more… and a few more… No matter what I tried, I just wasn’t hitting the colourway I was imagining in my mind, and now I was kind of going dyer-blind, where I had tried too many combinations and was starting to overthink things.
So I decided to walk away from the dyepots and take a rest – I could try again in the morning. But before I cleared everything away, I tried one last thing… something very simple to give myself a starting point for the morning. I mixed up a very low concentration of purple dye and submerged a handful of skeins, allowing them to fully soak up the solution. And I mixed a little bit of warm red and poured that over part of the skeins in the dyepot. I thought I’d let the yarn steep in the colour until morning, and add more colour in the morning. Then I turned out the lights and went home.
The next day, my assistant got to the studio before me and, as I walked in, she exclaimed, “This colour for the SpaceMonsters is great!” She was holding a wet skein twisted up in her hands, and she was dead right. The purple and red looked lovely and dusty and, where they had blended, they formed a rich brown that contrasted so naturally with the bits of undyed yarn, that I fell in love on the spot! No further colour would have added anything to the colourway.
So for all my careful planning and meticulous development, it wasn’t until I deserted all that rigid thinking that this renegade colourway could reveal itself. Sometimes the dyepots give me a lesson in humility. But when the lesson is this beautiful, I don’t really mind!
Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino; 1-ply
Weight: Worsted; Each skein is approximately 3.5oz/100g, and the yarn contains approximately 195 yards per 100g
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