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!
Two beautiful options
Even though I work with them all the time, sometimes the colours I most want to work with simpy refuse to cooperate. For some time now, I’ve been itching to dye a complex, multitoned red for the SpaceMonsters but, every time I began, it all seemed to go wrong. Maybe the red would be too pink, or the other hues got lost, the colour wasn’t as intense as I’d hoped, or – most frustrating of all – I’d devise a brand-new recipe, completely different to anything I’d dyed before, only to find the result somehow seemed to circle back and mimic some colourway from the past (how does that happen?!?). Again and again, I pulled out the red and magenta dyes and tried. And again and again, they refused to cooperate.
But this is the last colourway of the current season the SpaceMonsters and this time I was determined to dye a truly beautiful red. To ensure it came out as richly as I hoped, I added layer after layer of colour, letting them soak in slowly and changing the colour temperature slightly each time to encourage depth of shade. As they settled it the fibers, I blended in a streak of gold and then, while the dyepots came up to temperature, I poured over a glaze of deep purple and another of rich brown. Bubbles rose slowly in the dyewater as I carefully inspected the yarn. It looked exactly as I hoped it would. Turning off the heat, I asked my assistant to rinse the skeins once they’d cooled and hang them to dry.
The next morning, I came into the studio to check the yarn and couldn’t believe my eyes. The Red Curse had beaten me again! The colour was… well, it was just wrong. Taking a deep breath, I went over to the dyeing table began mixing colours again. That dastardly red wasn’t going to get the better of me this time. And as I lowered each skein into the fresh dye – adding what must now be the fifth or sixth or seventh layer of colour – I could see that it was working. This time, the colour would be right! I bought the dyepots up to temperature and, again, asked my assistant to rinse and spin them when they were cool.That second dyeing session did the trick. The next day, the yarn looked exactly as I had hoped (the first time!): rich, deep, multihued, and complex. And as I twisted the skeins up and stacked them into a pile of gorgeous, squishy redness, I knew that, through sheer determination, I’d beaten the Red Curse at last.
For the coordinating colour, I created exactly the same dye mixtures except for the red and found that, with that simple omission, the yellow and soft brown and purple create a completely different but equally intriguing colour story. On its own, it’s all softness and subtleness. Combined with the main colour, it makes them both pop beautifully.
I went to our friends at Purl & Loop for a fun little gift I’ve had my eye on for some time. With the SpaceMonster there to cheer you on, their bracelet loom makes lovely little cuffs and quick bracelets and is a great way to play with colour or use up the last yarn left over from a project. With full instructions and all your fastenings included, you’re all ready to get started! Regularly $39, it's available to club members for $29 -- perfect for you or a gift for a friend!
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
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!