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Felt, Mend & Fix!

April 21, 2021

We are so excited about our great lineup of Spring Workshops with all three of brilliant instructors Mel, Holli and Rebecca. Whether it be knitting, crochet or needle felt, you can learn a new skill, brush up on old or get in depth instruction on topics from mending to intarsia all in one 3-hour online weekend session!


Learn To Needle Felt  Workshop-Online Via Zoom

DATE: Sunday April 25th from 10:00am – 1:00pm PT

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.

MATERIALS INCLUDED: 

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

DATE: Sunday April 25th from 10:00am – 1:00pm PT

INSTRUCTOR: Mel Broome

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


Mending Workshop With Holli Yeoh- Online via Zoom

DATE: Sunday May 2nd from 9:30am-12:30pm PDT

Photo Courtesy of Holli Yeoh

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.
DATES: Saturday May 8th from 9:30am-12:30pm PDT

INSTRUCTOR: Holli Yeoh of Holli Yeoh Designs

See here for full class description. To register call 604-255-2577, or register online here!


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

DATES: Saturday May 8th from 9:30am-12:30pm PDT

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.

DATES: Saturday May 8th from 9:30am-12:30pm PDT

INSTRUCTOR: Holli Yeoh of Holli Yeoh Designs

See here for full class description.To register call 604-255-2577, or register online here!


Intro to Intarsia and Duplicate Stitch Workshop with Holli Yeoh – Online via Zoom

DATE: Saturday May 15th from 9:30am-12:30pm PDT

Tackle the intricacies of intarsia to add blocks and motifs of colour to your knitting. You’ll learn all the basics including joining colours, avoiding holes, managing all those ends and tangles, and reading graphs. We’ll also cover tension issues and show you how duplicate stitch can be used to fix mistakes or add even more colour, after the garment is done. There is nothing to fear; by the end of this workshop, you’ll have the confidence to work with colour.

Skills needed: Knit, purl, cast on and bind off—advanced beginner

DATE: Saturday May 15th from 9:30am-12:30pm PDT

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.

Photos courtesy of Holli Yeoh.

See here for full class description. To register call 604-255-2577, or register online here!


Beginner Crochet Workshop – Online via Zoom

DATE: Sunday May 16th from 1:00-4:00pm

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.

DATE: Sunday May 16th from 1:00-4:00pm

Instructor: Rebecca Glazier

See here for full class description. To register call 604-255-2577, or register online here!


Stash Busting Workshop – Online via Zoom

DATE: Sunday May 23rd from 10:00-1:00pm PT

We all have one, it may be categorized neatly into tidy a cupboard or spilling out of every corner, our stash, filled with lovingly received, collected and treasured yarn. In this workshop you will dive into your stash to find up to 3 collections of yarn including a single skein, a sweater quantity, and two skeins of the same colour.
We will crowdsource together options you can make with your stash!
Send the details of the 3 yarns you will be ‘bringing’ to the workshop one week before: We’ll need yardage, weight and how many balls/ skeins you have for each one, photos can be sent in as well that include ball band.
Learn how to navigate Ravelry to find patterns to suit your yarn.
We can’t guarantee we’ll find a project for each yarn, but we’ll give it a good go, and you will learn invaluable tools to continue your research.
DATE: Sunday May 23 from 10:00-1:00pm PT
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.

See here for full class description. To register call 604-255-2577, or register online here!


See here for all our upcoming classes, workshops and events.

Upcycling Program

April 20, 2021

One of our missions at Baaad Anna’s is to play a positive role in our community. Along with our knit-goods drives, modular housing sock projects, and knitted blankets for children, we want to promote our Upcycling Program to help under-loved yarns find new homes and purposes.

 

 

What We Accept for Donations

We take almost everything! From old stashes to yarn you’re just not sure about, we collect, sort and redistribute every donation. This includes:

  • New or old yarn
  • Partially opened or used yarn
  • Needles, notions and other fibre arts tools
  • Pest-free, smoke-free, clean yarn

 

Meeting Yarn Needs

All the donations we take are sorted and distributed to meet our community’s needs. Your donations are:

  • Repurposed for individuals contributing to our Knits-that-do-Good Programs
    • Blanket Squares
    • Modular Housing Socks
    • Yarn Bombings
  • Donated to local knitting clubs or individuals on a by-need basis to support accessibility of the fibre arts
  • Provided to classrooms for kids to play with
  • Redistributed by request and availability

 

Along with donations of yarn and needles, we accept and distribute other fibre craft tools (such as these hoop looms that are part of a free rental through our School Program, and finished knit/crochet objects such as hat, scarves, blankets and knitted knockers!

