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Yarn Alliance Exclusive Colourway, November 2022

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This colourway is exclusive to current members of the InterStellar Yarn Alliance. If you're not currently in the club, please do not order this yarn. But do feel free to order other colourways from the SpaceCadet shop or join the Club mailing list to be the first to know when it re-opens for subscriptions!


The Colourway:

Three beautiful options

  • Burnish (the semi-solid colourway in your parcel)
  • Tarnish (a graphically variegated coordinating colourway)
  • Polish (a painterly variegated coordinating colourway)

Sometimes inspiration comes from the opposite direction. The concept for Burnish came into being on a cold and rainy day, with an insistent wind and a sky that hung deep grey.  But as Jade and I went over colour possibilities, what we kept coming back to were the warmest textures of the season: the crunch of autumn leaves, the craggy brown bark of the trees, the crackle of flames, warm winter spices, and the burnished patina of bright coper kettles. It was the last one that really caught our imaginations, the way warm metals will bloom with unlikely combinations of greens, yellows, browns, and sometimes even purples. 

We began exploring it by mixing up warm, spicey hues.  As you know, we dye entirely from primary colours and so we had to be very careful because just the slightest change to the mixture had a big effect. We submerged the skeins in the first dyebath and, after they’d soaked in the colour, poured over the second wash and then the third, allowing them to layer over one another.

And then, once the dyepots began to really heat up, we added just a soft streak of green – no more than hint, so as to keep the colourway semi-solid.

But for the two coordinating colourways, we aimed for a much bolder texture. Tarnish is a more graphic variegated based on those same coppery hues but with a much starker patina of deep greens and bright streak of purple. And for Polish, we changed everything: softening all the hues and submerging the yarn into the green first, before layering the warmer hues over top. Use them for their own project or combined with the original colourway.

The Yarn:

Aurora is simply delicious!  With 20% cashmere, it's amazingly luxurious, and a touch of nylon gives it extra strength.

Fiber Content: 70% Superwash Merino, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 4-ply
Weight: Fingering; Each skein is approximately 3.5oz/100g, and the yarn contains approximately 350 yards per 100g

Bonus! Extra Candles!

When the nights really began to draw in a few weeks ago, I found myself lighting a small candle on the table next to my chair as I knit. I don’t know why, but having that candle keeping me company makes my knitting time feel more luxurious, more like “me time”. So I thought you might like to have a candle of your own too! With the delicious scent of holiday cookies and, of course, our happy SpaceCadet whizzing by in his flying saucer, I hope it will make your time with your new yarn even more special!

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.
  • Yarn Alliance Members' Price!  Aurora is normally priced at $36.99, this colourway is available exclusively to the members of the Yarn Alliance for the special price of $33. 
  • This yarn will be remain available to order for a full month. The listing will be marked as sold out at 11.59pm (EST) on January 8 2023.
  • A very important note: As you all know, different dyelots rarely match perfectly, especially in hand-dyed yarns. 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.

 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!