Disco Ball Shawl Extras

If you came to 3 Kittens during the Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop 2017, you probably picked up a copy of our Disco Ball Shawl pattern. Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough room on the printed pattern to incorporate several useful tips, so we’ve put some extras in this post to help you finish your shawl successfully.

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Disco Ball Schematic

 

 

This is a rough drawing of the shawl. The actual shawl’s hypotenuse (the longest edge) is actually curved as is the bottom edge.

 

 

 

Section 1 – Color Sequence

The following chart is a representation of how the color sequencing occurs in Section 1 of the shawl. Some people (like me!) are more visual and like charts and diagrams. This is for you!

Disco Ball Color Sequence

(The red numbers in the # of sts columns correspond to the stitch counts in the written pattern.)

Finding the Stitch in the Row Below for Make Bobble Instructions

My test knitter didn’t know exactly what I meant by “st from the row below at the base of the bobble”, so we thought a series of pictures might help you!

Locating the Stitch Below the Bobble

To Shorten the Shawl

This is a large shawl. If you would like to shorten it, I suggest removing the last stripe sequence.

I hope all of this helps you make the Disco Shawl!

~ Laura

Another Birthday Wish!

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From guest blogger Patty Lyons:

I first met Laura at an industry event several years ago. When she asked me to come teach at 3 Kittens Needle Arts, I was excited. I had heard great things about the shop from other knitting teachers and I was looking forward to seeing it for myself.

When I found out it was 3 Kitten’s 10th anniversary, I was not surprised. Few shops make it to that landmark, and when I visited the shop I understood why 3 Kittens is in that handful of stores that make it to 10 (and will make it to 20!). 

When I first walked in the shop early on a Friday afternoon, it was a buzz of activity. There was a woman in the back picking out colors for a new canvas, a few women browsing the yarn, a woman picking up her finished needlepoint pillow (there was a good deal of oohing and aahing over the beautiful birds on the pillow), and another woman rushing in to get a gift asking the nearly unanswerable question, “What do teenage girls like?”

The shop is not only stocked with beautiful yarns, many of which I had never seen (and I’ve seen a LOT of yarn), but more importantly, it’s staffed by funny, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff. 

Congrats to 3 Kittens on your 10-year anniversary . . . I have a feeling this shop will be around for a long time to come!

~ Patty Lyons

Patty Lyons to Visit 3 Kittens

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We’re so excited to announce that Patty Lyons will be visiting us September 30-October 2! Patty is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in her pursuit of training the “mindful knitter.” She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much-maligned subjects of gauge and blocking.

She has taught nationally at guilds and knitting shows around the country. In addition, Patty’s designs and knitting articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, Knit Style, and Creative Knitting magazines. Her designs have also been used by Classic Elite, Noro, Cascade, Tahki Stacy Charles, and Kollage Yarns.

Patty’s classes, both live and online, are extremely popular and routinely sell out. We’re excited to have Patty here for three classes and her highly enjoyable and interactive presentation, “Oops, I Accidentally Knit a Dress (Tales of Lies, Heartbreak and Denial).”

Here is the schedule of events. Make sure to click through to our website for more details.

Friday, September 30

5-7pm: Designer Reception and Power Point Lecture/Presentation – Oops, I Accidentally Knit a Dress (Tales of Lies, Heartbreak and Denial) – presentation will start at approximately 5:30pm

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Saturday, October 1

9am-noon: Stop Turning: Knitting and Purling Backwards

1pm-4pm: Finishing SEAMS Simple!

 

Sunday, October 2

9am-noon: Patty’s Knitting Bag of Tricks

#YarnbombTheBonanza

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.

 

Hello,

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:

CROCHET FLOWERS

http://www.allfreecrochet.com/Crochet-Flower-Patterns/The-5-Minute-Flower

http://pattern-paradise.com/2015/03/31/free-crochet-pattern-flower-power/

http://yarnartwithsuepinner.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/part-1-giant-flower-pattern.html

http://www.bhookedcrochet.com/2013/07/13/crochet-flower-pattern/

http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-flower-pattern-rose/

 

KNIT FLOWERS

http://voknits.com/blooming-rose/

http://pilgrimpurse.blogspot.com/2012/01/variation-on-easy-flower.html

http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/nicky-epstein

https://misscraftyfingers.wordpress.com/2010/11/25/a-knitted-flower-with-pattern/

http://www.berroco.com/patterns/peruvia-rose

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.

need some gift knitting ideas? we’ve got them!

