The Sexy Knitter Pattern Winner Is…

The response to the Sexy Knitter’s pattern giveaway has been fantastic, and it was so much fun to see the comments rolling in and all the feedback on your favourite Sexy Knitter patterns!  Thanks so much to all of you for participating.

And I’m about to tell you who’s won but, before I do, let me just quickly show you two exciting yarns I’ve put in the shop today.  And they’re exciting not because of the colours I’ve applied, but because the yarns themselves are just so beautiful.  Really, when I’m holding them in my hands, turning them in the light, they are so lusterous, just so gorgeous!  I can hardly take pictures to do them justice — but trust me, you’ll love them.

First is a combination of silk and superwash BFL which produces a 4-ply yarn that feels incredible and has the most amazing sheen…

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From left: Silk and BFL Fingering Yarn in Plumberry and Straw Into Gold

And the second is a beautiful combination of silk with merino wool that creates a 2-ply yarn with a distinctive texture that is incredibly smooshy with a breath-taking luster…

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From left: Silk and Merino Fingering yarn in Storm Clouds and Monday

And The Winner Is…

Ok, I’ve made you wait long enough.  The winner of two Sexy Knitter patterns of her choice is:

Dvora Geller

Congratulations! Please email me at spacecadetcreations (at) gmail (dot) com, using the same email address you used in your comment, to let us know which patterns you’d like.  And the Sexy Knitter will get them to you!

Dyeing for a New Design

Do you remember the fabulous crochet patterns I featured last month?  Do you remember this shawl by Sharon Silverman?

© Sharon Silverman, Used with Permission


Sharon is the author of Tunisian Crochet: The Look of Knitting with the Ease of Crocheting and the creator of some really beautiful patterns.  She and I got talking, and it turns out she admired my yarns as much as I admired her designs.  And I was so flattered when she asked if I would create a colourway for her to use in a new design!

(I think this is the thing that I like most about the fiber arts community: the way that people work together — and really want to work together — to create beautiful things.  Fiber people are great people.)

I began to think about colours — I wanted to give her something really special to work with.  In my mind, I was seeing something lovely to drape around the shoulders, over a beautiful evening dress…  something as soft as mist…


Sharon sent me a sneak peak at the design this week, and it’s as light and as gorgeous as the yarn it’s made for.  I can’t share the design with you yet, but I can give you a quick glimpse of the yarn.

This is Evening Fog, a delicate mix of soft greys and the lightest misty blue, in Luna Laceweight 80% merino/20% silk yarn.  And, if you like it, it will be in the shop in time for the pattern’s release.

Silk is for Spectacular

You know, I forgot how exciting pure silk is. I used to spin it a lot …but then I moved onto other fibers and I haven’t spun it in a while.  And I’d just forgotten. But I bought some pure silk at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival — on a bit of a whim, just to play with — and when I dyed it… Oh! OH! Yes, now I remember what I love about silk.

There is no fiber that can rival pure silk.  It takes ordinary colours and gives them an intensity and luster that is just amazing to see (and which, unfortunately, pictures cannot capture!).  And then you reach out and touch those colours and…  oh, there’s just nothing like silk.  After I dyed these braids, I showed them to a friend and she actually grabbed them out of my hands and began to squeal and dance across the room.  Really, they are that exciting!  And I was that excited as I pulled them out of the dyepot, so I understood her reaction.  If you love fiber, if you’re a spinner, this is what pure silk does to you.  And if you’ve never spun it before, you gotta try it!


Hand-dyed Combed Top, Tussah Silk, in SouthWest

Shimmering in the light, here is the burnt orange of desert rock, of terracotta walls, of the parched earth. And here beside it is the startling blue of turquoise, the desert’s own true jewel. Two bold colours that reach out and vie for attention. But there, nestled between them,is the softest of dusty roses, quiet and gentle and tempering them both, so that all three can sit together in harmony, and evoke the essence of the SouthWest.

This is over 2oz of the most incredibly soft Tussah Silk, which spins up beautifully into a lustrous and luxurious yarn.

Fiber Content: 100% Tussah Silk
Weight: Approximately 2.20oz / 60g
Colourway: SouthWest 100505-001
Care Instructions for the final item: Hand wash, Lay flat to dry.


Hand-dyed Combed Top, Tussah Silk, in Oil on Water

Where steam rises from the puddles that form in the road after a sudden summer storm, and the standing water lifts the grease from the tarmac and carries it like little oil slicks across its surface… there, as the sun breaks through the clouds, the light dances across the oils and creates a delicate rainbow — its shimmering greens, pinks, blues at once both murky and crystal clear — that always takes you by surprise and draws your eye back again and again, just to check that it is still there.

This is over 2oz of the most incredibly soft Tussah Silk, which spins up beautifully into a lustrous and luxurious yarn.

Fiber Content: 100% Tussah Silk
Weight: Approximately 2.05oz / 55g
Colourway: Oil on Water, 100504-001
Care Instructions for the final item: Hand wash, Lay flat to dry.

Each item is individually hand-dyed by the SpaceCadet, using professional grade acid dyes. Please be sure to buy enough for your project as the colours may not be able to be reproduced exactly.
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