Pandemic Curve Balls and their Silver Linings

Pandemic Curve Balls and their Silver Linings

I was chatting the other day with a local yarn store owner and we were both laughing (or crying? …or was it laugh-crying?) about just how much the pandemic has thrown business-as-usual right out the window and replaced it myriad challenges that, like an iceberg hidden mostly beneath the water, are almost invisible to all but our most eagle-eyed of customers.  It’s not so much the current coronavirus situation in our local areas that impacts us as it is all the various coronavirus restrictions at every point along the journey our supplies take to get to us: a shutdown or even temporary closure anywhere along that line throws everything into a sudden halt, even when the local economy is doing well and opening up.

Photo by Torsten Dederichs

She was telling me about how hard it is for her to get some of her best-selling yarns, how they’ll be there one day and then suddenly gone as she tries to place her order the next day, and I was telling her how delays on even the most mundane of supplies can send our whole system into a tailspin.  We once had a whole club shipment completely ready to go, with hundreds of skeins of yarn dyed and tagged, dyer’s notes written and gifts ready to pack… and the whole thing was halted for two weeks because the post office kept promising but couldn’t deliver our shipping boxes to us.  Our shipping boxes!

And we both agreed that, if nothing else, this pandemic has taught us a lot about ourselves, our employees, and our customers: about just how resourceful we can be when surprises happen, about how nothing in any business is as valuable as a good team who makes small miracles happen (and they do!), and how wonderful it is to have customers who know and trust that we are going to come through for them (maybe a bit late!) no matter what.

A Change to Our Spring Limited Edition Colourways

And here’s a great example of the way the pandemic has thrown us curve balls: two weeks ago, we announced our Spring Limited Edition colourways on three yarns – Celeste, Oriana, and Lyra – and they’ve sold so well that we’ve had to ask the mill for more Oriana only to find… they’ve hit one of those random pandemic bottlenecks and can’t spin any more of it at the moment!  So, we’ve turned on a dime too and, after marking the Oriana as Sold Out, we’ve opened up orders to our lovely, spoingy Vega instead.  And that’s actually such an exciting development, because now these gorgeous colourways are available on full range of yarns from the lightest fingering (Celeste), through a sweater-perfect sport/dk (Lyra), right through to a smooshy worsted (Vega).

Today is the Last Day for Pre-Orders!

If you’ve already placed your order, don’t worry – your skeins are reserved and will go in the dyepots this weekend.  And if you haven’t, today is your last chance* to get your order included in the Spring Collections First Dyeing Day this weekend!  Just click here and make sure we have your order by midnight tonight, and we’ll get it in the dyepots!

*all orders received after midnight tonight (eastern) will go into our regular dyeing queue


Club Shipment Update

I want to thank the members of our Mini-Skein Club and our Gradient Explorers for their kind understanding as we ran late with their parcels this month.  The reason for the delay is actually something truly good: several of our small team had the opportunity to get their coronavirus vaccine shots this month.  If practicality had been the priority, we would have perhaps staggered our shots across several months so that members of the SpaceCadet crew weren’t experiencing vaccine reactions and symptoms all at the same time.  But there was no way I could (or would!) ask any of my team to delay their vaccinations and so we all just did our very best, even as several folks had to take things slow to recover.

The good news is that all the yarns for both clubs are ready to go out and I’ll be packing them later today, so keep an eye on your mailbox!  And in the meantime, if you’re ever looking for a status update on any of our club shipments, I’ve created a handy Club Shipment Update page that you can check anytime.

The Yarn Alliance Opens Today!

I’ve always felt that our club members get our very best dyeing, because we know they’ve come on a colour journey with us and so we truly put our all into the colourways we create for them.  And it’s time to start that colour exploration afresh in a new season the Yarn Alliance, our premiere yarn club, focused on fingering weight yarns.

So, what do you get when you join?

…beautiful yarns, colourways you might never have dared try but suddenly realise you love, and some seriously fabulous gifts!

