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.

3k club perk pattern june 2014: at a slant shawl

Our new perk pattern for June 2014 is the At a Slant Shawl. This garter and stockinette shawl is charted for the main portion of the shawl. If you have picked up your pattern at the store, you will need to use one of the links below in order to download the chart to complete the “Insert Stockinette Stripes” section of the shawl. Enjoy!

At a Slant Chart (Excel spreadsheet)

At a Slant Chart (PDF)

Please note these errata (thanks Sherry for pointing them out to me!), changed in patterns and chart on 7/5/14:

  • On page 2 of the pattern, you should repeat rows 5-8 until 51 sts remain (instead of the printed 50 sts)
  • The chart has been updated with the correct legend and row numbers on the appropriate side of the charts (click link for new chart)

 

april sock it up club yarn

We sent out our newest Sock It Up Club yarn last week to our members.

Isn’t it fabulous! It’s Bambou by Phydeaux Designs in our newest exclusive gemstone-themed color – Raw Diamonds. I wish you could feel it – the bamboo makes it so wonderfully soft.

We’re so happy with this yarn, that we are planning on ordering more of the Bambou in Phydeaux beautiful colors to have in the store on a regular basis.

The pattern this month is Hailstones by Sarah Ronchetti.

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If you didn’t sign up for our Sock It Up Club this year, look for club registration for 2015 beginning in December.

Happy Knitting!

the evolution of a hat pattern (part 1)

This is the story behind my new design, the Go USA Hat, that I just posted on Ravelry as a free pattern. I think many people are curious about how designs come into being and how many iterations of a project are sometimes necessary before a final product is ready.

 

When we heard that Imperial Yarn’s Erin was being used by Ralph Lauren for the USA Olympic Team’s Opening Ceremonies sweater at the Sochi Olympics, I knew right away that I had to make something out of that yarn! We didn’t carry the yarn, but we have carried other Imperial Yarn products.  It wasn’t difficult to get the yarn into the store!

At first, I was going to try to come up with a Mystery Knit-A-Long, but as I was driving cross-country (Minnesota to Oregon) with my daughter in mid-January, my brain started going through all kinds of ideas of what I could do with red, white and blue yarn – and a mystery KAL wasn’t one of them! Instead, I immediately started thinking “hat.”

I didn’t have the yarn yet from Imperial Yarn. I had ordered red, white and blue Erin (100% wool, raised in Oregon and processed in the US). And, I hadn’t even thought to bring something else with me in the same weight (yes, I did have two knitting projects with me and one needlepoint one, but nothing that would work for what I wanted to practice with). So, we stopped in Fargo at Prairie Yarns where I visited with my friend, Keatha, who owns the store,

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and bought some worsted weight yarn there. Then, I made my daughter drive so I could play!

I wish I still had the swatches to show you, but being super efficient, I threw them away. I knew I wanted to do some kind of colorwork, but I didn’t want it too complicated.  I originally tried a couple of slip-stitch patterns that would allow me to incorporate all three colors fairly quickly. But it all looked too busy. So I decided to do simple stripes.

I opted to do a beret shape, because the US Olympic team outfits always have a beret as part of the ensemble. OlympicBeret

I spent some time looking at beret patterns on Ravelry and found the Colette Pattern which helped me to figure out the basic shape of the beret.

Tomorrow, I’ll show you my first attempts at the beret.

join our own mad hatter!

We have a mad hatter on our hands! Faithful employee Cecilia is knitting 52 hats this year. That’s one a week (on average – though Cecilia is quick to say that some may take longer and some may take less time)! She says:

I love to knit hats. It is my go to project when I don’t know what else to do. So last year I decided to knit 52 hats. I have lined up a number of hats already and I am sure there are some which will come up as the year goes by. I am very excited about this challenge. I cast on my first hat on 1/1 and it is using a new yarn we have coming into the shop the middle of January. Some of the hats are going to be for charity, some will be for friends and family and some will be for me. Maybe you would like to join me and knit some hats too. Maybe not 52, but perhaps you would like to knit 12… I plan on having a good time.

Follow along with Cecilia on her journey at her personal blog One Knitter’s Chaos

hello, san diego!

It’s time for one of several “markets” that we attend every year – this time in sunny, warm San Diego.

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The grass is green! It’s so nice to see some green other than my Christmas tree 🙂

Our hotel is right next to the convention center where the winter trade show for The National Needlearts Association (aka, “market”) is being held. Plus we’re right next to the Gas Lamp district – an historic area of San Diego filled with fabulous restaurants – and the stadium for the San Diego Padres.

