SpaceMonsters August 2016 Yarn in "Chaos Theory"

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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!

The Colourway:

Two beautiful options

  • Chaos Theory (the colourway in your parcel) -- tans, rusts, and pinks
  • Butterfly Wings (a coordinating colourway) -- cinnamons and purples

Hand-dyeing can be a wonderfully expressive art or…  downright frustrating.  There are so many elements that affect the way a yarn takes dye – from the stuff you’d expect, like the temperature of the water and the amount of acid in the dyebath, to things you might never think of, such as the temperature outside and the level of humidity in the air.  Even the amount of rain or snowmelt can change our water’s consistency enough to have an effect on the final colour of our yarn.  Hand-dyeing yarn is both an art and a science but, with so many variables creating unpredictable results, sometimes I joke that it feels like it has a good measure of chaos thrown in as well!

I went into the studio with an idea for how I wanted this yarn to come out.  I was looking for late summer/early autumn shades of dusty rose and cinnamon browns, accented with splashes of purple.  And that is exactly what I dyed – first doing the developmental colourways and liking the results, I applied colour in a few batches and then set the yarn over the course of a couple days.  And as it was going into the dyepots, it looked perfect – exactly what I hoped for.

But while I was doing this, the weather was going crazy.  We’ve had a heat wave here, with days of drizzling rain or so much moisture that you can see it hanging in the air, and others where the storms blow through and make the temperature and humidity fall suddenly through the floor.   …And all those changes did amazing things to this colourway.

When we pulled the yarns out the dyepots, the different batches came out very differently, depending on the weather while they were being set.  In some batches, the cinnamon had stayed rich and warm and in others it was much paler.  The pinks ranged from soft to dusty to rose-petal.  But the most amazing thing is what the purple did – in some batches, the high humidity had lifted the colour up into the air before redepositing on the yarn, allowing its component colours to break out and form blue and green patches.  Beautiful, but so different from what I had in mind.

The overall effect is still what I was aiming for – those lovely dusky-warm shades of late summer and early autumn – but the details make it all the more interesting.  The perfect name came to us in a flash: Chaos Theory.  And through the results may have been a surprise, as we twisted and tagged each skein, we realised that every one truly is unique, and will knit or crochet up in its own fascinating and special way – the very essence of what hand-dyed is all about.

Bonus Colourway! Butterfly Wings

We created a companion colourway designed to coordinate with and play off of all the amazing colours in Chaos Theory!  Pulling the true cinnamon shade from the original colourway and blending it into a deep, rich purple creates a yarn that is beautiful on its own and also coordinates with the Chaos Theory you received in your parcel.  What else could we call it but…  Butterfly Wings?!?  Use it in as a single colour to create a larger project, or bring it in as an accent colour in your Chaos Theory project -- either way, the result will be fabulous!

The Yarn:

Cressida is a lofty and smooth yarn that's perfect for larger gauge projects.

Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino; 4-ply
Weight: Worsted; Each skein is approximately 3.5oz/100g, and the yarn contains approximately 230 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.
  • 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 Sept 21, 2016.
  • An important note about skein matchingAs you all know, different dyelots rarely match perfectly, especially in hand-dyed yarns, and even more especially in a colourway as  variegated as this one. 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. To minimise any visible impact when using hand-dyed yarns, we always recommend alternating skeins every couple of rows in your project.

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!