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 

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,


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.

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.



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.

stephen west mystery kal

The last meeting of our group of knitters working on the mystery shawl, Rockefeller, by Stephen West was yesterday evening. None of us are finished, of course, since the last clue just came out yesterday, but I thought you might like to see a photo of our progress!


Congratulations to all of the participants: Jamia, Nancy, Claudia, Barb, Chris, Elizabeth, Alison, Janine and Laura!

ravelry: project gallery for persian poppy

In case you’re wondering what you can possibly do with the swatch that you will be making in Brandon Mably’s Persian Poppies Workshop, check out the Ravelry project gallery for the original pattern by Kaffe Fassett!

Ravelry: Project Gallery for Persian Poppy Waistcoat pattern by Kaffe Fassett.

People have made vests, shawls, cardigans and more. Here’s one of my favorites:

Sarahbelle’s “Poppies” Poncho


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.