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Helping Hands Needed!

March 10, 2018

We are looking for a crocheter that may be able to help us celebrate the life of fibre arts advocate in our community. Although we can not often take on such requests, we have been asked to help locate someone who may be able to finish a crocheted blanket started by lady who had given so much time of her life encouraging others in our community to pick up knitting needles and crochet hooks for the first time. If anyone would have a few hours to donate to this project, please contact us at and we can arrange.


Small crochet blanket needs help! All yarn and instructions provided… if you join us to work on it on this weekend’s Give Back Sunday we’ll even provide snacks!


And to that end, join us this Sunday March 11th for the second installment of our Give Back Sundays! This knit/crochet/fibre craft get-together invites you to come with your tools and pick up some donated yarn to create something for someone in need in our community. Whether you choose to knit a pair of mitts for the Downtown East Side Womens Centre, or create a tiny purple baby hat for Purple Crying Awareness, or crochet a prosthetic breast, we can provide yarn and snacks for a two hour craft-for-others event at the store from 1-3pm. Hope to see you there!

Project of the Month: Pacific Arches Cowl

March 2, 2018

As the grey days continue through this typical Vancouver winter, I seek the comfort of a little bit of luxury, and there’s nothing better than a merino/cashmere/nylon cowl to cut through this cold. Victoria-based designer Andrea Rangel recently launched a knit that pays homage to Seattle architecture, and the yardage of the sport-weight wool required for her new pattern makes our Wollmeise Blend a perfect match to this classic and somewhat nostalgic piece.


Pacific Arches Cowl is knit as a tube in the round, making a squishy and beautifully weighted neckwarmer. With its neo-gothic motifs, this simple two-string colourwork piece creates an eye-catching work of wearable art.



We love our Rohrspatz und Wollmeise yarns with their incredible yardage and stitch definition. Come in to check out our wall of Wollmeise, as we are proud to hold one of the largest collections of this amazing yarn in Canada.


Our wall of Wollmeise!



We are a proud retailer of Ravelry patterns such as the Pacific Arches; and although we are not able to sell Wollmeise directly in our online store, you are free to call us at (604) 255 2577 to order and our current stock is live online, so you can see what colourways and in which quantities we have available at any time!


Special thanks to our staff Reagan for modelling the cowl!


Hands on Fibre Arts Classes in March

March 1, 2018

Ready to pick up some new fibre arts? Our Learn to Knit class starts on Monday, try a new skill with Entrelac, and we also have a chance to get hands on with a spinning wheel! Here are some fun, learning opportunities coming up in March.


To register visit our online store, or call 604-255-2577 to reserve your spot!



This is a beginner knitting class for anyone who has never picked up needles, or for someone who is looking for a beginner refresher. Participants will learn the basics including casting on, knitting, purling and casting off. The class project will be a choice between simple hat, scarf, or arm warmers.

Minimum 3 participants and max 8

DATES: The class runs for 4 weeks (6 hours altogether) for each Monday in March: March 5, 12, 19, 26th from 6:00-7:30pm.




In this one afternoon workshop, learn to knit the entrelac mittens pattern from the book, Knit Noro Accessories. The pattern is published in only one size, but in this class students will learn how to size the mitten up and down and will receive full instructions for five sizes. This is large-scale entrelac with a total of only eight full diamonds in the mitt. Discover how the unique thumb extends from the centre of one of the diamonds. The class project will be to knit a child-sized mitten with some advance homework so we can get started right away with the intricacies of entrelac. Prerequisite: Beginner-intermediate knit skills.


DATES: Sunday March 11th from 2:00-5:00pm



This is a two day beginner spinning class using an Ashford Wheel, and includes equipment rental for a three week period.  Participants will learn how to set up and use the equipment.

DATES: Saturdays March 3 & 10th from 10:30am- 12:30pm


Check out Holli’s amazing Entrelac mitts!!


To register visit our online store, or call 604-255-2577 to reserve your spot!


Online Winter Sale This Weekend

February 20, 2018

In addition to our in-store Winter Sale (listed in full below), we will offer everything online in our for 10% off from Saturday to Monday Feb 24-26th. Use the promocode WINTERSALE all weekend long!


TuskenKnits! Hedgehog Fibres! WoolenBoon! Sweet Georgia! Flock Fibre Arts! Wollmeise! Ancient Arts! Lichen & Lace! Yarn Enabler!


Winter Sale List 2018

February 19, 2018

Only twice a year do we host a blow out of this size. Help us make room for some Spring and Summer beauties by getting a deal at our Winter Sale happening this SATURDAY and SUNDAY February 24th and 25th from 11am-6pm. And for anyone away for the weekend, our sale continues on MONDAY Feb 26th as well!


