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Kaleidoscope takes a short break….

We will be taking a few days off in March, please take note of the opening hours written below.

All orders placed via the website from 4th March onwards will be sent out after 17th March. 

                                                    MARCH HOLIDAYS  2018
Wednesday    7th  March 2018  CLOSED ——–  —————-
Thursday   8th  March 2018 OPEN  10.00-18.30
Friday   9th  March 2018 OPEN  10.00-18.30
Saturday   10th  March 2018 OPEN  10.00-18.00
Sunday  11th  March 2018  CLOSED ————————
Monday  12th  March 2018   CLOSED ————————          
Tuesday  13th  March 2018  CLOSED ——– —————-
Wednesday  14th  March 2018  CLOSED ——–  —————-
Thursday  15th  March 2018  CLOSED ——–  —————-
Friday  16th  March 2018  CLOSED ——–  —————-
Saturday  17th  March 2018  OPEN                     10.00-18.00
Sunday  18th  March 2018  CLOSED ————————
Monday   19th  March 2018  CLOSED ————————
Tuesday 20th  March 2018  CLOSED ————————
Wednesday  21 st  March 2018  OPEN  10.00-18.30
   normal opening hours resume  


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

( 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!


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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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:



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



                    HHF @ Kaleidoscope!


( 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! )


( 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!)


                                                       ( 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.”

mb hedgehog may 061 web

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.


On the Hedgehog Fibres website Beata’s patterns are available for download!

(all photos courtesy of Hedgehog Fibres)

mb hedgehog-october 26 web

(all photos courtesy of Hedgehog Fibres)


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 … 


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’* !



* 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.







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