Sweater Kits and KALs

When we went to our Spring shows this year, we brought a huge pile of Sweater Kits.  They were something of an experiment — I hadn’t really announced them or talked about them ahead of time — but they were a big hit!  I loved watching customers digging through all the Sweater Kits to find the one that was just right.  And tons of you emailed and tweeted to ask, would the Sweater Kits be available in the shop?  Could you get them even if you can’t get to the shows?   The answer is yes, but in the rush of all the stuff that was going on after the shows (including this!), I never got the chance to put the kits in the shop after we got home.

The SpaceCadet's Sweater Kits


Sweater Kits for the Hana Hou KAL

But then I realised the other day that KAL for Singlehanded Knit’s fabulous Hana Hou is starting in just a few days — remember that lovely slouchy cardi that you knew you’d wear for just forever?  Yeah, I suddenly realised I should make those Sweater Kits available for anyone who’d still like to join the KAL.  We’ll have more kits in the works soon, but if you want to get in on the KAL, click here quick and grab one of the ones we’ve got in stock!

Hana Hou Sweater Kits
(And if you fancy knitting in it an Ombre or Gradient colourway, there’s a few of those left too.)


Sari Cardi KAL Starts, More Kits on the Way!

And May 1st sees the start of the KAL for Jenise Reid’s gorgeous Sari Cardi.  The Sari Cardi is knit in Thebe, our wonderfully airy Silk-Linen 2-play, and is an intriguing knit that incorporates unique shaping to create its beautiful sari-like draping.  Now you know that we sold out of the Sari Cardi Kits super fast, but we have more stock coming in and will be dyeing up additional kits to send out as soon as possible.  If you’d like to get on the waiting list for a kit and join the KAL when they’re ready, click here to order your Sari Cardi Kit!

The SpaceCadet's kit for the Sari Cardi


Hana Hou Winners …and Gifts for Everyone Else!

We’ve been super busy lately developing some fab new colourways, but I wanted to quickly pull myself away from the dyepots to give you the news that I know a ton of you have been waiting for…

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Last week I announced that Mel of Singlehanded Knits had generously given me seven copies of her gorgeous new pattern, Hana Hou (perfect for SpaceCadet Lyra!) to give away to seven lucky readers.  So, without further ado, the winners aaaaare…

  • Andrea  (SeCoWi13 on Ravelry)
  • Dianne (cdccj on Ravelry)
  • Grace (tully on Ravelry)
  • Laura (tastefldiversns on Ravelry)
  • Dawn (Knithemiptera on Ravlery)
  • Dvora (dvorag on Ravelry)
  • Robin (pookiemonk on Ravelry)

Congratulations!  Mel will be sending each of you your pattern shortly.

So You Didn’t Win? No Worries!

Even if your name’s not up on there in that list, I’ve still got a couple of treats for you!  But hurry, they’re for today only.

First, if you click here to join the SingleHanded Knits mailing list today, and Mel will give you $2 off your own copy of Hana Hou.  Which is pretty fabulous, and gets you halfway to getting cast on!

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And then, to get you the rest of the way to casting on, I’m giving you a coupon code for $5 off SpaceCadet Lyra — the perfect yarn for Hana Hou — which means your Hana Hou pattern is essentially free when you make it in SpaceCadet yarn!

We’ve got a ton of Lyra tied up and ready to dye, but you have to hurry — this is a spur-of-the-moment thing that I just thought of, so the code is good on orders placed today only.  To get your $5 off, just click here to choose your colours, and enter the code LyraForHanaHou during check out, and the rest of your Hana Hou pattern will be on me!


New Colourways

And you know I said we’d been hard at work in the studio developing new colourways?  It’s a really long process — first there’s the original colour idea, then the development of the recipe, then dyeing up test batches and checking quality, the photography and image editing, and then finally getting the new colouways up on the website.

