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NEW YARN: Elderberry Yarns Nature Dyed Sock

August 14, 2018

We’re still reminiscing about our trip to the Salt Spring Fibre Fair last month. We brought home some special Nature Dyed Sock Yarn from the organisers of the festival, Elderberry Yarns, and having it around the shop is bringing back all sorts of happy memories. This 4ply fingering weight yarn is a superwash merino blend which makes it a great mixture of easy to care for, durable, and luxurious.

 

Elderberry Yarns Nature Dyed Sock Yarn at Baaad Annas

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The mother-daughter duo behind Elderberry Yarns hand dyes each skein and names them after the natural ingredients used in the colourway. What’s really special about this yarn though is that with the exception of the Indigo and Cochineal, all of the dyes they use are derived from plants foraged in Patricia and Karen’s own backyard on Salt Spring island. It doesn’t get much more local than that! We’re carrying 10 of their colourways which range from soft greens, blues, and browns to bright yellows and purples; come into the shop to squish them for yourself or check them out on our online store.

 

Elderberry Yarns Nature Dyed Sock Yarn at Baaad Annas

 

Elderberry Yarns Nature Dyed Sock yarns:

 

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Elderberry Yarns Nature Dyed Sock Yarn at Baaad Annas

 

Give Back Sundays and the Desert Bus for Hope Craft-Along

August 10, 2018

We’ve used the past four Give Back Sundays (our monthly all-welcome, free-of-charge, community-building knit group) to focus on our knit-sock challenge. Now with the August event coming up this Sunday, we want to highlight another way our staff uses the fibre arts to give back. Our store manager Sarah is set to spend her summer participating in an annual Craft-Along for Desert Bus for Hope.

Final Fantasy granny square blanket donation Desert Bus for Hope

Sarah crocheted a queen sized granny square blanket featuring an 8-bit Moogle from Final Fantasy to donate for the Desert Bus for Hope Craft-Along in 2016.

Desert Bus for Hope is a Victoria-based organization that hosts an online fundraising marathon where participants broadcast themselves playing the world’s most boring video game non-stop. During this time they also participate in challenges, accept donations, and auction off geeky gifts created during the Craft-Along in order to raise money. All donations go to Child’s Play which is a Seattle based charity dedicated to improving the lives of children in hospitals by providing them with toys, books, and games.

Portal blanket donation Desert Bus for Hope

Sarah crocheted another queen sized blanket for the Craft-Along in 2017, this time featuring test chamber warning signs from the video game Portal.

As part of the Craft-Along people from all around the world create artwork based on games, books, movies and other fandoms to be auctioned off. The call for crafters goes out in May and all projects need to be submitted by the end of September. That’s plenty of time for smaller projects, but Sarah has been crocheting donations for the Craft-Along since 2014 and every year her projects are becoming bigger and more elaborate. The past two years she made queen sized blankets based on video games! This year she’s using Uptown Worsted to make another but she won’t tell us what design the finished product will feature. See if you can guess what it will be from the sneak peek of what’s she’s finished so far:

2018 Desert Bus for Hope crochet blanket donation

Sarah’s progress on this year’s blanket donation to the Desert Bus for Hope 2018 Craft-Along

Sarah will be sweating away to finish her blanket by the end of the summer. If you want to join us to do some charity crafting of your own, stop by the shop for Give Back Sundays this Sunday August 12th between 1-3pm. We’ll have donated yarn for you to work with and plenty of project ideas, including our stretch goal of collecting 39 additional pairs of socks for the knit-sock challenge which we’re planning to donate to the nearby Franklin Street temporary modular housing project!

Socks In The News!

August 7, 2018

We reached our goal of collecting 52 pairs of handknit socks for the opening of the 52 new residents of the Kaslo Modular Housing!

 

This project was featured in The Vancouver Sun yesterday and will also be broadcast on CKNW’s Steel of Approval feature today at around 5:45pm!

 

Each pair of socks can take anywhere from 6 to 18 hours of knit time to complete, so aiming for 52 donations was no small feat. We hit our target this last week, and subsequently received an additional 13 socks to date, allowing a new goal of providing the nearby Franklin Street temporary modular housing project with 39 pairs of socks for their recently housed residents. Furthermore, through the Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store’s social media promotion of this goal they also received enough hand-knit cowls to offer to the City’s female-only new Modular Housing in the downtown east side that provides another 39 units to the city’s most vulnerable residents.

 

 

The socks for the Kaslo project will be distributed through Adrian Dix’s office along with welcome packages his staff have been collecting through additional donations in the community. If you knit and want to contribute, Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store is continuing to collect and redistribute socks, yarn, and other hand knits to this and other such projects in the community. We have received donations from BC’s Interior and even Washington State for this project!

Sweet Georgia Joji Fade Sets

August 4, 2018

Are you looking for a Joji Locatelli piece to showcase for Knit City 2018 but just don’t know where to start? How about a Fading Point set from Sweet Georgia, this month’s Yarn of the Month!

 

With Joji’s visit to our favorite east van fibre fest at the end of September this year, there will be a number of Starting Point and Fading Point works of art floating about. And there is enough time for you to create one for yourself… and we will help by offering these sweet sweet sets at 15% for the month of August!

