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Yarnheads Countdown is On!

April 24, 2017

We have hoped to be able to host a FOCUS ON LOCAL TRUNK SHOW with Catherine from Gauge Dye Works (which used to be known as Caterpillargreen Yarns) since taking on the business two years ago. And now it is only five days away! This weekend the West Coast Knitters Guild launches their 2nd Annual Woolith Fair Greater Vancouver Yarn Crawl and we are celebrating by hosting a joint trunk show with dyer Gauge Dyeworks and designer UandIKnits. We have a full line up for the 3 day event.





On Friday April 28th we will have all yarns in store at 10% off! This includes our Wollmeise and Hedgehog, so time to do some Spring cleaning to make room for new yarns!


On Saturday April 29th we will host our trunk show with Gauge and UandIKnits… check out this gorgeous wearable art piece that combines three local talents: Gauge Dye Works self striping yarn + Sweet Georgia silk mist + a UandIKnits pattern! (Be sure to make a yarn crawl stop at Sweet Georgia’s studio as well!)

West Coast represent!



Then on Sunday April 30th we will continue to sell any of what’s left of the Gauge Dye Works inventory, including her Studio Seconds which will be marked down 25%… assuming there will be any left. Also, to celebrate spring, all cotton and cotton blends in store will be 15% off. Get your warm weather knits lined up!

New Yarn: Flock Fibres

April 22, 2017

Another great find at Fibres West was a lovely two-gal operation from Calgary Alberta known as Flock Fibre Studio. With an adventurous use of colours, speckles and saturation these unique yarns have been steadily finding new homes going home with our customers!

Flock Fibre Studios brings a beautiful palette of speckles and solids to the West Coast!


Flock Fibre Studio is a partnership founded in friendship and a mutual love of all things woolly. Owners Kim & Nikki met over five years ago at a small weekly knit night in Calgary where they discovered a shared love of hand dyed yarn. That mutual wool obsession has led us through sock knitting competitions, spinning classes, international travel and pattern designing. Last year their next woolly adventure, Flock Fibre Studio, was born.


Check how nicely their colours play together in this version of the Waiting for Rain shawl.



The ladies at Flock Fibre Studio are passionate about experimenting with techniques and colour in our dyeing. With a goal is to create yarn that is not only beautiful to look at but also interesting and fun to knit, many here at Baaad Anna’s have become smitten.


With a love of discovering new local talent, we are thrilled to be the first store to bring this yarn to the Lower Mainland!



We brought on two of their fingering-weight bases: Lone Pine Singles and Take a Hike Sock. With a five-star rating from over 200 reviews on their etsy site, Baaad Anna’s is thrilled to be able to bring another home-grown Canadian talent to our own flock!


The Lone Pine Singles is a lofty single ply that creates the most smoochy next-to-skin soft shawls.



Happy Easter!

April 14, 2017

Come visit us this weekend. We are open regular hours every day.

Good Friday, April 14th 11am―6pm
Saturday, April 15th 11am―6pm
Sunday, April 16th 11am―6pm
Easter Monday, April 17th 11am―6pm

Here are some Easter project ideas to jump start your creativity.


April 6, 2017

Happy Spring! Great time to make a change. We are working hard behind the scenes to update our website little by little, so please bear with us if anything is awry. Please feel free to contact us at any time at if you see anything you want to alert us to on our website or blog as we welcome all feedback.

Also Sarah P is soon to bring another small human into the world, so WE ARE HIRING!

Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store is hiring a part-time staff for 10-12 hours a week, preferably with flexible schedule.

If you are a fibre-enthusiast and want to be a part of our kick-ass team please submit a resume and cover letter in person to the shop! Here is a list of things we are looking for in a new employee.

  • Someone with online marketing, photography and/or social-media savvy and experience
  • Someone with a good understanding of knitting/crochet and other fibre arts (skills in spinning and felting is a bonus)
  • Someone with customer service experience, preferably in the retail industry or with online sales
  • Someone who works well with others and enjoys being a part of a team but is also self-directed and motivated
  • Someone who is friendly, patient, helpful and LOVES knitting!

Must be at least an intermediate knitter or crocheter. Resumes including all employment and knitting/crochet experience may be emailed to or dropped off at Baaad Anna’s at 2667 Hastings St East during business hours 11am to 6pm everyday.

Please re-post and forward to friends who may be interested! Deadline for submissions is April 19th.

Mark Your Calendars: Woolith Fair and Awesome Announcement!

