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Spring is on it’s way!

Yes I know, first we have to get through the dreaded month of February (a good reason to stay in the warm and knit! )  but here are a few things to look forward to this spring……

IN FEBRUARY:  The latest issue of  ‘Laine magazine‘  will be arriving in the shop around 20th! And as this magazine is always very popular you can reserve your copie via e-mail.

Also arriving around the same time will be the new Issue 24 of Pompom magazine!

IN MARCH:   From the 13th to the 15th  we will be visiting the Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2018 so Kaleidoscope will be closed during this week but we’ll be back early on Saturday 16th to open the shop!

‘Interpretations 5’  by Joji Locatelli and Veera Välimäki  will be arriving in the shop around the 3rd week of this month, lots of exciting new patterns to be found in this little gem of a knitting book!

This spring at Kaleidoscope we hope to be receiving lots of gorgeous new wools  from not one but two very talented Indie dyers!  Watch this space and all will be revealed soon…..

In the meantime you can see some new  Spring colours already at the shop starting with Fyberspates –  Vivacious DK and Vivacious 4 ply……

 

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We are delighted to have our second delivery of beautiful hand-dyed yarns from ‘Life in the Long Grass’, an artisanal dye studio based in Co. Cork, Ireland, led by Caroline and Jonny. Their name represents the natural life of the wool they dye and the colors are chosen specifically for each season. Here you can see the new colors that are now on sale at Kaleidoscope both in  ‘merino singles’ and ‘fine sock’ ….

                            JOYCE                                                                                               MOONLIT   

                                                                                                                      

 

                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                         CERAMIC                                                                                       PARASOL      

                                                                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     

                               CAULDRON                                                                           PEWTER                                                             

                                                             

 

 

 

 

               

 

 

 

                 

                       WILD  ROSEBAY                                                                

   

                                                                      

 

New products for winter 2017…

Lots of exciting new products this winter !

The new assortment of yarns from ‘Life in the long grass’ is due to arrive next week (6th December) but we already have quite a few new colours and yarns to choose from, starting with our un-dyed ‘Natural Collection‘…..

     ‘ SPIRA’

 chunky handspun wool/alpaca 100g


 

‘GORILLA’ 

super chunky merino 250g / 20m

 

‘SILK YAK’ 

4 ply yak/silk  50g/ 200m

 

Malabrigo Yarns have brought out a selection of new Speckled colours in Mechita single mesh merino……

‘GOTHIC’  

‘RENAISSANCE’

‘CARNAVAL’

‘POIPU’

‘AUREO’      

 

Isabelle Kraemer has published a new pattern – the ‘Yana Sweater’ using the exclusive baby alpaca worsted yarn by  ‘KOKON’ – we have 8 colours of Kokon worsted and a few copies of her ‘Yana Sweater’ pattern in English. Can’t wait to wear this warm cosy jumper! Just in time for the cold weather…..

 

 

 

 

 

       Kokon ‘CLOUD’                                      Kokon ‘MIST’                                              Kokon ‘JET’

 

 You can find  all these products  (except the ‘ Yana sweater pattern’)  available to order in our E-shop! – you can buy  the Yana sweater pattern in English on Ravelry.com click on the link below for details.

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/yana-3

Knitting outside the box

Bristol Ivy is one of my favourite knitwear designers, so I’m very excited about the arrival of her brand new hard back book ‘Knitting outside the box’  (price 33,35€ ) 

 

 

  We have a few copies available to buy at        Kaleidoscope so if you would like to reserve a copy please send an e-mail to Rosalind at  kaleidoblog@hotmail.fr

( please don’t send messages via Facebook or instagram  as they are easily missed!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Drawing on what inspires her most, Bristol Ivy shares the possibilities that she finds inherent in knit fabric. Utilising exercises she uses in her life as a designer, Bristol encourages knitters to make their own rules and push their creativity, by asking ‘What if?!’. Including 15 patterns for accessories and garments, Knitting Outside the Box is essential reading for the adventurous knitter.

 

 

 

 

 

Complete with exercises, techniques, stitch dictionary, and beautiful photography,Knitting Outside the Box is part pattern collection, part reference book, and destined for your coffee table and book shelf for years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 printed in the UK // 200 pages //     hardcover —   includes Ravelry download —

 

Toft Dolls

Kaleidoscope now has the very latest book and doll kits from the talented Kerry Lord.  

