Have you ever found yourself so engrossed in something you really enjoy that you’ve completely lost track of everything else?
Maybe you’ve been reading a really great book and suddenly looked up to realise it’s an hour past your bedtime. Or you’ve been out with friends at a restaurant, talking and laughing and so completely enjoying yourselves that you haven’t noticed that all the other diners have finished and left, and you’re the last ones keeping the place open.
Or maybe you’ve gotten so into a project that you’ve stayed up for hours and hours, watching nonsense on Netflix, just so you can see how the yarn colours change if you knit just one more row…
Yeah, I know exactly how that feels but with a little twist that, honestly, I’ve found quite shocking. Because for us here at the SpaceCadet studio, it’s not the late hour that’s taken us by surprise, or that everyone has gone home, or anything like that… No, for us, the shocking thing is just a number: 168.
I’ve often told you how much we enjoy playing with colour, how we mix all every one of our colourways by hand from only five primary hues of dye (cyan, magenta, yellow, and red, plus black), and how we get lost in the fun of experimenting and seeing how the colours layer on top of each other. And just how much we enjoy coming up with new colourways, especially for our club members.
But I don’t think I’d quite realised how completely engrossed in it we get, until one day recently I added up how many new club colourways we create each year. And that number is… 168!
And I know that sounds like an exaggeration but it’s not. Let me break it down.
Each month we dye:
- 5 new colourways for the Mini-Skein Club‘s Ombre&Gradient Mix
- 5 new colourways for the Mini-Skein Club‘s Multicolour Mix
- 3 new colourways for the Yarn Alliance or SpaceMonsters Club
- 1 new colourway for the Gradient Explorers
Which makes 14 brand-spanking-new fresh colourways each month, and means we create… wait for it… 168 new club colourways per year.
I’ll be honest, the moment I added it all up and saw that final number, I was really taken aback. I think I literally took a step back from the calculator and just stood there staring at it for a minute.
(And get this: that’s only the clubs! That doesn’t include our Limited Editions, seasonal colourways, or One-of-a-Kinds and Small Batches. I don’t even know what the final number would be if we added those in too.)
But I think that tells a story about how much joy there is in creating, in finding your thing — the creative thing that really speaks to you — and diving into it with total abandon. You know that feeling, don’t you? It’s the one that keeps you up late, so intrigued by the colours of the stitches as they slip through your fingers that everything else fades away and you just have to put on one more row.
Until you’re suddenly 5 inches further along than you expected to be. Or… y’know, 168 colourways further along!
Either way, I think it’s one of the best feelings in the world. Don’t you?
You’re ready for a colour adventure… And there’s nothing as exciting as your delivery of mini-skeins from the SpaceCadet’s Mini-Skein Club!
Richly dyed in stunning hues, we design these delightful little yarn-gems to guide you on a colour journey that will inspire you to create uniquely eye-catching projects. Each month, your parcel arrives bursting with glorious colour ready to be untwisted and explored!
The Multicolour Mix gives a range of hues in complex colourways to add interest to any project. And the Ombre&Gradient Mix is dyed an amazing Never Ending Gradient in colours that flow from one month to the next… and onwards to the next!
The result is a guided journey through colour that is wildly exciting and so much fun to cast on!