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Online Winter Sale This Weekend

February 20, 2018

In addition to our in-store Winter Sale (listed in full below), we will offer everything online in our www.baaadannas.store for 10% off from Saturday to Monday Feb 24-26th. Use the promocode WINTERSALE all weekend long!

 

TuskenKnits! Hedgehog Fibres! WoolenBoon! Sweet Georgia! Flock Fibre Arts! Wollmeise! Ancient Arts! Lichen & Lace! Yarn Enabler!

 

Winter Sale List 2018

February 19, 2018

Only twice a year do we host a blow out of this size. Help us make room for some Spring and Summer beauties by getting a deal at our Winter Sale happening this SATURDAY and SUNDAY February 24th and 25th from 11am-6pm. And for anyone away for the weekend, our sale continues on MONDAY Feb 26th as well!

 

Here’s a peek on what will be going on sale:

 

20% OFF

 

WOLLMEISE LACE: Regular price: $84.50; Sale price: $67.60

HEDGEHOG FIBRE: TWIST SOCK: Regular price: $34.95; Sale price: $27.95

TUSKEN KNITS WANDER SOCK SETS:  Regular price: $45.95; Sale price: $36.95

CESTARI TRADITIONAL 2-PLY: Regular price: $14.95; Sale price: $11.95

SIRDAR BABY BAMBOO:Regular price: $7.50; Sale price: $6.00

BRIGGS & LITTLE SPORT: Regular price: $6.50; Sale price: $5.20

BRAND NEW YARN — SUGAR BUSH BLISS: Regular price: $12.95; Sale price: $10.35

 

 

30% OFF

 

SEA TURTLE FIBRE ARTS RIDLEY SOCK: Regular price: $27.50; Sale price: $19.50

SMITH & EWE MARIANNE SOCKS: Regular price: $28.50; Sale price: $19.95

JULIE ASSELIN YOTTA: Regular price: $38.00; Sale price: $26.60

CASCADE 220 SUPERWASH SPORT SOLID:Regular price: $8.99; Sale price: $6.30

CASCADE 220 SUPERWASH SPORT MULTI:Regular price: $9.99; Sale price: $6.99

AMERICO COPITO: Regular price: $18.00; Sale price: $12.60

CESTARI ASH LAWN KETTLE DYED: Regular price: $14.99; Sale price: $10.45

LANA GROSSA BRONX SOCK: Regular price: $17.50; Sale price: $12.25

 

 

40% OFF

 

YOTH LITTLE BROTHER: Regular price: $41.95; Sale price: $25.17

KNIT COLLAGE:Regular price: $51.95; Sale price: $31.15

NORO HANABATAKE: Regular price: $11.95; Sale price: $7.17

LANA KNITS HEMPTON:Regular price: $7.50; Sale price: $4.50

DIAMOND LUXURY FINE MERINO SUPERWASH DK: Regular price: $8.95; Sale price: $5.40

DIAMOND LUXURY FINE MERINO SUPERWASH ARAN: Regular price: $8.95; Sale price: $5.40

PHILDAR PHIL FOLK 100:Regular price: $14.95; Sale price: $8.95

 

 

50% OFF

 

NORO TAIYO LACE:Regular price: $24.95; Sale price: $12.50

DEBBIE BLISS BFL ARAN: Regular price: $10.95; Sale price: $5.50

 

 

60% OFF

PHILDAR LAMBSWOOL: Regular price: $6.95; Sale price: $2.80

MIRISOL MISKI: Regular price: $8.95; Sale price: $3.50

 

A small sampling of the Wollmeise Lace skeins which include 300g of over 1800 yards of light fingering weight gorgeousness on sale this weekend!

 

And for any of our cross-country and international shoppers, we will be hosting a site-wide sale of 10% of  everything at our online store www.baaadannas.store!

Winter Sale NEXT WEEKEND!!

February 17, 2018

For anyone who’s been looking forward to our large Winter Blowout Sale, there is only seven days left to wait! Mark your calendars for the weekend of February 24th, 25th (and into Monday Feb 26th)!

