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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.

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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

 

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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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

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

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

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

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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.

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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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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)

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colour name: ‘ Monet’

Jen jumper

The Jen pattern by Josée Paquin is available to buy on ravelry in EN/FR.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jen-3
Our version is the 3/4 length sleeve made in Coloris Yarn by BC Garn ( wool/silk /linen ) on 3.75mm needles. It is worked from the top-down seamlessly and stitches are picked up at the end for the collar. A few options are offered: short or long, 3/4 sleeves or long sleeves, stripes or not.. you chose! Sizes available from S – XXL.
You can find the Coloris Yarn by BC Garn in our E-shop.

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Silk wide sleeve top

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The Wide Sleeve top from BC Garn. (2377B)

We love this little summer top made in Tussah Tweed silk by BC Garn. It’s straight forward knitting but with it’s cinched in waist and wide sleeves it looks very flattering.

Sizes are S/M/L and you’ll need 200/250/300g of Tussah Tweed silk to make it. This pattern is free when you buy the yarn ( we have translated it from English to French for our customers )

You can find the Tussah Tweed in our E-shop in  the BC Garn section. If you’d like the pattern don’t forget to ask when you check out. Pattern no: 2377

 

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Pompom spring 2016

The latest edition of our favourite knitting and crochet magazine has arrived in the shop. Lots of fabulous patterns using natural yarns. Here below are a few of the designs with some of our own yarn suggestions….

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‘Perpendicular’ by Sarah Brunenberg – our yarn suggestions include:  fingering/4ply like Bamboum, Dunnagall sock,  Fine cream or Misty Mina ( all from”The Natural Collection” by Kaleidoscope (available in our E-shop )

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‘Right Angle’ by Georgia Farrell – our yarn suggestions include: Dovestone DK by Baa ram ewe, or Natura coton Medium by DMC, or the linen from ‘ La Droguerie’.

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‘Riveret’ by Merrian Holland – a crocheted top in DK also could be done in the  linen from ‘ La Droguerie’

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‘Rhombille’ by Gina Röckenwagner – our yarn suggestions include: Aran yarn such as  BFL Chunky or Chunky Monkey from our “Natural Collection”, or in Coton Medium Natura by DMC.

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‘Equilibrium’ by Gina Röckenwagner – our yarn suggestions include: Clotted Cream DK, Lady Nuala DK, or Frosted DK , all from our “Natural Collection” (available  in our E-shop )

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‘Delineate’ by Olga Buraya-Kefelian – our yarn suggestions are for a Sport 5ply like:  Coloris by BC Garn, or Baby Vanille merino from “The Natural Collection”.

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and ‘Striated’ by Nicki Merrall – our yarn fingering/4ply suggestions include:’ Yak Yak’, ‘Dunnagall sock’, ‘Fine cream’, or ‘Misty Mina’ all from our  ‘The Natural collection'(available  in our E-shop )

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New needles & kits!

Hiya Hiya products are very popular and we now stock a lovely selection from their range:

These 17 high-quality, HiyaHiya crochet hooks come in various sizes, all neatly stored and presented in a Chinese brocade case.

1 each of 2.00mm, 2.50mm, 3.00mm, 3.50mm, 3.75mm, 4.00mm, 4.50mm, 5.00mm, 5.50mm, 6.00mm, 6.50mm, 7.00mm, 8.00mm, 9.00mm and 10.00mm.

Acrylic glitter crochet hooks: 1 each of 12.00mm and 15.00mm.

All presented in a fully lined brocade case. Price: 59,35€

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Ultimate Knitting Gift Sets
: These offer the ‘ultimate’ flexible knitting system in one convenient set, presented in a stylish brocade storage case. A pre-selected range of the most versatile tip sizes, cables and a pair of interchangeable straight needle shafts allow the knitter to create many different combinations and to swap quickly and easily between circular and flat knitting. Useful stitch markers, needle grips and cable connectors are also included. Available in sizes Small = 137,95€ /Medium = 142,95€ /Large = 149,85€

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Sock knitters in particular will love this stylish yet practical set of 9″ stainless steel sharp circular fixed needles in the most useful tip sizes presented in a Chinese brocade Project Bag, . Price = 85,35€

The kit contains the following: 2 x 9″ 2.25mm Sharp Circular/ 2 x 9″ 2.50mm Sharp Circular/  2 x 9″ 2.75mm Sharp Circular/1 x 9″ 3.50mm Sharp Circular.

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Next we have the Bambou interchangeable  standard set in size small ( 4″/8,5cm tips )

price: =  85,35€

HiyaHiya Interchangeable Needles feature keyless screw-on connections, swivel cables and seamless joins. Set includes a selection of interchangeable cables, & tips & needle grips, all presented in a stylish brocade case.

Small sets contain: Bamboo tips in 4″ or 5″:
2.75mm, 3.25mm, 3.50mm, 3.75mm, 4.00mm, 4.50mm, 5.00mm + Small Size Cables:
1 x 16″/ 40cm (4″ sets) or 2 x 24″/ 60cm (5″ sets)

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Hiya Hiya accessory kit B  price: =  65 €

A selection of best-selling HiyaHiya accessories, all presented in a brocade HiyaHiya Project Bag. 1 x Locking Stitch Markers/ 1 x Cable Needles / 1 x Point Protectors/1 x Stitch Holders/1 x Knitters Safety Pins/1 x Darn It Needles/1 x Puppy Snips /1 x Kitty Snips /1 x Panda Li Tape Measure /1 x Needle Gauge

The accessories are presented in a Chinese brocade Small Project Bag with zip fastening handle.

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We also have a selection of Hiya Hiya sharp needles in various sizes and lengths from 23cm to 100cm.

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These little key rings are a tiny pair of scissors price 4,50€ each
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And  packets of stitch markers price: 5,50€ for 6

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