Behind the Scenes at a SpaceCadet Photoshoot

Behind the Scenes at a SpaceCadet Photoshoot

I used to work in an office — lots of spreadsheets and financial submissions and stuff that I now realise was a really bad fit for me.  These days, I find joy in the fact that no two days are ever the same, and I get to bounce from one interesting activity to the next…  and I get to call that “work”!  (To be fair, my accountant insists I also do my taxes.  I supposed there’s never a total escape from desk work).

Much of the time, my creative work involves actual dyeing.  I love standing in front of the dyepots and coaxing out new colour combinations.  Did you know we create a minimum of 12 new colourways every month?  (and often more?)  It’s true! Ten for the Mini-Skein Club, two for the Yarn Alliance or SpaceMonster Club, and then any Limited Editions (or just playing!) that we do that month.  I love having that creative outlet.

But working at the dyepots is only one part of what makes up the workday.  These past few weeks, we’ve been doing a lot of photography and, even though it’s completely different from dyeing, I find it equally satisfying.

…Satisfying, but ridiculous too.  See the photo above?  For this photoshoot, I had to lay half-flat on a table — one leg up, one leg down — without shaking the backdrop, which was held in place mostly with tape and about to fall down.  My right arm was going tingly, I had to hold my breath to get the shot…  But the result was totally worth it.

There is something so fun about taking this thing you’ve created and capturing it perfectly in an image to share with the world.  Take this adorable Yarn Crayons Mini-Skein Collection.  This was an idea we came up with just last week as we were packing our Holiday Limited Editions Mini-Skein Collections (above, which sold out in one hour!).  The colours in those Mini-Skeins were so beautiful that we kinda didn’t want to let any of them leave and then, suddenly, an idea popped into my head…  We always say that we think of our Mini-Skeins as “Yarn Crayons”…  What if we put together a special collection of our Mini-Skeins in a rainbow of crayon colours?!?

It was ridiculously late to prep a holiday gift idea but, once the idea was in our heads, we all wanted to do it so much that there was no way to put it on hold until next year!  With an idea this exciting, the dyeing happened super quick…  we gathered all the colours into rainbow bundles…  and then the last step was the photography.

Yarn Crayons Mini-Skein Collection

Perfect for holiday gift giving, these sweet tubs of “Yarn Crayons” contain ten 20g (approx) Mini-Skeins of assorted SpaceCadet fingering yarns, in a variety of one-of-a-kind gently variegated colourways in the full RoyGBiv spectrum (that’s red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet), plus brown and black/charcoal.  So you’ll have the whole rainbow at your fingertips!

Available in limited quantities and only until Dec 24th, but our last ordering day to ship for domestic holiday delivery is Mon Dec 19 (before 5pm est), so don’t delay.

I’m so chuffed with these Mini-Skein collections came out — and the way these pictures came out too!  They were exactly what I’d hoped.

The SpaceMonsters Club December Parcel

(spoiler warning: if you’re in the SpaceMonster Club and haven’t got your parcel yet, you may want to skip the next section)

Ok, so you’ve seen a little behind-the-scenes of our photoshoots…   want to see something really meta?  Here’s the behind-the-scenes of our photoshoot of our photoshoot!  This is my camera, taking a picture of my assistant Jade taking a picture of December’s SpaceMonster coordinating skein…

Ok, I feel a bit silly admitting this, but I think we had nearly as much fun taking photos of our photoshoots as we did just taking the photos in the first place.  We’d actually dismantled the pile of yarn when I said, “Wait, let’s get a shot of what we were just doing!”  And we had to dive back into the yarn and pile it back up again…  It was a hardship, I tell ya!

Here’s what it looked like through my camera…

And do you want to see what we were photographing?   It’s the December SpaceMonster Club parcel.  Here’s the yarn in the club members’ packages, our worsted yarn Vega in beautiful colourway called “Reserve”.

(To get that shot, I stood right over the yarn and shot straight down.  It’s a really weird angle to do, but I think it’s worth it.)

And this is the coordinating colourway, called “Blue Note”.  I’m absolutely in looooove with it!

And this is the gift for the end of this SpaceMonster season: a fabulous hand-thrown travel mug from Pawley Studios.  I am so stinkin’ excited to send the club members such an awesome gift!!!

(If you’d like to join the SpaceMonster fun, the club is open for subscriptions until Dec 24.  Click here for all the details.  And it makes an awesome gift that you can order right up until the last minute — you don’t have to worry about shipping dates because we’ll send your gift recipient a welcome email so they know they’re in the club.)