 

Little Fibre Libraries

Partnering with community members, we have been happy to coordinate the set-up and supply of Vancouver’s first Little Fibre Libraries! All overflow on yarn donations a part of the Upcycling Program will be distributed to these fibre boxes placed around the YVR area. We hope to provide the chance for community members to try the fibre arts in an accessible way.

The Fibre Libraries are meant for everyone! If you can’t make it to Baaad Anna’s to donate your yarn, these local community boxes are the perfect place to pass on your donations. We will soon be listing where you can find your local Fibre Library.

 

 

We have already been in contact with at least two Free Fibre Libraries for yarn donations, so we are now again in need of any yarny donations you may have to help launch great community boxes and keep them filled and welcoming!

 

Want to Know More About our Community Programs?

Check out our Virtual KnitCity presentation on our Community Program overview here.

 

Knitting Machine Free to Good Home

Occasionally we also get larger tools and fibre art materials which we help house. Recently we found a home in a first nations community up north for two Vancouver hand-made box spinners, which were originally used to help create the bulky handspun traditional Cowichan sweaters are made with.

Recently we were contacted to help find a home for a Brother flatbed knitting machine with tools, accessories and instruction manuals. If you are able to pick it up in the Burnaby Metrotown area, contact us at baaadannas@gmail.com and we can put you in touch with the owner.

 

 

Happy knitting and knitty community building!

 

Project of the Month: Butterfly | Papillon Shawl

April 19, 2021

We really flew away with our April Project of the Month! Highlighting the colorful Uneek Fingering Yarns, the Butterfly | Papillon Shawl by MarinJaKnits is a gorgeous and detailed piece. The shawl was made by one of our newest staff members, Nadia, who will share some of her experience working with this pattern.

Nadia modelling her Butterfly | Papillon Shawl

 

 

The Butterfly | Papillon Shawl is designed by MarinJaKnits. The pattern is intended to be used with long transition multi-colorway yarns, like the Uneek Fingering, or with your own placed colored yarns (a great way to use up a yarn-stash!).

 

About the Yarns

Mimicking the Monarch Butterfly colours using 2 skeins of Urth Fingering Harvest 3001 and 1 skein Cascade Heritage Sock Real Black 5672.

 

Uneek Fingering 3001 Harvest (2 skeins)

Fibres: 100% Superwash Merino
Gauge: 28 – 32 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm)
Needles: 2.25 – 3.25 mm (US 1 – 3)
Weight: Fingering (1)
Length: 100 g / 435 yards (398 m)

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Cascade Heritage Sock 5672 Real Black (1 skein)

Fibres: 75% Superwash Merino / 25% Nylon
Gauge: 28-32 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm)
Needles: 3.25 mm (US 3)
Weight: Fingering (1)
Length: 100 g / 437 yards (400 m)

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The pattern design uses short row segments to create a stained glass window effect. The pattern works the long color changing segments of the Uneek Fingering to make little pockets of color in the shawl, with the Cascade Heritage bordering each segment. 

Here are some other possible yarn combinations for this Butterfly shawl.

 

New Skills

The shawl is knit up predominantly in garter stitch, although it can easily be switched to stockinette for a different look.

Short Rows

Holli Yeoh’s class on Short Rows was a great introduction to the skill for Nadia, who had never tried short rows before! (None are currently scheduled but if interested in this class keep an eye out here for a repeat of it in the future). Nadia started her shawl in the German short row style, but found that she needed to knit an extra stitch before the wrap and turn to match the pattern’s segment placements. After knitting half of the shawl in German short row, she switched to the Wrap-and-Turn method and found that to be much simpler for this pattern.

As this shawl is recommended in garter stitch, picking up the short rows on the wrong side (WS) is different from picking up on the WS of a stockinette stitch. For a new knitter, this difference might be a little confusing, and it’s best to refer to tutorials before getting started!

