Making That Connection

Driving home the other week from back-to-back trunk shows, I was on an absolute high.  The owner of one of the shops had said to me that she thought that trunk shows were so much fun because her customers really liked making that conection to the dyer.  And as I thought about it, I knew she was right.  We so often think of knitting and crochet as being about projects, being about rows, about yarn and needles and hooks and all that stuff.  But there’s one thing that none of that covers, and it’s maybe more important than any of it.

It’s All About The Connection

So often, what it’s really about is connection.  Yes, most days we knit in solitude — but we always make sure we can get away to knit night.  And we upload our WIPs to Ravelry, and check out the projects of others who are making the same pattern or using the same yarn.  And the yarn… yes, the yarn.  There are miles and miles of beautiful, even, predictable commercial yarns to choose from…  but so often we gravitate toward a skein of yarn that has been dyed by hand, by a real person who put as much care into the colours of that skein as we put into every stitch of our projects.

SpaceCadet Creations Stella yarn in Plume, for knitting and crochetStella fingering yarn in Plume


And as I drove home, I realised that that connection is just as important to me.  In the same way that you knit or crochet for a someone special — for a friend, for your sister, for a colleague, or even for yourself — when I dye, I’m not thinking of the yarn, I’m thinking of the people who are going to use it.   I can see the projects in my mind, and I know the wonderful fiber-zen that this yarn will carry.  Just as you love knowing your yarn comes from a real person, so I love knowing it will be used by a real person, in a project they will love.  I crave that connection too.

So imagine my excitement this week when I discovered that two of my customers (one new, one long-time) have created their own video-podcasts!  It was such a delight to finally “meet” these lovely, warm, down-to-earth ladies I’ve been sending my yarns to.  And I began immediately to wish we lived closer, so we could sit down and have a proper natter over a cup of tea and our knitting.

The connection is everything.


 The Podcasts

This is Amanda and here’s what I love about her podcast, We Are Yarn:  the way she asks for help on the stuff that’s stumping her, the lovely things she says about SpaceCadet yarns and her InterStellar Yarn Alliance parcel (at 14:24), her beautiful Tennessee accent, and the cat with the swishy-swishy tail on her couch.

The We Are Yarn podcast talks about SpaceCadet Creations yarn


And this is Melissa in her Single-Handed Knits podcast.  I love that I can almost smell the Hawaiian sea breezes blowing through her window, and I love the wonderful things she says about her SpaceCadet Mini-Skein Club parcel (at 13:24).  I love that she actually does knit with one hand, and I love love love her incredibly positive outlook.

The Single-Handed Knits Podcast talks about SpaceCadet Creations yarn


Two More Ways to Connect

Trunk Show in Erie PA

First, don’t forget that I’ll be doing a trunk show this Saturday, June 2, at The Cultured Purl in Erie PA. If you’re anywhere in the area, please do come and meet the yarn — and I’d really love to meet you too!

Send Me a Video-Introduction!

But, better than that, Amanda and Melissa’s podcasts gave me an idea.  If we haven’t met (or even if we have), I’d love it — love it, love it, loooove it — if you’d video-introduce yourself to me.  Flip on that webcam, grab your SpaceCadet yarn, and for 30 seconds, just record yourself.  Say hello, tell me who you are (and who you are on Ravelry), show me your yarn or — better yet! — your projects, and then fire it off to me in an email or on Twitter.   (I have a little nugget of an idea that, one day — if it’s ok with you guys — I could take these little clips and do a video mash up showing off all the great projects you all have made with your SpaceCadet yarn.)

But far more important than that, it would just be so cool for me to be able to meet you guys — to make that connection that means so much to all of us.

Something Important I Want to Share

This is not going to be the post I had planned today, but there’s something important I want to share with you.  No pretty pictures today, no big announcements…  Just something I really need to say.

Yesterday I did a video interview with Johnny Vasquez of and, while I suspect I blathered on like a complete numpty through most of the interview, there was one question that sparked such a moment of clarity for me that I just have to tell you.

Johnny asked what made me start my two yarn clubs (the InterStellar Yarn Alliance and the SpaceCadet’s Mini-Skein Club).   And as I rambled my answer (and rambled and rambled…), I found myself talking less about why I started the clubs and more about how much fun I have doing them.  Not just creating the colourways for the Yarn Alliance, but also coming up with the goodies for each parcel, and pulling together colourways for the Mini-Skeins club…  I mean, those are fun — great fun — but it’s more than that.

Sure, it started out being about doing the yarn club stuff,  but it quickly changed…

And the reason it’s changed is because of you guys.  No seriously, look…  This past Monday, the Mini-Skein parcels went out and within two days, I was reading this:

On Twitter: “LOVE my miniskeinclub shipment!!! I cannot WAIT to use these.”

And on Ravelry: “My mini-skeins arrived today and, Wow! They are lovely! Beautiful colors!”

“I had to open them in parking lot at work since i couldn’t wait to see what colors.”

Do you guys have any idea how happy it makes me to read this stuff?  When I choose the colours and put together the mini-skeins, and I pack them in the boxes and send them out…  I’m just hoping you all will like them.  And then I get feedback like that.  Oh man!

And you know I released the SpaceCadet’s ebook last week, Launching Into Hand-Dyed: a basic guide to knitting and crocheting with hand-dyed yarns.  And the feedback was equally heartwarming.  Here’s what I was reading:

“What a helpful guide! I learned a bunch of new things…  Thank you!”

“Love the ebook! …Love all the drool-worthy photos too.”

And I even got a Christmas card this week from a customer who’d  asked me to create a custom colour for her.  I sent off the yarn with my fingers crossed that I’d created the shade she’d been seeing in her mind’s eye.  And she’d actually send a card just to tell me how happy she was with the result!

And then, when I go on Ravelry, and see all the fantastic stuff you guys are making with SpaceCadet yarns…  Ohhh, it just makes me want to squee!  Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous projects!  You guys have no idea how much I love seeing what you all create with the yarns I send out to you.

So there I was answering Johnny’s question about why I do the yarn clubs and, as I was fumbling to say something clever (or just plain coherent), I began to realise that the real answer has absolutely nothing to do with yarn and nothing to do with clubs.

The real reason is actually about you guys, and how much it means to know that you love the yarns and colourways that you receive.

So when I sat down to write a blog post today, I knew I had to scrap what I’d planned and write this instead…  You guys are great customers.  Your feedback and your support mean the world to me.  And as we near the holidays, I just wanted to take a moment and tell you all that.   You guys are what make all make all this worthwhile.