So there you have it: a little behind-the-scenes look at the studio photoshoots we’ve done in the past few weeks.  Sometime soon, I’ll show what our on-location shoots look like — they’re even more fun!  But either way, on location or in the studio, taking photos or working at the dyepots,  I am so grateful to have a job that gives me such a wonderful creative outlet.  And allows me spend all day playing…  and call it work!

Stop Press!  New Colourway!

We’ve been working on some new colourways for spring and summer but when I saw this one, I knew exactly what I wanted it to be: a celebration of the solstices, my two favourite celestial events!

And if it’s about the solstices, there seemed to be no point in holding onto it until spring (and the equinox), right?  So we quickly dyed a very limited run of this colourway just so we could share it with you in time for the solstice today!  Available on 4 bases,Oriana, Lyra, Capella, and Cressida.

We are continuing to develop our upcoming seasons’ colourways so, when we reintroduce Solstice Sky later in 2017, we may have altered the recipe somewhat.  But honestly, I am loving the way it’s coming out right now and, if you do too, now’s the time to get it.


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The SpaceCadet’s Last Minute Gift Guide

The SpaceCadet’s Last Minute Gift Guide

So it turns out my sister has done all her holiday shopping already — she’s all set.  A couple of my friends mentioned that they’re done too.  Even my husband has a little pile of gifts stashed away in the closet.

I am woefully behind.  In fact, I could count the gifts I’ve got taken care of on…  two fingers.  And do you know what?  There’s only a couple of weeks left!  Augh!  So here to help you, I’ve put together a little last minute gift guide for knitters and crocheters.  Every item on this list is in stock and ready to ship out right away, so all you have to do is click and your holiday shopping is done!

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The SpaceMonster Mega Yarn Club (from $99)

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Opening for subscriptions today and available for only two weeks, the SpaceMonster Club makes a very special gift indeed.  All about the smooshy softness of big yarns, your gift recipient will recieve regular parcels containing a worsted or bulky skein an exclusive colourway and my notes on how it was created, plus the chance for a gorgeous coordinating colourway, and a fabulous SpaceMonster gift every third parcel.  The perfect treat that stretches the holiday fun right through the new year, you’ll want to grab a membership quick while there’s still the chance!

Availability: instant availability until Dec 24 or until spaces are filled

 

The Sexy Knitter’s Tool Tin (starting at $20)

The Sexy Knitter’s Tool Tin has everything a knitter needs in his or her project bag.  The perfect stocking stuffer, choose from the Lite version ($20) or the Standard Version ($30) to customise the contents.

Availability: in stock now

 

Virtual Permutation Kit (from $51)

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Create your own kit for Hunter Hammersen’s gorgeous Permutation hat by choosing one skein of SpaceCadet Cressida for the background colour and one skein of Capella for the contrast, and then entering the code VirtualPermutationKit during check to get the pattern for free (while stocks last).  Put them together under the tree and you’ve got an easy gift that will make any knitter swoon!

Availability: limited quantities in stock now

 

Cool SpaceCadet Stuff from our Swag Shop (from $10)

Any SpaceCadet fan will go nuts for a little swag!  We’ve got custom bags from Knerd, screenprinted project bags and custom notions tins from HipStrings, some excellent circular needle boxes, and mugs from Pawley studios.  All with our SpaceCadet grinning away!  To see the collection, click here and then click the “Swag” button.

 

Availability: in stock now

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Melissa Jean Buttons (from around $3)

When you need to give only a small gift but want it to be incredibly special, handmade is the way to go.  Melissa Jean’s buttons are hand-crafted of very durable porcelain and then painted by hand.  The result is something akin to jewellery for your hand-knits — and totally irresistible.  The perfect stocking stuffer.

Availability: in stock now

 

Four Month Gift Subscription to the SpaceCadet’s Mini-Skein Club (from $136)

imagine-a-box-of-yarn-crayons-squareOur Mini-Skein Club is crazy-popular and a ton of fun  …and now you have the chance to give a one-time gift subscription to your favourite knitter or crocheter — or try it yourself!

Working with mini-skeins is like drawing with yarn, and each little bundle of colour becomes a new and exciting addition to your palette! Our Gift Subscription allows you or your gift recipient to join in with our regular club members from January to April 2017.  Available for only a limited timeclick here for all the details.

Availability: instant availability until Dec 24 only

 

StarKnits Yarn or Spinning Buckets (starting around $20)

Designed to hold spinning fiber, these fabric “buckets” work just as well for your yarn and WIP.   Made of thickened fabric that stands on its own, they’re perfect for two colour knitting or any number of other uses.  Check out StarKnits’ box bags too!

