Creative Colour: Two Projects that Inspire

One of the things that I find so seductive about hand-dyed yarn is way it is just so full of possibilities.  Every knitter or crocheter looks at a skein and sees a completely different destiny for it — and no two people are ever going to create the exact same thing.  Even if they were to use the same yarn and the same pattern, their gauges will be slightly varied and so the colours will arrange themselves in different ways across the stitches…   With hand-dyed yarn, there is always that element of what-if, a kind of energy wrapped up in the colour and fiber and twist.  I find that so intriguing!

And so I get crazy excited to discover what SpaceCadet customers make with our yarn.  I loooove seeing finished your objects in the SpaceCadet group on Ravelry, or posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (make sure you tag me, ok? @spacecadetyarn or #spacecadetyarn).

You know how I much I love hunting out interesting ways to use SpaceCadet Mini-Skeins, right? (If you don’t, just check out the Mini-Skein Ideas board on Pinterest — some really amazing possibilities there)  Well, I’ve just got to share this one with you, because sometimes it’s the littlest thing that makes a project really come to life.


Using Mini-Skeins on Mini-Skeins

Now first, if you don’t know Martina Behm’s Hitchhiker pattern, let me show you:

Hitchhiker by Martina Behm

It’s a simple garter stitch shawl — easy to knit but intriguing because of its diagonal construction and fun sawtoothed edging.  So far, so good.

But now check out this little modification that Megan/Arthjarna made to her Hitchhiker — and what a massive impact it has on the finished product!


Hitchhiker in SpaceCadet Mini-Skeins

Megan used SpaceCadet Ombre Mini-Skeins so her Hitchhiker shifts from the intense rust of Headstrong at one end to a gorgeous shades of terracotta at the other.  But here’s the thing that I think is pure genius…  instead of having the colours blend into each other, Megan went bold and chose a contrasting Mini-Skein in a gorgeous chartreuse to highlight each colour shift.

She actually added a second Mini-Skein element to her Mini-Skein project.  How awesome is that?!?

Using the Start-Anywhere Gradient Mix

You remember last month I created Space-Cadet’s Start-Anywhere Gradient Mini-Skein Mix?  Here’s how it works:

The Start-Anywhere Gradient Mix, from the SpaceCadet's Mini-Skein Club, June 2014


And I just have to share with you this gorgeous project, knit by my assistant Jade/jadeish.  It’s the Quaker Yarn Stretcher Boomerang by Susan Ashcroft and it’s got a very similar diagonal construction, but this time with the added texture of alternating knit and purl ridges.

What I love about about this is how the individual Mini-Skeins work together.  Look closely…  Do you see the gray flecks in the burnt-orange along the edge?  Those are there so that skein can blend back into the gray of the first skein if you wanted to start at another point in the Mini-Skein bundle.

 Quaker Yarn Stretcher Boomerang by Susan Ashcroft, knit in SpaceCadet Mini-Skeins.

But in this shawl, what it actually does is tie the whole thing together, by picking up the colour of the gray at the other end of the shawl, and making the whole piece come together.  Even though the first and the last Mini-Skein aren’t physically joined, there’s still a connection in the colour, and that brings the whole shawl full circle.

See what I mean?  So many possibilities in each skein of yarn!  So come on and show me — what will you make with yours?  I’m dying to see!


This Yarn into That Project: Rebecca’s Submerge Socks

If you’ve bought a skein of SpaceCadet yarn from the shop, you may have received a note from me, asking you to please come to the SpaceCadet group and show me what you made with it.  Or, if you bought from us at a yarn show, I probably grabbed you before you left the booth and told you how much I’d love to see your project.  Sometimes I wonder if people think I really mean it.

Oh, but I do!  I honestly love seeing what my customers make with my yarn.  Because here’s the thing:  when I create a colourway, I have an idea in my head of how it will knit up but, more than any other kind of yarn, every skein of hand-dyed is something really special.  The same colourway will work up completely differently from one pattern to the next — each project a wonderful adventure.  And so often, entirely different from what I’d imagined when I dyed the yarn!

Here, check out this colourway.  It’s called Submerge and I love it.  Loved it from the very moment I pulled it out of the dyepot.  It’s vibrant, exciting, and fabulously wildly variegated.

SpaceCadet Creations hand-dyed yarn for knitting and crochet in "Submerge"

And there are just so many ways this colourway could work up in a project!  The possibilities are almost endless, so I was dying for someone to send me photos of their finished object.

So I was delighted when Rebecca posted photos of her Submerge socks in the Ravelry group.  Especially because she chose a pattern I never would have had the guts to use for this colourway:  a pair of stockinette socks.  Don’t get me wrong, I love simple patterns that let the yarn shine through, but I think I would have worried that this colourway would just be too bold for such a simple stitchpattern.

Rebecca's Submerge Socks, knit from SpaceCadet Creations yarn

I would have been completely wrong!  The stockinette was a bold choice, but it totally worked.  The colours formed mini-stripes that played against one another beautifully and, where they came together, really made each other really pop.  Here, see if this doesn’t get your fiber-lovin’ juices flowing…

Rebecca's Submerge Socks, knit from SpaceCadet Creations yarn

One of the reasons I would have shied away from stockinette is that, with such a highly variegated yarn, there’s a potential for pooling or flashing.  Now, there are always ways to avoid it if it starts (don’t know how? Download the SpaceCadet’s free guide) but, as these socks show, sometimes it’s best to just throw out the rules (are there rules really?) and just go where the yarn leads you.

And in this case, the yarn led Rebecca to some of the coolest diagonal pooling I’ve ever seen.  “I loved seeing the colors start to spiral around each sock,” she said.  “I’m more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants knitter, so it was pure luck that the socks ended up with those fun spirals.”

Seriously, how subtly funky are these socks?!?

Rebecca's funky spiralled Submerge Socks, knit in SpaceCadet Creations yarn

So, if you meet me at a yarn show and I ask you to send me photos of your project…  or you open your parcel and find a little note from me asking you to share your project in the SpaceCadet Ravelry group…   know that I mean it.  I love seeing what you guys create with my colourways into and I really do want to see your projects.  Quick! Grab your camera and show me your work!