Rhinebeck? And the SpaceCadet Panics!

Rhinebeck is only one week away Rhinebeck is only one week away Rhinebeck is only one week away!

And I am panicking a little.  The trouble with a show that’s bigger than anything I’ve ever done is that I’ve got absolutely no idea how much yarn we’ll need.  So a few weeks ago I decided to start dyeing and just not stop.  And that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing ever since.

One week!  And there is so. much. to. do.  And I don’t know if I have enough yarn!  So I gotta get back into the studio but, before I do…  here quick, come take a look…


A SpaceCadet Creations colourway called Happy Happy Sunshine

SpaceCadet Creations yarns soaking after dyeing

SpaceCadet Capella Single Ply yarn

SpaceCadet Creations colourDyes in the SpaceCadet Studio

A SpaceCadet Creations colourway called Wild Yonder

A Very Silly Self-Portrait in the Studio

Coming to Rhinebeck?  Come visit us at the Melissa Jean Designs booth.  Hope to see you there!


I Can’t Show You This Yarn

I’ve dyed two skeins of my lovely sparkly Lucina yarn in the colourway Southeasterly.  It’s an amazing blend of deep purples and seaweed greens.  The sparkles in the yarn shimmer in the light, and it is absolutely gorgeous.

And my camera simply won’t photograph it.


My camera has always struggled with purples.  Time and time again, they come out more blue than they really are.  I’ve tried adjusting all sorts of things on the camera — the white balance, the colour settings, the exposure compensation — but to no avail.  I’ve tried manipulating the colours after I download the picture to make them more realistic, but they refuse to play. Purples come out blue, and a horrid garish blue at that.  And so I have no way to show you what this yarn really looks like.

Which is a real shame, because it’s beautiful.  It took my breath away when I pulled it out of the dyepot.  The colourway is Southeasterly and is much like the yarn I dyed in this colourway before


But this time, it’s so much more intense, so much more striking.  And then with the sparkles too…

I wish I could show it to you, I really do.  But you’re just going to have to believe me when I say it doesn’t look like this.  It really doesn’t look like this — it is so, so, soooo much better.


And if there are any photographers out there who can tell me what I am doing wrong, I’d be incredibly grateful for any suggestions.  …Or, better yet, if there are any knitting photographers who want to come round and give me a lesson on capturing better purples, there might be a skein or two of yarn in it for you..!