As a member of the InterStellar Yarn Alliance, you’ll receive a fabulous parcel delivered to their door every other month, containing:

  • SpaceCadet  yarn (light to medium weight) in an exclusive Yarn Alliance colourway (guaranteed not to be offered on the SpaceCadet website for at least 6 months)
  • A great Yarn Alliance gift tucked into every parcel!
  • The SpaceCadet’s Log exploring the inspiration for each colourway.
  • The InterStellar Yarn Alliance newsletter with periodic special offers exclusively for members.
  • 15% off coupon every six months


Corallinus Socks by Carolyn Lisle
on Rav here, off Rav here

This time of year, it’s lovely to cast on something quick and satisfying, and these socks fit that bill perfectly.  I love the elongated Vs that create interest by showing off the colour changes in a variegated yarn. Designed in SpaceCadet Lucina, they’re inspired by fungus. Wait what?!? No, it’s true, and Caroline’s description is both interesting and (at least to me) educational.  But however you feel about, um, fungus-inspired footwear, there’s no denying these socks are lovely.

Diluvian by Hunter Hammersen
on Rav here, off Rav here

Speaking of socks for spring knitting, this is a pattern worth revisting.  Designed in SpaceCadet Astrid and published all the way back in 2010 (when SpaceCadet had only just begun!), I think the design hasn’t aged a day. And as the weather warms, they’re a perfect combination of airy stitchwork and seaside-inspired texture to transition to warmer weather. Oh, and here’s a nifty twist: they’re completely reversable!

Rocky Beach Top by Andrea Weber
on Rav here, off Rav here

And here’s one last pattern that’s made for this time of year: an easy spring top with bold colour-blocking and lots of textural interest.  Designed with minimal shaping to for intermediate beginners who want to go from afghans to garments, it’s exactly the kind of meditative crocheting that’s perfect for relaxing on a sunny spring afternoon.

Images ©Carolyn Lisle, Hunter Hammersen, and Andrea Weber. Used with permission.


Ok, I have a ton of packing to do today, so I’d better get that started. I’m so excited to get these yarns to their forever homes!  And I hope you’ve got exciting yarn plans for today (maybe a spring cast-on?).  So until next time, all my best!

Three New Colourways for Spring!

Three New Colourways for Spring!

It snowed in Pittsburgh this week..!  Not a just a few flakes making their last stand, but a real, proper snow fall, that covered the trees and stuck on the ground …and reminded us all not to take Spring for granted.  Opening the door to frigid temperatures and the suddenly-silent songbirds, I had to laugh because, only two days earlier, I had been photographing our new Spring Limited Edition Collection, in the warm dappled lighted filtering through my apple tree covered in delicate blossoms!

The snow hung about for half-a-day and then it went nearly as suddenly as it arrived.  The warmer temperatures will be returning this weekend and then, I suspect, we will make a true start to Spring, with the birds back in full song, the sun warming each day, and, if I’m lucky, some of those glorious blossoms still adorning my apple tree.

Our New Spring Limited Editions

You can see the influence of Spring in this collection as soon as you lay eyes on it!  We’ve taken delightfully fresh vernal hues and gilded them with the rich, warm golds of the returning sun.  Each one is beautiful on its own and, altogether, they create a stunning palette to celebrate Spring.

These gorgeous colourways are available for pre-order now, and we’ll be holding their First Dyeing Day on May 7.  So if you’d like to get these colours fresh out of the those first dyebaths, click here and place your order now!


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This little shearable toy sheep gave me allll the feels!  Besides being adorable, the details are perfect: the zipper pull is a set of shearing clippers and there’s a removable ear-tag.  Currently available only on the company’s Japanese-language website, I’ve heard through the grapevine that an English-language site will be coming online soon.  Because I think we all need one of these, right?!?

