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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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                                                       ( picture courtesy of Hedgehog Fibres)

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’

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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Plain knits no: 10

Featured in the new Ito magazine no: 3  ‘Plain Knits’ this delicate little top is knitted in ‘Sensai’ mohair and ‘Tetsu’ silk and steel. Although the pattern is simple enough to knit, you will need a good light and a careful hand,  due to the nature of these fine threads. However  I think you’ll agree that it’s well worth the effort to create a unique garment like this.

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The ITO no:3  magazine is published in English and German languages,  available to buy at Kaleidoscope.

 

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NEW for 2016

Kick start the new year with some top quality products from Kaleidoscope!

At last we have the lace blocking kits from Knitpro price 25€ Each kit comprises of:

6 wires 95cm/6 wires 50cm/ 3 flexible wires 95cm / 20 t-pins / 1 tape measure

Now your shawls/scarves will always look beautiful!

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The blocking mats = 9 x 30 X 30cm mats  cost 29,95 €

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My Favourite washing product for all your garments! The excellent no rinse ‘ Eucalan’ is so easy to use, very economical, and it smells of Eucalyptas, 100ml = 4,80€

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In my opinion  Knitpro’s Karbonz needles are sleek, lightweight and good looking – a designer product at a very affordable price. Made from carbon fibre, they are incredibly resistant, with a nice smooth feel. This starter kit of 4 x circular interchangeables costs 104,80€

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Also available are the Double pointed Karbonz needles from 9,40€ a set …..

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Or the normal 35cm long straight needles from 9,60€ a pair.

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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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Knit a ‘Rasta snood’

 

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Here’s an idea for a xmas gift…

At Kaleidoscope we’ve all gone Rasta crazy! Everyone is knitting this easy tube collar – I made mine in 2 hours while Mr. Kaleidoscope was watching football! I chose rice stitch but you can do whatever stitch you like – this wool looks great whatever stitch you choose!

If you prefer a slightly stiffer  version use 10mm needles instead.

You will need: 1 x 150g malabrigo Rasta

Either 12mm circular or straight needles ( as preferred )

Circular Version:

Cast on loosely 41 sts, join in the round, place marker and  knit in Rice stitch: K 1, P 1 every row

*until you have about 3/4 metres of yarn left. Cast off and weave in end – or if you prefer take a crochet hook size 7/ 8mm and slip stitch down the tube to make a swirly decoration!*

Straight needle version:

Cast on loosely 42 sts and work in Rice stitch: 1st row – K1, P1, to end

2nd row-  P1, K1 to end , finish as for circular version and sew up side seam.

 

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Mechita legwarmers

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Mechita leg warmers make 2:

You will need:   100g/ 400m Mechita by malabrigo (col. Mandragora)

Needles Double pointed needles  x 2,5mm, and 3,25mm

stitches used : Rib : k2, p2  in the round

Stocking stitch : Knit every row ( in the round )

Divide the wool into 2 x ball of 50g

Using the smaller size needles, cast on 80 sts, and join in the round placing a marker between 1st and last st.

Work 4 cm in 2 x 2 rib.  (22 rows)

Change to larger needles and work in St. st. until leg measures 35cm from beginning.

Work another 9cm in 2 x 2 rib or until yarn runs low, then cast off in rib.

Weave in ends.

 

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The Natural Collection #2

Here are some ideas of what to make with our fabulous yarns from the ‘Natural collection’!

A cardigan…

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Afternoon in Montreux by Nadia (NCL) in Lady Nuala DK (The Natural Collection) and  Lush sport from The Uncommon Thread (col. Dark toast)

A poncho…

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Ica II by Rosalind in Snow white mohair (The Natural Collection),  and Arroyo DK de Malabrigo (col. Sandbank) mixed with  plumette by La Droguerie (choco glacé)

A shawl…

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Stella de Janina Kallio, in Basile and Yak Yak (The Natural Collection)

Let poncho

LET-Poncho-Anleitung-als-PDF The simplicity of this poncho only enhances it’s charm.

Made in the japanese yarn Washi ( 54% paper 46% viscose) and the stunning variegated yarn Niji ( 100% wool)

When knitted together you get the soft fine drape of bambou and the changing colour and texture of the Niji thread.

This pattern is available to buy in it’s original EN/DE version

in our E-shop for 3 euros.

 

 

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Hida mittens

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The ‘Hida’ mittens from ITO yarns are my favourite winter accessory – They’re  pretty , practical and soft. I often wear them all day long.

You’ll  need 1/2  a 50g cone of KINU silk and 1 x 20g ball of Sensai ( if you buy 2 X 20g Sensai and 1 X 50g kinu you can make 2 pairs) This downloadable pattern is available in our E-shop in both EN/FR  versions price 3 euros.

 

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