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Gnome Fun!

September 20, 2019

We will have a special guest come and join us for Knit City this year: Sarah Schira of Imagined Landscapes will be visiting our booth during the show and teaching a few classes at the store in the week following, including an introduction to the knitted gnomes that have hit the knitting world like a storm over the past year.


Known largely for her gnome designs, Sarah designs can be found she also loves designing accessories for everyday adventures. She co-hosts the Imagined Landscapes Podcast with her sister, Katie. 

Here’s three of Sarah’s special workshops that we are pleased to present:

GNO FUN LIKE GNOME FUN

Knit a little gnome in a three hour workshop and learn all sorts of tricks including 2-colour i-cord, bobble noses, stuffing toys, and more.
REQUIRED SKILLS: Students should be familiar with knitting in the round. Instructions will be given for knitting with DPNs but students who are familiar with magic loop or knitting on 2 circular needles can adapt the pattern to knit as they prefer.

DATE: Wednesday October 2nd, from 6:00-9:00pm

COST: $45 (+tax)

To register visit us in store, call 604-255-2577.


CHOOSING COLOURS

Course description: Learn how to choose yarns so that you love the finished object – from understanding the mood and look you crave to experimenting with colours so that you can mix and match with confidence for single-colour and multi-colour projects. Students will leave with an arsenal of techniques to test colour combinations before they even start a swatch. For knitters and crocheters.
REQUIRED SKILLS: None! Come in fresh and bushy tailed!

DATE: Monday September 30th, from 6:00-8:00pm

COST: $35 (+tax)

To register visit us in store, call 604-255-2577.


DAYTIME REFRESHER: LEARN DPNs (Double Pointed Needles)

Want to know how to knit in the round with DPNs? It won’t always feel like wrestling a hedgehog!  We will work on a little coffee sleeve project to learn to feel comfortable using DPNs. An excellent first class if you want to take the evening gnome class with Sarah.
REQUIRED SKILLS: Comfortable with knitting and purling.

DATE: Wednesday October 2nd, from 10:00am-Noon

COST: $35 (+tax)

To register visit us in store, call 604-255-2577.

A Love Note to Summer

September 12, 2019

Dear Summer,

I miss you already.

Love,

me.

This year’s summer sweater just had to be a mohair/silk held double with merino fingering crop. Every time my Instagram popped up with a Ranunculus sweater or a tweaked Tegna top, I couldn’t resist the lure of two things I never thought I would put on my needles: mohair or a crop! But when local designer Tin Can Knits published their Love Note pattern in  May, it took seconds to put together the yarn combos that I wanted to work with for my summer mom and me matching tops.

This ultra quick knit is so satisfying, and it was fun to find combos in both my personal stash and the store offerings that merged top-end and budget-conscious yarns into luxurious fabric. I especially loved mixing a speckle with a tonal or solid, and played with the different combinations of the two bases. One would be a speckled mohair with a semi-solid merino, and another was knit with a commercial dyed mohair with a stunning one-of-a-kind skein of sock yarn.

 

 

Check out our variety of mohair/silk options here, as there are so many gorgeous ways to incorporate a soft halo into your work, perfect for the shoulder-season knits of Fall and Spring here on the West Coast.

What was on your needles this summer? Did you shy away from knitting in the hotter months or take advantage of vacay crafting? Either way, today’s showers made me long for the sweet summer days, but on the flip side my girls and I were finally able to don our brand new shoulder-season knits!

 

NEW YARN: Okanagan Dye Works

September 11, 2019

Nestled deep in the Okanagan valley, among the glimmering emerald lakes, you will find the bustling city of Vernon. And there you will find a plethora of creativity and beauty, and this is where Nikki Marshall of Okanagan Dye Works finds her inspiration. Nikki has been dyeing fiber and teaching felting for the last 9 years under the name Nicklebee Art Studio. Her love of the Okanagan and her aspiration to contribute to its local art scene led her to rebrand under the new name Okanagan Dye Works and that is how we met her at this year’s Yarn Okanagan Fibre Festival.