Here’s a peek on what will be going on sale:


20% OFF


WOLLMEISE LACE: Regular price: $84.50; Sale price: $67.60

HEDGEHOG FIBRE: TWIST SOCK: Regular price: $34.95; Sale price: $27.95

TUSKEN KNITS WANDER SOCK SETS:  Regular price: $45.95; Sale price: $36.95

CESTARI TRADITIONAL 2-PLY: Regular price: $14.95; Sale price: $11.95

SIRDAR BABY BAMBOO:Regular price: $7.50; Sale price: $6.00

BRIGGS & LITTLE SPORT: Regular price: $6.50; Sale price: $5.20

BRAND NEW YARN — SUGAR BUSH BLISS: Regular price: $12.95; Sale price: $10.35



30% OFF


SEA TURTLE FIBRE ARTS RIDLEY SOCK: Regular price: $27.50; Sale price: $19.50

SMITH & EWE MARIANNE SOCKS: Regular price: $28.50; Sale price: $19.95

JULIE ASSELIN YOTTA: Regular price: $38.00; Sale price: $26.60

CASCADE 220 SUPERWASH SPORT SOLID:Regular price: $8.99; Sale price: $6.30

CASCADE 220 SUPERWASH SPORT MULTI:Regular price: $9.99; Sale price: $6.99

AMERICO COPITO: Regular price: $18.00; Sale price: $12.60

CESTARI ASH LAWN KETTLE DYED: Regular price: $14.99; Sale price: $10.45

LANA GROSSA BRONX SOCK: Regular price: $17.50; Sale price: $12.25



40% OFF


YOTH LITTLE BROTHER: Regular price: $41.95; Sale price: $25.17

KNIT COLLAGE:Regular price: $51.95; Sale price: $31.15

NORO HANABATAKE: Regular price: $11.95; Sale price: $7.17

LANA KNITS HEMPTON:Regular price: $7.50; Sale price: $4.50

DIAMOND LUXURY FINE MERINO SUPERWASH DK: Regular price: $8.95; Sale price: $5.40

DIAMOND LUXURY FINE MERINO SUPERWASH ARAN: Regular price: $8.95; Sale price: $5.40

PHILDAR PHIL FOLK 100:Regular price: $14.95; Sale price: $8.95



50% OFF


NORO TAIYO LACE:Regular price: $24.95; Sale price: $12.50

DEBBIE BLISS BFL ARAN: Regular price: $10.95; Sale price: $5.50



60% OFF

PHILDAR LAMBSWOOL: Regular price: $6.95; Sale price: $2.80

MIRISOL MISKI: Regular price: $8.95; Sale price: $3.50


A small sampling of the Wollmeise Lace skeins which include 300g of over 1800 yards of light fingering weight gorgeousness on sale this weekend!


And for any of our cross-country and international shoppers, we will be hosting a site-wide sale of 10% of  everything at our online store!

Winter Sale NEXT WEEKEND!!

February 17, 2018

For anyone who’s been looking forward to our large Winter Blowout Sale, there is only seven days left to wait! Mark your calendars for the weekend of February 24th, 25th (and into Monday Feb 26th)!

Not only for the thick winter yarns, but this is a great time to stock up some gorgeous DK, fingering and lace weight in preparation of the warmer weather! We will be releasing our list of sale yarns by Monday on the blog so stay tuned!



With more than half the store on sale 20-60% or more, mark your calendars!


And this week we will be announcing a contest to win a skein of Wollmeise, so check in regularly to find out how!

NEW YARN: Yarn Enabler

February 13, 2018

We are so excited to announce another amazing Canadian indie yarn to our lineup, just in time for a sweet Valentine’s Day treat! Amanda from Yarn Enabler has been dyeing since 2014 and is best known for her No2 Pencil yarn, but we will also be presenting many of her other amazing self-patterning and self-striping beauties!


Photo by theyarnenabler.


Her No2 Pencil is a celebration of elementary schools, accounting firms and crossword puzzle lovers everywhere. And she also dyes up a self-striping lined paper sock to match! These come separately (for a matching set of socks of either design), or in a Stationary Pair that has you knitting one sock of each, since mismatched socks are pretty awesome as well!


Check out this great mismatched sock set of pencil and paper by knitnatural.


Amanda is only one of two dyers that I know of that has taken on the challenge of hand dyeing self patterning yarns where the yarn does all the work. Her watermelon yarn with heel-toe mini-skeins is one of my favourite!


Amanda is also known for her podcast Dye Another Day that she co-hosts with Christina of The Cozy Knitter. If you haven’t discovered it yet, it is one of the best knitty podcasts I have come across due to the dynamics between these two talented Canadian dyers. In addition Amanda has also recently taken up the challenge to show her creativity live online in Instagram livecasts where she interprets a picture using yarn as her canvas in her studio. Taking the viewers from the beginning to the end of the process, she gives a peek into all that takes place in a dye studio to create the beautiful yarns we enjoy. Here is an interpretation of ‘Singing In The Rain’ that she has transferred into a stripe sock…


And we can’t forget her Sock Monkey socks…

What better man socks than these?