When my assistant Sara shared a news story saying that Prince Phillip might possibly be buried in a wool coffin, I was reminded of the 1667 law designed to prop up the English wool industry that required everyone in England to be buried in a wool shroud.  This article about it is an interesting read in its own right, but I nearly fell off my chair when I saw the picture of the church in the tiny Somerset village of Cucklington, taken only a couple of miles from where I lived and which is even pointed, if only one could zoom in enough, directly at my old office across the fields in the distance!

Photo by Will Wright

From one end of the country to the other, sheep are earning their keep — by acting as living lawn mowers.  In Carson City, NV, a flock of sheep are being employed to reduce the risk of wildfires by eating their way through 2000 acres of cheatgrass.  And on Governor’s Island, NY, a flock of five sheep are proving a cost-effective way to remove invasive species.  Pretty cool, but you and I already knew sheep were awesome.

If you don’t love swatching, I get it, I really do.  I always want to jump straight into my projects too!  But I found this post really eye-opening: it’s proof positive that the same needles, the same yarn weight, and the same stitch pattern can still give wildly differing gauges.  There’s no substitution for swatching!


I want to show you something…  Over on Ravelry, the (very casual) D’aeki Wrap KAL is going on and I am so excited to see everyone’s progress!

But I think I am most blown away by Andrea Giannotti’s wrap, below.  Not just because she’s make incredible progress but mostly because Andrea really went with the idea of colour exploration.  Instead using her Minis in the colour-order that we dyed them, she laid out her whole stash of Mini-Skein Club Minis and created her own colour-flow, mixing and matching Minis from different bundles in 2015 to 2018.

And I think the result is simply incredible!

With many thanks to Andrea for letting me share her pictures, and for putting together such a beautiful D’aeki.  If you’re feeling inspired by Andrea’s amazing work, you can join in by casting on your own D’aeki Wrap!  Click here for the pattern (non-Rav link) and here for the KAL (Rav link).


Ok, my teacup is empty so it’s probably time I got back to work.  Today, I’ll be prepping for some upcoming shows (maybe virtual… maybe real…?  Time will tell!).  In the meantime, I hope you’ve got something lovely planned for today and definitely a couple of breaks for fibery pursuits.  And, until next time, all my best!

Embracing New Creative Endeavours

Embracing New Creative Endeavours

If there’s any good that’s come out of the pandemic, I think one of the best things has been that so many people have developed a renewed interest in exploring their own creative processes.  I have a couple of friends who have taken up drawing and painting (discovering in the process that, despite all past evidence, they actually can do it!).  Another friend has begun sewing.  And as you know, I recently flexed my own creative muscles a little and released two knitting patterns.

It feels good try new things, and brings a sense of optimism when the restrictions of the pandemic seem to go on for forever.  Yes, there is hope on the horizon (hooray vaccines!) but sometimes that horizon still seems a very long way away.  Trying something creative and new is a wonderful way to direct pent-up energy that would otherwise have us simply drumming our fingers in impatient anticipation (::raises hand!::) and, in case we had previously been too caught up in the pursuit of relentless productivity, helps us to learn again that there is value in being a beginner and approaching new things with openness.  And that is undoubtedly a good thing.

Have you tried any new creative endeavours in the past year?


Introducing Comfort Cowl

In light of this appreciation for trying new things, I am delighted to tell you that my assistant Sara has also tried something new and is releasing her very first pattern!  It’s called the Comfort Cowl and it’s a delightful design using gorgeously soft yarn (SpaceCadet Capella) and strategically placed cables to create a beautiful project that’s simply a joy to knit.

I think Sara says it best…

“There are days, weeks, months, years, when we can all use an extra bit of comfort. I designed this cowl in just such a moment. I started with a skein of the coziest, smooshiest yarn around, with little more than a plan to turn to the comforting act of creating to soothe my soul.

The result was this cowl. It’s nice and tall, allowing the wearer to really snuggle into it, adorned with some simple cables, just enough to keep you interested while you drink a cup of tea, watch a movie, or read your favorite book. So if you find yourself in need of some comfort, or know someone else who needs the same, grab your yarn and needles and just breathe.”

