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Warm Knits Strike Again

November 29, 2020

Over the past two weeks 52 pairs of hand-knit socks and 98 hand-made hats have made their way onto the streets of Vancouver. Our goal of getting a warm handmade item to each new housing space opened by the City over the past two years has come two steps closer, while the City continues to open new temporary modular housing spaces around Vancouver. These come from generous donations of yarn, knit & crochet time and expertise, and pure kindness. Thank you.

 

 

Here’s our current tally:

And its that time of year again, for Baaad Anna’s annual open call in December for donations of warm things to be distributed to those in need in Vancouver’s downtown east side. We ask for any good condition pre-loved or purpose-made warm winter items that are not in use in your household such as hats, mitts, scarves or sweaters/hoodies. Or if you choose to knit something for this year’s Warm Things Drive, we ask that you add to our current modular house collection of either handmade hats or socks. We even have circular-sock machine sock tubes that just need heels and toes added on if you are limited for time but want to participate!

This year we are again joining forces with the amazing students of David Thompson Secondary School’s Hunger Bites project who have taken up knitting needles to work on a warm things donation drive of their own to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. We will team up with the Hunger Bites team to make our collective donation this year; and these amazing youth have been gifted yarn donations from many of you who have upcycled your unloved yarns with us over the past few months!

30 pairs already collected and counting… be sure to add yours!

We have also been quietly aiming towards another goal of 52 pairs of socks to donate to the Margaret Mitchell Place Modular Housing units whose namesake was a pioneer in community development, a tireless advocate for housing, and a fearless activist in support of women and people living in poverty. Mitchell was instrumental in bringing violence against women and domestic abuse into the political spotlight, and these housing support units mirror her spirit by providing a bed, room, and a community for up to 52 residents. We have already collected about 15 pairs of socks of the 52 needed and would love to invite anyone who want to knit a full pair, or even just a partial sock tube from our Circular Sock Machine hands-on demo to join in our challenge!

Awesome signage from last year’s holiday Modular House sock drive.

Donations of warm things will be collected from now until January 1st and can be dropped at the store anytime during our regular business hours! For more information contact Baaad Anna’s 604-255-2577 or baaadannas@gmail.com or come chat with us in store!

Black Friday To Cyber Monday SURPRISE!

November 26, 2020

We have a special announcement for this weekend! We are excited to share that Baaad Anna’s was one of only three stores selected by one of my fav indie dyers, Rohrspatz & Wollmeise to receive their exclusive colourways meant for their European live shows and exhibitions. As 2020 went so wayward, instead these will launch for Black Friday with us in Canada, one shop in the US, and from Claudia at the Wollmeise store in Germany… and not only that, for THIS WEEKEND ONLY we are offering these at 40% off online only at www.baaadannas.store!

 

 

Starting midnight tonight right through until the end of the 30th, you can get our entire selection of Wollmeise Nobody Is Perfect (Claudia’s unique colours that don’t match her ‘named’ colourways, or ones with more than a single knot in them — often with only one knot in a 150g-300g skein!) for 40% off INCLUDING her exclusive show colourways that JUST ARRIVED in-store yesterday!

CHECK OUT THESE and our full selection HERE.

 

And for inspiration, here are a few ideas of what you can do with a 300g/1722yards yarn baby skein of Wollmeise Lace:

I knit this entire Like a Cloud from about 3/4 of my skein of WM Lace, held double with 8 small 50g balls of mohair/silk from Sugar Bush…

 

This Comodo sweater pattern was designed for one skein:

 

Or an entire sweater as seen in this project, or this project, or this project!

We also have a larger selection of colours in both Lace and the 150g/575yards Nobody is Perfect skeins that are also available for 40% off online this weekend only. Please note, that due to COVID-restrictions, this year’s 3-in-1 Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday sale is only available through online purchase to keep our in-store numbers managable; however if you are local, please feel free to choose ‘FREE curbside pickup’ in your delivery options and your order will be available by mid-week at the latest.

CHECK OUT THESE and our full selection HERE.

 

 

Happy (American) Thanksgiving weekend. Take a moment this weekend to give thanks to those who have show up and make a difference in your lives. And happy knitting!

