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SpaceMonsters August 2018 Yarn in "The Celery Stalks at Midnight"

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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

  • The Celery Stalks at Midnight (the colourway in your parcel)
  • Still Juicy (a coordinating colourway)

One of my favourite effects in hand-dyed yarn is the spot where two colours meet on the skien.  It’s always a little different, a little unexpected, and it never ceases to intrigue me.

So I started dyeing this yarn with the specific idea of mixing swirls of colour and allowing them to flow into one another again and again, creating those beautiful join-points all over the skein.  Cool blues flow into shades of berry and wash across sunny yellows, creating aqua-greens and honey-browns, in hues that alter gently across the length of the yarn.  The overall effect was subdued and painterly, and looked almost right, but I thought something was missing…

At the last minute, I added that splash of magenta to a boiling-hot pot, knowing it would strike the yarn with its full intensity and give a wild pop of colour.  But would that be the right addition to this soft colourway?  My instinct told me yes but, when we lifted the skeins out of the dyepots, I wasn’t sure.  A yarn looks so different in the pot vs in the skein (vs twisted and vs caked, for that matter).  It was hard to know.

Then my assistant cast on a swatch and I knew.  The first hues fade into each other beautifully, forming the softest of colour flows as a background, and allowing the magenta to create the most wonderful highlights that lift the swatch to a whole new level! 

Now, as for the name, I struggled.  But both of my assistants immediately saw the same thing: a reference to a series of books they both love, about a vampire rabbit (“Bunnicula”) who drains the juice of vegetables in the garden, and insisted the yarn should be named The Celery Stalks at Midnight.  They were so both delighted with the idea (and I was so perplexed by it) that it just had to be.

Bonus Colourway! Still Juicy

For the coordinating colourway, I chose to explore one of the colour blends I liked most in the main skein.  So we took the juicy berry-purple and blended it directly with that sun-yellow.  Without the blue in the mixture, the purple stays true to its original hue and the yellow shifts into beautiful shades of spice colours: cinnamon, cloves, and turmeric.  So I guess Bunnicula hasn’t attacked this one yet – it’s Still Juicy.

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 your parcel. The listing will be marked as sold out at 12.01am (EST) on Sept 15 2018.
  • 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!