XMAS OPENING HOURS 2017/18

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PLEASE NOTE: ALL orders placed in our E-shop from 22/12/17 to 2/1/18 will ONLY be sent out from 3/1/18  thank-you for your comprehension, and Happy Xmas and New Year to everyone!

                       XMAS & NEW YEAR OPENING HOURS 2017 / 2018
   
Wednesday   13th  December 2017 OPEN  10.00-18.30
Thursday  14th  December 2017 OPEN  10.00-18.30
Friday  15th   December 2017 OPEN  10.00-18.30
Saturday  16th   December 2017 OPEN  10.00-18.00
Sunday 17th  December 2017  CLOSED ————————
Monday 18th  December 2017  OPEN- pm            14.00- 18.00
Tuesday 19th  December 2017  OPEN- am  10.00-14.00
Wednesday 20th  December 2017  OPEN  10.00-18.00
Thursday 21st  December 2017  OPEN  10.00-18.00
Friday 22nd  December 2017  OPEN  10.00-18.00
Saturday 23rd  December 2017  OPEN                     10.00-18.00
Sunday  24th  Xmas Eve  CLOSED ————————
Monday  25th Xmas Day Boxing Day  CLOSED ————————
Tuesday  26th Boxing Day  2017  CLOSED ————————
Wednesday  27th December 2017   CLOSED ——-  —————
Thursday  28th  December 2017   OPEN  10.00-18.00              
Friday  29th  December 2017  OPEN                     10.00-18.00 
Saturday  30th  December 2017  OPEN  10.00-18.00
Sunday   31st December 2017   CLOSED ————————
Monday   1st January 2018  CLOSED ———————–
Tuesday   2nd   January 2018   CLOSED ————————
Wednesday      3rd January 2018 NORMAL OPENING HOURS RESUME 10.00 – 18.30
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LITLG

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  

   

                                                                      

 

New products for winter 2017…

Lots of exciting new products this winter !

The new assortment of yarns from ‘Life in the long grass’ is due to arrive next week (6th December) but we already have quite a few new colours and yarns to choose from, starting with our un-dyed ‘Natural Collection‘…..

     ‘ SPIRA’

 chunky handspun wool/alpaca 100g


 

‘GORILLA’ 

super chunky merino 250g / 20m

 

‘SILK YAK’ 

4 ply yak/silk  50g/ 200m

 

Malabrigo Yarns have brought out a selection of new Speckled colours in Mechita single mesh merino……

‘GOTHIC’  

‘RENAISSANCE’

‘CARNAVAL’

‘POIPU’

‘AUREO’      

 

Isabelle Kraemer has published a new pattern – the ‘Yana Sweater’ using the exclusive baby alpaca worsted yarn by  ‘KOKON’ – we have 8 colours of Kokon worsted and a few copies of her ‘Yana Sweater’ pattern in English. Can’t wait to wear this warm cosy jumper! Just in time for the cold weather…..

 

 

 

 

 

       Kokon ‘CLOUD’                                      Kokon ‘MIST’                                              Kokon ‘JET’

 

 You can find  all these products  (except the ‘ Yana sweater pattern’)  available to order in our E-shop! – you can buy  the Yana sweater pattern in English on Ravelry.com click on the link below for details.

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/yana-3

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 —

 

Toft Dolls

Kaleidoscope now has the very latest book and doll kits from the talented Kerry Lord.  

‘Edward’s crochet Doll Emporium’ is the follow up to her other wonderful books including Edward’s Menagerie, Edward’s Birds and Imaginarium.

This wonderful hardback book is full of easy to follow instructions with clear photos on how to make lots of different dolls and their clothes. 

The book and kits are  currently only available in English  ( price  19€ ) –  the doll kits ( 31, 50€ ) and the clothes kits ( 19, 50€ ) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is ‘Lottie’  my first attempt and great fun to make!

 

 

 

 

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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Knitting lessons

Our knitting lessons are open to all levels, from beginners who want to learn the basics, to anyone who needs help with their knitting , just come along with your project and we’ll do our best to help you learn what you need to become a confident knitter. Bring a notebook and pen, scissors, a camera if you like in order to help you remember what you’ve learnt.