Secret Santa Secrets

November 24, 2020
It’s Baaad Anna’s SECRET SANTA time of year again!
We’re hosting our 5th annual secret santa gift exchange at our bricks and mortar so if you’re in the Vancouver area and want to join in let us know! This year will be same, same, but different…
Instead of doing a weekly drop-off we will have single drop off by December 20th. Please wrap your gift(s) and put in a bag that is clearly labelled with the name of your recipient. Please include a note with your name so you can be thanked!
Sign ups are only open from now until until end of day Friday (Nov 27th) and can be done by emailing us your interest to join to baaadannas@gmail.com. Please note: we will then send you a survey by Elfster, and will be ONLY partnering up people who have completed their Elfster survey by noon PST on Sunday (29th).
Da rules:
1. Email us to baaadannas@gmail.com before Nov 27 to ask us for the Elfster link
2. Fill out the online Elfster google form by Sunday NOON Nov 29
2. Names drawn on the evening of Nov 29
4. $50 limit for gift(s); please use your partner’s survey answers to give them a gift of their dreams
5. Drop off your gift(s) on or before December 20th in a bag clearly labelled with the recipient’s name
6. Show off your cool gifts and thank your Secret Santa on the Ravelry thread
There is a $50 limit for your package. This could be a one single pie-in-the-sky gift for your partner, or a collection of smaller valued gift, so long as you adhere to the $50 limit. If you chose to make a gift you can decide if the materials cost should be included.

 

Hope you can join us… this is one of our very favorite holiday traditions!

NEW! Boostani Bags and Baskets

November 21, 2020

New in store are beautiful handwoven baskets, bags and small beaded basket sets from Boostani! We brought in a selection of earth-friendly sisal (leaves from an agave plant) and wool handwoven baskets in natural and hand-dyed colour combination. These bags are so much more than beautiful. Each bag and basket from Boostani is handcrafted by women in rural Kenya who are paid fair wages for their work, and are made from environmentally friendly biodegradable materials.

Handwoven tote bags from Boostani. Great for every day use with room to bring your WIPs with you wherever you go.

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Our selection of Boostani bags and baskets come to us from Lois Okello, a Surrey-based entrepreneur, who was born and raised in Kenya. Boostani (‘bustani’) is a Swahili word which translates to ‘garden’ in English and Lois was inspired to name the business Boostani because gardens are places where life is nurtured and she believes “that beauty is represented in diverse forms and handmade items capture this beauty at its peak”.

Meet Lois Okello, owner of Boostani. Photo courtesy of Lois Okello. 

 

Lois’s grandmother, widowed at a young age, struggled to raise her six children as a single parent. Her source of income was found through the local women’s talent and skill, weaving basketry, that then was sold at local markets. Inspired by watching her grandmother weave baskets to create a source of income, Boostani was born.

A large Boostani bag displayed with some of our Wollmeise yarn. A great pairing!

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Lois aims to have Boostani reach beyond the typical business transaction between the seller and the customer. It is a way of supporting a community and a way of life for rural Kenyan women and their families. Fair-trade prices and practices are a large part of that, giving women financial empowerment and freedom. Each bag is also crafted from environmentally friendly biodegradable materials like banana fibres, jute, and sisal which reduce waste.

Large Boostani baskets which will fit larger works in progress as well as other household items.

 

Our love of Boostani bags and baskets also comes from the experience of using them. We first met Lois at Fibres West this year, right after the show was cancelled due to the pandemic. One of our staff can be seen slinging her black and white shoulder bag that she purchased there every day since. It is comfy to carry and fits everything a fibre artist would regularly carry plus a good sized fibre arts project. The bag construction is strong and well made and it looks the same as the first day it was purchased.

Small beaded nesting baskets from Boostani. Perfect to hold all your notions while crafting and to use around the house!

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Now that we are carrying them in store we know that a few more Boostani baskets and bags are going to make their way into our homes and we are thrilled about that! We hope you consider making them part of your home or gifting them to a deserving person in your life. They are truly special.

Large Boostani baskets with a selection of bulky yarn from the store.

 

You can follow Lois and Boostani on Instagram @boostanicrafts and read more about the bags and the process of making them on the Boostani website. Don’t forget to tag @boostanicrafts and @baaadannas to show us how you’re using your new Boostani bag or basket!

 

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Please note that some content in this post comes directly from Lois and the Boostani website. We are grateful that Lois gave us permission to use it.