 

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These hand-picked colour palettes specifically designed for Joji’s Fading Point. The pattern has the same shape and size as the Starting Point, but it alternates bands of faded colours and lace.

Each set contains 5 skeins of Sweet Georgia’s Tough Love Sock.

Alibi Room set: Forte, Anthem, Chorus, Lullaby, Harmony
Dockside set: Nightwatch, Lupine, Bluebird, Fizzy Water and Summer Skin
Foggy Dew set: Mulberry, Anthem, Magician, Watershed and Stealth Mode
Ice Cream Social set: Lollipop, Orchid, Raspberry Swirl, Peony and Candy Floss
Palm Springs set: Clementine, Grapefruit, Apricot, Birch and Rainbow Sprinkles
Storm Crow set: Cyclone, Windswept, Storm, Gale, Drift

Fibres:  80% Superwash Merino / 20% Nylon
Gauge:  32 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm)
Needles:  2 – 2.25 mm (US 0 – 1)
Weight:  3-ply Fingering (1)
Length:  115 g / 425 yards (388 m) per skein

 

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Project of the Month: Sugar Pop

August 1, 2018

We are loving the minis at the moment, with a variety of small 14g-28g mini set dappled throughout our store from dyers such as Wollmeise, Hedgehog, and of course a local fav, Sweet Georgia.

Sometimes it’s hard to picture what to do with these intriguing little sets; we tend to answer this by pointing to projects with either colourwork or gradient knits. Today’s project-of-the-month showcases a bit of both of these with this little beauty…

 

The Sugar Pop was designed for Sweet Georgia Yarns by Lisa K. Ross. Using two skeins of a fingering weight solid in a neutral colour, (seen here knit in Tough Love Sock in the Birch colourway) and one Party of Five mini set (seen here in the Jellybean Spring collection) this giant shawl pops with the joys of summer!

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Check out these two combos of Sweet Georgia neutrals and mini sets in the popular Tough Love Sock base that we put together to celebrate the love of summer! Here’s what a day at the fair could look like when you pair a Birch neutral main colour with a Party of Five mini set called Salt Taffy…

 

Or for more of an evening-out colourway by pairing two skeins of Silver with a set of the Fairytale minis…

 

For a light and fun summer knit come by to pick out your very own Sugar Pop kit, or order one online here.

 

BUY YOUR KIT HERE and pattern is available here.

NEW YARN: Hand Painted Organic Merino Eco Wash

July 30, 2018

A new yarn has followed us home from Saltspring from one of our favourite British Columbian fibre artists, Sarah Elizabeth Fibre Works, and it is stunning.

Eco wash is a natural enzyme process of creating washable wools without the harsh chemical process that most superwash yarns require.

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And this 2-ply fingering-weight yarn is not only eco-superwash, it is also 100% organic merino.

We first met Sarah on day one of our premier beautiful British Columbia baaadass roadtrip in Castlegar when she was the chair of the Selkirk Weavers and Spinners Guild. At that time we came home with a trunkful of her gorgeous hand-carded spinning batts. We have crossed paths with her a number of times since and she has always amazed us with her fibery talents.

She has also produced a line of this eco wash hand painted solely in natural Indigo dyes; what she calls the yarn that changed the world.

Sarah Elizabeth Handpainted Organic Merino Eco Wash yarns:

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Knit Nite at the Races

July 28, 2018

Come out tonight for a night at the ponies! Meet us in the western-most bleachers with your knitting in hand!

Summer Activities Update

July 24, 2018

Starting this week we will not be holding our regular Wednesday Night Stitch & Bitch knit night until September. Instead come join us on a variety of special summer activities which will get us out and be knitty social!

First off, this Friday we’re heading to the Hastings Racetrack for some Knit in Public during the horse races. Meet up with us anytime after the first post at 7pm on the grass just west of the West Entrance to the Track on July 27th. Bring your knitting, a blanket and some toonies for the ponies!

 

Next, save the date for our Anniversary Sale happening Saturday, Sunday and Monday August 25, 26 and 27th! This one is a crowd favorite and a great way to kick off the upcoming knit season!

 

And then on Wednesday August 29th we will be hosting a Wollmeise Yarn Tasting to sample six different bases of this amazing yarn. The event will include wine, cheese, and yarn minis. Tickets will go on sale in early August, with limited seating available, so mark your calendars!

 

In the meantime enjoy the hot, hot heat, with a cool cotton knit and a cocktail at your side!

Wanted: Summer Social Media Coordinator

July 23, 2018

Do you know any local student interested in yarn, fibre and social media? Send them our way!!

On the Road Again… Saltspring!

July 18, 2018

This weekend we are joining in the first annual Saltspring Fibre Fair hosted by Elderberry Yarns, the owners of the newest revamped fibre mill in British Columbia. With a marketplace, classes and a sheep-to-shawl competition this new fibre festival is a perfect day trip or overnighter for any Vancouver, Victoria or Pacific Northwest fibre artist!

 

 

Come join us if you have the Saturday or Sunday of this weekend available. A cool ride on the ferry and a sampling of island living is a wonderful way to celebrate a short summer stay-cation exploring our gorgeous province!