>Project Little Lambs


3 Kittens is excited to be part of Project Little Lambs sponsored by Cornerstone. Cornerstone’s mission is to prevent domestic abuse. They provide children and adults a continuum of service that builds sustainable self-reliance and revives the human spirit. Cornerstone educates, advocates & leads the way to social change. In 2007, Cornerstone provided safety, support and education to 17,144 women, children, and men who had been exposed to domestic violence. The goal of Project Little Lambs is to collect 200 contributions of new, handmade children’s sized afghans for use by Cornerstone clients by August 1st. The afghans will provide warmth & comfort to little ones at a time of upheaval. Somewhere in your community – maybe in your neighborhood – a family is in crisis. Your gift of a homemade afghan can bring love and hope into a home torn apart by violence.
3 Kittens has set a goal to collect no less than 50 afghans from our store’s knitting & crochet clients. Are you ready to join the mission? We have a selection of yarns and simple afghan patterns to recommend. Whether you’re an experienced knitter or crocheter or a beginner, all skill levels are encouraged to participate. The suggested size is no smaller than 28″ by 32″ made out of all washable yarns.
To learn more about Cornerstone visit their web site at: http://www.cornerstonemn.org.h/

>What do YOU do with Your Orts?


Do you know what an “ort” is? According to all the crossword puzzles I’ve done over the years, it’s a scrap or bit of food – even a crumb. But, for needleworkers, an ort is a bit of thread that isn’t long enough to use any more. When I started doing more needlepointing last year, I soon got tired of the piles of little orts that appeared next to whereever I was working. Even worse was trying to pick up all of the little bits and pieces later on, because inevitably a few of them would wonder off and set up there own little households a few feet away. So, I decided to make an Ort Box.

I picked a punchneedle design for the top insert and a Sudberry House Shaker style round box. I use my ort box all the time – as you can see from the collection inside the box!

The great thing about ort box projects is that they are quick and there are many options for the top – needlepoint, cross-stitch, punchneedle, hardanger, etc. But, even better, they’re functional!

Now, I’m planning on making boxes for teacher gifts – probably not for orts, but you never know…

>Cool Tip & Lee Trunk Show


First – here is the best tip we have heard in a long time so we have to share:
How do I know what gauge I will get when I double my yarn?
The clue to your answer is on the yarn label:
double the yarn label gauge (ie., 5 stitches = 1 inch, so 5 times 2 = 10)
and divide that number by 3 (ie., 10 divided by 3 = 3.3)
and that quotient is your new gauge.
Slick, right?
If I double my worsted weight yarn,
I will have gauge at chunky or 3 1/2 stitches to 1 inch.
Lee Trunk Show is here!
The needlepoint room is filled with fabulous canvasses & leather goods.
3 K Club members get to enjoy 20% off Lee purchases during the trunk show.
Non 3K Club members will receive a 15% discount.
Come see & get inspired to stitch!!

>Sock Monkey Hat featured by the Yarn Harlot!!


Our very own Sheryl Lange, who you may know from her teaching here at the shop, or by her designs (the Kaleidoscope Tote, for one) has been recently featured by the Yarn Harlot! Don’t forget that the original Sock Monkey Hat was chosen to be on knitty.com, and we have all of Sheryl’s designs here in our shop. We have available the Sock Monkey Hat kits, and the Baby Sock Monkey pattern and kit, as well as the Kaleidoscopte Tote, Mini-Me Kaleidoscope Tote, Happy Bag, Fabulous Wrap, and more.
We are so excited for Sheryl! Congratulations!

>Blocking class to be offered at 3 Kittens


Has the thought of blocking your sweater ever prevented you from finishing a sweater? Do you have a finished sweater that fits kinda weird? This class is for you! We will discuss the pros and cons of blocking before or after sewing a garment together, we will discuss blocking lace, talk about a technique called whapping and much more! Call the shop to be put on an interest list for this technique!


Flat Feet Have Arrived!!

What are Flat Feet? They are super innovative “Blanks” created by Conjoined Creations. You simply pop the waste yarn bind off, unravel and start knitting!

The colors are fabulous and they are going fast!! Imagine knitting hand dyed socks without having to wind your yarn? No balls rolling around. No tangles.

You can fold up the blank and take it with you any where.

Perfect project for travelling.

Cid Hanscom Design Trunk Show

Cid’s designs are fun & whimsical and the patterns are very well written.

Come check out this local designer during the month of April!

Bring your favorite little person with you. They will fall in love with one of the delightul little friends for you to knit especially for him or her!!