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

#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.

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.

day 4 at tnna

Today started out with a really fun class with Cat Bordhi (designer and author) called Creative Abundant Designs. It was all about a unique way of getting outside of your own head to come up with design ideas for knitting patterns – although I’m sure it could work for any creative process.

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It’s rather hard to explain, but let’s just say that it involves a random number generator, paper cutouts, and letting go of saying “no, that can’t be done.”

Then it was off to the show floor again. Lots of orders were placed today, including ones for several new yarns, such as Rylie from Hikoo, a lovely alpaca, silk and linen blend that looks wonderful in shawls and sweaters.

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 And a wonderful new hand-dyed fingering weight yarn called Cashy Wool from Knitted Wit.

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Finally, a lovely linen blend yarn, Nina, from Tahki Stacy Charles – specifically to make this easy to wear Eileen Fisher-esque top.

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And, I added new colors of Peppino from The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze and La Jolla from Baah Yarns.

The most exciting purchase of the day on the yarn side though was CustomFit by Amy Herzog, the author of Knit to Flatter. This fabulous program will allow you to purchase custom sweater patterns that will fit your individual measurements. Imagine making a sweater that actually fits you – not some “standard” shape. You will get to choose your neckline, sleeve style, length, cardigan or pullover, yarn, and many more options – and make it as complicated or as simple as you like. While you can sign up on your own on the CustomFit website, there are many ways we as a LYS (Local Yarn Store) can help you – possibly a KAL or class or a measuring party. Who knows? Once we get our staff trained in on the mechanics of the program, we’ll launch it with you. Keep your eyes on our newsletter, Facebook page and Ravelry page for more information.

Julie purchased a lot of things on the needlepoint side, and has posted a number of photos on our Facebook page. Check there to see what’s been exciting her and Sara as they’ve walked the show floor.

 

 

to market, to market sale

We’re at market having fun, so we thought that all of you should have fun, too! So we’re having a sale!!!

In-Stock Canvases – 25% off

Plymouth Encore Yarn (all weights and types) – 25% off

Sock & Fingering Weight Yarns – 25% off

 

Some exclusions apply:

  • May not be combined with other discounts
  • In-Stock items only (special orders will be at regular price)
  • Canvas sale does not include class and club canvases or 3 Kittens exclusives such as Primitive Pumpkin, Small Bites, St Paul/Minneapolis Ornaments and Jolly Nutcracker.