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I spent some time walking around this charming area during the early afternoon (in 63 degree weather – I know, I should really stop rubbing it in, but I feel so lucky!). I found at least 10 restaurants I’d like to eat at…

Later in the day, I headed to my first class of the weekend: Moving Miters with Barry Klein, the owner of Trendsetter Yarns. Barry has been in the biz for his whole life, following his mother around to stores and market. He and his mother started Trendsetter 25 years ago. To celebrate their anniversary, Trendsetter is having a special promotion, which you can read about here. We just received our order of the 100% mink (!) yarn, Lotus ‘Mimi,’ from Trendsetter. Buying just one skein of this yarn will qualify you for the promotion.

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Anyway, the class was fantastic. We learned how to make rectangular miters, instead of the more traditional diamond or triangle shaped miters. Here are some photos, concluding with the beginning of the a scarf that I will be making out of the two skeins of Ascot that Trendsetter gave each of us. (Sorry, we don’t carry this yarn; although I can think of lots of other yarns we do carry that would look great using this mitering technique.)

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It’s been a fun day! More tomorrow…

shawls of fall contest 2013

The Shawls of Summer Fall Contest is back!

Show off your hand knit or crocheted shawl to everyone. You may win a prize or two!

 

 

 

 

Susan F's winning shawl from last year
Susan F’s winning shawl from last year

Sign Up Begins July 25

Drop Off Finished Shawls – September 20-25

Shawls on Display – September 23 – 29

Party

September 27

5:00-7:00pm

Celebrity Judge – Nancy Bush

Eat, drink and vote for People’s Choice!

(Due to limited seating for Nancy’s lecture, you must register for this event; click here.)

 

 

 

 

Contest Rules

  • Shawls and shawlettes are eligible. If you have questions about the applicability of your item, please ask!
  • Shawls must have been started after 8/1/12.
  • You may enter as many items into the contest as you would like.
  • Yarn must be purchased at 3 Kittens – proof of purchase or approval of store owner is necessary if yarn is not purchased at sign up.
  • Shawls can be made from any pattern you choose. If you choose to enter a shawl of your original design, you will be required to sign a document stating it is your own design when you drop off your shawl for display.
  • Items will remain on display from September 23-29. They may be picked up on September 30.
  • 3 Kittens shall make every effort to protect your item(s) while on display at the store. However, 3 Kittens shall not be held responsible for any damage or loss during the contest.
  • Categories and prizes will be determined at a later date.

 

 

november 3k club perks

We have a new perk pattern for the month of November. Boot cuffs seem to be everywhere this fall – in magazines, in stores, on the street. Jane has designed a quick and easy Cabled Boot Cuff that is available free to our 3K Club Members. If you’re not a member, you can purchase the pattern for only $3.00 in the store or online.

The pattern uses Plymouth Select Merino Superwash Chunky, but any smooth chunky weight yarn will do.

As always, we also have several trunk shows throughout the month, and 3K Club members have the opportunity to receive 20% off their purchases from these trunk shows.  For needlepointers, we have the Jelly Bean Stock trunk show arriving soon. As always, trunk show canvases are 20% off for 3K Club members or 15% off for non-members. Here’s one of the fabulous canvases I’m hoping to see.

 

 

For knitters, we are showcasing two local designers. Cid Hanscom’s sweet little dolls from Purl: the Little Knit Girl are in the store now.

On November 4, Cid will be at the store from 1-3pm to sign this new book or any of her other patterns. All Cid patterns, including Purl: the Little Knit Girl, will be 20% for 3K Club members or 15% off for non-members.

 

 

 

 

On November 5th, Lori Ihnen’s items from her new book,Colorwork for Adventurous Knitters, will be put up on display.

Lori will sign books on Sunday, November 18, from 1-3pm. Once again, Colorwork for Adventurous Knitters will be available during the trunk show for 20% off for 3K Club members or 15% off for non-members.

rasha’s old forge baby blanket

One day our customer Rasha came into the store seeking some help. She had seen a version of Stephen West’s Old Forge blanket which used 3 colors instead of just 2, and she loved the look, but she wanted to make a baby blanket.  Old Forge uses worsted weight yarn, and it is a full sized (65” Diameter) blanket. So we discussed what to do, and I suggested she use a lighter yarn and smaller needles to size the blanket down. In the end we choose Dale of Norway’s Baby Ull because it is machine washable and comes in a ton of colors. We did some quick math and figured out that she could do the pattern as written and it should be perfect.  Of course, it was hard to know how many skeins to buy, so we guessed and hoped for the best.  In the end she used 1 skein of pink, 2 skeins of lavender and 5 skeins of the dark purple.
And it turned out FANTASTIC. Give it a gander:
Rasha with her fabulous blanket!

Always remember that there is more than one way to resize a pattern and that you are in charge of what you knit. You can make any pattern yours with just a few simple changes.

~ Cecilia