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SpaceMonsters June 2016 Yarn in "Dark Gems"

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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!


From the SpaceCadet's Log:

The thing that makes this colourway so exciting for me is that the inspiration started backwards.  When we received needle boxes, I immediately put a dark skein inside, just see how the SpaceMonster stood out against it.  He looked so good that we all felt this month’s yarn should follow suit and have dark tones as well   …but in what colours?  And then that evening, I had something of a revelation: as the sky grew darker, the world seemed to become more vibrant.  All the colours that had been overlit in the blazing summer sun -- bleached out and almost faded by the harsh light – began to cool down, their hues deepening and relaxing, like Dark Gems that had been somehow hidden by the bright daylight.  And the more the sun sank toward the horizon, the more the colours around me seemed to come back to life.  I knew immediately that this was the dark palette I wanted to dye.

Filled with inspiration, I began the colouway with a vibrant jewel-tone green as its base – the colour of twilight trees and grass and all the plants that are bursting forth right now.  To that I added a little pink -- deep and rich, leaning toward fuschia – and allowed that to blend into a rich, royal purple.  And then, to bring in the night-time that originally created my inspiration, we carefully layered on the black on the encroaching night, which gave a depth of shade that make the colourway come to life.  The result is a yarn that shows of the incredible gem-like colours that sparkle in the twilight.  


Bonus Colourway! Dark Gems Garnet

I so enjoyed dyeing Dark Gems, that I created a bonus colourway to coordinate with it for a larger project!  Pulling the beautiful deep pink shade out of the original colourway and adding the same layers of black creates a yarn that is stunning on its own and also works beautifully with the Dark Gems you received in your parcel.  Use it in as a single colour to create a larger project, or bring it in as an accent colour in your Dark Gems project -- either way, the result will be simply gorgeous!



The Yarn:

Vega is a worsted version of our incredibly popular cabled 8-ply Lyra. The result of this special plying technique is a yarn that is plump and round, with great stitch definition, extra durability and — best of all — super sproingy!

Fiber Content: 100% Superwash merino wool; cabled 8-ply
Weight: Worsted; Each skein is approximately 3.5oz/100g, and the yarn contains approximately 215 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 July 31 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 variegated colourway like 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.

Bonus! HipStrings Needle Case!

When Nik and Jill at HipStrings first showed me these awesome boxes, they were using them for spindle storage, but my mind went immediately to needle storage.  Circulars always seem to be everywhere in my house and here is a perfect place to stash them – gently wound and safely tucked away inside.  We worked together with HipStrings to come up with an adorable design for the lid – our happy SpaceMonster peeking around the corner with the starry sky swirling above his head.  And voila – you have a fabulous new place to store your circular needles!

 And you already know this but the yarn pictured inside the case is for demonstration only -- not included with purchase.


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!