‘Edward’s crochet Doll Emporium’ is the follow up to her other wonderful books including Edward’s Menagerie, Edward’s Birds and Imaginarium.

This wonderful hardback book is full of easy to follow instructions with clear photos on how to make lots of different dolls and their clothes. 

The book and kits are  currently only available in English  ( price  19€ ) –  the doll kits ( 31, 50€ ) and the clothes kits ( 19, 50€ ) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is ‘Lottie’  my first attempt and great fun to make!

 

 

 

 

Cow girl blues has arrived at Kaleidoscope!

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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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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!

 

HHF = Hedgehog Fibres

 

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                    HHF @ Kaleidoscope!

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( photos courtesy of Hedgehog Fibres)

Yes the hotly anticipated delivery of stunning vibrant , spotted, speckled, semi solid & multi coloured yarns, hand painted by the team at Hedgehog Fibres are now finally hanging on our wall of temptation. ( and available to buy in our E-shop! )

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( photos courtesy of Hedgehog Fibres)

Beata Jezek is the founder of Hedgehog Fibres an Irish artisan yarn and fibre dyeing studio located in Co. Cork, Ireland.

Picture: Miki Barlok

Picture: Miki Barlokin

Hedgehog Fibres colours reflect Beata’s personal style and range from dark, rich and earthy to crazy, fluorescent and vibrant depending on her moods – but always colours she loves! Originally from Slovakia, Beata has called Ireland her home for over a decade. In Slovakian, Jezek means hedgehog so in 2008, when knitting friends pushed her to sell her yarns, Hedgehog Fibres was founded. (No Hedgehogs are harmed in the making of our products!)

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Yarn dyeing started as a extension of Beata Jezek’s other hobbies – spinning, knitting and crochet. Beata says “Soon after I took up knitting, I realised I really wanted to create my own yarn line of soft, squishy yarns in beautiful colours. It’s the colours I want to knit with, the colours I want to wear and the colours I can’t live without.”

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And another talented, very well-known, knitting designer , and colour genius living in Amsterdam, (‘Mr. West’) is also a VERY big fan of Beata’s yarns. Many of which he uses in his own pattern designs.

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On the Hedgehog Fibres website Beata’s patterns are available for download!

(all photos courtesy of Hedgehog Fibres)

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(all photos courtesy of Hedgehog Fibres)

 

 

Knitting & Crochet lessons

Our classes are designed to cater for individual requirements whether you’re a total beginner or not  you may just need some help with different techniques or want to try something new etc, our courses try to help everyone. ( Languages spoken: FR/EN/NL )

They usually take place either on Thursdays  and/or Fridays from 10h30 – 12h30

and/or occasionally from 14h-16h  in groups of  5 people  ( 28 € / 2hr ) 

OR if  you prefer you can reserve 1 hour private lesson on Thursdays / Fridays depending on our availability  ( 28 € / 1 hr ) 

For ALL reservations or more information please call Angélique or Rosalind on 02/ 544 0130

No E-mails please!  The courses fill up very quickly and we can only take reservations by phone.

 

Please note: Due to the limited amount of places all classes should be paid in advance either by bank transfer or directly at the shop. If you are absent/ill or unable to attend your lesson a cancellation fee of 15€ will be applied. Thank you for your understanding.

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Tendo shawl

 

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The Tendo shawl is a great project for knitters wanting to practice  the ‘short-rows’  technique. Even for the more experienced knitter looking for a nice relaxing project to do on holiday or during a long journey, then this is ideal. This big triangular shawl ( 220cm) knitted in garter stitch has 3  equal stripes for added interest which can be subtle or more pronounced depending on your colour choice. The long rows get shorter with each stripe so it knits up quicker towards the end!

Pattern priced at : 3 euros, available  in EN / FR  is sold both in the shop and the E-shop via download.

Knitted on 3,25mm  circular  needles  120 / 150 cm long.

Color Options 

To work the shawl in a single color only, you need 2x ITO Kinu and 4x ITO Sensai altogether.

To work the scarf with a base color in ITO Kinu and changing colors in ITO Sensai you will need: 2x ITO Kinu of one color and 6x ITO Sensai – two per color.

To work the scarf with a base color in ITO Sensai and changing colors in ITO Kinu you will need: 3x ITO Kinu – one per color and 4x ITO Sensai of one color.

 

 

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