Blocking

It is highly recommended to block this piece when finished to get clean edges and neat lines of the Cascade Heritage between color segments. Be sure to pay special attention to blocking the shawl to the desired length and width. For her first time blocking, Nadia found that the shawl could be stretched very long if you’re not careful.

 

 

Counting, Lots and Lots of Counting

The shawl is vertically symmetrical to mimic the wings of a butterfly. While the effect is stunning, it means us knitters have to spend more time paying attention to the number of stitches, especially in the short-row color pockets. Nadia strongly suggests placing stitch markers every 25 stitches while knitting a row, to avoid having to double back and count the entire row. By the end of the shawl, the stitch count reaches near 500!

What Else You Can Make

If you’ve browsed any of MarinJaKnits other patterns, you’ll find she uses the Uneek Urth yarns quite a bit. Here are some other patterns specifically designed for the Uneek yarns long color changing gradients in the same Butterfly style.

Dream Cloak

X Wing Scarf

Aflutter Poncho

Butterfly Cowl

Chromatophore Blanket

Come visit us in store to get a closer look at our sample. We are happy to help you put together your own color combo for this gorgeous shawl!

Butterfly | Papillon store sample at Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store.

 

Sunday Surprise!

April 18, 2021

Another one?! This week’s Sunday Surprise features the Sugar Bush Motley. With a blend of superfine alpaca and merino wool, Motley is an embraceable yarn that caters to your sense of touch. A range of striping colours adds an innovative flair to any project. This great deal is only available through our ONLINE store; for shipping or curb-side pick up.

For today only, get the Sugar Bush Motley at 50% off!

 

The Sugar Bush Motley can be used in a lot of different ways- hats, mittens, boot socks, and more! Sentry Box Designs came out with this fun cardigan pattern, the Motley Cardigan.

Check out some of the other projects of Sugar Bush Motley on Ravelry!

 

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Fibres: 60% Superfine Alpaca / 40% Merino
Gauge: 22 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm)
Needles: 4 mm (US 6)
Weight: DK (3)
Length: 100 g / 328 yards (300 m)

Original Price: $17.95; Sale Price: $8.97

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Spring Yarn Tasting

April 14, 2021

There’s been a number of new yarn lines coming in the door for Spring, so it is time again to launch another of our Yarn Tasting events! Happening online via Zoom as part of the third edition of the Fibre Love Affair on Sunday April 25th from 10-11am, our limited edition Spring Tasting Kit will be available for purchase online as of today, and can be picked up at the store starting this weekend (Saturday Apr 17th). For those not local, if you want to race the postal system we can get them out in the mail by Monday we can’t guarantee that they will be delivered by Sunday’s show, but void of any unforeseen circumstances, we will make our Zoom session available online as soon as possible so you could also join along.

 

Not sure what a Virtual/Zoom Yarn Tasting event would entail? Check out the one we launched in January’s Fibre Love Affair:

BUY YOUR TASTING PACK HERE.

 

For a sneak peek at our Spring Tasting Lineup, here is the yarn to be included in this event’s Tasting Kit:

… and as always our Yarn Tasting kits will include a few treats!

 

These grew from bulbs that were included as treats in January’s Tasting Kits.

 

Pick up your Spring Yarn Tasting kit here, and make sure to save the date to join us at Fibre Love Affair.

BUY YOUR TASTING PACK HERE.

Sunday Surprise!

April 11, 2021

Join us for our second Sunday Surprise of the Summer. This week we are thrilled to offer an amazing hand-dyed sock yarn at a doorcrashing price! Again, to encourage safe isolation creation this week’s Sunday deal is available for this price ONLY in our online store at baaadannas.store; but can be either shipped or skip the shipping with curb-side pick up.

For one day only, get the Urth Yarns Merino Sock at 40% off!

For some project inspiration, check out the project page on Ravelry.

 

More than just socks, these colourways would work well for shawl, fingerless mitts and even sock-weight sweaters. See what other people have knit up with this yarn.

 

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Fibres: 75% Extrafine Merino / 25% Nylon
Gauge: 28 – 32 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm)
Needles: 2.25 – 3.25 mm (US 1 – 3)
Weight: Fingering (1)
Length: 100 g / 440 yards (400 m)

Original Price: $27.95; Sale Price: $16.77

 

This incredible offer is only available from our online store for delivery or curb-side pick up. To avoid over-crowding, please consider picking up your online order after Sunday.

See you next for the next Sunday Surprise!