 

Okanagan Dye Works yarn is available in tonal’s and speckled pops

CHECK OUT HER FULL COLLECTION HERE!

 

We are excited to bring in her full range of colourways inspired by the lush and vibrant Okanagan region in preparation for Knit City this year, and are so proud to be able to represent this BC fibre art talent at next month’s show!

We have brought on her line of 3-ply sock yarn that showcases a wide variety of colors and hues that stand up to their witty and occasionally outrageous names. Her colorways are likened to and heavily inspired by the stunning views of the Okanagan, and the names can be accredited to her fantastic sense of humor and what is happening in her life at the time of inspiration.  

 

Okanagan Dye Works 3 PLY Fingering:  

  • 80% Superwash Merino; 20% Nylon  
  • 425 yards/100g
  • $34.95

BUY NOW!

Purple Hats for all November Babies

September 6, 2019

Join us this Sunday, September 8th from 1pm onwards during our monthly Give Back Knitting event to continue on Baaad Anna’s tradition of joining the Click for Babies: Purple Cap Campaign in support of Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome BC at BC Children’s Hospital. Come by and knit or crochet an infant hat, drop off any infant-sized purple hats you have crafted, or donate any purple yarn that others can use to for this charity knitting. Bring needles and we will have purple yarn to knit with!

Here is my collection of purple hats that I knit for this campaign in the past. The goal is to give out a purple hat to every infant born in British Columbia in the month of November.

 

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From the Click for Babies to website:

Donate a cap to raise awareness about normal infant crying and the dangers of shaking. The cap you donate will go home with parents at the birth of their baby to serve as a reminder about the period of early increased crying all babies go through, how to cope with that crying, and the dangers of shaking an infant.

There will be purple yarn to knit with (just bring your needles and a pattern), as well as treats. This is in addition to our regular Knit Back Sunday from 1-3pm activities, so if you want drop in and knit anything else for others, such as socks for welcome packages, knitted knockers or anything else your heart desires, you are more than welcome to join in!

 

And this year there’s more! Louise from @adventureswithyarn is hosting an online knit-a-long (KAL) to encourage support of the purple hat Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness campaign and it comes with some gorgeous prizes. Share your purple hat knitting in this online KAL and be entered in to win!

From her Instagram post:

I am hosting the Knitalong on my new website, AdventuresWithYarn.com which is a social media site for crafters. There are groups on the website you can join (or create). In the Adventures With Yarn podcast group there are discussion threads. The rules for the KAL are in the announcements thread. There is an entry thread where you can post pictures of your finished purple baby hats. Each post acts as an entry to win multiple prizes! Whoever posts the most purple baby hats by the end of September also wins a grand prize!

Learn a New Fibre Art

September 5, 2019

As the kids head back to school we are happy to offer a wide range of fibre art classes to get your creativity juices flowing. With Fall approaching try your hand at learning to knit, hone new skills in the craft, or learn another fibre art! Here are some great classes starting in the next few weeks.

Beginner Knitting

This beginner knitting class is for anyone new to knitting, or for those looking for to gain basic skills. Participants learn the basics of knitting, including casting on, knitting, purling and casting off. The class project will be a choice between simple  hat, scarf, or arm warmers.

For more information and to register visit our online store.

Beginner Socks

Are you a knitter but are intimidated or scared to tackle a pair of socks? Or, have you just always wanted to learn how to knit socks? Now is the time! In this class you’ll learn to knit socks that fit surprisingly like store-bought. Armed with your new skill, you’ll be on the way to having warm feet all winter!

For more information and to register visit our online store.

NEW Building Blocks Beyond the Basics Workshop Series

Have you completed a beginner knitting class and enjoy participating in our learning community? Have you been knitting for a while and want to expand your skills? This class is for you. Using the Building Blocks book by Michelle Hunter, you will practice beginner-to-intermediate knitting techniques on twelve unique squares, which can be combined into a lap blanket.

