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Updated Hours for PAINTING!

July 18, 2019

We will be launching into our store renovation this week with the scheduling of our painters and as such we have two scheduling changes to announce:

* The store will be CLOSED at 4pm on Monday July 22nd and ALL DAY Tuesday July 23rd

* The Single Breed Yarn Tasting scheduled for Friday July 26th will be rescheduled (TBC)

Not our shop, but it feels like this at the moment!

Sorry for any inconvenience!!

A Shawl For All

July 12, 2019

There has been a lot of discussion on the need for greater accessibility to fine yarns and fibres for all, with the aim to make fibre arts an activity that every person can participate in. Keeping our doors welcoming to all, and finding quality base materials for our craft has been an aim of Baaad Anna’s since we opened 10 years ago and we are thrilled to offer another yarn line that combines quality with affordability: the Estelle Double Knit collection.

 

 

Combining natural material such as wool blended with a high quality acrylic and nylon provides a soft, easy to care for yarn that can serve many different types of projects well; but the Canadian company Estelle has gone one step further by providing free patterns created by Canadian designers to pair with this line, giving knitters the opportunity to work on a large quality project for an affordable price.

 

 

The Correct Shawl, The Harbour Shawl and The Banded Shawl are three shawl projects that each use 3 skeins which can each be knit in Estelle yarn for less $30. With 24 colours to choose from and in the versatile DK-weight, there are mix-and-match opportunities for every knitter. We have even put a Baaad Anna’s Custom pairing together in our grey, red and black colourways into a kit to create the shawl above for $26.95!

 

 

 

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Check out how this fun keyhole pattern of the The Banded Shawl can be worn in many different ways. In the sample above, we used two skeins of Estelle DK and paired it with a speckle DK of a local hand-dyer for a more unique colour play. This is a great way to use up a treasured stash skein you have been coveting, using either DK- or Sport-weight, or even a skein of special sock yarn can be used as a accent by doubling it up (by winding it into a cake and them knitting with both ends at once!).

Estelle has also made 3-skein colour combos kits if matching colours isn’t your wheelhouse. Super soft, washable, and priced at $26.95 for three skeins, we love how these gorgeous sets combine quality and affordability.

 

 

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BEYOND THE BASICS: Project Based Knitting Class starts July 15!

July 11, 2019

Do you have a knitting project you want to start, but need some guidance to get it right? Are you struggling with a project on your needles and need some help to take the next steps? This class is for you!

Back by popular demand, Holli Yeoh’s Beyond the Basics class give you the skills and instruction to conquer your next knitting mountain! This class is perfect for advanced beginner and intermediate knitters who are comfortable with basic stitches.

Bring your pattern and the materials you need…or visit the store and purchase new yarn and a pattern. Our staff will be happy to help you get ready for this fun class!

DATES: Thursdays, July 18, 25 & August 1, 8, 6-7:30pm

INSTRUCTOR: Holli Yeoh

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

Summer Knit Outs and Events

July 3, 2019

With summer break in full swing we are pausing our Wednesday Stitch n Bitch Knit Nights until September starting tonight. However we have some great summer activities planned to keep our fibre artist community tight over the hot summer months, including:

 

  • July 14th: Give Back Sundays, 1pm Baaad Anna’s
  • July 26th: Single Breed Yarn Tasting, 6pm Baaad Anna’s
  • Aug 7th: Knitting at the Races, 7pm Hastings Racetrack
  • Aug 15-24th: Ten Day Countdown to 10th Anniversary! Baaad Anna’s
  • Aug 24-26th: 10th Anniversary SALE! Baaad Anna’s 11am-6pm
  • Aug 26th: Knitting at the Races, 6pm Hastings Racetrack
  • Aug 28th: 10th Anniversary CELEBRATION and Knit Night, 6pm Baaad Anna’s

 

 

Mark your calendars and stay tuned here for more info on each of these events!

Canada Day Hours

July 1, 2019

Happy CANADA DAY!! We are open regular hours for all your summer kickoff knitting needs! Enjoy!

So Many Memories…

June 28, 2019

Our leather couch has seen so many good times over the first ten years of our shop and the community building events it has been part of. But as we start into some renos leading up to our August anniversary, it is time to say goodbye…!

Does anyone want to adopt our community couch? We would love to see it go to a good home; feel free to contact us at baaadannas@gmail.com. So long and thanks for all the yarns!

Project of the Month: No.2 Pencil and Lined Paper Socks

June 26, 2019

School’s almost out! There is no better way to celebrate all the hard work both students and teachers have accomplished over the year than with a gorgeous and fun pair of socks. Toronto based dyer, Yarn Enabler, has perfectly replicated the joys of school with her No.2 Pencil colourway, and it has subsequently become a best-seller. Her stunning handy work specializes in self-patterning and self-striping yarn, allowing your projects to stay simple as the yarn does all the work.

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The Stationary Socks feature two half skeins to replicate a Pencil and Paper on different socks:

  • One half skein of yellow (40g) with one black/brown striping mini skein (5g) for the toe and one pink/gray mini skein (10g) for the cuff of your Pencil sock.