We are thrilled to bring this Toronto talent to the west coast, and can proudly say we are one of the only yarn stores in the world to carry Yarn Enabler! Thank you Amanda for lending us your talents, as self patterning and self-striping yarns are just too fun to resist!

Mark Your Calendars… February!

February 6, 2018

There’s a lot of fun things going on at Baaad Anna’s this month that you may not want to miss. Here is a quick rundown:



  • Spring Yarn Tasting – Feb 19th 6:30-9:30pm: You may have noticed some fresh new yarns in store lately, including the recent shipment of the gorgeous Lichen & Lace. Come join us for an evening of food, fun and yarny nibbles


  • Spring Yarn Sale – Feb 24th & 25th from 11:00am-6:00pm: Our most fantastic sale of the year with 20-50% or more off almost half of our entire store. We will post a listing of all our sale yarns and discounts a week before here on our blog


  • Online Store Indie Sale – Feb 24th & 25th: We will be featuring a few of our most prized indie yarns on sale in our online store that are not featured in our bricks and morter store, so be sure to check out that weekend as well, and get a start on your sale shopping at midnight, from the comfort of your own home!


  • New Classes: There are a few new classes that have just been scheduled to pick up some new fibre artsy skills including mittens two ways (Thrummed & Entrelac workshops on Feb 18th and March 11th respectively), an Intro to Wheel Spinning class starting in March, and an Intermediate Wheel Spinning class focused on Plying in April.

NEW YARN: Lichen and Lace

February 4, 2018

With so much home-grown fibre arts talent in Canada, we are thrilled to be able to bring on another amazing indie dyer, this time from the other coast! Megan Ingman of Lichen and Lace has been in the fibre arts world for the better part of a decade, having owned Lettuce Knits in Toronto before moving to Sackville, NB in 2012 and starting on her dyeing adventure. Read her full story here.



With a tagline of “hand dyed yarns inspired by the land and sea” Megan creates depth and playful tone to her colours. Lichen and Lace truly combines great bases with a masterful blend of colour. We brought on two bases that are sure to please…



Matte Sock: This low sheen, powdery soft yarn is 400 yards in 100 grams.  It is spun with a 4 ply blend of 75% Superwash Merino and 25% Nylon – but it feels like there is cashmere in it – it is that soft and smooth.  Try it for shawls, baby knits, fingerless mitts, and naturally, socks.




Superwash Merino Worsted: This yarn is a true worsted weight with 200 yards in 115 grams. It is well balanced with a 4 ply construction. 100% Superwash Merino. A very easy knitting yarn with crisp stitch definition. Perfect for sweaters, mittens, hats, and so much more.



Check out this pretty yarn in store this weekend or find it in our online store here.



Tip of the Week: Visualizing Your On-The-Needle Projects

February 2, 2018

So somehow it is already February; how have your new year’s resolutions been treating you?


I’ve had a few that I have been considering: uncovering more great fibre arts podcasts, aiming to complete a sweater per month, making my tips-of-the-week more weekly! Some have been successful, and others are a work-in-progress. Something I hear a lot of while working at the yarn store is the tug-of-war that people play with themselves over continuing on with the projects they have already started (lovingly called WIPs in the knitting world; short for ‘works of progress’) and validating the cast-on of a new project.


Here’s the progress on my sweater/month resolution; my ‘January’ sweater is not quite complete, but I’m pretty happy with the progress and think I can catch up in February with an almost completed sweater WIP from last year… that still counts!!!


Remembering that knitting, like all fibre arts or other artistic pursuits, need to have an element of inspiration, here is one solution (resolution?) to this potential struggle: allowing yourself to happily work on multiple projects at the same time. In my recent post about Fab Podcasts I mentioned the Lovetosew episode on Resewlutions, and one of the suggestions they made was to set aside a small area to visually house your current project or projects. I ran with this idea and put together three projects: one new sweater project, one new small easy project, and one albatross WIP that I have been working on (and off and on for over three years).


My three on-the-needle grab-and-go projects in my KNITSPIRATION corner (from l-r): My ‘January’ sweater, a new triple-hat project in some new to Baaad Anna’s yarns that I can’t wait to try on my needles, and my albatross WIP which is a four skein fingering-weight shawl that I am 3/4 done.


They are in separate, pretty and easy to grab-and-go project bags, and all serve a different purpose: currently my sweater project is a long, seemingly endless stockinette that I can work on without much mental energy, the small new project gives me inspiration, and the WIP reminds me of the satisfaction I will feel when I can soon take it off my needles and into my wardrobe!


So here’s a suggestion: the year is still fresh, so find any surface in your house that will provide you with a visual daily reminder that there is joy in knitting. This could be your night-table or a shelf in your bookcase, and then find a way to show off your current on-the-needle projects you want to invest in this month. And treat yourself guilt-free to some nice yarn or a project bag that makes your heart sing!


And don’t forget to celebrate the small victories!