Lessons can be given in English/French and Flemish as required.

Lessons take place  from 10h30 to 12h30 on Thursday, Friday or  Saturday mornings – phone 02 5440130 to find out the next available dates – ( maximum 5- 6 places )

You will need to pay a reservation fee of 12€ in advance to book your place,  in the event of absence or last minute cancellations this fee can NOT  be refunded.

PRICE: 25€ – materials  not included 

Address:  Kaleidoscope: 18 avenue Adolphe Demeur, 1060, brussels

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…

 

merino singles                                                                                                            75/25 fine sock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Vinnis colours

‘New South African Yarns for Summer 2017’

Vinnis Colors is a company that offers ethical and fairtrade knitting yarns. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, they specialize in hand dyed cotton and bamboo yarns, offering a rich palette of more than 200 colors. Vinnis Colors started at the end of the 20th century. In 1993, Vinni Nielsen, a Danish nurse, a fierce knitter, settled in South Africa. Faced with the virtually non-existent supply of cotton knitting yarns, she embarked on artisan dyeing and made her first experiments in her kitchen. Furniture and windows are requisitioned for drying the yarns and quickly Vinni decided to hire help to wind them into skeins and balls. They soon then swapped the kitchen for the garden shed, where the threads are dyed in vats. Six years later, and the now flourishing business has allowed them to build two buildings in Cape Town and further develop their products.

Vinni and her team..

 

Each manufacturing process is done by hand, from dyeing to winding into balls. The threads are first dipped gently into dye baths, before being laid out to dry in the sun, in the factory yard.

Vinnis success is not only due to a dedicated team of women and men located close to the factory and recruited in economically disadvantaged rural areas, but also to a loyal clientele seduced by these unique South African yarns.

Vinnis Colors offer a wide range of colors – from the softest pastels to the deepest and most vibrant shades – giving them their unique trademark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serina  is a hand dyed bamboo/viscose yarn ,100% eco-friendly. Bamboo yarn has a luxurious sheen, making each knit/crochet project into a unique adventure! Its natural drape is perfect for making scarves, shawls, collars or small summer tops. (6€ /50g/111m /3mm needles.)

 

Tori & serina

 

Tori, the latest addition to Vinnis Colors, is a very soft chunky yarn (50% bamboo – 50% cotton) composed of 14 strands of bamboo and cotton spun together. Tori is delicately dyed by hand, without any pressure. This mix of cotton/ bamboo guarantees a beautiful range of shades and colours. Tori is machine washable and can be used for clothing, accessories for home decor. ( 9,85€/ 100g/ 87m/ 6mm needles )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find all Vinnis free patterns here: 

http://vinniscolourspatterns.co.za

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vinnis colours are distributed by Scaapi.nl

 

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The ‘Pussycat hat’

During the recent demonstrations against the sexist remarks of Donald Trump, millions of women gathered together wearing their pink pussycat hats. But putting political opinions aside, the ‘pink pussycat hat’ is a great project for beginner knitters ! If you’d like to make one then here’s the pattern that I used.

You will need:  2 x 50g  (2 x 75m ) of  Woolly 5  DMC ( worsted weight )

or  2 x 50g  ( 2 x 125m ) of Woolly normal DMC ( fingering weight ) 2 STRANDS held together.

Using 5mm needles, cast on 46 sts and knit for  8/9 cm using  1 X 1 rib ( K1, P1 to end ) 

Change and work in stocking stitch for another 24 cm ( knit 1 row, purl 1 row ) – then finish again with another 8/9 cm ) of 1 X 1 rib. Cast off loosely. Fold hat in half and sew up the sides – I finished off by sewing 1 stitch in the middle of each corner just to hold the ears in place.

Of course you can adapt this pattern for any size yarn as long as you calculate how many stitches you need for  the yarn you’ll be using (mine hat measures 21-22cm wide & 20cm long,  unstretched and flat which is perfect for the average size adult head )  

 Note to all cat lover’s, no pink pussycats were harmed in the making of this hat….