SpaceCadet Capella is a fabulously smooshy single-ply worsted yarn that knits up quickly into an incredibly soft and cosy cowl.  And we’ve got skeins ready to ship in some of our most beautiful semi-solid colours:

I’m so excited for Sara!  And if you are too and you’re able to go on Ravelry, please do click here and give her Comfort Cowl some love!


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There’s an interesting debate on Twitter about whether yarn companies should (or even really can) include gauge ranges in their yarns’ info. You can read it by clicking here, here, and here. To me, gauge is so dependent on needle size and personal tension that a suggested gauge on any given yarn feels meaningless.  For instance, my favourite way to knit light fingering is on US7 needles — such a light and airy fabric! — but that’s nothing like the gauge you’d get on US1s or 2s, so putting either on the label seems needlessly limiting.  What are your thoughts on suggested gauges?  I’d love to know.

If the idea of exploring drawing and painting has piqued your interest too, I have some very highly recommended resources:

  • You Can Draw in 30 Days: The Fun, Easy Way to Learn to Draw in One Month or Less by Mark Kistler is an absolute game-changer of a book.  Try it and discover that you really can draw!
  • Architectural Sketching with Watercolor and Ink is a wonderful course on Domestika by Alex Hillkurtz that several friends of mine have raved about
  • Let’s Make Art has an inspiring series of tutorials that will have you creating impressive results faster than you thought possible

There’s no doubt the pandemic has changed a lot of things beyond just health care (for instance, will we ever go back to real waistbands ever again? Anyone…?).  One thing I hadn’t considered was its impact on art and, in particular, how the lockdown-induced return to crafting in the general population is spilling over into related trends in fine art. This article outlines the change succinctly, along with other interesting  shifts in the art world in 2021.  Perhaps the dividing line between art and craft is growing fainter all the time?

I’m an absolute sucker for bunting (ummm, that’s what it’s called in Britain… is it called bunting in the US as well?) and, as soon as the weather warms up, I want to hang it everywhere.  Like the new season, it just feels so celebratory!  So I had to smile when I saw this beach-themed crocheted bunting — a perfect way to use up leftovers and create a vacation vibe, all in one go.


Next Week: The Yarn Alliance Opens!

The Yarn Alliance is our premiere yarn club, all about gorgeous dyeing on fingering weight yarns.  Plus coordinating colourways, great gifts, and a ton of fun!

Pictures of four pretty, pretty Yarn Alliance colourways

Want to be the first to hear when it opens? Click here and get your name on the waiting list!

All of April: Trunk Show at Sewickley Yarns

If you’re local to Pittsburgh, I’ve got a treat for you: Sewickley Yarns is hosting a SpaceCadet trunk show for the whole of April.  They are open and and ready to welcome you safely so you can shop SpaceCadet yarns in person.  And what a beautiful collection of colours and knits we’ve sent them.  You are sure to find something to spark inspiration!

(l-r, from top row): Rey’s Cardigan, D’aeki Wrap, Celestial Seas, Dot Matrix, Tudor Windows Cardigan, Striad Wrap, Tudor Windows Pullover, Briochearrow


Ok, well, my teapot is empty which must mean it’s time to get on with my day.  I’ve got a lot of parcels to pack today, filled with happy skeins of yarn, and it’s looking like such a lovely day, I might pack it all outside in the sunshine!  I hope you have a lovely day as well and, until next time, all my best!

Ever Lose Your Inspiration?

Ever Lose Your Inspiration?

Do you ever find it hard to find inspiration?  Especially in this last year, when so many of us have stayed home so much, surrounded by the same things we see day in and day out, it can feel as if it’s hard to look at things in a new light, to feel creative. I know I’ve felt that way!