NEW NOTION: Purlsmith Freshwater Pearl Stitchmarkers

November 19, 2020

If all the new yarn in store wasn’t inspiration enough to start crafting your holiday wishbook, we hope to tempt you with some stitch markers that double as jewelry! Purlsmith has been crafting these gorgeous handmade snag-free freshwater pearl sets since 2014, and we are thrilled to be able to bring Becky’s amazing creations to BC!

 

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Becky Smith of Purlsmith has curated some mixtures of complementary and/or gradient sets of 6 that are the perfect stocking stuffers, or that can easily be tucked into greeting cards as a pick-me-up for the knitter in your life. She also has an eye for melding beauty with practicality creating these necklace pendants that can store multiple stitch markers within easy reach! Being a knitter herself, Becky understands that when you need to PM (place marker), it should be able to be done both quick and pretty!

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And in this year of chaos, we have one last self-pampering surprise for you! Purlsmith has shared the last five of her special edition 12-day advent with us! If you need a special treat, pick yours up quick as we are the only stockists in Canada to offer these!

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Surprises For the Dark Days Ahead

November 18, 2020

Last chance to pick up one of our 4th annual 12 Days of Knitmas advent calendar as there are only 10 left! A great gift for self or the fibre lover in your life to brighten up the upcoming dark days of winter.

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A sneak peek at some of this year’s gifts. (No peeking at contents allowed!).

 

The 2020 Baaad Anna’s 12 Days of Knitmas advent calendar has all new items and includes a focus on indie maker this year. With 12 presents for the yarn enthusiast, this is a great way to treat yourself or a loved one to a hand-wrapped collection of specially designed and picked yarn-lover gifts. Curated by staff at Baaad Anna’s this will include knit /crochet tools, yarny surprises (including multiple full skeins!), and intro-level fibre crafts. We only make a handful of these advents available each year, so spoil yourself before they are gone! Great for a holiday gift, but savvy-loved ones have been known to purchase these as b-day presents, anniversary gifts or I-finally-found-the-perfect-something somethings for the yarn lover in their lives.

 

Check out this post to sneak a peek at what was included in our 2019 version of the 12 Days. Get yours before they are GONE!

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Holiday Fibre Arts

November 17, 2020

Felted and crochet holiday ornaments are fun to create and make wonderful gifts.  They are fun, easy to pop in the post, kid friendly and bring the love, colour and beauty of hand made fibre arts to the home.

We have two Online via Zoom Workshops coming up to get you started with Felted Holiday Gnomes which is great for kids as well, and Crochet Snowflakes.

Hats and wrist warmers also make great gift ideas and our project based Beyond the Basics Intro to Colourwork and Beyond the Basics Knitting In The Round classes will provide you with skills and support for making the fabulous colourwork Clayoquot Toque by Tin Can Knits or Rebecca Glazier’s beautiful  SpinYouRound Wristwarmers.

 


Learn To Needle Felt  Workshop-Online Via Zoom

Join us for this 3-hour workshop online to learn a new art!  Needle felting is quick and fun way to create three dimensional fibre art pieces.

Baaad Anna’s is happy to welcome local artist Mel Broome to come teach the basics of needle felting. Participants will learn: the basics of 3D needle felting, the tricks to creating a fine finish on your work, how to mix and shape wool like a pro. No previous felting experience necessary.  Ages 7 and up!

MATERIALS INCLUDED:

  • 50g Roving Fibre
  • 2 Medium felting needles
  • 1 Felting Block

Nov Dates: Sunday November 22nd from 10:00am to 1:00pm PST ∼or∼

Dec Dates: Sunday December 6th from 12:00-3:00pm PST

COST: $50 (+tax) Includes materials.

INSTRUCTOR: Mel Broome

To register call 604-255-2577, or register online here!

 


Beginner Crochet Snowflake Workshop – Online via Zoom

This is a beginner class for someone who has never crochet before or is looking for a refresher. Participants will learn the basic stitches for crochet including;chain, slip stitch, single, double and triple crochet.  The class project will a beautiful crochet snowflake just in time for decorating your home for the holidays.

DATE: Sunday December 6th from 1:00-4:00pm PST

COST: $45 (plus tax)

Instructor: Rebecca Glazier

To register call 604-255-2577, or register online here!

 


Beyond the Basics: Intro to Colourwork – Online via ZOOM

Photo courtesy of Tin Can Knits

Come join Rebecca for this class of colour exploration as you work on the Clayoquot Toque pattern by local designers Tin Can Knits, the perfect hat for all seasons here on the West Coast.

