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Cow girl blues has arrived at Kaleidoscope!

Cowgirlblues

Based in Cape Town  South Africa,’ Cowgirlblues’  specialises in hand-dyed textiles and yarns.  Bridget Henderson who founded the company,  is a keen knitter and loves to play around with different textures and colours. When Bridget first settled in Cape Town, she was disappointed at the lack of locally produced  quality wools , so she decided to spin and dye her own.

She personally manages every step from the choice of product base right up to the  ball winding. Each stage is carried out according to her strict criteria, respecting the environment, man and animal alike. 

 

Having chosen the best quality merino and mohair wools ( all sourced locally), they are then carefully washed, combed, and  spun according to international rules and regulations. The yarns are then dyed by hand using traditional methods and wound into balls or skeins by a skilled team of workers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At ‘Cowgirlblues’ a  constant effort goes into the choosing of  colours, resulting in fresh new shades to update  their  rich and inspiring  palette.

 … And Kaleidoscope is now stocking a beautiful selection of semi solid colours in  Merino Sock & Merino DK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All suitable for knitting and crocheting clothes, scarves and other items for  any season.

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New summer yarns!

There have been so many deliveries recently, so i’ll start with the most recent:

Just arrived – 21 new colours in our favourite linen 3 ply from MidwinterYarns.  I love the feel of this yarn against the skin, it hangs beautifully, and the more you wash it the softer it gets! See all the colours available now  in our E-shop….

 

 Also just arrived  12 lovely colours in the new linen/viscose mix yarn from DMC at only 4.95€ / 50g and most projects use between 5/6 balls! Here are a few pattern ideas from the DMC catalogue ( only available in French )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Hedgehog Fans will be pleased to know we have lots of new colours in Skinny singles, a few new colours in Sock 4 ply, & twist sock……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 There are still a few skeins left of our new hand dyed yarn from LITLG – Life in the long grass –  we love this yarn so hopefully there will be more in the future…

 

merino singles                                                                                                            75/25 fine sock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we now have 2 new sport weight yarns : ‘nua’ – yak/merino/linen  and ‘Dos Tierras’ from Malabrigo yarns for patterns using 3.75 and 4mm needles….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Also available are a selection of new books from Kate davies and Rachel Coopey:

 

 

 ….And finally coming soon, the new issues of  ‘Laine magazine’ and the special anniversary issue of ‘Pompom magazine’ please phone if you want to reserve a copy as there are only a limited amount available!

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Vinni and her team..

 

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.)

 

Tori & serina

 

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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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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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!

 

New arrivals for autumn 2016

Already proving very popular ‘CARACOL’ is an exciting new yarn from Malabrigo , a bulky merinos with an irregular texture, plaited with a fine  black or white thread on the outside,  comes in an array of wonderful colours and knits up on 9 – 15mm needles.

price 23, 40 / 150g/ 90 m ( see all colours in our E- shop )

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Carcol ‘ Salpicado’

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5 vibrant new shades of Scrumptious 4 ply from Fyberspates! ( see all colours in our E- shop )

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10 New colours of Malabrigo ‘Rios’  ( 10 ply  4-5mm  see all colours in our E- shop )

 

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2 New Brooches from JUL Designs

Ram Pennambular ( 31,80€ )

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Baroque Beetle ( 31,80€ )

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And Lots of new ‘TOFT’ crochet kits + 2 new books , have fun making all your favourite animals & Dinosaurs etc… prices from 28€ per kit

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