New SpaceCadet Colourways - Ares, Mars, How Dare You, and Oxblood

But our new colours are slowly making their way into the shop, one by one — and I’ll be working on putting a few more of them in later this week and over the weekend.  But for now, have a look for fabulous four new shades in Lyra.  And, hey, leave a comment and let me know which is your favourite — I’d love to know!

The Yarn Alliance Opens in March

Are you signed up for the Yarn Alliance mailing list?  Available to new subscribers only twice a year, the InterStellar Yarn Alliance — the SpaceCadet’s premiere yarn club, known for fabulous fingering yarns, gorgeous colourways, and awesome gifts — will be opening again in March for two weeks only.  If you want to be the first to know when it does, click here and get on the Yarn Alliance mailing list!

Hana Hou: A Giveaway!

Is someone giving you roses today?  Maybe a huge box of chocolate?  Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful bright spot in the depths of winter but if, like me, you aren’t likely to get something from a sweetheart, then let me step in and give you a sweet little treat of my own…

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My friend Mel of Singlehanded Knits has just released Hana Hou, a gorgeous new cardigan design that I just love, absolutely love.  Knit in sport weight yarn and perfect for SpaceCadet Lyra, it features an asymmetrical style with a really beautiful border detail on the placket and cuffs.  It’s just the kind of knit you find yourself itching to get on the needles…

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But there’s something more about Hana Hou that knocked my socks off.  Rather than simply put together a regular pattern, Mel has turned Hana Hou into a stunning look book, each page filled with the most incredibly luscious photography alongside the pattern instructions.  Every image makes you feel like you are falling right into the page and changes Hana Hou from a simple pattern into something that feels more like an escape to the islands.  I can’t stop scrolling through it on my iPad…

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Win a Copy of the Hana Hou Pattern & Look Book!

So how about a copy of your own?  You got it! Mel has very generously given me seven copies of Hana Hou to give away to seven lucky winners!

All you have to do is:

  1. go to Ravelry (click here) and add Hana Hou to either your favourites or your queue
  2. and then leave a comment here on the blog telling me which Lyra colourway you’d choose for your Hana Hou (don’t forget to mention your Ravelry name)

That’s it!  Once that’s done, you’re in with a chance to win your own copy of the gorgeous Hana Hou pattern look book!  But hurry — the giveaway closes on Monday Feb 17 at 11.59pm EST, and I’ll announce the winner on the blog on Tuesday.

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But hey, what if you just can’t wait to get your hands on Hana Hou?  Yeah, we’ve got you covered — click here to join the Singlehanded Knits mailing list, and Mel will send you a $2 discount code for an instant download.

Pssst!  The Yarn Alliance Is Opening Soon!

Available to new subscribers only twice a year, the InterStellar Yarn Alliance — the SpaceCadet’s premiere yarn club, known for fabulous fingering yarns, gorgeous colourways, and awesome gifts — will be opening again in March for two weeks only.  If you want to be the first to know when it does, click here and get on the Yarn Alliance mailing list!

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There’s always small print — official rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to entrants worldwide, age 5 or older. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Sweepstakes ends 11:59 p.m. EST on February 17, 2014. Official entry is made by commenting on the SpaceCadet blog post titled “Hana Hou: A Giveaway!” and by favouriting and/or queuing Hana Hou on Ravelry. Limit one entry per person. Sponsored by Singlehanded Knits and SpaceCadet Inc, PO Box 113312, Pittsburgh PA 15241. Seven (7) prizes, each consisting of one (1) copy of the Hana Hou pattern and look book, valued at $7. Total prize value: $49. Winner will be selected by random drawing. Prize cannot be redeemed for cash. Prize cannot be substituted. Employees and family of employees of SpaceCadet Inc and/or Singlehanded Knits are ineligible. A list of winners will be available on the SpaceCadet blog on or after February 18, 2014. For full official rules, visit https://spacecadetyarn.com/2014/02/14/hana-hou-a-giveaway