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April Give Back Sunday

April 10, 2021

Every second Sunday of the month we take a day to think about our Community and how our knits and fibre crafts can do good in our ‘hood. This morning as part of the Virtual Knit City marketplace, I’m using my paid market space to share some of the Community Building ideas we have embarked on over the years… join us at 9:30am!

 

Free Fibre Library Project

We also have an update on the free Yarn Library boxes that were presented in last month’s Give Back Sunday: our Fibre Library project has launched!!! There are currently FIVE fibre library-boxes in the works in communities all over the Greater Vancouver region. And we will be offering open source resources on how anyone can add a Fibre Library to their neighbourhood with tips and ideas on financing, embarking, and maintaining Fibre Library of one’s own! Check out my recent post on Community Grants that are currently taking applications until April 20th to fund projects just like this!

 

People have offered up their woodworking talents, grants writing skills, and extra yarn that’s been sitting on the shelf just waiting to be turned into something amazing. After pooling together these resources and more, we will create a fibre box template to share with the greater fibre community to assist with building fibre boxes of their own, as well as create a Facebook space where these resources and a map of all these Fibre Libraries can be further shared!

 

Keep an eye out for a blog post in the near future to celebrate the launch of these five Fibre Libraries as they go live!

 

Blanket Donations/Upcycle Program

Why not join us tomorrow in creating a fibre arts project for others for our monthly Give Back Sunday? Each month (on the second Sunday) we like to share updates on our current donation drives and other new knit/crochet/craft-for-others ideas that we hear about. Since posting about the Burnaby Linus Project, we have received a number of wonderful blanket donations. Here’s some of the recent that have come through our doors.

Photos of donated blankets. Courtesy of Baaad Anna’s Instagram.

 

Read more about the Burnaby Linus Project here; Any knit, crocheted, or quilt blankets can be donated directly to the Burnaby Linus Project via the email on their website, or be dropped off with us. We are so proud at the level of engagement we’ve had with our warm things drives. Let’s keep it going!

Thank you for all that you do, and happy Give Back Sunday tomorrow!

Put a Spring in Your Step

April 8, 2021

Did you know there are two methods to knitting pair of socks? And did you know we have classes for both techniques? Whether you are new to sock knitting or have a few pairs of cuff down socks under your belt and ready to learn how to knit toe up we have you covered with our Socks for Beginners and Tip Toe Up Sock Class with Holli Yeoh Online via Zoom.

Photo courtesy of Holli Yeoh.

 

To say that we are lucky to have Holli Yeoh teaching knitting at Baaad Anna’s is an understatement. You may already know Holli after having taken a class with her or through knitting one of her beautiful designs (Holli Yeoh Designs), but for those who haven’t yet met or taken a class from Holli, you are in for a treat.

Here is an excerpt from a recent 5 star review of Holli’s Tip Toe Up Class Online via Zoom.

 “Holli not only worked with us through the pattern, but also prepared class notes with more detail and explained everything multiple times. She is very organized and thoughtful about her classes, making sure to divide the work between the weeks in a way that makes sense – we were learning something new each time and doing homework in between. She created a warm and friendly environment, as we had a lot of time together and were all chatting while knitting some rows to get to the next technique to learn…”

You can learn more about Holli Yeoh here in our  Teacher Spotlight blog post!


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 and be familiar with making cuff down socks. If you’ve never knit a sock before, use heavier yarn such as Sport, 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: Saturdays April 17, 24 and May 1st from 9:30am-11:30pm PT

See here for full class description.  To register call 604-255-2577, or register online here!


Socks For Beginners with Holli Yeoh- ONLINE via Zoom

For the knitter who has been knitting for a while and feels like they’ve found their footing. Let’s put a sock on it!

Over a few weeks you will knit a top-down boot sock (DK-weight) or an around-home sock (Worsted-weight). You can also knit a tiny sock if you don’t have time for homework. If you’re a knitting socks for someone else, bring in their measurements: foot circumference around the ball of the foot and length.

Techniques To Be Learned:

  • Holli’s favourite stretchy cast on
  • Circular knitting with double-pointed needles (DPNs), or two circular needles or one long circular needle for Magic Loop (your choice)
  • Avoiding ladders and loose stitches
  • Heel construction including heel flap, heel turn and picking up stitches around the heel
  • Grafting (Kitchener stitch)
  • Getting the right fit

DATES: Thursdays May 6, 13, 20 and 27th from 6:00-7:30pm PDT

See here for full class description.  To register call 604-255-2577, or register online here!

