Come on in, browse the selection of great yarn, needles and other knitting necessities, sit and knit a while!
131 W. Main Street
PO Box 253
Cambridge, WI 53523
Wednesday 10am - 7:30pm
Thursday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
I've been giving a lot of thought lately about what I can do to improve the shop. I recently read an article about what yarns shops give away to attract/retain customers. Many shops give away tape measures, rulers, and other trinkets, but I realized that the most valuable thing I can give any of you is my time. With that idea in mind, I will no longer charge class fees as long as you use supplies that you have purchased at Kaleidoscope Fibers. Class calendars will remain the same, and I will suggest yarns to use for each project, but you may switch to another yarn if you find something you'd rather use. If you would like to use yarn that you have purchased elsewhere, there will be a $10 per hour fee per class. Classes that are taught by someone other than myself (Karen Anderson) may be subject to some fees as well.
Feel free to drop in at any time I'm at the shop to get help. I've often commented that if you take a class you get unlimited support until you finish the project, I'm just making it an "official" policy. Drop in help is free, too, even if you are using someone else's yarn (I'll try hard not to frown)!
Now available at the shop are some yarns and rovings from local sheep, llama and alpaca farms. It is so nice to be able to support these families in their fiber-related endeavours. Here is the current list of these local lovelies:
Hearthside Fibers: sock yarns, worsted yarns and rovings, all in various fiber bases. Hand dyed in Johnson Creek
Stone Crest Llamas: naturally colored llama yarns from a local llama herd. These llamas are specifically selected on the basis of their fiber, so soft and luscious!
Yaeger's Acres: Naturally colored roving and yarns from a local flock of Corriedale sheep.
The Wookie Farm: Naturally colored 100% alpaca roving. You've gotta love the name!
Madison Knitter's Guild April Meeting
April 14, 6:30pm, Bishop O'Connor Center, Madision WI
I get to visit with all of you MKG members and guests in April as I will be one of the vendors for the April Meeting!
For more information click on:
Spring Shop Hop!
April 18 - 27
Eleven shops in the southern half of the state have banded together for a shop hop! There will be shopping, prizes and more shopping!
Click on this Facebook link to get more information about the participating stores, or contact me and I will email you a flyer.
I will be hosting special demos on both Saturdays of the hop:
Saturday April 19:
Meet the Designer, 1-3pm: Come meet Kirsti Johanson of the Travelling Stitch Sisters! Kirsti is a local knitwear designer and knitting instructor. She will be bringing with her models from her latest book Tahoe Knits. She will have the book available for purchase (and signing!) in the shop. The models and books will be in the shop from April 14th through the 27th.
Saturday April 26:
Meet the Designer, 11 am - 1 pm: Another local designer! Come meet Therese Chynoweth, a prodigious designer for national magazines and yarn companies such as Noro and Classic Elite. She'll be bringing some finished garments for you to see, and be happy to chat about the design process. I do have several books and magazines with her designs in them, and you can look her up on Ravelry to see what patterns she has available (you'll see what I mean about her being prodigious when you do this!)
Antique Sock Knitting Machine Demo, 1-3pm: There is a hard-core group of individuals that have rescued these old machines and spent many hours learning how to use them to make great socks. Connie Nelson will have her machine here and show us what it takes to make these "cranky" old machines work (pun intended!).
Regular shop events:
Wednesday Stitching Basics
Want to learn to knit or crochet? Need help with your current knit or crochet project? Carolyn Holcomb and I will be here to help from 10:30am to 2pm every Wednesday. Feel free to drop in to get help, learn a technique, or just to come stitch with some company for a while!
Thursday morning stitching group
Come join the rotating cast of characters that comes to stitch every Thursday morning. We'll start at 10am and go to around noon, sometimes a little later, depending on how much fun we're having!
I'll provide the coffee...
KALs are a great way to get together with like-minded fiber fanatics. Once a month we'll get together after-hours to stitch, sip wine, and relax. KALs will take place on the first Wednesday of each month here at the yarn shop. I will have a theme posted for each month, so you can either knit along with the theme, or just bring whatever you happen to have on your needles. Crochet is welcome too! Time is 5:50 to 7:30pm, so stop by on your way home from work to sit, sip and stitch!
SALs are my way to attempt to squeeze one more hobby into my life! I really want to learn to spin so that I can spin some of the fleece from my Icelandic sheep. Come join me and teach me a thing or two about the finer points of spinning! These are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 5:30 - 7:30 pm.