Vinnis colours

‘New South African Yarns for Summer 2017’

Vinnis Colors is a company that offers ethical and fairtrade knitting yarns. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, they specialize in hand dyed cotton and bamboo yarns, offering a rich palette of more than 200 colors. Vinnis Colors started at the end of the 20th century. In 1993, Vinni Nielsen, a Danish nurse, a fierce knitter, settled in South Africa. Faced with the virtually non-existent supply of cotton knitting yarns, she embarked on artisan dyeing and made her first experiments in her kitchen. Furniture and windows are requisitioned for drying the yarns and quickly Vinni decided to hire help to wind them into skeins and balls. They soon then swapped the kitchen for the garden shed, where the threads are dyed in vats. Six years later, and the now flourishing business has allowed them to build two buildings in Cape Town and further develop their products.

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Each manufacturing process is done by hand, from dyeing to winding into balls. The threads are first dipped gently into dye baths, before being laid out to dry in the sun, in the factory yard.

Vinnis success is not only due to a dedicated team of women and men located close to the factory and recruited in economically disadvantaged rural areas, but also to a loyal clientele seduced by these unique South African yarns.

Vinnis Colors offer a wide range of colors – from the softest pastels to the deepest and most vibrant shades – giving them their unique trademark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serina  is a hand dyed bamboo/viscose yarn ,100% eco-friendly. Bamboo yarn has a luxurious sheen, making each knit/crochet project into a unique adventure! Its natural drape is perfect for making scarves, shawls, collars or small summer tops. (6€ /50g/111m /3mm needles.)

 

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Tori, the latest addition to Vinnis Colors, is a very soft chunky yarn (50% bamboo – 50% cotton) composed of 14 strands of bamboo and cotton spun together. Tori is delicately dyed by hand, without any pressure. This mix of cotton/ bamboo guarantees a beautiful range of shades and colours. Tori is machine washable and can be used for clothing, accessories for home decor. ( 9,85€/ 100g/ 87m/ 6mm needles )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find all Vinnis free patterns here: 

http://vinniscolourspatterns.co.za

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vinnis colours are distributed by Scaapi.nl

 

Easter holidays

Attention please note that Kaleidoscope will be closed all day  on Wednesday 5th April.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

During the rest of the easter holidays ( 6th April to 17th April included ) Kaleidoscope will be open as usual from Wednesdays to Fridays 10h – 18h30 and Saturdays 10h – 18h 

Happy Easter !

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The ‘Pussycat hat’

During the recent demonstrations against the sexist remarks of Donald Trump, millions of women gathered together wearing their pink pussycat hats. But putting political opinions aside, the ‘pink pussycat hat’ is a great project for beginner knitters ! If you’d like to make one then here’s the pattern that I used.

You will need:  2 x 50g  (2 x 75m ) of  Woolly 5  DMC ( worsted weight )

or  2 x 50g  ( 2 x 125m ) of Woolly normal DMC ( fingering weight ) 2 STRANDS held together.

Using 5mm needles, cast on 46 sts and knit for  8/9 cm using  1 X 1 rib ( K1, P1 to end ) 

Change and work in stocking stitch for another 24 cm ( knit 1 row, purl 1 row ) – then finish again with another 8/9 cm ) of 1 X 1 rib. Cast off loosely. Fold hat in half and sew up the sides – I finished off by sewing 1 stitch in the middle of each corner just to hold the ears in place.

Of course you can adapt this pattern for any size yarn as long as you calculate how many stitches you need for  the yarn you’ll be using (mine hat measures 21-22cm wide & 20cm long,  unstretched and flat which is perfect for the average size adult head )  

 Note to all cat lover’s, no pink pussycats were harmed in the making of this hat….

Pompom magazine spring 2017

The latest edition of our favourite knitting and crochet magazine has arrived in the shop. Lots of fabulous patterns. Now available to buy in our E-shop click on the link to buy your copy .

http://www.kaleidoscope-shop.be/product/pompom-spring-2017/

Here below are a few of the designs with some of our own yarn suggestions….

Here is my favourite pattern the Melli cardigan in DK yarn like Hedgehog DK, or Fyberspates Vivacious DK…. 

The Astera bag by Grace Gouin in chunky/bulky weight cotton yarn like Natura XL from DMC….


And the Arrosa shawl by Jennifer Weissman in 4ply fingering like Hedgehog sock, Allegria sock, Malabrigo sock and many many more……

And the Hanabira Cardigan by Eline Alcocer in sport weight merino like Woolly by DMC or Fyberspates DK, or malabrigo arroyo

The Izumi jumper with cable detail also in sport weight yarn…

 

 

 

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Learn Crochet with Angélique

WHEN? SATURDAY 20th May from 14h to 16h30.

PRICE: 40€ – materials included ( 2h30 + 50g merino wool + hook )

where? At Kaleidoscope: 18 avenue Adolphe Demeur, 1060, brussels

The workshop will be given in French but the teacher also speaks Flemish and a little English if required.