The Striad Wrap by Stephanie Alford, constructed in a series of short row triangles, knit individually in strips and joined together without any seaming up.The Striad Wrap, my new pattern releasing today!

And yet, I also know it’s not true — inspiration is everywhere, even in the most mundane things.  Like this new design, for instance, which was inspired by…

…wait for it…

…by a lampshade over my dining table!  No, really.

The Striad Wrap by Stephanie Alford, constructed in a series of short row triangles, knit individually in strips and joined together without any seaming up.

It came to me one winter day, as I sat curled up in a comfy chair in my living room, drinking a cup of tea and gazing absentmindedly toward the dining room.  I’d recently got a new lampshade to hang over the dining table and, to be honest, I was absolutely smitten.  It has a fascinating construction, cleverly incorporating strips of joined-up triangles to form a globe shape. Very hard to describe in words but, I assure you, just delightful to look at.

And as my eyes followed the curve of those triangles, I suddenly found myself itching to pick up my needles and try to use the architecture of knitting to mimic their shapes. And so the Striad Wrap was born, constructed with 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.

My assistant knitting the Striad Wrap

You see?  Proof positive that real inspiration can strike from even the simplest (and most unlikely) of things! So if you’ve been feeling like the last year has put a dampener on your own creativity, perhaps try looking at your own environment with fresh eyes.

(And in the meantime, grab some yarn from your stash and borrow a bit of my inspiration by casting on the Striad Wrap.  It releases today and I’m so excited to share it with you!)

The Striad Wrap by Stephanie Alford, constructed in a series of short row triangles, knit individually in strips and joined together without any seaming up.


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This week, Ravelry introduced a new Dark Mode theme (the link goes to their announcement on Twitter, not directly to Ravelry).

Meanwhile, the fiber community turned to social media with strong reactions to this article in the New Yorker about the recent changes to RavelryQuite a few people who were interviewed for the article were not satisfied with the way their opinions were represented, and a lot of interesting conversation followed.

Photo by Yaoqi LAI

Have you ever found a skein of yarn in your stash that had lost its ballband or tag, and wondered how you could possibly figure out its fiber content?  At university, one of my favourite classes was when we burned fabrics (yes, with an open flame!) for this very purpose.  And this interesting article will not only walk you through that process too, it even has a handy flow chart to help you interpret your results.  So snip a little of that yarn off the skein, follow sensible safety protocols(!), and you’ll soon have a much better idea of what that mystery yarn is!

This week, the designer Hunter Hammersen tweeted a very interesting and verrrry frank analysis of the true costs that go into one of her patterns. And inspired by her, the former designer Alex Tinsley did the same, breaking down her own costs line by line.  They’re both enlightening reading.


This Weekend: Homespun Virtual Yarn Party

In more normal times, we’d be packing up a ton of yarn and heading to one of our favourite shows, Homespun Yarn Party.  The in-person show isn’t happening so we’re doing it virtually!  There are lots of great vendors and SpaceCadet has some special and fun things lined up so make sure you click here this weekend to go to our show page and click here to follow the fun on the HomeSpun Facebook page.

Next Month: The Yarn Alliance Opens!

We’re getting ready to pack the last Yarn Alliance parcel of the season so do you know what that means?  It’s nearly time to open it to new members!

The Yarn Alliance is our premiere yarn club, all about gorgeous dyeing on fingering weight yarns.  Plus coordinating colourways, great gifts, and a ton of fun!

Pictures of four pretty, pretty Yarn Alliance colourways

Want to be the first to hear when it opens? Click here and get your name on the waiting list!


Ok, I’ve got a ton to do to get ready for Homespun this weekend, so I’d better get my day started.  I hope you’ve got a colourful and yarny day ahead of you and, until next time, all my best!

Birdsong, Gratitude, and Casting On…

Birdsong, Gratitude, and Casting On…

The other day, as I was waking up, I heard a bird singing.  It is the first time I’ve heard morning birdsong in months and months, and it instantly filled me with a sense that world is beginning to come back to life after a great slumber.