You can see all of Holli’s upcoming classes, workshops and publications here.

Photos courtesy of Holli Yeoh


MORE CLASSES and registration

Virtual Knit City

April 7, 2021

This weekend is the third edition of Virtual Knit City We’re and hosting a vendor trunk show in this weekend’s marketplace. But instead of vending, we’re focusing our entire one hour Knit City marketplace presentation on Community Building, and how we can all encourage & strengthen our fibre community. Join me and special guest @rebeccaknit1tea1 on Saturday (April 10th) morning at 9:30-10:30am pdt; Zoom info will be available on the @knitcitycanada website and @baaadannas on the morning of!

 

Get involved in being a change factor in your Neighbourhood… drop into our free Zoom presentation to share some of the ideas and encourage others!

Neighbourhood Grants AVAILABLE

April 5, 2021

Have you treasured your connection to fibre art over the last year of isolation living? Want to share this skill with others and strengthen your community at the same time? Join with me in the adventure to be found in introducing others to the creative power of getting hands-on with yarn-play, felting, weaving, stitching, crocheting or any other fibre art!

 

Locally, there are a few funding options available to anyone who would like to lead any such initiative, and it is likely similar grants are available in your community wherever you call home. Let me introduce some of the local ones that may help you seek out the options available to you.

 

(Also, mark your calendars for our April 10th Saturday morning Zoom presentation at this weekend’s Virtual Knit City where I will give an overview of all the Community Projects we at Baaad Anna’s help coordinate!).

Neighbourhood Small Grants kickstart!

 

Grant Funding Available

Across British Columbia, there is still plenty of time to apply to the Spring 2021 Responsive Neighborhood Small Grants (Spring 2021). In Vancouver, you can apply by April 20th to get up to $500 for projects that help your community stay connected during the COVID-19 crisis. Below we give examples to two fibre arts-focused projects, a neighbourhood ‘Learn to Knit’ group or hosting a free Fibre Library on your lawn, that fall within the $500 scope and can share the love of fibre arts and strengthen your community! These are just the tip of the iceberg of possible fibre arts projects for these grants, and we welcome the exchange of any other ideas you have. We will be happy to post a page to share any such ideas, as well as information on how to prepare your grant ask, start your project, and collectively share in its success!

 

The great thing about this grant opportunity is that although it is run out of the Vancouver Foundation, these Neighbourhood Grants are available across a variety of communities throughout the province. Check the bottom of the https://neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca website to see where (and on what timeline) your neighbourhood can access this funding. The deadline for this Spring session projects is April 20th and the project must be started and completed by Nov 30th but if you miss making your application for the Spring session, these grants will likely be made available once again later in the year.

 

There are also similar funding opportunities available from local Neighbourhood Houses or The United Way in various communities, so reach out to your local organizations to see if they can point you to similar resources in your hood.

 

Neighbourhood Fibre Art Idea: Learning Groups

Are you looking to bring new and creative online courses to your community?  At Baaad Anna’s we have an established online fibre arts program and have specialized community courses with acclaimed instructors ready to share their talents and creativity. We believe that through info sharing, and whether you want to share your own skills, or turn to the help of an instructor, we can strengthen our greater fibre arts community by putting together a variety of open-source resources to help you get a community project off the ground.

Knitting may be seen as the obvious option, but for many reasons (the least of which is that knitting is a LONG-game), there are other fibre arts such as needle felting, wet felting, weaving or stitching that gives results at a shorter turnaround time with the same benefits of off-screen, in-the-moment creative expression. We have kits and/or zoom classes that we can offer if you want to put a learning group grant together; just reach out to us at baaadannas@gmail.com to discuss.

Sarah Elizabeth Fibre Works Wet Felting Soap Kit.

 

However, if knitting is the skill you want to share and grow we can also help with that. Knitting has long brought people together from social gatherings and knit circles to generational passing down of skills from our elders. During this past year these events have had to shift to a virtual setting and we have been amazed at how strong not only these established connections remained but at how much the community has grown.