Availability: in stock now

 

SpaceCadet Gift Cards! (from $10)

gift-cards-sciWhen all else fails, go for a gift card, because every knitter or crocheter loves the chance to choose their own yarn and they can save the day all the way up until Christmas morning!  Click here to give one.

Availability: instant download available until the very last minute!

 


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Permutation: A Truly Stunning Hat

Permutation: A Truly Stunning Hat

There’s a reason Hunter Hammersen is one of my favourite designers…  well, there’s lots of reasons (she’s such a lovely person, she’s organised and a joy to collaborate with, her designs are divine…) but one of them is that the way she writes about her work always brings a smile to my face.  This week she released her newest pattern in SpaceCadet yarn, a hat called Permutation that had the whole SpaceCadet crew and sample knitters swooning with delight.

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It’s one pattern that comes with a ton of options — we made samples in five different styles and colour combinations, and I honestly couldn’t tell you which one is my favourite. It sounds like Hunter feels the same way.  In her write-up about the pattern on Ravelry, she says,

And then — and this is the bit that made me chuckle — down at the bottom of the pattern information, she says,

See what I mean?  Just like her designs, the way Hunter writes always brings a smile to my face!
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Permutation is designed in SpaceCadet Cressida and Capella.  With all the various colour and design combinations you can create from it, it’s a pattern you can use again and again.

(How the code works: We have a limited number of pattern downloads to give away, so using the code VirtualPermutationKit allows us to keep track of how many customers to send it to.  When you order, it will show up as a discount code of 0% off, which seems silly but what it’s actually doing is letting us know that you get a free download of the pattern)

 Shop Update: Today at Noon!

With the chilly weather arriving, we realised that two of our wonderful worsted yarns, Capella and Cressida, were disappearing fast.  So we’ve dyed a bunch more and they’ll go in the shop today at noon.

They’re the same yarns used in Hunter Hammersen’s beautiful new pattern, Permutation, so we’ve dyed the colourways she chose for her hats in the photo below (from left to right): Breathless, Windswept & Fat Free Chocolate, Time Traveller & Longing, Flow & Feather, and Tantrum & Dark Skies.

BONUS:  While stocks last, if you buy the yarn to make Permutation — a skein of both Cressida and Capella in one order before Dec 24 — you can use the code

VirtualPermutationKit

to get a download code for a FREE copy of the pattern and create your own Permutation Kit!

(How the code works: We have a limited number of pattern downloads to give away, so using the code VirtualPermutationKit allows us to keep track of how many customers to send it to.  When you order, it will show up as a discount code of 0% off, which seems silly but what it’s actually doing is letting us know that you get a free download of the pattern)
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Finishing the Holiday Weekend with a Bang: Limited Edition Mini-Skein Collections

Finishing the Holiday Weekend with a Bang: Limited Edition Mini-Skein Collections

I had a wonderful weekend filled with good food and lots of family — and I hope your holiday weekend was just as good.  But now that it’s time to go back work and the real world, the transition can be a bit harsh.  So let me see if I can soften the blow with the last of our holiday weekend special offers.  I’m super-excited about these!  Are you ready?  Here we go…

Limited Edition Holiday Mini-Skein Collections

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We love what you can do with our adorable Mini-Skeins (we think of them as yarn crayons that you can use to add colour to any project!).  So we dyed some special, never-to-be-repeated colourways and put them together by the half-dozen for a perfect holiday gift.  The perfect introduction to Mini-Skeins or to Spacecadet, these little collections make a wonderful holiday gift — click here to get one.

PLUS — each Mini-Skein Collection includes the Mini-Skein Gathered Cowl pattern, so your gift recipient can cast onto the mini-skein fun straight away!

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Four Month Gift Subscription to the SpaceCadet’s Mini-Skein Club

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Our Mini-Skein Club is crazy-popular and a ton of fun  …and now you have the chance to give a one-time gift subscription to your favourite knitter or crocheter — or try it yourself!

Working with mini-skeins is like drawing with yarn, and each little bundle of colour becomes a new and exciting addition to your palette! Our Gift Subscription allows you or your gift recipient to join in with our regular club members from January to April 2017.  Available for only a limited timeclick here for all the details.

And Get The Last of These Before They’re Gone!…

Our Holiday Limited Edition Colourways

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There are just a few of these left and they are gorgeous, so grab them before they disappear!  Click here to see what’s still available.

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Cool SpaceCadet Stuff from our Swag Shop

You know how you have projects you’ve been meaning to do and meaning to do and…  and you just never get around to them?  Opening the SpaceCadet Swag shop was one of those projects for me.  I can’t tell you how many times people ask me if our adorable project bags are available, or if we have more of those nifty circular needle boxes.  And now, I am thrilled to announce, we do!