Photo by Julietta Watson

In so many ways, I know it is: Spring is on its way, the vaccine is steadily rolling out, and there is hope on the horizon.  Even in the yarn world, after nearly a year with barely any orders from yarn shops as they struggle through the pandemic, we are suddenly receiving enquiries from LYSs (hooray!) and even requests for trunk shows.  And though we all know we must remain laser-focused in our coronavirus precautions for some time to come (don’t let up! keep wearing your masks!), I feel like there is a positivity in the air that is so welcome.  I hope you’re feeling it too.

(but please do keep your mask on, and do keep social distancing for the time being — there are so many unvaccinated people who are relying us all in that way)


Thank You for your Support of the D’aeki Wrap!

You know that when I released the D’aeki Wrap pattern last month, I was just about as nervous as I was excited.  As my first-ever knitting design I had an fear that…  well, that I’d somehow done it wrong.  I mean, the pattern had been checked, tested, and tech-edited so I knew I was being irrational and yet, on the day it released, mixed in with all my excitement was a heck of a lot of nervousness.

But I needn’t have been worried at all: the response to the pattern has been beyond my wildest dreams!  There has been an incredible amount of support for it, so much encouragement and so many kind words.  I am just blown away.  Thank you thank you thank you all so much!  I never expected it and I cannot tell you what it means to me.

Please Come Join our D’aeki KAL!

If you bought the pattern and are thinking of casting on, let me invite you to our KAL on Ravelry*.  We’re not thinking of this as a structured KAL at all, but something much more casual where we can simply knit the pattern together, show off our colour flows, admire each other’s handiwork, and answer one another questions when someone needs a bit of help. Anyone is welcome to join any time — whether you are casting on right away from stash, waiting to cast on when your first bundle arrives, or anytime after that. The idea is just that we are knitting together and cheering one another on!

*(if you can’t use Ravelry for any reason, please do tag me on social media instead (Facebook or Instagram) so I can cheer you on there — I can’t wait to see your progress!)


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No matter whether you love it or hate it, weaving in ends is an inescapable part of knitting and crocheting.  And while there are lots of people on both sides of that fence (it’s true, I know lots of people who love to weave in their ends!), most folks know only one way to do it.  But just as there are many ways to cast on and bind off, there are many ways to weave in ends as well and it’s worth several so you’ve got options.  This simple method works your ends in as you’re knitting, so everything is already taken care of when you bind off.  And this tutorial shows you how to skim, which is especially helpful when working with heavier weight yarns.

I mentioned the subject before but I loved reading this beautiful article on the indigenous communities of the Pacific Northwest who bred dogs for their wool.  I find the whole subject and this diverse approach to fiber fascinating.  If you have any spitz-like dog in your household, such as Samoyed, American Eskimo dog, Shiba Inu, or Pomeranian, you may be interested in this reflection on their possible heritage.  And you may start looking at them with new (read: fiber-greedy) eyes!

I find this lovely lovely lovely video of a shepherd and his sheepdog driving their herd of sheep along a quiet Welsh country lane so delightfully meditative and relaxing that I just keep watching it again and again.  (It reminds me of the lanes I used to drive on my way to work in rural Dorset (England) — so tight that hedgerows would brush my car on both sides at once and, though I never had to stop for a flock of sheep, it wasn’t at all unusual to have to get out and wave a wayward cow back into her field!)

If you’re an even-slightly-experienced knitter, you don’t need to look at this nifty illustrated guide to the structure of knitted stitches (part 1), nor this one (part 2), and probably not this handy illustrated guide to slipped stitches either.  But if you’ve ever been slightly intimidated by brioche, you might find this helpful illustrated guide to brioche stitch structure very enlightening indeed!


Ok, it’s shaping up to be an excitingly warm day here in Pittsburgh (in the 60s! woot!) and so I’m going to pack orders on the porch today and listen to the birds sing as I do.  I hope you’ve got a lovely day ahead of you, filled with at least a little sunshine and a couple of breaks for “yarny meditation”.  And until next time, all my best!