Not only for the thick winter yarns, but this is a great time to stock up some gorgeous DK, fingering and lace weight in preparation of the warmer weather! We will be releasing our list of sale yarns by Monday on the blog so stay tuned!

 

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With more than half the store on sale 20-60% or more, mark your calendars!

 

And this week we will be announcing a contest to win a skein of Wollmeise, so check in regularly to find out how!

NEW YARN: Yarn Enabler

February 13, 2018

We are so excited to announce another amazing Canadian indie yarn to our lineup, just in time for a sweet Valentine’s Day treat! Amanda from Yarn Enabler has been dyeing since 2014 and is best known for her No2 Pencil yarn, but we will also be presenting many of her other amazing self-patterning and self-striping beauties!

 

Photo by theyarnenabler.

 

Her No2 Pencil is a celebration of elementary schools, accounting firms and crossword puzzle lovers everywhere. And she also dyes up a self-striping lined paper sock to match! These come separately (for a matching set of socks of either design), or in a Stationary Pair that has you knitting one sock of each, since mismatched socks are pretty awesome as well!

 

Check out this great mismatched sock set of pencil and paper by knitnatural.

 

Amanda is only one of two dyers that I know of that has taken on the challenge of hand dyeing self patterning yarns where the yarn does all the work. Her watermelon yarn with heel-toe mini-skeins is one of my favourite!

 

Amanda is also known for her podcast Dye Another Day that she co-hosts with Christina of The Cozy Knitter. If you haven’t discovered it yet, it is one of the best knitty podcasts I have come across due to the dynamics between these two talented Canadian dyers. In addition Amanda has also recently taken up the challenge to show her creativity live online in Instagram livecasts where she interprets a picture using yarn as her canvas in her studio. Taking the viewers from the beginning to the end of the process, she gives a peek into all that takes place in a dye studio to create the beautiful yarns we enjoy. Here is an interpretation of ‘Singing In The Rain’ that she has transferred into a stripe sock…

 

And we can’t forget her Sock Monkey socks…

What better man socks than these?

 

We are thrilled to bring this Toronto talent to the west coast, and can proudly say we are one of the only yarn stores in the world to carry Yarn Enabler! Thank you Amanda for lending us your talents, as self patterning and self-striping yarns are just too fun to resist!

Mark Your Calendars… February!

February 6, 2018

There’s a lot of fun things going on at Baaad Anna’s this month that you may not want to miss. Here is a quick rundown:

 

 

  • Spring Yarn Tasting – Feb 19th 6:30-9:30pm: You may have noticed some fresh new yarns in store lately, including the recent shipment of the gorgeous Lichen & Lace. Come join us for an evening of food, fun and yarny nibbles

 

  • Spring Yarn Sale – Feb 24th & 25th from 11:00am-6:00pm: Our most fantastic sale of the year with 20-50% or more off almost half of our entire store. We will post a listing of all our sale yarns and discounts a week before here on our blog

 

  • Online Store Indie Sale – Feb 24th & 25th: We will be featuring a few of our most prized indie yarns on sale in our online store that are not featured in our bricks and morter store, so be sure to check out www.baaadannas.store that weekend as well, and get a start on your sale shopping at midnight, from the comfort of your own home!

 

  • New Classes: There are a few new classes that have just been scheduled to pick up some new fibre artsy skills including mittens two ways (Thrummed & Entrelac workshops on Feb 18th and March 11th respectively), an Intro to Wheel Spinning class starting in March, and an Intermediate Wheel Spinning class focused on Plying in April.

NEW YARN: Lichen and Lace

February 4, 2018

With so much home-grown fibre arts talent in Canada, we are thrilled to be able to bring on another amazing indie dyer, this time from the other coast! Megan Ingman of Lichen and Lace has been in the fibre arts world for the better part of a decade, having owned Lettuce Knits in Toronto before moving to Sackville, NB in 2012 and starting on her dyeing adventure. Read her full story here.