Learn the basics of crochet – chain , single and double crochet are all that’s needed to start off. We aim to teach you 3 basic stitches in order to be able to make the basic ‘granny square’ or a circle.

Bring a notebook and pen, scissors, a camera if you like in order to help you remember what you’ve learnt.

Maximum 6 places, for more information or reservations please contact Rosalind: 02 544 0130 or click on the link below to reserve your place via our E-shop

http://www.kaleidoscope-shop.be/product/learn-to-crochet-with-angelique-2/

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Begin Knitting with Angélique

WHEN? SATURDAY 29th April from 14h to 16h30.

PRICE: 42€ – materials included ( 2H30 + 50g merino wool + needles )

where? At Kaleidoscope: 18 avenue Adolphe Demeur, 1060, brussels

The workshop will be given in French but the teacher also speaks Flemish and a little English if required.

Learn the basics of knitting – casting-on , the 2 basic stitches used – knitting and purling will help you to make many different patterns   Our beginner course will help  you start knitting.

Bring a notebook and pen, scissors, a camera if you like in order to help you remember what you’ve learnt.

Maximum 6 places, for more information or reservations please contact Rosalind: 02 544 0130 or click here to reserve your place via our E-shop.

http://www.kaleidoscope-shop.be/product/begin-knitting-with-angelique/

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Firstly I’d like to wish all our customers a very happy Christmas and a fabulous new year and thank-you all for your support and kind comments.

It has been a very busy time recently but we have quite a lot of new products now for sale, I hope to get the time to put them in the E-shop soon…

Firstly you’ll be pleased to know we now have some very nice wool trees from ‘Scheepjes’ in Rosewood and natural wood at 32.95€ …

And of course the useful partner the wool winder at 28€..

Also we now have some beautiful hand – made wooden yarn bowls at 31.95€

The new ‘TOFT DOG’ crochet kits are also here – prices from 28€ each…

And last but not least these little silk wrist warmers by ITO YARNS have been selling like hot cakes!

the perfect gift for your friends and only 13€ a pair….

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Automne new arrivals

More new arrivals fresh in for this winter season:

Brand new ‘Woolly 5’ from DMC – a thicker aran weight version of ‘Woolly 5 ply sport’ 100% merino machine washable in 24 colours….5.95€ / 50g

 

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Rialto Chunky is a squishy soft bulky yarn ( 6.5 – 7mm needle ) also 100% merino superwash at 6.95€ / 50g….

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100% Organic ‘Falkland Merino’ worsted super soft wool for a 5mm needle,  5 colours at 16.50€ /100g / 180m….

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The ‘mini mochi’  variegated merino fingering wool from Crystal palace yarns – with 20% nylon content which means it can be to washed in the machine. 180m / 50g = 9.40€

 

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More ‘Natural Collection’

We have some new additions to our popular un dyed yarn ‘The Natural Collection’ (all available to buy in our E- shop )

All our natural yarns are great value for money! And you can have fun dyeing them yourself.

Fine Twinkle lace – a 2 ply lace yarn with silk 800m / 100g

fine twinkle lace

Fine silk snow, a lovely silk kid mohair 420m / 50g!!

fine silk snow

Treewool, a 4 ply mix of Merino and Tencel, perfect for light garments needing a little drape.

Tree wool 4 ply

Cashmina DK – Misty Mina’s big sister, I hope will be as popular!

Cashmina DK

HTM – High twist merino 4 ply, a good standard 4 ply twist.

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SML – Single merino light, is really just a single 4 ply mesh yarn almost identical to TML and Mechita.

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MCN Sport – a 5 ply sport yarn with merino, cashmere, and 10% nylon.

MCN Sport

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Step by step – correcting a mistake

It happens to us all, when you notice a mistake several rows down in your knitting. Undoing 20 or so rows can be a nightmare! You could leave it there and just ignore it, or if you’re like me and feel the need to fix it then here’s how I do it using a small crochet hook:

Here you see a missed stitch about 20 rows down in a garter stitch

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STEP 1: Identify which is the stitch you need to drop off the needle and carefully undo it down until you reach the mistake, and keep the stitch on a crochet hook. Decide by checking each side of the stitch whether you need to pick it up knitwise or purlwise – For garter stitch it will alternate each time. Here in the photo I had to pick up Purlwise to do this you insert the crochet hook from back to front keeping the yarn to be pulled through from the front.

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STEP 2 : The next stitch needed to be Knitwise: Insert hook from front and pull through the yarn from the back.

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Make sure you clearly identify which is the next stitch to be picked up – to do this I stretch out my knitting to be able to see clearly before picking up the following stitch.

 

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Keep going all the way up until you reach the top and pop the stitch back on the needle!

 

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This technique can also be used for a dropped stitch although you have to work a bit harder to work in a stitch which wasn’t there before. Good luck!