This class is divided into two sections, Set A and Set B, and our first set starts Thursday, September 12 and runs weekly until September 26. In this first set, you’ll learn:

✩ Week one: Yarn Over and Bobbles (square 3)

✩ Week two: Cables, Slip Stitch (squares 5 & 8)

✩ Week three: Left Twist, SSK (squares 9 & 10)

For more information and to register visit our online store.

Classes with Holli Yeo

We’re 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.

Beginner Sweater
Holli’s first fall class at Baaad Anna’s is her long-running Beginner Sweater class. Using a baby cardigan pattern that Holli has designed specifically for this class, you’ll learn the basics on sweater construction, shaping, swatching and lots of other helpful tips. Come to class with your first gauge swatch already knit and you’ll be well on your way to completing your first sweater. By the end of the class you’ll have the skills to tackle a full-sized sweater for yourself!
Suitable for advanced beginners and beyond.

Fine Finishing Techniques

We are also excited to be offering Holli’s Fine Finishing Techniques Series this session! Uplift your knits from “homemade” to “hand knit” by learning fine finishing techniques that rival commercially made garments. In this series of 3 skill-building workshops, we’ll work on cast ons, seams, full-fashioned increases and decreases, grafting, weaving in ends, and more. You will feel a sense of pride and confidence in your finished projects!

Welcome Holli!

Not a Knitter? It’s OK! We’ve got you covered!

We offer other fibre arts classes beyond knitting for those who want to expand their horizons and their knowledge of the wonderful world of yarn. Join us this fall for Intro Weaving, Intro Spinning, and Beginner Felting!

For a full list of classes and to register visit us online, visit the store or call 604-255-2577.

Open Labor Day!

September 2, 2019

We’re open regular hours today 11am-6pm. Come browse, knit and chat!

The summer is winding down and we’re ready for an amazing knit season! Come visit us today as we gear up for knitting purple charity hats, share our newest Knit City yarn collection, and line up our season gift projects.

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Come pick up some donated yarn for knitting Purple Hats throughout Sept to be donated to babies all over BC from the Purple Crying prevention project.

Celebrating 10, Anniversary Knit Night this Wednesday

August 27, 2019

Join us on Wednesday, August 28 starting at 6pm as we cap off our 10th birthday celebrations with a special Anniversary Knit Night. Bring a project to work on, or start a new project for the winter!

Contest winners for our Project of the Decade and Knit-a-Long will be announced, and refreshments will be served!

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

 

Knitting at the Races TONIGHT and LAST DAY OF SALE

August 26, 2019

We have a second night of knitting at the Race at the Hastings Racecourse happening tonight with an early start time of 6pm.

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

 

And we are wrapping up our huge ANNIVERSARY SALE today with half the store at 30-50% off. See the full list of all sale items here and note that will also be available in our online store at these prices until MIDNIGHT tonight! Get a head start on your Fall knitting by picking up some lovelies for amazing prices, today!

 

Today’s the Day! Celebrate 10 Weekend Anniversary kicks off

August 24, 2019

Today’s the day! Our Baaad Annas annual Anniversary Sale is bigger and better this year, a fitting way to mark our 10th year of yarny madness. Come by and check out the deals happening SATURDAY and SUNDAY August 24th and 25th from 11am-6pm. And for anyone away for the weekend, our sale continues on MONDAY August 26th as well!

In addition to our in-store sale, we will offer everything online at www.baaadannas.store on sale from Saturday August 24th starting at 1 pm, to end of day Monday 26th.

Here’s what’s on sale!

