A Sneak Peek at the Dublin Tee!

If you ask me what day it is, I don’t know.  If you ask me what time it is, I’ll be no help to you.  And if you ask me which way is up, I might end up pointing in any direction.  Rhinebeck is only two weeks away and, though life keeps trying to derail the whole thing, I am keeping my nose to the grindstone and powering through.

And you know I love it but…  well, if you’re not made of either yarn or dye, I probably have no idea what to do with you right now!

But just before I run back into the studio (run, SpaceCadet, run!), I just want to quickly share with you a sneak peek at the Dublin Tee by Melissa Jean Designs.  It’s debuting at Rhinebeck, but I got to see one of the sample being knitted up and snapped some pictures for you guys.

The Dublin Tee by Melissa Jean Designs knit in SpaceCadet Creations Lyra yarn


In a way, it’s a simple tee.  But the beautiful cable work gives it stretch and shaping that takes that tee to whole ‘nother level.  It is just stunning.

The Dublin Tee by Melissa Jean Designs knit in SpaceCadet Creations Lyra yarn


The yarn in these photos is SpaceCadet Lyra, an incredibly sproingy sport weight yarn in 100% superwash merino.  What? You didn’t know “sproingy” was a word?  There is no other way to describe it!  When you squish it between your fingers, it just goes sproing right back into shape!

The Dublin Tee by Melissa Jean Designs knit in SpaceCadet Creations Lyra yarn


The Dublin Tee will be available at the Melissa Jean Designs booth at Rhinebeck, so please do stop by and see it…  see us…  see the sproing!  And if you can’t make it to the festival, it will be available through the Melissa Jean website after its debut.

The Dublin Tee by Melissa Jean Designs knit in SpaceCadet Creations Lyra yarn


Don’t those pictures make you want to cast on right now?!?  Yeah, me too. And you know what?  As soon as I’ve got all this dyeing done and the festival is over, that is exactly what I’m going to do!

So What Do I Make With It?!? Projects in SpaceCadet Yarn

I know I’ve said it before, but one of my favourite things about this job is seeing what you guys make with SpaceCadet yarn.  So often, the way the colourways look in the skein is completely different from how they look in the finished object — and I just love seeing that transformation!

Many of you are kind enough to share pictures of your projects in the SpaceCadet group on Ravelry.  And quite a few of you email pictures of your projects to me personally (I love that! Thank you!).

And I want to share my favourites with you here.  I think you’ll find it just as fascinating as I do to see how the colourway in the skeins translates in the finished projects!

The first one I’ve chosen is this incredibly cool, slouchy hat made by Stacey Trock.  She’s the designer of crochet amigurumi at FreshStitches.com and author of Cuddly Crochet and Crocheted Softies, and for this project she chose SpaceCadet Estelle yarn in a colourway called City Park — a lovely green that gently washes into hints of blues and yellows.  Here’s what the yarn looks like in the skein…

SpaceCadet Creations Estelle yarn for knitting or crochet, in City Park

And here’s what Stacey created with it!  The pattern is the Rocka Beanie by MayaB.  And I just love the way the stockinette and simple shaping let the colours shine through!

Stacey Trock of Fresh Stitches shows off her fabulous Rocka Beanie knitted in SpaceCadet Creations Estelle yarn in City Park

There are so many fabulous projects out there in SpaceCadet yarn that I am going to turn this into an ongoing series.  I’m looking for great projects in luscious colours, shown off with really beautiful photography.  Know of a project like that that I ought to see?  Please, tell me about it!

Oooh, two more quick things:

If you’re a fan of Stacey’s work and you’d like to meet her in person, she’ll be at Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet this weekend, teaching classes and selling her books and kits in booth 51.  And she’ll be coming to the Ravelry meet-up on Friday night.  Stacey’s an absolute doll — if you come and meet her, you’ll love her!

And if you’re coming to Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet, please please wear your SpaceCadet project.  Not only would I be thrilled to see it, but if we’re not too crowded, I’d love grab a couple of pictures of it, maybe for a future blog post.  So, please do wear your SpaceCadet project!