The Latest InterStellar Yarn Alliance Parcel

Saturdays are always quieter on the internet.   And beautiful holiday weekends that catch the last of the summer days are even quieter (who wants to be inside on a computer when there are rays to catch and burgers to grill?).  So when I realised that the InterStellar Yarn Alliance fell on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, I really thought that sign-ups would be slow.  Slow with tumbleweed; slow with crickets…

Crickey, was I ever wrong — you guys have blown me away!  I been walking around with the hugest grin on my face to see so many people piling in to join the Yarn Alliance.  It’s been incredible — and we are going to have a blast!!!

Wanna see what I mean?  The latest parcels for the Alliance went out last week and, here, have a look…

First there was the yarn.  I love the colourway and I’m really happy to report that, from the comments on Ravelry, the members did too.  This is a colourway that’s all about summer: bright, happy, and bursting with colour.

SpaceCadet Creations yarn in colourway Endless Summer


And then, of course, there was the SpaceCadet’s Log, with all the details of the inspiration behind the colourway.  (Shall I let you in on a little secret?  This colourway was a total mistake — I was aiming for something else entirely but, as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to go with it!)

The SpaceCadet's Log for the Endless Summer colourway


And then there was the gift.  And I am super excited about this…  Check it out — it’s a fabulous custom-made SpaceCadet notions bag!  I absolutely love the idea of the Yarn Alliance members opening up their project bags to find all these little SpaceCadets grinning up at them!

(And there’s a very poignant story behind this gift — read it here and send my friend Amy some love)

The InterStellar Yarn Alliance gift


Doesn’t it look great?  The InterStellar Yarn Alliance is open for subscriptions only until Sept 16 and space is limited.  So if you want to find out more, be quick and click here for all the details.
Click here to learn more or to join the SpaceCadet's InterStellar Yarn Alliance yarn club for knitters and crocheters


Whatcha Up To This Weekend?

Come and see us at the PLY (Peace, Love, and Yarn) Party!  Every year, Lovelyarns in Baltimore hosts a bunch of indie dyers for a seriously exciting celebration of hand-dyed yarn.  If you’re anywhere in the Baltimore area, you do not want to miss it.  Click here for all the details, and then come out and see us.  And make sure you stop by and say hi to me — I’d love to meet you!

Fantastic New Colourways and Upcoming Events (*cough* …Yarn Alliance!)

I have been working like a mad woman — there have been trunk shows, and more coming up (see below for details), I’ve been dyeing for the next Yarn Alliance parcel and for some great new shops, and getting ready for Rhinebeck…  Oh, and building a new online shop.  Let it never be underestimated how much work goes into a new shop!

Y’know, I could say that again.  Neverrrrrr underestimate.  Never never never never…

But there’s good stuff in all that work too.  One of the most fun: I’ve gotten to explore some fun new photography techniques to take some luscious new colourway pictures.  What do you think to these?!?

The New SpaceCadet Colourway Images


A-a-a-and, if you know my colourways, and you’ve looked closely at that photo, you’ll have spotted that there’s a new one in there.  It’s called Five Rings, and I created it for the latest bundle of yarns for the SpaceCadet’s Mini-Skein Club.  The seed of inspiration was planted when Mindy at Clotheshorse magazine sent me one of their mood boards and asked me to dye a colour to go with it.  And I just couldn’t stop!  From that colour, I just kept mixing dyes until I’d created a whole new collection of gorgeous sun-baked spice colours, tempered with the cool of a silver-grey.  And Five Rings is the one that ties all the colourways together.

This is one of the mini-skein bundles that went out to the Club members (clockwise from top left, they are: Five Rings, Burnt Clay, Mars, Drizzle, and Sun-Baked).  Would you be understanding if I told you that I very very nearly didn’t send out the parcels this month?  That I very nearly kept all the skeins for meeeeeeee?

The New SpaceCadet Colourway Collection


Well, after all the bundles went out, I went into the studio and quickly dyed a whole bunch more, in at least five different yarn types.  Look for them  as soon as they are dry!

Mark Your Calendars!

If you live in the Baltimore/DC area, you do not want to miss the PLY party (Peace, Love, and Yarn) at Lovelyarns on Sept 9.  It’s a hand-dyed extravaganza with fresh yarns from a ton of indie dyers.  Make sure you’re there!

Just one week later, on Sept 15, we’ll be doing a trunk show at the fabulous KNOTS (Knitting On The Square) in Chardon Ohio.  I was up there earlier in the summer for a fabulous class with Brenda Dayne, and I can’t wait to go back!  Will you be coming?

And…  Oh oh oh!  Mark your calendars and set an alarm, because the InterStellar Yarn Alliance will open for subscriptions from Sept 1 to Sept 16!  The Yarn Alliance is the SpaceCadet’s fabulous yarn club, full of gorgeous yarn, exclusive colourways, and fantastic goodies.  Spaces are limited, so click here to check it out!


This Weekend: PLY Party (and Emptying the Shop)

It’s going to be an exciting weekend!  We’re packing up all the yarns and heading to Baltimore for Lovelyarn‘s PLY (Peace, Love, Yarn) Party on Sunday, and — so long as the rain holds off — I think it’s going to be a blast!

knitting, yarn, crochet, lovelyarns, PLY party, spacecadet, space cadet, indie dyer, hand-dyed

The PLY Party is a gathering of the indie dyers that Lovelyarns carries in their shop, selling their yarns in person and getting to meet the customers (and that last bit is the part I’m really looking forward to).  If you’re anywhere in the Baltimore area this weekend, please do come to the party!

Here’s all the details:

Lovelyarn’s PLY (Peace, Love, Yarn) Party

Sunday, September 11th  from  12noon – 6:00pm
The party starts inside Lovelyarns at
846 W. 36th St.
Baltimore, MD 21211

with a beautiful array of complimentary food, drink (and cupcakes!)

Then go through the shop to enter the
THREE TENTS in the backyard parking pad.
And for even more incentive, five door prize bags
full of goodies will be given away!


Now, because we’ll be taking most of our stock to the PLY Party, I will be emptying the Etsy shop for the weekend.  I’ll probably do that on Saturday night and hope to get it opened up again early next week (Subscriptions to the InterStellar Yarn Alliance will of course remain available over the weekend).

And this is the first time I’ve ever done the PLY party, but I’m told it’s really popular and gets a bit crazy.  …So if there’s anything in the shop that’s been calling your name, you might want to grab it now, because there’s no telling if we’ll still have it next week!

Hope to see you at the PLY Party!