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Cheeky Sweater KAL (Knit A ‘Long)

October 17, 2017

So what’s on YOUR needles? The summer was a blur and the school and KNIT season started off at a gallop so I have to admit I have done very little knitting in the last six months. But that stops now. At the amazing Stephen West presentation at Knit City on Sept 29th I cast on the new Tin Can Knit’s pattern Dog Star and am loving every stitch.


Pair the sharp definition of the Wollmeise DK merino with the halo’d glow of alpaca to flirt with texture for this knit.



Have you seen Tin Can Knit’s matching pattern Strange Brew that was launched that same weekend? It is a choose-your-own-adventure colourwork sweater! Those crazy kids at TCKs did it again with knit-xplorating something fresh for knitters everywhere. With this pattern you can customize your own colourwork yoke for a DK-weight fair isle sweater… perfect for the West Coast autumn! Check out more on this creative pattern-working on their blog and if it moves you, join their knit-along that starts October 19 and runs for a full 7 weeks, until Monday December 11th!




And check out the Zombie Pin-Up project bags that we recently brought in-store from Frog Peak Creations!


But being a cheeky-monkey, I just went ahead and cast on my Dog Star as soon as the ink was dry on the pattern. I’m using one of my all-time favorite yarns, Wollmeise DK, and then flirting with a bit of texture by combining this clean-knitting yarn with the wild fuzz of alpaca for the colourwork. So far I am thrilled with how its knitting together. Come join me in this KAL and I’ll donate a little something-something into the TCK prize booty as well! Happy knitting!

Happy Thanksgiving!

October 9, 2017

We will have slightly shortened hours from 11am to 4pm today to celebrate Thanksgiving.


KNIT CITY 2017 Here We Come!

September 29, 2017

We have been busy putting together a lineup for this year’s Knit City to best celebrate its 5th anniversary in style, and we are thrilled to announce this year’s beauties!!!


The new-to-Vancouver Wollmeise Blend.


First up, this is the premier showing of Wollmeise at Knit City! This amazing best-kept-secret yarn has been hard to get your hands on even though it has been in production since 2002, as until very recently the only way to snag a skein of this German beauty was an elusive update from her own webstore. With exchange and duty fees, as well as other yarn snobs to contend with, this yarn known for the vibrant colours and tight twist has been almost an urban legend for many knitters. But once you get some Wollmeise on your needles it is easy to understand it allure. Along with the breathtaking colour, its unique twist creates perfect stitch definition and non-pill wear!



We were thrilled to bring this brand to our store last November, being the only store to carry it west of the Rockies. And new for Knit City, in additional to a full lineup of each of the Wollmeise bases, we will be launching a full palette of a base that BC has not yet seen… Wollmeise Blend, a gorgeous merino/cashmere/nylon blend!


TuskenKnits‘ custom Fade set, perfect for a Find Your Fade!


Next up are the amazing tonals of Tuskenknits which we are launching this weekend at KnitCity. Handdyed from the Seattle area by a lovely lady named Maria, this yarn has a cult following on Instagram and up to now could also only be bought directly from the dyer. We are the first wholeseller of this yarn, and according to Maria’s recent podcast, she probably won’t be taking on other whole-sellers any time soon. What’s amazing about this year is the deep tonals in very rustic colours (think: antique grey-toned saturated gem-tones like rust, mustard, antique rose), which are a great match to the wild speckles that have been recently so popular.



We will be stocking her Fife (merino/nylon with a nice twist) and Fuzz (merino, mohair, nylon: strong with a soft halo) bases of this yarn.


This lot of Mudpunch is set aside for KnitCity… available only at the Baaad Anna’s booth!


We will also again be bringing the beautiful stripes of Mudpunch to Knit City this year. But be warned: there will be a very limited supply so we expect these to disappear quickly!



And we will be hosting Frances Chester of Cestari from Virginia at our booth and we are bringing their whole lineup of yarns/bases. Read more of Frances’s adventures in sheep rearing here.