To see the collection, click here and then click the “Swag” button.  We’ve got custom bags from Knerd, screenprinted project bags and custom notions tins from HipStrings, some excellent circular needle boxes, and mugs from Pawley studios.  All with our SpaceCadet grinning away!

Our Black Friday One-of-a-Kind Sweater Kits

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There are a few gorgeous colour combos left — click here to check them out.  I think my favourite is #39…  what’s yours?

Our Holiday Limited Editions Go Live at Noon!

Our Holiday Limited Editions Go Live at Noon!

To celebrate the upcoming holidays, we did what we love best and created four new, stunning colourways to ring in the season. Dyed on four bases — Pyxis, Lucina, Lyra, and Astrid — the skeins seemed to get more and more breathtaking  with every colour we layered on.  I am so excited to share them with you!

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Available at Noon Today

These special Limited Edition colourways will be going live at noon today and only in very limited quantities.  They’re sure to go very quickly, so set a reminder and grab the colourways you love while you have the chance.

In each photo, the bases are from left: Astrid, Lyra, Lucina, Lyra, and Pyxis:

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 So Much More This Weekend!

These colourways are part of our Black Friday Holiday Weekend Specials.  To see our One-of-a-Kind Sweater Kits, click here.

Sunday from 3pm — SpaceCadet Swag

By popular demand is such a cliche but, this time, it’s true!  We’ve had so many requests for more of some of our most popular club gifts that we went back to the makers and asked them recreate them with the adorable SpaceCadet front and center.  Our Notions tins, project bags, needle boxes (and more!) let you show off your SpaceCadet pride.

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Monday from 12.01am: Our Holiday Mini-Skein Collections and Mini-Skein Club Holiday Gift Subscriptions

We love what you can do with our adorable Mini-Skeins (we think of them as yarn crayons that you can use to add colour to any project!).  So we dyed some special never-to-be-repeated colourways and put them together by the half-dozen for a perfect holiday gift.  Or, if you know someone who has always wanted to try the fun of our Never Ending Gradient in the Mini-Skein Club, we’ve got an option for that as well.  Keep your eyes on your inbox for the link in time to scoop these up!

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Our Specials for Black Friday… And Beyond!

Our Specials for Black Friday… And Beyond!

This weekend is many things: a time to spend with family (I had a great Thanksgiving with mine — I hope you did too), the full start of the holiday season and, for the SpaceCadet crew, a chance to pull out the stops and create some real fun for our customers.  And this year, we all sat round a table with our tea and knitting for a big brainstorming session… and did exactly that!

We’ve got some great stuff lined up, something special every day of the weekend… and beyond!  Here’s the awesome line up…

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Friday from 12.01am — Our One-of-a-Kind Sweater Kits

We have some much fun putting these together for you!  We spread out a huge sheet, put all our skeins in the middle, and then start choosing and swapping until we get combinations that make us all squee!  I think you might too.  Take a look at the colour combos below and pick your favourite, then click here to go and grab it before anyone else does because there’s only one of each for most of these and, once they’re gone, they’re gone!

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Saturday from noon — Our Holiday Limited Edition Colourways

These colourways were so much fun to develop, I could hardly contain myself.  With every colour we layered on, the skeins seemed to get more and more breathtaking and I just couldn’t wait to show you!  Dyed on four bases — Pyxis, Lucina, Lyra, and Astrid — in very limited quantities, they’re sure to go very quickly, so be sure to set a reminder now and watch your inbox for the link.

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Sunday from 3pm — SpaceCadet Swag

By popular demand is such a cliche but, this time, it’s true!  We’ve had so many requests for more of some of our most popular club gifts that we went back to the makers and asked them recreate them with the adorable SpaceCadet front and center.  Our Notions tins, project bags, needle boxes (and more!) let you show off your SpaceCadet pride.

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Monday from 12.01am: Our Holiday Mini-Skein Collections and Mini-Skein Club Holiday Gift Subscriptions

We love what you can do with our adorable Mini-Skeins (we think of them as yarn crayons that you can use to add colour to any project!).  So we dyed some special never-to-be-repeated colourways and put them together by the half-dozen for a perfect holiday gift.  Or, if you know someone who has always wanted to try the fun of our Never Ending Gradient in the Mini-Skein Club, we’ve got an option for that as well.  Keep your eyes on your inbox for the link in time to scoop these up!

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The Winner of Our $20 Gift Certificate!

We so much fun in our Mini-Skein Cowl KAL that I decided to do a giveaway for a $20 gift certificate in time for Black Friday shopping.  So, without further ado, the winner is….

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Congratulations, Martha!  Just hit reply and give us your email address and we’ll get your discount code to you asap!