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We dye a lot of yarn for a lot of people: for the LYSs who carry SpaceCadet, for the customers who wander into our online shop, and for our club members. And here’s the thing…

The folks we like dyeing for the most — no, wait, I mean the folks we really love dyeing for the most — are our club members.

Standing at the dye pots in the studio and exploring colour is just so much more exciting when we’re creating new colourways for our Yarn Alliance members. And that’s because our club members are the kind knitters and crocheters that I love most: yarn adventurers who embrace exactly these kinds of colour explorations.

They get us… and we get them!

And there’s no one who lives up to the title of “Yarn Adventurer” quite like the folks in the Yarn Alliance because, as when you become a member, you’re on a journey with us to explore colour. Yes, it’s true that you never quite know what’s going to be in your parcel and that is all part of the fun — every colourway is a surprise, a chance to stretch your imagination and challenge your creativity.

And every colourway is a direct connection between us as dyers and you as a maker — unique and new and created only for you as an adventurer with us in the Yarn Alliance.

We’d love to have you join us! But we don’t have long — the next parcel is due to go out very soon — so if you’re ready to embark on this adventure, you’ll need to act quickly. Get on the mailing list now so we can send you the link as soon as the club goes live!

Shooting these photos in the graffiti’d underbelly of one of Pittsburgh’s many bridges, a middle-aged guy in dirty shoes and three-day old stubble walks past us.

He takes one look at our model, overdressed amongst the broken bottles and remnants of late-night meetups, and we brace ourselves as he opens his mouth and yells…

(wait for it…)

“THAT’S A REALLY NICE WRAP!”

Well. That’s not what we were expecting him to say…

But honestly, he’s right. Because this pattern is so eye-catching that, despite all our cynical expectations, it completely deflected his attention — so that the shawl received his unsolicited comments instead of our model.

And so we yelled back, “Thanks!” as we continued on with the photoshoot, and the sun shone through the old bridge’s ironwork, and a gentle breeze blew all the tension away.

The Deflection Wrap uses a chevron structure and textured stitches to show off the incredible ombre and gradient colour flow of a full year of bundles from the SpaceCadet Mini-Skein Club. And for one week only, you can get the pattern at an awesome 25% off!

I know that the “right” way to run an indie dye company like SpaceCadet is to create repeatable colourways and dye them over an over. And we have a lot of really beautiful repeatable colourways.

But if I’m honest, the thing that gets us really excited is a lot more playful than that! What we love most is layering colour on colour to create wonderfully complex one-of-a-kind skeins.

And when the heat and humidity are hitting their highs, all we want is deep, rich, saturated colour on cool, cool linen and silk. So that’s what we’ve dyed, in our Summer 2022 Thebe One-of-a-Kinds, a collection of yarns that are utterly breathtaking.

Each skein is completely one of a kind and cannot be repeated, and it’s a rare treat to see these in the shop. They are first come, first serve, and once they’re gone, they are gone. An important note: the yarn in your cart is actually yours only once you’ve completed check out, so you’ll need to be fast.

Yarn details
Thebe (thee-bee) is named for the fourth moon of Jupiter. Combining silk and linen into a heavy laceweight that gets softer and more lovely with age, Thebe has a swing and drape that is just wonderful.
Fiber content: 65% silk, 35% linen; 2-ply
Weight: Heavy lace; Each skein is approximately 3.5oz/100g, and the yarn contains approximately 665 yards per 100g

There is nothing in the whole world like a skein of delightfully thick yarn to make you want to dive right in! Bulkier yarns beg you to pick them up, smoosh them, snorgle them and squish them tight. And when you cast on, they always work up so fast!

And the SpaceMonster Mega Yarn Club is all about going Big. The yarns are thick and squishy, the exclusive colours are downright galactic and even the gifts are mega awesome. The club is opening to new members next week and, if you get on the mailing list now, you’ll get early access to grab your spot!

As a member of the SpaceMonsters Mega Club, you receive:

• A fantastic parcel delivered to your door every other month, containing a beautiful skein of SpaceCadet yarn in worsted or bulky weight, hand dyed in an exclusive colourway created to bring out the best in thicker yarns
• The SpaceCadet’s Log exploring the inspiration for each colourway
• A fantastic SpaceMonsters gift tucked into every third parcel. We’re known for the great gifts we include in our club parcels — and for this club, we’re seriously upping the fab. You’re going love it!

In this club, you can also buy extra skeins! For a whole month after you receive your parcel, you’ll have an exclusive opportunity to order more skeins custom dyed in the latest club colourway. You’ll receive an email with all the details about a week after your parcel goes out — and then all you have to do is pick your project!

Plus Get Coordinating Colourways!

Colours this gorgeous deserve companions, don’t you think? So each month, you have the opportunity to get additional colourways that we design to coordinate beautifully with the first, so you can create an even more amazing project.

See you in the upcoming SpaceMonsters season!

All images shown here are of past colourways and are for illustrative purposes only. Yarns, colouways and gifts for new subscriptions will be different (but still awesome!).

An Epic Project Created from the Simplest of Building Blocks… and for a limited time you can get the Striad Wrap pattern at 50% off!