Two Stunning Projects to Inspire You!

Two Stunning Projects to Inspire You!

Do you ever get a feeling of paralysis when you’re about to start a new project?  (I do!)  Whether it’s casting on a new knitting project, laying paint on a fresh canvas, or writing on the crisp new pages of a notebook, there is just something about starting that can be incredibly intimidating.

And choosing the right pattern for your yarn is absolutely in that category (I think that’s the reason so many of us have pattern stashes big enough to rival our yarn stashes!).  A lot of times, we feel like matching yarn and pattern should be intuitive, effortless, something like falling in love at first sight but it’s not.  I know from many of my designer friends that they work through swatch after swatch (after swatch) before they find just the right yarn to bring a design-idea to life.

And I know that a lot of our Mini-Skein Club members feel the same way so, as soon as I saw these two breath-taking projects, that I had to share them with you!  Both of these epic projects are made with the full year of 2020’s Mini-Skein Club flow and yet I love seeing how the way the each pattern distributes the very same colours makes them come out so differently.

Images used with permission (thank you, Jill!)

The first from Jill, who knit Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Pi Shawl (Ravelry link) and I am crazy about the way it takes the colours and stretches them out until they become almost like brushstrokes on a canvas.  And despite the tundra-like background(!), the colours have an almost Southwest feel to them.

Images used with permission (thank you, Seanae!)

The second project is from Seanae, who knit Ambah O’Brien’s ADVENTurous Wrap (Ravelry link).  And here is something really interesting: look at what a difference it makes to the colours in how the pattern spreads them out in some places and then intensifies them where the colour bunches up as the Vs come to a point.

Aren’t both those project’s amazing?!?  I’m absolutely blown away.  And I think they both show that the key to working with our Mini-Skein Club colours is to keep the pattern simple.  And of course, the fabulous thing about doing a project with a year’s worth of the SpaceCadet’s Mini-Skeins is that, even though it creates being a really epic finished object, it’s not really ever that much effort to produce, because it’s broken up from one month to the next, with a slower pace and plenty of downtime between club parcels arriving.


Now, can I show you one more project that completely changes the way the colours look?

I’m super-excited to show this to you — and really nervous too — because this is my first ever published pattern!  It’s called the D’aeki Wrap and I’ll be releasing it on Tuesday but I want you to see how differently the colours come out in it.  These are the same colours as the two projects above but, instead of stretching each Mini-Skein out, it’s constructed of of modular blocks that work each yarn back and forth quickly — and that totally changes how the colour behaves!

Sample kindly knit by Jade

See what I mean?  With such a small number of stitches, the colours create an almost striping effect that plays beautifully into the herringbone angles. You’d almost never guess it was made using the very same Mini-Skeins as the two projects up above!

(And I’ll let you into on a little secret: there’s absolutely no sewing up in the entire pattern — none at all.  Intrigued?  I’ll share more on Tuesday!)

I’m about to cast on a new idea I have with January’s Mini-Skeins and, just like last year’s, it’s going to be another epic project that moves from one month to the next.  If you’re inspired by these projects to create an epic project of your own (like perhaps the D’aeki Wrap above?), I’d love for you to join in!  You can read more about how epic Mini-Skein projects work by clicking here and, if you’d like to put together a Mini-Skein collection of your own, you can join the club by clicking here.


I want to thank both Jill and Seanae so much for allowing me to share their beautiful projects here.  And so many other folks have written in to show off their own gorgeous SpaceCadet projects that I can’t wait to feature in an upcoming newsletter.  So much fabulous creativity — I love to see it!

But for now, it’s time I got my day started — I’ve got a bunch of orders to pack and some lovely skeins to photograph (maybe in the snow…?).  I hope you have a colourful day planned too.  And until next time, all my best!