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Cow girl blues has arrived at Kaleidoscope!

Cowgirlblues

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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New summer yarns!

There have been so many deliveries recently, so i’ll start with the most recent:

Just arrived – 21 new colours in our favourite linen 3 ply from MidwinterYarns.  I love the feel of this yarn against the skin, it hangs beautifully, and the more you wash it the softer it gets! See all the colours available now  in our E-shop….

 

 Also just arrived  12 lovely colours in the new linen/viscose mix yarn from DMC at only 4.95€ / 50g and most projects use between 5/6 balls! Here are a few pattern ideas from the DMC catalogue ( only available in French )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Hedgehog Fans will be pleased to know we have lots of new colours in Skinny singles, a few new colours in Sock 4 ply, & twist sock……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 There are still a few skeins left of our new hand dyed yarn from LITLG – Life in the long grass –  we love this yarn so hopefully there will be more in the future…

 

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And we now have 2 new sport weight yarns : ‘nua’ – yak/merino/linen  and ‘Dos Tierras’ from Malabrigo yarns for patterns using 3.75 and 4mm needles….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Also available are a selection of new books from Kate davies and Rachel Coopey:

 

 

 ….And finally coming soon, the new issues of  ‘Laine magazine’ and the special anniversary issue of ‘Pompom magazine’ please phone if you want to reserve a copy as there are only a limited amount available!

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Pompom mag summer 2016

Better late than never, the new edition of pompom magazine is now available at Kaleidoscope!

Price 14 € this fab little English magazine features knitting patterns by Thea Colman, Carol Feller, Kiyomi Burgin, Sachito Burgin, Joanne Serace, Wencke Lucas, Lynn Brennan, Sara Delaney, Courtney Cedarholm, and Sara Thornett…..

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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.

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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’

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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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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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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Bois de Vincennes

You may have noticed that designers and shops have gone CRAZY for knitwear  this season!  Well here’s a newsflash – We knitters are way ahead of the catwalk trends, we’ve ALWAYS been crazy for knitwear!

Along with oversize chunky jumpers , capes and ponchos are ‘all the rage’, we rather like  this pattern from La Droguerie – Cape’ Bois de Vincennes’ – knitted in Benjamine chunky aran 100% wool on 7mm needles.

I decided to jazz it up by crocheting a series of vertical lines to add interest.

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