In this project based class you will be introduced to Fair Isle knitting, also known as stranded colourwork, chart reading, knitting in the round and decreasing . Please have your gauge swatch completed before the first class.

“Clayoquot Sound is home to many beasts of feather, fur and fin. Orca whales hunt salmon in the rich and bountiful waters, and put on a show for the tourists. Black bears shamble along the beaches and bald eagles soar overhead, keen eyes searching for their next meal”
                                                                                                                                                                                            –Tin Can Knits

We have been given permission to use this free pattern for this class by the designer. Please visit their website and check out their other designs!

Suitable for: Advanced Beginner.

Skills Needed: Knit, purl, cast on and bind off.

COST: $75.00 (+tax)

DATES: Wednesdays November 25, Dec 2, 9 and 16th from 9:6:00-7:30pm PST

INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Glazier

To register call 604-255-2577, or register online here!

 


Beyond the Basics: Knitting in the Round with Magic Loop Online via Zoom

Interested in knitting in the round with the magic loop?  This is a useful technique that will transfer to all your circular projects and a great benefit to small diameter knitting.  In this project based class you will make a pair of Rebecca Glazier’s own design SpinYouRound Wristwarmers.  Along with the magic loop, you will also be introduced to lace techniques with eyelets and yarn overs.
Suitable for Advanced Beginners
Skills needed: Knit, purl, cast on and bind off.
COST:  $75.00 (plus tax)
DATES: Tuesdays December 1, 8 and 15th from 6:00-7:30pm PST
INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Glazier​

Rebecca has been knitting since she was 7 years old and has always had a love for textiles and colour. Teaching people how to knit expresses one of her greatest joys; sharing her creativity and passion with people. Originally from the UK, she has called Vancouver her home for the last 5 years.

To register call 604-255-2577, or register online here!

 


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Project of the Month: Dance With Me Dress

November 14, 2020

Our November project of the month is the Dance With Me dress knit up in Americo Original Fine Tweed fingering weight yarn! The Dance With Me dress is a free pattern by DROPS Design and this tweedy grey and blue version was knit by Sarah, our store manager. This knit dress has a vintage feel, with a swing to the skirt and serves as a great reminder that knit dresses can also play a part in our hand knit wardrobes.

Dance With Me dress modelled by Ann B, a friend of the store, knit in Americo Original Fine Tweed fingering weight yarn.

Find your Americo Original Fine Tweed here.

If you love stripes and short rows this is your dream project! The dress is knit by first working the skirt from side to side using short rows and stripes to create the shaping that gives the swing to the bottom of the dress. After seaming the skirt, you then pick up stitches along the waistband and knit the top of the dress in stockinette with a rounded yoke to finish.

 

Find your Americo Original Fine Tweed here.

While the pattern called for using the wrap and turn method for the short rows, Sarah opted to use German short rows, which she prefers. Sarah recommends having lots of stitch markers on hand because the skirt will use lots in the process of knitting all the short rows. She says it’s a long knit but once you get a hang of the short rows it’s straightforward and perfect for an intermediate knitter who wants to learn about short rows, shaping and knit garment construction. Sarah documented her project here on Ravelry, including lots of pictures of the dress.

Americo Original Fine Tweed skeins that are in the shop.

Find your Americo Original Fine Tweed here.

Sarah used four skeins of grey and two skeins of blue in Americo Original Fine Tweed to make her version of the dress and any two colours of fingering weight yarn will work. Americo Original was a Canadian yarn company that created premium yarns using only natural fibres ethically produced in the Andean highlands of South America. Their Fine Tweed is made in Peru with a blend of superfine alpaca, merino, and viscose, and is suitable for wraps, sweaters, scarves, socks, and of course, dresses.

Americo Original Fine Tweed skeins that are in the shop.

Find your perfect fingering weight yarn here.

Unfortunately, Americo Original is no longer making yarn but we still have stock of their Fine Tweed! If the colours in the Fine Tweed aren’t your cup of tea you can also consider using any of the fingering weight yarns that we have in the store.

Here are all the details on the Americo Original Fine Tweed yarn:

  • Fibres: 25% Superfine Alpaca / 55% Merino / 20% Viscose
  • Gauge: 36 stitches x 46 rows = 4 inches (10 cm)
  • Needles: 2.5 mm (US 1)
  • Weight: Fingering (1)
  • Length: 100 g / 465 yards (425 m)

As always, we recommend hand washing and laying your garments flat to dry.