The Striad Wrap was conceived one cosy day as I sat in my knitting chair drinking a steaming cup of tea and gazing absentmindedly at a new lampshade that cleverly incorporated strips of joined-up triangles to form a globe shape. As my eyes followed the curve of those triangles, I found myself itching to pick up my needles and use the architecture of knitting to mimic their shapes. And so the Striad Wrap was born, an intriguing series of short row triangles, knit individually in strips and joined together without any seaming up, that combine to beautifully show off the amazing colours of handdyed yarn.

Designed for SpaceCadet Mini-Skeins, this stunning wrap is my favourite kind of project: created from layer upon layer of the smallest of building blocks — each one so quick on its own but all of them together combining into an absolutely spectacular result. Perfect if you love playing with colour blocking but hate intarsia and seaming (there’s no intarsia and no sewing up at all in the whole project!).

Late last year, as I was setting out some of our Small Batch colourways for a virtual show, I realised just how much we really enjoy exploring colour to create new and unique colourways, especially for our club members.

As much as we love our standard colours, it’s our club colourways we really pour our hearts into, because our club members are the kind knitters and crocheters that I love most: yarn adventurers who embrace exactly these kinds of colour explorations. They get us… and we get them.

And there’s no one who lives up to the title of “Yarn Adventurer” quite like our Yarn Alliance members because, when you become a member of the Yarn Allliance, you’re on a journey with us to explore colour. Yes, it’s true that you never quite know what’s going to be in your parcel and that is all part of the fun — every colourway is a surprise, a chance to stretch your imagination and challenge your creativity.

And every colourway is a direct connection between us as dyers and you as a maker — unique and new and created only for you as an adventurer with us in the Yarn Alliance.

An Epic Project Created from the Simplest of Building Blocks!

Even better… there's no sewing up at all!

The Striad Wrap was was conceived one cosy day as I sat in my knitting chair drinking a steaming cup of tea and gazing absentmindedly at a new lampshade that cleverly incorporated strips of joined-up triangles to form a globe shape. As my eyes followed the curve of those triangles, I found myself itching to pick up my needles and use the architecture of knitting to mimic their shapes. And so the Striad Wrap was born, an intriguing series of short row triangles, knit individually in strips and joined together without any seaming up, that combine to beautifully show off the amazing colours of hand-dyed yarn.

The D’aeki Wrap is so eye-catching… and yet deceptive in its simplicity. Created from layer upon layer of the smallest of building blocks — each one quick on its own but all together combining into an absolutely spectacular result — it is the perfect project for SpaceCadet’s Mini-Skeins or any collection of colours just waiting for the right pattern to show themselves off!

Featuring a herringbone pattern that effortlessly shifts the colour flow along the length of the piece and uses the Join As You Go method for knitting vertical sections together (without any sewing up at all!), the D’aeki Wrap creates an intriguing textural contrast, with one side beautifully smooth and the other showing off the lovely boxed effect of the picked-up stitches and joins. And because each garter stitch block knits up so quickly, allowing you to move on to the next block (and a new colour!) in no time, it’s that perfect combination of both relaxing and yet endlessly interesting.

In the past few months, we created some colourways that are so beautiful and so delightfully winter-y that we’ve decided we just have to share them with you as Limited Editions. “Stillness” and “Late Sun” were first dyed for a couple of virtual shows we attended at the end of last year, and “Quietude” is completely new. And while each on its own is lovely, I think the three together create a winterscape that is downright stunning.

These Limited Edition colourways are available for preorders for a two weeks only, with orders closing on February 4, so that their Dyeing Day can be held shortly after and the skeins sent out once they are dry. Join in with these gorgeous colourways before they disappear!

Something interesting happened last week. A couple of members of our yarn club, The InterStellar Yarn Alliance, emailed to ask if it was time to renew their subscriptions. And the truth is that it was time… in fact, the time to open the club for renewals and new subscriptions was supposed to have happened back in March but, just one week before I was planning to open the doors, the U.S. started to go into shutdown. Suddenly, tons of people were losing their jobs, worried about loved ones, or getting ill, it just didn’t feel right to start cheering about a yarn club.

I honestly wasn’t sure what to do. I thought perhaps it would be better to just let this season’s opening slide and wait until the next season, when I hoped things would be better for everyone. But then those emails came in, from members who said they had so enjoyed being part of the club that they didn’t want their subscriptions to end. Reading that made my heart soar — and shook me out of my indecision.

It should have been obvious to me all along that when times are difficult, we all find comfort in our knitting and crochet: in the rhythm of the stitches, in the feel of the yarn, in the way the colours lift the spirits. And it’s always better when we do it together, whether in person at knit night or safely distanced in the shared experience of a club. So, instead of being a time to shy away from opening the Yarn Alliance, I realised that now is exactly the time to share it.

And so, I opened the Yarn Alliance this week and I’m excited to be able to share this upcoming season with our new members. It’s given me such a positive feeling about the future, a sense that someday it will be safe to end these shutdowns and venture out into the world again, and I’m excited to embark on a new season and dye new colours. Will you join me?