 

 

With a tagline of “hand dyed yarns inspired by the land and sea” Megan creates depth and playful tone to her colours. Lichen and Lace truly combines great bases with a masterful blend of colour. We brought on two bases that are sure to please…

 

 

Matte Sock: This low sheen, powdery soft yarn is 400 yards in 100 grams.  It is spun with a 4 ply blend of 75% Superwash Merino and 25% Nylon – but it feels like there is cashmere in it – it is that soft and smooth.  Try it for shawls, baby knits, fingerless mitts, and naturally, socks.

 

 

 

Superwash Merino Worsted: This yarn is a true worsted weight with 200 yards in 115 grams. It is well balanced with a 4 ply construction. 100% Superwash Merino. A very easy knitting yarn with crisp stitch definition. Perfect for sweaters, mittens, hats, and so much more.

 

 

Check out this pretty yarn in store this weekend or find it in our online store here.

 

 

Tip of the Week: Visualizing Your On-The-Needle Projects

February 2, 2018

So somehow it is already February; how have your new year’s resolutions been treating you?

 

I’ve had a few that I have been considering: uncovering more great fibre arts podcasts, aiming to complete a sweater per month, making my tips-of-the-week more weekly! Some have been successful, and others are a work-in-progress. Something I hear a lot of while working at the yarn store is the tug-of-war that people play with themselves over continuing on with the projects they have already started (lovingly called WIPs in the knitting world; short for ‘works of progress’) and validating the cast-on of a new project.

 

Here’s the progress on my sweater/month resolution; my ‘January’ sweater is not quite complete, but I’m pretty happy with the progress and think I can catch up in February with an almost completed sweater WIP from last year… that still counts!!!

 

Remembering that knitting, like all fibre arts or other artistic pursuits, need to have an element of inspiration, here is one solution (resolution?) to this potential struggle: allowing yourself to happily work on multiple projects at the same time. In my recent post about Fab Podcasts I mentioned the Lovetosew episode on Resewlutions, and one of the suggestions they made was to set aside a small area to visually house your current project or projects. I ran with this idea and put together three projects: one new sweater project, one new small easy project, and one albatross WIP that I have been working on (and off and on for over three years).

 

My three on-the-needle grab-and-go projects in my KNITSPIRATION corner (from l-r): My ‘January’ sweater, a new triple-hat project in some new to Baaad Anna’s yarns that I can’t wait to try on my needles, and my albatross WIP which is a four skein fingering-weight shawl that I am 3/4 done.

 

They are in separate, pretty and easy to grab-and-go project bags, and all serve a different purpose: currently my sweater project is a long, seemingly endless stockinette that I can work on without much mental energy, the small new project gives me inspiration, and the WIP reminds me of the satisfaction I will feel when I can soon take it off my needles and into my wardrobe!

 

So here’s a suggestion: the year is still fresh, so find any surface in your house that will provide you with a visual daily reminder that there is joy in knitting. This could be your night-table or a shelf in your bookcase, and then find a way to show off your current on-the-needle projects you want to invest in this month. And treat yourself guilt-free to some nice yarn or a project bag that makes your heart sing!

 

And don’t forget to celebrate the small victories!

My First Sock, My First Sweater and Kids Knitting

January 30, 2018

In addition to our regular Learn to Knit and Beyond the Basics class lineup, check out these three additional fun courses that can challenge your knitting repertoire that start up in February!

 

FIRST TIME SOCKS

You have been knitting for a while and feel like you’ve found your footing.  Do you want to put a sock on it – knit with your own hands? Then this is the class for you!

In three weeks, you will have a knit a boot sock (DK-weight yarn) or an around-home sock (Worsted-weight yarn). You can also knit a tiny sock if you don’t have time for homework.

