2014 has arrived beneath a beautiful blanket of snow, and somehow the new year feels as full of hope and possibilities as all that perfect, fresh whiteness.
We have great plans for the upcoming year: new colourways, new premises, fun KALs, exciting website changes, and new adventures with local yarn shops. It’ll take lots to do and lots to work to make it all happen — and we can’t wait to get started!
Amy, Jade, and I are getting together today to work through some of those plans. I’m getting the coffees, they’re bringing fresh eyes and fresh ideas — and lots of that enthusiasm that I’ve come to rely on. It’s going to be good.
But there’s one more thing that we need, and that can come only from you. The biggest part of making our plans is knowing what you want — seriously, nothing is more important.
So please would you take a moment and give us your input?
Leave a very quick comment below and we’ll use it in today’s meeting. Tell us:
What you think we’ve done right this year. What have you loved? What would you like to see more of?
What we could change or improve? We’d love to hear your constructive suggestions.
And lastly, please give us the name of an LYS you’d like to see SpaceCadet yarn in this year. What’s the coolest yarn shop in your city? Who should we be talking to?
Thank you so much for being such a wonderful community in 2013 — it’s been a great year! And now, with your help, we’re looking forward to an more fantastic 2014. A Happy New Year indeed!
You know that moment when you suddenly realise something that should have been blindingly obvious to you? You roll your eyes, maybe slap your own forehead, right? Yeah, I had one of those moments the other day.
A few weeks ago, I updated my wholesale information for local yarn shops that carry SpaceCadet yarn, and when I did the colourway images, I naturally grouped them by collection. Collection?, you say. Yeah, I know I do a lot of crazy, experimental dyeing — and that’s what a lot of you love about SpaceCadet yarn — but I also develop and dye set collections of colourways. They’re colourways that go together, that mix-and-match, that will work beautifully in the same project.
I love these collections. Love developing them, love how one colour leads me to the next, love looking at them all together when they’re done. And my head-slapping moment came when I realised… I’d never shown them to you!
The thing I love about this collection is that the semi-solid blue, greens, pink, and red work together on their own, but when you add the varigated yarn, Quilt on a Green Bed, suddenly, they are all perfectly coordinated. I see a cardigan knit in one of the semi-solid colours, with the details such as collar or cuffs knit in the variegated yarn. You may see it done the other way around. Either way, I love how they all come together.
Ok, so here’s another collection, one I don’t think I’ve shown you as a group before…
This one I love — it’s so rich, so dark and yet colourful, playful. And that Honey — oh, how it pops! And again, all the semi-solids pull together with Submerge, the variegated yarn, for a completely coordinated look. Can you see a project in there? Is it one colour and gentle, or is it popping with wild colour?
And just quickly, another soft and springlike collection…
That middle colourway there, it’s one of my favourites ever ever ever. And from it, I pulled out Gentle, the pink on the right. They’re gorgeous together.
The last group of yarns isn’t a collection, so I shouldn’t really include it here, but it’s in the wholesale information and I love these colourways so much, I can’t help but show you! They’re colours that make you just want to dive headfirst into the computer screen, aren’t they?
My goal in creating these collections is to make it so that you can look at the yarns and just see your project — see the colours working together in the patterns you’ve been thinking about starting. I wanted to make it easier to jump into variegated yarns by creating other colours that work with them, so that you can choose whether those variegated yarns are going to dominate your project or just act as a highlight.
And then a few days ago, I suddenly realised I’d never shown them to you! I’ve only ever put them in the shop — individually, even — and not really done anything to tie them together for you. Headslap!
So now that you’ve seen them as they’re meant to be seen, what do you think? Can you see your project? Tell me — because I’d love to know — would it be made of the wildly variegateds, or are you partial to the semi-solids?
Speaking of going in the shop, I’ve just done a shop update. Great yarns with lovely cashmere, in some of the colourways straight from these collections. Oh, and one eye-popping colourway that I may never be able to repeat again!
This blog post was supposed to be a shop update, but my chief yarn-prep guy (my husband!) has been a bit under the weather, so I have to delay the update for a couple of days. Look for those new yarns to go into the shop on Friday instead. And if you’re on the Yarn Adventurers mailing list, keep an eye open for an email sometime in the next week!
In the meantime, let me share a little teaser with you. The InterStellar Yarn Alliance parcels went out in the post yesterday, and the Alliance members are in for such a treat. I can’t wait for their parcels to arrive! Can you guess what’s in them?…
And ooooh! I just wanted to share this with you…
Ever wondered what forty pounds of yarn looks like all in one place? Well, that’s what it looks like! That’s forty pounds of freshly-dyed SpaceCadet yarn, all headed to fibre space in Alexandria VA. fibre space is one of the coolest LYSs in the country (I think my SpaceCadet might just have a crush on their space cadet!). And I am so excited to have SpaceCadet yarn there!
So if you’re in the DC area, do go check fibre space out — and look for the SpaceCadet yarn, because I’ve dyed some really gorgeous, never-seen-before colourways that you won’t want to miss!