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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

 

 

 

 

 

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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   

                                                                                                                      

 

                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

                               CRUSH                                                                                         ROSEGOLD

 

 

 

                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         CERAMIC                                                                                       PARASOL      

                                                                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     

                               CAULDRON                                                                           PEWTER                                                             

                                                             

 

 

 

 

               

 

 

 

                 

                       WILD  ROSEBAY                                                                 EVERGREEN  

   

                                                                      

 

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 —

 

New for Autumn/Winter 2017

We have lots of exciting products for this season!  We should be receiving the latest edition of the very popular Laine magazine 3 at the end of september, (price = 24€ )  if you wish to reserve a copy please e-mail the shop. Here is a little taster of what’s inside this new issue…..


 

Also available now is the Fall Issue of Pompom magazine ( € 14.50 )

 

 

 

We now have the full 10 colours of the new sock DK yarn from Rachel Coopey priced at 6.95€/50g

and her new book of sock patterns which include patterns for both DK and 3ply yarns.

This lovely twisted DK sock yarn is a thicker version of her successful 3 ply sock yarn.  A great yarn for all projects! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New in the shop this autumn are 3 new  british yarns from Erika Knight, including the Maxi Wool

for big chunky needles and fast knits! Price 13€ / 100g / for 10mm needles….

‘Sunday Jumper’ by Erika Knight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Tuesday Jumper’ by Erika Knight

And the DK British Blue, 100% Blue faced Leicester a wonderful soft hard wearing yarn perfect for jumpers etc… 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New from Toft UK are a few of her latest animal crochet kits from the adorable Edward’s Menagerie prices from 31€ – these complete kits include the yarns, the instructions, the stuffing, a crochet hook and a darning needle!

 

 

Our popular range of Undyed yarns ‘ the Natural Collection’ has quite a few new additions 

including…….                                       ‘Donegal Rainbow Aran’ ( Merino, nep )

                                                    ‘Angel Aran’ ( baby alpaga, silk, cashmere’ )

                                                                   ‘ Single Merino DK ‘ 

                                                                 ‘ Yak DK’  ( Merino, yak, silk )

                                                                    ‘ Chunky Single BLB’

 

And finally Hedgehog fans won’t have to wait much longer – we will be receiving  lots of colours very soon including some new  shades and some old favourites in Skinny Singles, Twist sock, Sock yarn and Kidsilk!

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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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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Firstly I’d like to wish all our customers a very happy Christmas and a fabulous new year and thank-you all for your support and kind comments.

It has been a very busy time recently but we have quite a lot of new products now for sale, I hope to get the time to put them in the E-shop soon…

Firstly you’ll be pleased to know we now have some very nice wool trees from ‘Scheepjes’ in Rosewood and natural wood at 32.95€ …

And of course the useful partner the wool winder at 28€..

Also we now have some beautiful hand – made wooden yarn bowls at 31.95€

The new ‘TOFT DOG’ crochet kits are also here – prices from 28€ each…

And last but not least these little silk wrist warmers by ITO YARNS have been selling like hot cakes!

the perfect gift for your friends and only 13€ a pair….

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Run rabbit…

And so begins the endless hours of Football Mania! Yes it’s that time again when knitters and crocheters of the world unite. We sit and endure the countless hours of football whilst finishing off  all those projects left on the needles….

At Kaleidoscope, our knitted belgian team the ‘Red Rabbits’ will adorn the window for a few weeks and we’d love it if you LIKE  them on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Boutique-Atelier-Kaleidoscope-128286733897568/notifications/

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Marc Woolmites team from left to right: 

Marouane Mise-en-plis, Thibault Courvite, Eden Kastar, Axel Schnitzelhase, Kevin de Bruin-Konijn, Romelu Panpan, et Radja Angoran.

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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’