If you’re anything like me, at this point (approximately 6 weeks before Christmas – or 44 days, but who’s counting?) you have decided that at least one person on your gift list needs something handmade. For me, that means something knitted or crocheted or needlepointed or woven. Because I am the speediest at knitting, the default becomes that! So, I’ve come up with a few brilliant ideas of things to make this year.

Do you have a style maven who only wears the latest trend on your list?

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Cravat by Debbie Bliss

I made this in 2.5 hours! (Well, really, because I didn’t read the pattern correctly, it took me 5 hours to have a finished scarf, but still…) Note: In order to wear the scarf as shown in the photo, most people will require a longer scarf – buy an extra ball!

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Lara ($20.50 ea) – 2 skeins Pattern booklet: Lara ($14.95)

 

What about someone whose hands are always cold?

Painted LandscapePainted Landscape Mitts by Caroline Kerr

We’ve kitted up a number of striking colorways to make these beautiful mitts. Linen Stitch blends the colors together beautifully, creating striking color combinations. Visit our website to see them all. (Pattern sold separately here.)

Kit: $15.00 (contains 2 skeins of The Fiber Seed Seedlings)

 

How about a hip teenager or young adult?

DSCN2621Rivulet Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham

Another super chunky yarn, Noro Kureyon Air, makes a stunning super-sized cowl that will keep your trendy youngster warm and cozy – satisfying the need for warmth with the need for style. (Pattern sold separately here.)

Yarn: Noro Kureyon Air ($20.50 ea) – 2 skeins

 

What about people who have cold feet in winter (who doesn’t)?

Farmhouse FlatsFarmhouse Flats by Melissa Stajda

Keep all those feet (from child to adult) warm with these quick to knit slippers! If you don’t know how to do Judy’s Magic Cast On or Kitchener Stitch, join us for a 2 session class to get you going on making these toe- & heart-warming slippers. (Pattern sold separately here.)

Yarn: Classic Elite Big Liberty Wool ($11.50) – 2 skeins

 

If you have other great ideas, please share them with us! Either respond in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Happy knitting ~ Laura

 

mall of america yarn bombing!

What:

To celebrate February as Go Red month, the American Heart Association and the Mall of America want to cover the sign on the corner of 24th and Lyndale in yarn.

How you can help:

  • If you have any scarfs or crochet pieces that you would be OK donating that are a shade of red in any size we would take them
  • If you have any red yarn laying around we need pieces knit or crocheted that are about 1.5 feet wide and 2-6 feet in length
  • Patterns – can be straight knit or crochet or if you can incorporate hearts into it, even better!
  • Below is a link to a free small stuffed red heart pattern. We thought we could string them together or tack them to the project for a little flair.
  • Any red or white notions you have lying around would be a wonderful asset to keep the project interesting and appealing to the eye.
  • Can only crochet a chain? No problem! To help hold everything together we need single crochet chains at 6-8 feet long

Due Date:

  • We need the pieces by Monday, February 2nd at the end of the day in order to start sewing them together for the big MOA letters.
  • Pieces can be accepted as late as Wednesday, February 4th and we can make arrangements for pick up if needed

Installation:

If you would like to help with the installation or removal of the yarn bomb, please contact Diane Muenchow at wickdiane51@yahoo.com.

 

Please contact Diane at wickdiane51@yahoo.com if you have any questions!

make a duck, save a life

Have you heard of The Little Yellow Duck Project?

By creating and leaving little yellow ducks with informative tags for passers-by to pick up, The Little Yellow Duck Project aims to spread the word about the importance of organ, tissue and blood donation.

3 Kittens is joining forces with The Little Yellow Duck Project. On I Love Yarn Day, October 10, we want to blanket the park in front of the store with handmade yellow ducks! What can you do to help?

Make a duck! Check this link for pattern ideas.

Bring your duck(s) to 3 Kittens before October 10. We’ll tag them and store them until the morning of October 10:

Little Yellow Duck Tag

Join us to distribute the ducks in the park on the morning of the 10th! We’ll start “transplanting” them out at 10:30am.

If you have any questions, please call Laura at 651-457-4969.