by guest blogger, Knitteapolis 

                  A quick definition of yarnbombing: A type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth, rather than paint or chalk. While yarn installations–called yarnbombs or knit bombs–may last for years, they are considered non-permanent, and, unlike graffiti, can be easily removed if necessary. The practice is believed to have originated in the U.S. with Texas knitters trying to find a creative way to use their leftover and unfinished knitting projects, but it has since spread worldwide.



My name is Knitteapolis and I am the Minnesota Yarnbomber. You might have seen some of my yarnbombs on bike racks or on street signs in the Twin Cities. I’ve also created custom yarnbombs for the Mall of America, American Heart Association, Creative Kidstuff, the OVALumination in Roseville, sureCAN Productions, How To Make Everything, Minnstameets, and Bundle Up MN.

Right now, I’m super excited to announce that I am currently creating a fabulous custom yarnbomb for the giant Junk Bonanza event at Canterbury Park! Junk Bonanza is a Ki Nassauer event for purveyors & shoppers of vintage finds, beautiful antiques & artisan-repurposed pieces. I will be yarnbombing a life size horse statue that will be placed at the entrance of Junk Bonanza this April. The horse statue will be covered head to toe in cozy knits & crochet. However, this horse needs a winner’s wreath of pink and orange flowers to go around his neck and I would be honored if YOU would join me in creating this wreath! But I need your help! I will be accepting any and all pink & orange knit or crochet flowers up until April 14th. Please send as many as you like. Whether you create 20 flowers or 2, I appreciate your contribution and look forward to sewing it into the fabulous wreath. I’ve attached some links to some patterns below but feel free to knit or crochet any type of flower you’d like. The only thing we ask is that you use pink or orange yarn. I also would like to encourage you to take photos of your beautiful flowers and upload them to social media to show off your creations. Use the hashtag #YarnbombTheBonanza and you’ll be able to see & meet the other fiber artists who are donating their flowers to this funky fun yarnbomb.

Here is a link to learn more about the awesome Junk Bonanza.

For questions and/or a shipping address you can reach me via my email: Knitteapolis@gmail.com

You can also find out more about Knitteapolis on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. The following two videos are also fun: Fox 9 News and North Suburban Beat.

Thank you so much for your time. I look forward to working with you!

Sincerely, Knitteapolis


If you would like to make flowers for the yarn bomb, Knitteapolis has provided a few pattern links:














These patterns are here if you would like to try them but are in no way mandatory. You are more than welcome to free form crochet or knit your flowers or use a pattern you already know and like.

Dot …

I recently had the opportunity to attend a financial seminar in Texas. As I was preparing for the trip, I wasn’t thinking about the great information I would learn at the seminar. Nope. I was worried about what I would knit during the lectures and panel discussions! And, of course, none of the projects already on my needles (at least 5 of them… probably more, but who’s counting?) fit the bill. It had to be small and portable, fairly easy, but not so mindless that I might fall asleep, and it had to be something that we had in the store now, because I didn’t have time to go through my stash to find the right thing.

The answer was Dot by Casapinka. I gathered the staff on hand, and they helped me pick colors. I knew that I wanted a neutral background and a pop of color for the dots. We tried several combinations, but we finally settled on Anzula Squishy in ‘Hippo’ for the background and Mrs Crosby Satchel in Toucan for the dots.

Here is the shawl in progress:

The dots are done in an interesting manner. You do the first 8 stitches in the main color (MC) yarn, then you attach the contrasting color (CC) and create your dot using an i-cord type technique, then you knit two stitches with the MC, do another dot, and so on. I suppose this could be a stranded knitting technique since you’re using two colors across the row, but I found it difficult to carry the yarns at the same time (normally for stranded knitting I hold one color in my left hand and one in my right). It seemed much more easy just to drop the non-working yarn and pick up the working yarn as necessary.

Unfortunately, there was not a good way to carry the CC yarn up the edge of the work, so it was necessary to break the yarn after working a dot row and reattach it the next time I needed to do a dot row. Trapping the ends as I worked was a great idea – just wish I had done it at the beginning, instead of trying it after the 5th dot row! Sewing in the ends of the CC yarn had to be done along the dots on the back of the fabric:


Here’s a view of the back showing two rows – the one at the top is with the sewn in ends, the one in the middle is with the yarn trapped as I knit (just at the right end of the photo). Although the sewn in ends look a bit less bulky than the trapped ends, I think the trapped ends are much less likely to come out.


For this shawl, my blocking wires came in very handy. I thought I could get away with just using them on the curved edge, but because of the shape of the shawl, I also had to use it along what were the outer edges when knitting. (Slight gripe alert: I am not enamored of this shawl’s shape. The ‘straight edge’ is not straight but comes to a point at the tab beginning, creating extra fabric that is awkward. This is shown well in the photo below.Luckily, when worn, the extra fabric can be folded over so it won’t be noticeable.)


The final product is lovely and the dots look fabulous!


Here are some other color combinations that I think would be fun in the Dot shawl:

Now onto to the next project…

~ Laura

Romi Hill Returns to 3 Kittens

Romi HillWe’re just so excited right now! Romi Hill is coming back to 3 Kittens to teach two amazing classes. Romi is a beloved designer on Ravelry and the author of New Lace Knitting. 

Join us on Thursday, April 21, for a Designer Reception with Romi. The store will be closed for this special event. Romi will bring multiple samples from her New Lace Knitting and some of her individual patterns as well as her design binders. She’ll give a short presentation on her design process. Plus we’ll have refreshments – and probably a few door prizes. It will be a lovely little party to kick off Romi’s classes the next day. Click here to register.


Fixing Knitted LaceLace and Cable Surgery

Friday, April 22


In this workshop with designer and teacher Romi Hill, not only will we discuss techniques to avoid lace and cable mishaps, but participants will learn how to rip a misbehaving section of lace or cables back and knit it up row by row to correct errors without having to rip the entire project out. Students will be given charted knitting homework to be prepared prior to the class: a lace swatch and a cable swatch, both with mistakes, to be operated on during class. Click here to register.


Zephyr 2

Zephyr Cove

Friday, April 22


Zephyr Cove is a fun stripey and lacy knit that includes short rows and a novel leafy start with double pointed needles. Students will learn the basics of the shawl construction and all the techniques used while making a mini Zephyr Cove shawl. You’ll leave the class with all the skills to do the full-sized version! Click here to register.