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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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A facelift for Kaleidoscope…

Our shop gets a new look for 2016 !

Say bye bye to the tubes and Hello to the wall of Skeins! Much easier to see all the different colours and textures … 
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And for those relaxing moments a new little sofa for our clients while they sit and read the books and patterns, or just admire the ‘ Wall of Temptation’* !

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* Thanks to Séverine for that expression !

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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 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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Gift ideas for xmas

 

Stuck for ideas this christmas? Here are a few suggestions available at kaleidoscope:

A knitting cowl kit from baa ram ewe price 48,50

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A ram’s head brooch pin from JUL designs price 22 euros

 

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Or a passion flower shawl pin price 31,80 euros

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A leather fastener to adorn any wool garment price: 29 euros

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A  limited edition japanese toughened paper bag for yarn projects price: 35 euros

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Limited edition studded project bag price: 35 euros

 

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A selection of pompom magazines full of knitting ideas price: 13,90 per book
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A book of french knitting patterns for children and adults price 18,50 euros each or any 2 for 35 euros!

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Or a fun animal crochet kit pick from a selection:-  bat, rabbit, meerkat, or cat? price 31,50

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The Natural Collection

 Kaleidoscope is delighted to present our very  own brand of 100% un-dyed high quality yarns . These yarns, chosen for  their natural shades and high quality yarn blends, will appeal to everyone.
 People with dye- allergies who find it hard to knit with chemically dyed yarns,  people who like to experiment and dye their own yarns, and people who simply prefer the shades that nature intended.
Ours selection of  wools includes metallic sock wools, special silk blends, tweed blends, and others are perfect for making any clothes or accessories and  the machine washable merino yarns are particularly good for baby and children’s clothes.  You’ll find the whole collection of our yarns in the E-shop available now and at very competitive prices!DSCN4455
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Juldesigns

Juldesigns are Laura and her son Julian.  Together they design these beautiful hand cast shawl pins (amongst other products) made by Fair Trade artisans in the U.S and around the world.  They’re perfect for wearing as a simple piece of jewellery and to fasten woollen clothes or accessories. Made from non-precious metals, not suitable for fine or tight knitted items.These brooches are available to buy at Kaleidoscope to see the full selection look in our E-shop.

 

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Pom Pom magazine

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Kaleidoscope customers love this quarterly magazine, and it’s not often you find a knitting/crochet magazine where you just can’t decide what to knit first! . The vintage look and small (hand bag) size only adds to it’s appeal – Currently in stock are: Spring 2015, Autumn 2014 and Winter 2014  price: 13,70 euros

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Eden Cottage

Victoria Magnus  started ‘Eden Cottage yarns’ from her home in Cumbria, now based in West Yorkshire. All the gorgeous yarns are hand dyed in her Kitchen and hung out to dry in the garden. The  semi-solid muted shades come in a range of soft woody pinks , spring greens, natural beiges and browns through to duck egg blues and greys.  We stock a small selection of her yarns including: BFL sock, tempo 4 ply, Hayton 4 ply, and pendle 4 ply.
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