  • Plus, one half skein for your Paper sock (55g), featuring thick stripes of white and skinny stripes of blue.

For those that cannot bear to think about mismatching socks these sets also come as matching set of two in already divided skeinettes!

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This is the ideal set for the eccentric teacher in your life, or anyone who can appreciate the art of mismatch. But really, who doesn’t love a mismatched yet perfectly paired set of socks?! You can find Yarn Enabler’s pattern for these socks here on Ravelry or choose your own go-to easy peasy sock pattern…the simpler the better, as the yarn captures all the attention already!

Hand dyed and oozing creativity, we are happy to share this as our late June Yarn and Project of the Month!

HAPPY SUMMER Sale!

June 21, 2019

Happy first day of summer… and to celebrate we will have all summer yarns (anything with cotton, silk, bamboo or a blend with those) on SALE for 30% off today, tomorrow and Sunday!

 

Here are some summery ideas!

 

Have you seen this single skein wedding ring shawl, which is light enough to fit through the middle of a ring? This is knit from a skein of Toronto’s Americo Original Abrazos Yarns and is a great summer knit to bring to the beach or on a flight… and today is on sale from $28 to $19.60!

The light and airy texture of the Karner Wrap is created by loosely knitting a very fine, at times cobweb-like mixture or cotton and bamboo.

 

Americo Yarns’s Abrazos comes in an array of bright and classic colours, and we just restocked on all available colourways!

Composition: 44.7 % Pima Cotton, 55.3 % Bamboo
Gauge: 42 stitches & 53 rows = 4 inches (10 cm)
Needle: 2 mm (US 0)
Weight: Lace
Length: 100 g / 1028 yards (940 m)
$28/skein THIS WEEKEND ONLY $19.60!

 

Another amazing yarn from AmericoOriginal Yarns is this gorgeous thick-thin 100% pima cotton Cotton Flamme that knits up to produce a unique and stunning airy texture perfect for the warmer months.

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The Hawthorn sweater. This pattern is available free with purchase of this yarn.

Americo’s Cotton Flamme comes in almost a dozen bright and classic colours to welcome the upcoming sunshine and blue skies.

Composition: 100 % Pima Cotton
Gauge: 25 stitches & 27 rows = 4 inches (10 cm)
Needle: 3.5 mm (US 4)
Weight: Fingering (1)
Length: 100 g / 427 yards / (400 m)

$25/skein THIS WEEKEND ONLY $17.50!

 

One of our best sellers over the years for the summer months is the classic Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo. A great blend of bamboo and wool in so many bright happy colours makes it a joy to work with and wear!

 

Sirdar Baby Bamboo

Composition: 80% Bamboo / 20% Wool
Gauge: 22 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm)
Needles: 4 mm (US 6)
Weight: DK (3)
Length: 50 g / 105 yards (96 m)

Machine wash. Dry flat. Do not tumble dry.

$7.50/skein THIS WEEKEND ONLY $5.25!

 

And many more… check out our sale in store and online until end of day Sunday! Happy knitting!

Spring Into Summer Sale

June 17, 2019

The last few days of spring already hint at a hot hot season ahead, so to celebrate next weekend’s start of summer we will be hosting a SALE of all yarns in store and online that are made of cool fibre for great summer knits: all yarn and fibre with silk, cotton, bamboo or blends will be 30% off from Friday June 21st to Sunday June 23rd. Check out all yarns and fibres included in the sale here and be sure to stock up for your summer knitting!

 

NEW YARN: Backyard Chickens!

June 8, 2019

Something has started to roost at Baaad Anna’s recently and it was the addition of Hue Loco‘s Backyard Chickens sets! Have you heard of these amazing yarn sets that are inspired by the colours found in chicken breeds of urban farmer?

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These sets present many colour combinations not often seen in knitting yarn but as they are inspired by nature, they work perfectly together. And Hue Loco has a magical talent at drawing so many nuances of colours into a single string that it is a pleasure to watch it slip through your hands when working up.

 

 

These arrived at our doorstep moments before we left on our mid-Island, and subsequent Okanagan and Kooteney Baaadass BC Roadtrips, and were quickly swept up and coveted along our travels. The first batch almost entirely sold out on the road, but we just received a restock of every one of Hue Loco’s 2018 and 2019 sets. With four species of roosters (dyed on her Merino Sock base of a bouncy twist 80% SW Merino 20% Nylon) and four species of hens (dyed on her Phyllis Sock base of a relaxed twist 75% SW Merino 25% Nylon) for each year, we have 16 different sets to choose from!

 

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Each set comes with a 100g skein in a main colour as well as two coordinating 20g skeinettes for all your colourwork pleasure! Socks are the most obvious way to use these sets but a simple shawl with an allowance for a few good colour pops would work as well and Alicia Plummer specifically designed her Downhome Shawl to work specifically with Hue Loco’s Backyard Chicken sets!

 

 

And if you are still on the fence as to whether you need a chicken in your life, just keep an eye on the news…