And Knit City wouldn’t be the same without a few SHOW SPECIALS including:

  • All our YOTH at 30% off
  • Drunk Yarn (dye your own) kits at 20%
  • Surprise?!?


We love to catch up with familiar faces and get to know new friends! We can’t wait to see you there.


Pop Up Studio at 5050 Joyce St!

September 7, 2017

We were invited to host a pop up studio in the Joyce-Collingwood area of East Vancouver next week on Friday Sept 15th and 16th at a new temporary art studio at 5050 Joyce St. To celebrate, we are offering various free workshops and planning a sneak peek of the Tusken Yarns that we are launching at this year’s Knit City. Pop in to say hi and check out this gorgeous space, and stay and knit with us!


Road Trip Presentation at the Knitters’ Guild

August 29, 2017

If you are in the Vancouver area and are interested in hearing more about our Baaad Ass Road Trip, Lara and I will be presenting at the season launch of the West Coast Knitters’ Guild meetings, on Tuesday September 5th from 7pm. We will also be presenting a pop up shop similar to the one that traveled with us on our road trip. Come knit, share and enjoy as the Guild welcomes visitors as friends!


Classes with Holli Yeoh!

August 27, 2017

We are so excited to announce our partnership with the amazing local designer Holli Yeoh to present a lineup of new and classic classes over the next few months.

Welcome Holli!

Beyond the Basics

Holli will be available to work with you on any pattern with a new skill-set over the course of a month in our Beyond the Basics class. In Beyond, you bring whatever pattern you wish to master regardless of whether you are a beginner/intermediate or a well versed advance knitter, and over the course of 6 hours of classes in one month she will help you work towards successfully completing it.

SEPTEMBER: Thursdays: Sept 7, 14 & 21 from 6:00-8:00pm    — or —

OCTOBER: Tuesdays: Oct 3, 10, 17 & 24th from 6:00-7:30pm

COST: $70 – $90 (+tax) sliding scale


Fix a stitch and other tips!

Fixing Common Mistakes

Description:  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, un-knitting (cleverly known as TINKing) and other common
fixes will be covered in this 3hr workshop.

DATE: Saturday Sept 9th from 10:00-1:00pm

COST: $60 (+tax)


You can even knit one of Holli Yeoh’s own sweater patterns!

My First Sweater

You are comfortable with the knit and purl stitches and now would like to try knitting your first sweater!   In this introductory sweater class, Holli will guide you through the process.

Materials needed: Bring a pattern of your choice and materials as needed. Materials can be purchased at Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store. Please visit before the start of the first class if you have not chosen a pattern or yarn. Our staff will be happy to help you.

DATES: Coming Soon! (keep an eye on our website for October dates)

COST: $70 – $90 (+tax) sliding scale


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




SALE! SALE! And Knox Mountain Knits Trunk Show Tomorrow!

August 26, 2017

A reminder that today, tomorrow and Monday we will have over half the store on sale from 20-50% off to celebrate our 8th Anniversary! And for our online community we are also offering 20% off everything SITE WIDE for the next three days to join in the celebration… on now!



And to add to the celebration, on Sunday we will be hosting the talented ladies of the Knox Mountain Knit Co who we visited in Kelowna on our roadtrip. Come and check out their amazing knits in person and be privy to hard copies of their brand new Coquilhalla collection hot off the presses!


8th Anniversary Sale Listing

August 18, 2017

Over half our store is going on sale to celebrate 8 years since Baaad Anna’s first opened for the weekend of Sat Aug 26th through Mon Aug 28th. Come get a kickstart on your Fall knitting, and check out Knox Mountain Design Co’s trunk show that we are hosting on the Sunday of the sale.