30% off

EUCALAN 100 ml: regular price: $5.70; sale price: $4.00

BRIGGS & LITTLE SPORT: regular price: $6.50; sale price: $4.55

WOLLMEISE BLEND MCN: regular price: $64.95; sale price: $45.45

SUGAR BUSH BLISS: regular price: $12.95; sale price: $9.05

BIG BLUE MOMA WOODEN SOCK BLOCKERS: regular price: $32.00; sale price: $22.40

SEWULATION BOX-BAGE STYLE PROJECT BAG (LARGE SIZE): reg price: $36.00; sale price: $25.20

SEWULATION BOX-BAGE STYLE PROJECT BAG (MED SIZE): reg price: $34.00; sale price: $23.80

WEST COAST COLOUR Fits of Giggles Too): regular price: $24.00; sale price: $16.80

FLOCK LONE PINE SINGLES: Regular price: $31.95; Sale price: $22.35

ELDERBERRY NATURE DYED SOCK: Regular price: $16.00; Sale price: $11.20

LYKKE 5” INTERCHANGABLE NEEDLE SETS in INDIGO, UMBER or DRIFTWOOD: Regular price: $140.00; Sale price: $98.00

CHIAOGOO RED LACE TWIST 5” MINI SETS: Regular price: $110.60; Sale price: $77.40

40% off

GALWAY WORSTED: regular price $11.50; sale price: $6.90

GALWAY HIGHLAND HEATHERS: regular price $11.95; sale price: $7.15

DIAMOND TRADITION: regular price $12.50; sale price: $7.50

DIAMOND TRADITION CHUNKY: regular price $11.95; sale price: $7.15

ESTELLE ECO ALPACA CHUNKY: regular price $18.95; sale price: $11.35

ESTELLE SUPER ALPACA: regular price $18.95; sale price: $11.35

LIBRE GLASS TEA INFUSER 420mL: regular price: $35.00; sale price $21.00

DRUNK YARN KITS (fingering/worsted): regular price: $26.95; sale price $16.15

50% off

AMERICO PIMA COTTON: regular price $25.00; sale price: $12.50

AMERICO COTTON FLAMME: regular price $25.00; sale price: $12.50

AMERICO SUPERWASH MERINO FINE SPORT: regular price $25.00; sale price: $12.50

AMERICO ECO RASTA: regular price $18.00; sale price: $9.00

DIAMOND LUXURY REGAL ALPACA: regular price: $25.95; sale price: $12.98

LANG YAK: regular price: $19.95; sale price: $9.95

MYBOSHI COMFORT SOCK: regular price: $14.00; sale price: $7.00

MANOS EXTRA-FINE MERINO TOP:  Regular price: $28.00; Sale price: $14.00

NORO TAIYO ARAN:  Regular price: $23.95; Sale price: $12.00

NORO TAIYO SOCK:  Regular price: $21.95; Sale price: $11.00

MIRASOL PAQU PURA:  Regular price: $25.00; Sale price: $12.50

MIRASOL QULLA:  Regular price: $27.00; Sale price: $13.50

MIRASOL UMINA:  Regular price: $25.00; Sale price: $12.50

MIRASOL SULKA NINA:  Regular price: $11.50; Sale price: $5.75

Noro Taiyo Sport – Seven and Zero Shawl

FLASH SALE: 10% off AND FREE SHIPPING on all Ashford wheels & looms

August 23, 2019

Have you been weaving or spinning for awhile, but just haven’t made the big leap to purchasing a loom or a wheel? Are you a new spinner or weaver in love with the art of making and blending fibre, and ready to take the next step? We can help you!

Baaad Anna’s is an Ashford retailer, and we can set you up with any weaving or spinning equipment you need to practice your art. Today, our last Celebrate 10 Flash Sale features 10% off and FREE SHIPPING on all Ashford spinning wheels and looms! (Please enter the discount code CELEBRATE 10 at checkout to claim the free shipping.)

 

This sale is available in-store and online. Please note: most of our spinning wheels and looms are not in stock at the store, and need to be ordered from the supplier. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. 

We hope you enjoy the last of our anniversary flash sales! Now, get ready for our BIG Celebrate 10 Anniversary Sale, this weekend! See you soon.