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Olann

                                                            

                 olann [uh – lan] wool

Ireland has an abundance of great yarns and indie dyers, and here at Kaleidoscope we are very pleased to be stocking another fabulous Irish yarn!

‘Olann’ is owned and run by Jess Kavanagh, a very talented young artist and dyer who likes to create sophisticated colours on ethically sourced yarns. 

 

 

In their small workshop they dye yarn in small batches, using experimental dye techniques and traditional materials, they are makers and designers. Colour inspiration comes from the surrounding Irish countryside, the mountains, valleys, forests and sea. 

 

 

Olann source their yarn from farms with ethical practices in Argentina and Uruguay. These farms guarantee mulesing free processes of obtaining the fibres which means a fair and humane treatment of their sheep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olann are environmentally friendly using non toxic acid dyes and a food grade citric acid as a setting agent, all the dye is exhausted so that there is zero nasty stuff being poured into the drains. Water is often re-used to also minimise our water usage and wastage. 

All the beautiful new Olann yarns will be arriving next week (27/4/18 ) at Kaleidoscope and in our E-shop –  23 colours in merino singles ( fingering 4 ply) 9 colours in Sock lite ( 3 ply fingering ) and 6 colours in merino DK.

 

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Snail Yarn for spring 2018!

               Snail Yarn at Kaleidoscope 

I met Valentina Consalvi  a while ago at Edinburgh yarn festival, and I’m so pleased to have her beautiful yarns in our shop! I hope you’ll like them too.

Valentina lives in Ariccia, near Rome.  Snail yarn started in 2013. She learnt to dye starting with food colours, then experimenting with natural dyes and acid dyes, she finally I opened her shop in August 2014.

 


 
 

Using only Merino wool from South America or Falkland  to avoid the mulesing issues, Bluefaced Leicester bred in UK, and other high quality fibres, all specifically spun for hand knit.  She  strongly believes  in protecting the environment and nature. 

 

 

 

Although at first she loved the bright, saturated colours she now loves more the subtle, muted shades, the timeless colours, inspired from nature, like the ones in her gradient sets. 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 “I want my yarn to be used for projects that will last for a lifetime and will pass the fashion trends”.

 

 

 


 

 

 

You can see our collection of  Snail yarn in our E-shop:

http://www.kaleidoscope-shop.be/product-category/yarns/snail-yarns/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hooray for the sweater stone!

                  Yes it’s back at long last! 

In a world full of expensive cutting edge technology, it’s comforting to know that there are still some simple gadgets that don’t cost the earth and  really are effective.

The sweater stone is one of them. This simple natural pumice stone will catch and remove all those irritating little pills ( balls) on the surface of your clothes with very little effort and more importantly NO BATTERIES! 

It’s true, I’d tried the razors, combs, brushes, and battery operated gadgets all of which promised a good result, but quite frankly after various attempts, one made holes, one was just impossible to use, and one just used up too many batteries,  I gave up trying. Then I discovered the ‘Sweater stone’ – what a great little product! It really works,

The sweater stone costs 12€,  (available now in our E-shop ‘knitting accessories’  click below )

http://www.kaleidoscope-shop.be/product/the-sweater-stone/ 

This is one gift that will truly be appreciated by everyone who receives it!

 

 

I do have a few tips and suggestions:

Be gentle! It is abrasive so you shouldn’t be too heavy

handed or enthusiastic – better to repeat the operation

rather than ruin your favourite jumper!

Use it on natural fibres not synthetics!

Don’t use it on very fine or delicate

woollens/fabrics

It is quite light and fragile so every time you

drop it on a hard floor you’ll damage the corners

I prefer to wash the garment first as this removes some

of the pilling.

And I do find it easier to use whilst I’m wearing the garment, using one hand to pull the garment downwards to create a bit of tension, and gently scraping the surface as needed.

New colours for spring 2018

 

  Milo is a 5 ply sport yarn by Manos del Uruguay and is  one of our favourites here at Kaleidoscope, we now have a large selection of colours includingthe new multi colours, and many semi solid tonals…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another great 5 ply sport yarn is the ‘NUA’ yarn by Carol Feller – lots of fabulous colours to choose from and she now has published a new book of patterns’ Nua volume 2′ along with her individual patterns on Ravelry including the lovely jumper ‘Coiled Magenta’ https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/coiled-magenta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fyberspates have also brought out some lovely new colours for this Spring and we think the Vivacious 4 ply is great value for money, here is our version of  Stayin’ Cool  by Josée Paquin pattern available to buy  in FR AND EN on Ravelry.com https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stayin-cool

 

 

 

 

 

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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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 —

 

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

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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