April 2, 2017

The West Coast Knitters’ Guild is excited to announce that Woolith Fair 2017 will be held Friday, April 28th to Sunday, April 30th, 2017! The 2nd Annual Woolith Fair is less then a month away and we are excited to announce a special Trunk Show and Sale with Gauge Dye Works (formally known as Caterpillargreen) and UandIknits on the Saturday of the crawl!



We have some great things happening for the weekend. We are going to start the weekend early with 10% off all yarn in store all day on Friday April 28th. Swing by to pick up Wollmeise, Hedgehog Fibres or any of our other amazing yarns that you may rarely find on sale.


Gauge Dye Works in the wild. Photo credit: Catherine Gamroth.


Then starting at 11am on Saturday April 29th, Catherine from Gauge Dye Works (formally known as Caterpillergreen) will be hosting a trunk show at Baaad Anna’s on Saturday from 11am – 6pm. This may be the first time you can get her amazing yarns in person in Vancouver outside of KnitCity and we are simply thrilled! Want a sneak peek tidbit? Catherine will be bringing some of her absolutely unique one-offs to sell at a discount, as well as a few of the most loved colourways! First come…!



UandIKnits in the wild. Photo credit Josee Paquin.


We are also thrilled to have Josee from UandIKnits join us with some of her amazing pattern and knit up samples on Saturday as well. If you attended FibresWest you probably saw me in her unique Granville sweater that I recently knit as it is currently my favorite go-to knit. Josee is one of the most talented local knitwear designers and we are thrilled to showcase her knits!





Also, be sure to keep an eye out on this blog cause we are currently knitting up this amazing Gauge Dye Works skein into this UandIknits pattern. See how we merge these two local talents together in an awesome finished object!



So mark your calendars for the West Coast Knitters Guild’s yarn crawl and plan your stop to visit us along the way!






Upcoming Classes and April Fools Skills Building!

March 28, 2017

We have a few fun learning opportunities coming up. Our quarterly Beginner Kids Class is starting next week, and we have three unique workshops starting the April Fool’s weekend including a Learn to Drop Spindle class, and two skills-building workshops with Holli Yeoh.


Visit the store or call 604-255-2577 to register today.



Do you want to learn to knit? Learn new skills? Or make fun projects?

Kids Learn to Knit

Min 3 and max 8 participants for students from Kindergarten—age 5—through Grade 7.

In this project based class, you will learn how to knit—if you don’t already know—and/or learn new techniques while working on cool and simple projects like scarves, cowls, fingerless gloves or toys. Each kid knits what they want based on interest and skill level while being guided in a fun and engaging group of knitters and friends. All levels welcome.

An interactive welcome booklet will be provided for each student at the beginning of the first class. Patterns/project ideas will be supplied for students based on their skill level & interest.

Materials needed: One pair of straight knitting needles—5 mm (US 8) to 8 mm (US 11)—and yarn—worsted to chunky weight. Materials can be purchased at Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store. Amanda will be available to help 30 minutes prior to the first class.

Scissors & tapestry needles will be provided for class time use.

DATES: Tuesday April 4, 11, 18 & 25th 4:30-5:30pm

COST: $60 (+tax)

INSTRUCTOR: Amanda Kaffka, from The Crafty Jackalop




Want to learn to spin your own yarn? This two-part workshop will teach the basics of how to make your yarn with a drop spindle. Participants will be spinning a single ply yarn and will receive a basic intro to the process of spinning your own yarn from beginning to end. Participants will also learn various drafting techniques. Minimum 4 and maximum 6 participants.

Materials (INCLUDED): Participants will receive top whorl spindle and 50 grams of Corriedale wool in the colour of your choice.

DATES: Sundays April 2 & 9th  12:00-2:00pm

COST: $70 – $90 (+tax) sliding scale

INSTRUCTOR: Kislan Coderre of Kinfolk Yarn and Fibre







Tackle the intricacies of intarsia to add blocks and motifs of colour to your knitting. You’ll learn all the basics including joining colours, avoiding holes, managing loose ends and reading graphs. There is nothing to fear and by the end of this class you’ll have the confidence to work with colour!

DATE: Saturday April 1st 11:30 – 2:30pm

COST: $60 (+tax) OR $100 for both classes on April 1st


Intarsia POW workshop swatch from Onomatopoeia kids knitting pattern | Holli Yeoh




Learn several methods for working short rows and see how they compare so you can decide on your favourite method. You’ll learn 6 different ways to work short rows including the Wrap and Turn and Japanese short rows.