Here’s some of what will be available for our sale weekend:


20% off:
AMERICO COTTON FLAMME: regular price: $25.00; sale price: $20.00
DIAMOND LUXURY GALWAY CHUNKY: regular price: $10.95; sale price: $8.76
DIAMOND LUXURY TRADITION WORSTED: regular price: $11.95; sale price: $9.56
JULIE ASSELIN FINO: regular price: $34.00; sale price: $27.20
SWEETGEORGIA YARNS TOUGH LOVE SOCK: regular price: $30.00; sale price: $24.00
SWEETGEORGIA YARNS PARTY OF FIVE: regular price: $46.00; sale price: $36.80


25% off:
YOTH BIG SISTER: regular price: $38.95; sale price: $29.21


30% off:
CESTARI MOTICELLO COLLECTION: regular price: $17.95; sale price: $12.57
DRUNK YARN: regular price: $26.95; sale price: $18.87
JULIE ASSELIN NURTURED: regular price: $17.00; sale price: $11.90
JULIE ASSELIN YOTTA: regular price: $36.00; sale price: $25.20
LANA GROSSA MAGICO II: regular price: $17.50; sale price: $12.25
MJ YARNS MAD HATTER MINIS: regular price: $10.50; sale price: $7.35
NATURE’S WONDERS SHAWL PINS: regular price: $23.95; sale price: $16.77
SWEETGEORGIA YARNS SUPERWASH WORSTED: regular price: $28.00; sale price: $19.60
SWEETGEORGIA YARNS POLWARTH & SILK FIBRE: regular price: $30.00; sale price: $21.00
SWEETGEORGIA YARNS PANDA FIBRE: regular price: $30.00; sale price: $21.00
VEGAN YARN SIRIUS: regular price: $43.00; sale price: $30.10


40% off:
MJ YARNS SIMPLE SOCK: regular price: $28.95; sale price: $17.37
NORO TAIYO LACE: regular price: $24.95; sale price: $14.97
SCHACHENMAYR REGIA DESIGN LINE BY ARNE & CARLOS: regular price: $17.50; sale price: $10.50
SIRDAR FOLKSONG: regular price: $6.50; sale price: $3.90
SUBLIME COTTON SILK DK: regular price: $11.50; sale price: $8.05
YOTH LITTLE BROTHER: regular price: $41.95; sale price: $25.17


50% off:
NOVA PLUS BIO SESIA 3: regular price: $9.50; sale price: $4.75
DEBBIE BLISS BLUE FACED LEICESTER ARAN: regular price: $10.95; sale price: $5.48
PHILDAR LAMBSWOOL: regular price: $6.95; sale price: $3.48
PHILDAR PHIL FOLK: regular price: $14.95; sale price: $7.48
SIRDAR SNUGGLY DK: regular price: $6.95; sale price: $3.48


Enjoy your project planning!

Our Favourite SALE… Happy 8th Anniversary

August 9, 2017

Mark your calendars to celebrate the launch of the upcoming knit season with us! This is our opportunity to thank our customers for another exciting year by offering a great lineup of quality yarn at some of the best prices of the year. Line up your winter projects and enjoy the company of other local crafters reclaiming their ‘season of making’ along with us!

Our 8th Anniversary Sale will be happening Saturday to Monday August 26th to 28th from 11am to 6pm each day.



Some of our offerings from a previous sale at Baaad Anna’s!


We will be releasing our list of sale yarns on the blog soon to give ample time to match projects with our sale yarns  so stay tuned! With more than half the store and some of your favs on sale 30% or more, don’t miss this awesomeness!


Hello lovely ladies!

Summer of Podcasts

August 2, 2017

Baaad Anna’s has had a busy summer this year with the launch of our online store and taking the shop on the road, but there has been another first for us recently with being invited on two podcasts! Although I would prefer to stay behind the scenes, these have been a lot of fun.


The first happened prior to our roadtrip and was hosted by two locals Jenny and Natalie, of the Tricities Knit podcast. Jenny is a knitwear designer that goes by the name Sweaterfreak, and you may remember her from the Trunk Show she hosted at our store last year.


Then a few weeks later while on the road we met Marsha who hosts the Fairy Little podcast. This lady is a powerhouse of content and personality and we were lucky to cross paths with her.


We’ve been brainstorming the possibility of hosting a knit & podcast all-nighter, perhaps in September? Be sure to stay tuned for more info!