Name: Stephanie Alford
Business name: SpaceCadet
What got you interested in your art of choice?
I’ve been crazy in love with the fiber arts all my life — a knitter since I was 19, a spinner, a weaver — but it wasn’t until I tried dyeing that I felt like I’d really found the thing that was absolutely right for me. I love the exploration of dyeing — taking the same base colours and then mixing and layering them to create something new. Dyeing is such a wonderful adventure for me, every time!
Do you have a favorite item or colorway?
In the past few months, I’ve really been experimenting with new techniques and ways of putting colour onto my yarn. And in the process, I’ve created a ton of out-of-this-world amazing colourways. Each one is one of a kind, never to be repeated, but I’m learning a lot and it’s changing my entire approach to dyeing. And, I’m bringing almost all of them to Indie Knit & Spin — I’m hoping everyone there is as crazy about them as I am!
What is something you strive to offer the fiber arts community?
I think I have to say, constant exploration and innovation. I get bored very easily and one thing I love about running my own business is that I never have to be bored. If what I’ve been doing isn’t interesting to me anymore, I can try something new. And what that means for the knitters, crocheters, and designers I work with is that there is always something exciting around the corner — my customers and the members of my Mini-Skeins Club get to see my experimentation happen right before their eyes, and I think it’s as fun for them as it is for me!

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