Dance With Me dress modelled by Ann B, a friend of the store, knit in Americo Original Fine Tweed fingering weight yarn.

Find your perfect fingering weight yarn here.

Perhaps there’s also a knit dress in your future? Don’t forget to share your projects with us, we love to see what you make with your Baaad Anna’s yarn! You can follow and tag us on Instagram @baaadannas.

Happy Remembrance Day

November 11, 2020

Happy Remembrance Day. Please spend the morning with those you love knowing the sacrifices made by fellow Canadians. We are only open in the afternoon from 1-6pm on the 11th.

Warm Socks and Practical Skills

November 10, 2020

With the cold days upon us and snow on the way there could not be a better time to be wearing warm, handknit socks and Holli Yeoh’s Tip Toe Up Class is the perfect place to build on your sock making skills.

We also have coming up two practical 3 hour workshops, Beginner Fixing Mistakes and Mending.   Join Holli online and learn invaluable tricks and skills to rescue your knits!


Tip Toe Up Sock Class with Holli Yeoh – Online via Zoom

This toe-up sock class is a skill building opportunity to knit socks with completely replaceable heels and toes. Over three weeks we’ll tackle the beautifully invisible Turkish cast-on, Holli’s favourite increases, placeholder stitches for the heel, a stretchy sewn bind-off with no sewing, opening a large hole in your sock for the heel, and grafting on the needles. Take this opportunity to learn a “new-to-you” technique for working in the round: two circular needles, one long circular needle for the Magic Loop technique or double pointed needles. Or feel free to use needles that you’re most familiar with while learning the other new skills.

There will be homework each week so you’re ready to try the next step in the class together.

You may knit a sock of any size, but plan to work about half the sock between each class. If you’re knitting a sock for someone else, come to class with the foot circumference and foot length (not shoe size).

Skills needed: Participants should have experience knitting in the round. If you’ve never knit a sock before, use heavier yarn such as DK or worsted weight and needles about two sizes smaller than the ball band recommendation.  We recommend the Uptown Worsted on 3.5-3.75mm needles.  This will knit up faster and be more a pair of slipper socks.

DATES: Saturday November 14, 21 and 28th from 9:30-11:30am PST.
COST: $95 (+tax)

Photos courtesy of Holli Yeoh.

To register call 604-255-2577, or register online here!


Beginner Fixing Common Mistakes Workshop with Holli Yeoh – Online via Zoom

Photos courtesy of Holli Yeoh

$%#$@#^! Isn’t knitting supposed to be relaxing??
Learn how to get yourself out of a knitting related disaster and get back on track.

Picking up dropped stitches, fixing missed increases and twisted stitches, un-knitting (cleverly known as TINKing as it is the word KNIT backwards!) and other common
fixes will be covered in this 3hr workshop.

Skills needed: You’re comfortable with the basics and know how to decrease, increase, and follow simple pattern instructions.

Sunday November 15th from 9:30am-12:30pm PST

COST: $95 (+tax)

To register call 604-255-2577, or register online here!


Photo Courtesy of Holli Yeoh

THIS IS AN ONLINE CLASS via ZOOM, so you will also need to have a decent internet connection and download the free ZOOM app. Instructions will be emailed before 1st class.

We spend too much time on our hand knits to throw them away when they get a hole. Join Holli Yeoh for a three-hour, practical repair class. You’ll learn Swiss darning, stocking darning and how to use a knitted patch to repair a hole. The techniques are transferable to commercially made garments, as well.

Holli will share other repair strategies including needle felting to repair small holes.
Skill Level: Suitable for beginners and beyond.
DATE: Saturday Dec 12th from 9:30am-12:30pm PST 

COST: $95(+tax)

INSTRUCTOR: Holli Yeoh of Holli Yeoh Designs

Holli feels strongly about fine craftsmanship, believing that while there’s more than one right way to do things, it’s important to do it right! To this end, she teaches skills that enable knitters to feel justified pride in their finished objects, while accommodating different knitting styles and preferences. Students leave her workshops with an arsenal of valuable techniques, deep understanding of the choices to be made in knitting, and new confidence.

To register call 604-255-2577, or register online here!


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