Patty Lyons to Visit 3 Kittens


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

Patty Lyons 1


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

cloud 9 retreat

Cloud9Logo.color.croppedCloud 9 Retreat Brochure 2015 w Class DescriptionsWe’re so excited to have our first ever retreat for knitters and needlepointers!

Are you ready for fun, relaxation – and stitching with your friends? All this close to home. Stay at home or stay at the hotel. Either way, enjoy knitting and needlepoint classes, open stitching in our lounge, trunk shows from MaggiKnits and Shelly Tribbey Designs.

Check out all the details by clicking the link for our brochure below…

Cloud 9 Retreat Brochure 

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


September 27


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.



cash mob at 3 kittens – just a few votes away

I was pleasantly surprised the other day to see a post on the 3 Kittens Facebook page that Cash Mob St Paul had selected us as one of three possible locations for a Cash Mob on Saturday, May 25th. I was equally dismayed at the lack of understanding from my cohorts at the store about what a Cash Mob is and how it might help our business and community. So, I thought I’d give a go at trying to explain the concept here.

Flash-Mob  A Flash Mob +

20-dollar-bill-01             A Little Cash

CashMob         = A Cash Mob

The concept is rather simple. Get a group of people together – rounded up generally by social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, Ravelry (for knitters and crocheters). Meet at the chosen small, locally owned business on the date specified. Bring $20 to spend at the store. Introduce new people to the area and the business. Bring an influx of cash to the business and possibly surrounding businesses. Potentially gain new long-term customers.

In reality, it works like this:

  1. Cash Mob St. Paul holds a vote to see which store in our area should be mobbed. The vote is done only on Facebook. Voting closes on Sunday, May 19th at noon.
  2. Once the votes are all in and counted, the chosen store (3 Kittens!) will be notified and a specific time on May 25th will be selected for the cash mob.
  3. Cash Mob St Paul will promote the cash mob on Facebook, while 3 Kittens will promote it through our own Facebook page, Ravelry, Twitter, our newsletter, etc.
  4. On the 25th at the specified time, anyone who wants to join the cash mob will meet near 3 Kittens with $20 in hand.
  5. The group will go en masse to 3 Kittens and spend their money 🙂

Some of the questions I’ve heard from my co-workers:

  • Why would we want to do this? It’s a great way to bring new people to the store. It’s free advertising! Free publicity! An influx of $$! It doesn’t cost us anything! It’s a Win-Win!
  • We’re such a specialty store? What will people buy? There are plenty of  things in our store that even non-crafters can buy: totes and bags, Perfect Notion Cases (lots of uses), lessons, Gloves in a Bottle lotion, Soak (fine clothing and woolens detergent for hand washing), ruffle scarf yarn (so easy even non-knitters/crocheters can make a scarf), etc. Plus some of the Cash Mob participants might actually needlepoint, knit or crochet!
  • Won’t it make the store super crowded that day? Cash mobs generally only last for a short period of time on the chosen day (a couple of hours maybe). So we’ll be busier than usual (hopefully) for just a portion of the 25th.
  • Will we need to do anything special for the cash mob? While I don’t have a firm plan in mind yet, I think we should have some treats (treats are always good!) and we might have some items on special just for the time of the cash mob.

The official Cash Mob site says:

“The benefits that local businesses gain from successful cash mobs are not just a one-day influx of cash. New customers are found, old customers are reacquainted and a new appreciation for businesses that fuel a local economy is found. Every dollar spent locally has a 15 percent more positive impact on a local economy than the same amount spent in big-box retailers and businesses that are part of a corporate giant. Cash mobbers even have a little fun while saving the lifeblood of their communities, as many cash mobs gather after a shopping frenzy at a local establishment for food, drinks and fun, where old and new friends alike meet.”

So, long story short, I think it will be fun and unique to have a cash mob at 3 Kittens. But the only way to have it happen is if you vote!

Please vote today!

the great egg hunt

Join Us for

The Great Egg Hunt

March 25 – March 30

Spend at least $25 in the store and
pick an egg
with a surprise inside!

You could win:

  • 3K Club double points
  • a $25 gift card
  • 10% off your purchase
  • 10% off a needle case or project tote
  • $5 off any notion
  • $5 off a book or pattern
  • FREE pattern from our 3K stash
  • FREE Perfect Notion Case
  • FREE Lantern Moon Tape Measure
  • a chocolate bunny

Every Egg is a Winner!

And while you’re here, enter our door prize for drawing for Bonnie Bunny














Discounts are valid day of drawing only and may be applied to current purchase (i.e., draw before you’re rung up).
Discounts may not be combined with other discounts, including coupons, trunk shows or birthday bonuses.
Discounts apply to in-stock merchandise only.

kaffe fassett and brandon mably to visit october 14

Concentrate on Color

Lecture/Book Signing with Kaffe Fassett


Get motivated and inspired by acknowledged color master, Kaffe Fassett! Kaffe’s presentation will highlight works from his latest projects, including patchwork quilt, fabric, needlepoint, mosaic, painting and knitting designs. A tremendous amount of Kaffe’s inspiration comes from his travels, and his lecture is designed to empower and inspire his audience to create and develop their “mind’s eye.” Audiences leave invigorated – entranced by Kaffe’s sense and use of color, they are ready to try it themselves! The slide show and lecture lasts approximately 45 minutes, followed by a question and answer session and book signing.

Cost $20/person
Attendance Maximum 300


Persian Poppy Design

Knitting Workshop with Brandon Mably


Enjoy a one-day creative knitting workshop with Brandon! This workshop is for knitters who are interested in sharpening their color observation in design and yarn selection. Brandon will give an introduction to the Persian Poppy Design (see swatches in photo). Students will work from the Persian Poppy graph provided. Brandon will demonstrate the methods of carrying yarn in Fair Isle and in intarsia knitting and will work with students as they apply the techniques to their own knitting. Attention will be paid to color, texture and pattern, and everyone will work on a swatch using at least 12 colors. At the end of the day, Brandon will provide feedback to everyone.

Cost $225 (3K Club Members – $200)
Class Size Limited to 25
Lunch, beverages and snacks included in price

Online Registration will begin August 1.

3K Club Members can call now to reserve their spot.

Both events will be held at the Mendakota Country Club in Mendota Heights, just minutes from 3 Kittens. A dress code (business casual) is enforced at the Mendakota.