DATE: Saturday April 1st 3:00-6:00pm

COST: $60 (+tax) OR $100 for both classes on April 1st


Japanese Short Rows knitting workshop with Holli Yeoh



Visit the store or call 604-255-2577 to register today.


We Got Hedgehog!!!

March 23, 2017

Hedgehog Fibres has arrived after a jaunt across the ocean. From Cork, Ireland we are so pleased to welcome this eye-catching hand-dyed yarn to the City of Vancouver!


A small selection of our recent order. I think the four skeins on the left may be the beginning of my Find Your Fade shawl!

With huge pattern support from many great designers from around the planet, this yarn feeds the creative hunger of colour addicts everywhere.
We also brought in some fibre from Hedgehog for the spinners out there. Come by to check out our full selection of these pretties!

Merino silk fibre for the spin enthusiasts!


This stuff is heading out the door like hot cakes so be sure to stop by to introduce yourself to our newest spring fling!

There’s even some for the more subtler of palettes!


See you at Fibres West 2017!

March 15, 2017

This year marks the first in many that we will be hosting a table at Fibres West and we would love to have you visit us! Fibres West is a trade show focused on spinning, weaving, felting, knitting, rug hooking, lace making, dyeing, tapestry. basket weaving and other related fibre crafts.




With a goal of promoting local, Canadian fibre producers, fibre shops, independent artists, equipment producers, non-profit groups and weaving and spinning guilds, you can also take in some amazing one day classes taught by various Canadian teachers.

Decorative Spinning Wheels

A few of the used and discount wheels and other equipment we will have on sale this weekend.


And to celebrate we are going to be bringing our latest shipment of Wollmeise yarns, Malabrigo fibres, some on-sale wheel spinning equipment, and a few of the other specialty items that makes our store interesting and unique.

As the only stockist of Wollmeise in BC we are excited to bring this new shipment of Wollmeise, just in time to launch at this this event!


We will be offering a show special of 25% of Malabrigo Nube and Rasta, as well as booth door prize of a Wollmeise-taster set, so be sure to stop by!

Be sure to stop by our booth to be entered to win!

Jane Richmond’s West Coast Cardigan KAL

March 13, 2017

One of the most popular items at Baaad Anna’s this winter has been Briggs and Little Country Roving, a five ply pencil roving that is often used to knit up Cowichan-style sweaters.


So many beautiful B&L colours!


One of our favourite local talents, Jane Richmond released an amazing version of this style of garment last October with her West Coast Cardigan. Designed with the modern knitter in mind, this pattern  is thoroughly and thoughtfully written to help perfectly measure the cardigan that would best fit you.




In a choose-your-own-adventure style of pattern layout, Jane creates an easy to follow pattern perfect for any beginner-intermediate that wants to try their hand at sweater knitting.


After knitting with much thinner yarn, this sweater has been working up quickly for me; I got to the arm separation in a single snow-day of knitting and now a week later I have finished the the body of the piece. It is such a satisfying knit with a gorgeous end product as a reward!


If you are interested in knitting one of these, here’s a bit of added incentive!


Jane Richmond’s West Coast Cardigan KAL has been extended until March 31st and in celebration of launching into this a bit late, I wanted to offer anyone the incentive (or reward) to finish the cardigan in the next few weeks by offering a prize to anyone who knits the cardigan in Briggs and Little Country Roving bought (at least partially) at our store and finished by by March 31st. Knit along with me (this thing knits super fast!) and be entered to WIN an additional skein of B+L Country Roving to knit yourself a hat or mitts to match!

To be entered:

This includes anyone who has already finished a West Coast Cardigan in the months since Jane first released this gorgeous pattern! Bonne chance!



Here’s an awesome finished West Coast cardigan knit up by one of our lovely regulars, Marlie! Beautiful!!

New Yarn: Cestari Monticello

March 10, 2017

New for Spring a beautiful linen cotton blend from one of our favourite farm to needle suppliers: Cestari Sheep and Wool Company.
 And 18 colours to choose from! 

This 3-ply DK weight yarn is kettle dyed which gives each colour a depth and tone similar to an artisan hand dyed.

Cestari is a small family owned and operated farm with an amazing story and values; read more about Frances and his vision here. I had a chance to meet Frances am thrilled to be able to bring his quality yarns to our community while strengthening the fibre agriculture one stitch at a time.

As a plus, it also happens to knit up beautifully!

And to continue the family theme, a big kudos to my own mama who knit up this gorgeous piece and begrudgingly allowed me to photograph her! Thanks to the amazing woman in my life.