 

We have already worked to help others put Neighbourhood knit groups together. Within the Responsive Neighborhood Small Grants budget we can recommend three patterns and all materials needed to help you host a beginner knitting classes for anyone who has never picked up needles, or for someone who is looking for a beginner refresher. The Oats Cowl or the Wheat Scarf from Tin Can Knit’s free Simple Collection, as well at the Super Easy Ribbed hat by CJ Designs can offer participants the basics including casting on, knitting, purling, casting off, and potentially knitting in the round, as well as provide a wealth of online support materials. We even offer the option of Zoom instructors joining your Knit Group with optional instructional time, if you need. At the bottom of this post we provide budget suggestions on the costs involved in offering this as a class in your neighbourhood.

 

Neighbourhood Fibre Art Ideas: Free Fibre Libraries

Spring is off to an exciting start! What began as an idea on our last Give Back Sunday (and via its associated Instagram post) has now evolved into a network of community sharing and endless inspiration. We are working with five groups of people to help them launch a give-and-take mini Library dedicated to the exchange of fibre art materials and tools, in five local communities. But our aim for this was to collect resources from this project that we can then share with anyone who is interested in launching their own Free Fibre Library.

 

Photo courtesy of Ritual Dyes.

 

We will post an update on this later this week for April’s Give Back Sunday (happening on April 11th), but if you are interested in putting a grant ask together to build one of these in your hood, we already have some resources to share:

  • Someone has offered to share her community grant application for a similar project that can be used as a guideline for wording on your own request
  • If you want help in the building of a free standing library box, we have been connected with a woodworker who has built others for about $300 for all labour & materials
  • We have an Upcycing program where we collect and distribute underloved yarn and tools that we can help fill (and hopefully refill) these boxes upon request (as available)
  • We are putting together an Open Source Resource page in our website, and on a separate Facebook page to help knowledge share
  • We are working on a map of all locations of Free Fibre Libraries we help contribute to

If any of these resources can help you put together a funding grant please feel free to reach out to us at baaadannas@gmail.com to discuss.

 

Remember, we will weather this together, as we are stronger as a community.

And if you are interested in knowing more about ways you can have a hand in strengthening our fibre arts community join us on April 10th for our Saturday morning Zoom presentation at this weekend’s Virtual Knit City where I will give an overview of all the Community Projects we at Baaad Anna’s that can be replicated in your own neighborhood wherever you call home.

 

 

Open Source Resource Sharing: Learn to Knit Option for a Neighbourhood Grant
Photos courtesy of Tin Can Knits

A quick, simple, reversible scarf from local designers Tin Can Knits who offer fantastic instruction for a wealth of classic attractive knits, and have a free set of beginner patterns available called The Simple Collection. This is a set of patterns of a variety of garment types, with beginner projects that include multiple free hyperlinked tutorials for each new technique presented.

  • Two balls of Sugar Bush Bold
  • One set of 5mm/US8 needles (circular or straight)
  • Darning Needle
  • Wheat Pattern from Tin Can Knits
  • 4 – 6 Hours of Instructional Time depending on number of participants if required.
Cost:
  • Materials $46.80 Per Person
  • Optional Instructional Time $140-$210 Depending on on number of participants

Tin Can Knits Oats Cowl

Photos courtesy of Tin Can Knits

Learn how to make this modern and cozy cowl from local designers Tin Can Knits who offer fantastic instruction for a wealth of classic attractive knits, and have a free set of beginner patterns available called The Simple Collection. This is a set of patterns of a variety of garment types, with beginner projects that include multiple free hyperlinked tutorials for each new technique presented.

Included:

Cost:
  • Materials $46.80 Per Person
  • Optional instructional time $140-$210 Depending on on number of participants

Super Easy Knit Ribbed Hat

The Super Easy Knit Ribbed Hat by CJ Designs is made with a quick knitting bulky weight yarn offering the opportunity to learn how to practice your knit and purl in the round; and if you wish includes the added challenge of knitting on double pointed needles (though it could be done on a 16-inch circular to avoid this additional new technique).  Comes with a free detailed step-by-step Youtube video instructions to walk you through the pattern!
Included:
  • One skein on Estelle Bulky
  • One set of 10mm/US15 !6″ circular needles
  • Darning Needle
  • Optional 4 hours Instructional time if needed.
Cost:
  • Materials $35.95 Per Person
  • Optional Instructional Time $140.00