Kaleidoscope Fibers has moved!
The time has come to expand and move into my own space! After my husband and I spent several years looking for a commercial building of our own, we finally found a place on Main Street in Cambridge WI. Here was a building that we could turn into the yarn shop that I had envisioned since I first started Kaleidoscope Fibers. There's plenty of room for relaxing, learning and shopping! The new shop is open as of
February 1st, 2013!
131 W. Main Street
PO Box 253
Cambridge, WI 53523
New Summer Hours!
Being a one-woman show is getting a little tough now that nicer (mostly!) weather is upon us. In order to take care of all of my various responsibilities, such as child care, vegetable gardening, shepherding, grounds maintenance, household maintenance, and running the shop, I find that 2 days a week at home are just not enough. Starting on May 28th, the shop will be closed on Tuesdays through September 3rd. I'll also be opening one hour later on Wednesday and Friday to accommodate summer school through July 19th.
I'll keep you posted when I start changing!
Current Shop Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Summer Shop Hours:
Wednesday - 11am-4pm
Thursday - 10am - 4pm
Friday - 11am - 6pm
Saturday - 10am-4pm
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)!
Lots of new yarns, needles, patterns, books and more are awaiting you at the new location!
Universal Deluxe Worsted Superwash - Universal's workhorse wool is now available in superwash! 220 yards of machine washable wool, just perfect for an afghan, baby items, etc.
Frog Tree Pediboo Worsted - One of my favorite sock yarns is now available in worsted weight! A blend of 80% superwash merino and 20% bamboo, this yarn has a lovely texture and sheen, plus the darker shades look a little heathered due to the bamboo content.
Elemental Affects 100% North American Shetland wool yarn Rejoice all of you Fair Isle knitters! here is a real Shetland fingering weight yarn, grown, spun and dyed here in the United States! I have all 50 of the different colorways that they offer, lots to choose from to get your color scheme just right!
Claudia Hand Painted Yarns - New for you lace knitters, Silk lace and Linen lace! 100% Silk lace comes in 1100 yard skeins, enough yardage for a huge shawl or even a featherweight cardigan. It is sinfully soft and has a wonderful drape, just lovely. The 100% Linen lace yarn is beautiful in it's own right, with a lovely soft sheen and beautiful colors. This will make a great summer shawl, scarf or top.
Hearthside Fibers - New colorways of BaaBoo and Blue Faced Leicester sock yarns were just delivered and are really spectacular. Knit some socks, a scarf, a shawl or even a sweater from these unique colorways!
New needles: You'll now find a nice selection of Chiao Goo needles, in bamboo, regular stainless steel and lace tip stainless steel needles.
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 noon to 3pm every Wednesday. We did this on Tuesdays at the old shop, but opted to change days to accomodate Carolyn's schedule. 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 (except for July, we'll have it on the second Wednesday due to the holiday) 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!