Introducing Maia, the Stunning New SpaceCadet Yarn

Are you ready to squeeee with me?  I’m over the moon to introduce you to the SpaceCadet’s newest yarn…  You are in for a treat!

Introducing Maia, with Shine and Drape to Die For!

Named after the fourth brightest star in the Pleiades, Maia is a very special yarn.  Spun with 80% bamboo, it has a simply amazing sheen that takes on colour with an incredible icy luster.  That shine you see in the pictures?  It’s no trick of the camera — Maia really is that luminescent!

Tickled on Maia 580


And the way Maia drapes?  It’s just stunning.  This yarn is wonderfully soft* and light to the touch but, do you know, it hangs as though it were almost heavy.  The effect is just beautiful.

Perfect for light late-summer knits, its lustrous sheen and icy colours carry through to elegant shawls for winter festivities.  Maia is the yarn to choose for your most stunning and eye-catching creations.

Breathless on Maia 580


The Details: Maia

Fiber Content: 80% Bamboo, 20% Superwash Merino; 4-ply

Weight: Fingering;  Each skein is approximately 3.5oz/100g, and the yarn contains approximately 400 yards per 100g

How does this yarn take colour? Because bamboo does not take on the colour from acid dyes, colourways in Maia are much, much softer than our other fingering yarns, and the sheen gives them a wonderful “iced” look that adds to its unique look.

Currently in stock in Breathless, Cove, Crush, Dark Skies, Feather, Headstrong, Honey, Mars, Oxblood, Sage, and Tickled.  It is also available to order for custom dyeing in any of our other SpaceCadet Colourways.

Click here to see Maia in the SpaceCadet shop!


Dark Skies on Maia 580

The Fascia Shawl, designed for Maia

When I sent two skeins of Maia to designer Amy Maceyko, she shot back, “OMG the drape!”  And I knew immediately that she was going to use it to design something wonderfully flowing and elegant.

And didn’t she just?  This is the Fascia Shawl — a design created to show off the beauty of Maia, but with little details that are simply delicious.  Oh do you see that lovely edging?  So beautiful!

Fascia Shawl by Amy Maceyko, designed in the SpaceCadet's newest yarn, Maia

*with a yarn as lustrous as Maia, you might think it wouldn’t be very nice to handle, but look at that last image just above — do you see the fuzzy halo on the edge of the shawl?  For all its icy sheen, Maia really is deliciously soft!

Click here to see Maia in the SpaceCadet shop.




So Much Fun Stuff: New Website, Mini-Skein Club, and a Shop Update Too!

There has been so much going on here — so much! — that I feel I am about to burst!  And it’s all just about ready…  a-a-almost there…   So today’s shop update will be a mini-update so I can quickly get back and finish all this up and share it with you.  More on that update at the bottom.

But right now, let me tell you what I’ve been working on…

The Website

First, a new website!  I’m really excited about it because it’s beautiful, everything I’d hoped for.  But the reason that’s really cool for you is that it’s going to allow me to a whole bunch of new things that I couldn’t do before (one of them is my new club, which I’m going to tell you about in a second).

But there’s a really important thing you need to know about this website change.  If you subscribe to my website via my mailing list, you don’t need to do a thing.  But if you subscribe via WordPress, you’ll need to change over to the mailing list — and that’s super easy to do.  Just click here to join the mailing list.  See?  Easy and done!  (If you want to ensure you don’t receive duplicate emails during the transition period, you might also change your WordPress settings, like this.)

Mini-Skein Club

Remember that Super Secret Thing I was telling you about?  Oh, I am so excited about this…!  And if you’re addicted to hexipuffs, dreaming about the BeeKeeper’s Quilt, falling head over heels for the Babette blanket, or any of the other wonderful mini-skein patterns that are cropping up everywhere these days, then you will be super excited too!  The SpaceCadet Mini-Skein Club is coming and it will not only be a regular supply of those addictive little skeins, but also give you the perfect opportunity to try out all those wonderful SpaceCadet yarns and colourways that you’ve never used before.  Think of it as a mouthwatering knitters’ and crocheters’ sample pack, delivering yarny goodness to your door every month…

The SpaceCadet's Mini-Skein Club for Knitters and Crocheters

I cannot wait to get the Mini-Skein Club started!  If you can’t wait either, make sure you’re on the mailing list to be the first to hear when it goes live!

The Ebook

The ebook is with the editor and is so close to being finished, I can taste it!  I know a lot of people aren’t sure how to approach knitting or crocheting with hand-dyed yarn, so I’m hoping this ebook will help ease any nervousness.  It’s  an introductory guide to hand-dyed yarn: how to use it, how to care for it, how to understand it so you can dive into hand-dyed without fear.  If that sounds just right for you, then get on that mailing list to be sure you hear when it’s ready for download!

Oh, and this is really cool — the editor has been blogging the process of putting the ebook together.  Check it out! 

Shop Update

And finally, here’s the shop mini-update I promised you, two yarns that I am just crazy about…

First is a colourway that I’ve called Inlet, because I see all the colours of shimmering and shallow water — blues, greens, grays — with the glint of something precious resting at the bottom.  I absolutely love this colourway!  The yarn is 70% superwash merino, 20% bamboo, and 10% nylon, so it has that lovely glossy sheen.

SpaceCadet Inlet Yarn for knitting or crochet.

And another yarn in that same lovely bamboo base… This colourway is Contrary and I just love the intensity of those cool, cool blues…

Merino/Bamboo/Nylon yarn in Contrary.

So, lots of stuff going on. It’s been crazy busy but soooo exciting! And if you’re excited too, keep checking back to see if the website has changed. Once it has, the ball starts rolling on everything else too…