Techniques learned:

  • Jeny’s Stretchy slipknot Cast-on
  • circular knitting with double-pointed needles (DPNs)
  • avoiding ladders and loose stitches
  • picking up stitches for heel
  • Kitchener stitch

 DATES:  Saturdays, February 3, 10, 17 & 24th from 11:30-1:00pm

 

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, local designer Holli Yeoh will guide you through the process. You can bring your own sweater pattern and materials or get help making one of Holli’s own creations right from the designer.

DATES: Tuesdays, Feb 6, 13, 20 & 27th from 6:00-7:30pm

 

KIDS LEARN TO KNIT

For students from Kindergarten through Grade 7… Do you want to learn to knit? Learn new skills? Make fun projects?

Kids Learn to Knit

In this project based class, you will learn how to knit—if you don’t already know—and/or learn new techniques while working on cool and simple projects like scarves, cowls, fingerless gloves or toys. Each kid knits what they want based on interest and skill level while being guided in a fun and engaging group of knitters and friends. All levels welcome.

An interactive welcome booklet will be provided for each student at the beginning of the first class. Patterns/project ideas will be supplied for students based on their skill level & interest.

 

DATES: Sundays Feb 11, 18 & 25th from 4:30-5:30pm

 

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And here’s info on our new month of regular classes also starting next week:

BEGINNER KNITTING

This is a beginner knitting class for anyone who has never picked up needles, or for someone who is looking for a beginner refresher. Participants will learn the basics including casting on, knitting, purling and casting off. The class project will be a choice between simple  hat, scarf, or arm warmers, and work towards completing it over 6 hours of instruction.

 

DATES:  Thursdays, Feb 1, 8, 15 & 22nd from 6:00-7:30pm

 

 

BEYOND THE BASICS

For knitters that are comfortable with the basic stitches. Bring whatever project with a new skill you would like to master, and our teacher will work with you to complete it over 6 hours of class time in either 3 or 4 sessions. Tackle a new pattern or project and master some new skills.

 

DATES:  Mondays, Feb 5, 12, 19 & 26th from 6:00-7:30pm

 

 

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

 

 

Five Fab Podcasts

January 15, 2018

One of my new years resolutions, (ummm, ‘perhapsolutions?’ cause I’m terrible at commitments) is to check out the many talented podcast in the knitting world which I have heard so much about. I have started by exploring some of the local talent we have here in the Vancouver area and have been delighted by what I’ve found.

I want to share with you 5 local podcasts worth a listen! Did you know we had so much local talent?

#1 The SweetGeorgia Show Podcast on Knitting, Spinning & Dyeing

Felicia Lo, the founder of world renowned Sweet Georgia Yarns here in Vancouver has been podcasting knit related interviews since July of 2015, and as such is probably one the local pioneers of using this brilliant social media platform in our sector. A true podcast, rather than the more often seen Youtube videocast, the Sweet Georgia Show uses the interview format to bring talent from all over the knit world into our living rooms. You can find anyone from designers, dyers, farmers, and knit shop owners describing how knitting and fibre arts has influenced their lives and how they in turn put their mark on the fibre arts world. One of the recent episodes features Anna Hunter’s journey from anarchist to yarn store founder to fibre farmer. Felicia is truly amazing at bringing out the best of the fibre art community!

 

 

#2 Soxcetera

Shannon Fisher who awesomely refers to herself as a writer, knitter, unschooler, sparkplug, and spaghetti squash enthusiast hosted a knit video podcast for a few years a wee bit ago, but her podcasts are still available on her youtube channel. This podcast sparked a wave of local knit podcasters to follow in her wake, so it is a great way to get a feel for the growth of our fibre art in this city, as it parallels the growth and rise of Knit City’s impact on the community.

I’ve enjoyed sharing in Shannon’s knitting journey as it feels similar to attending a knit night, chatting with a knit buddy, and she gives some great introductions to sock knitting tips and techniques. And her sox rock.

 

#3 TriCitiesKnits

If you’re more into banter between co-hosts as your podcast preference, TricitiesKnits is hosted Jenny and Natalie and provides a number of amazing technique and tips. Jenny Faifel is a knitwear designer known specifically for sweater knits, and the knowledge base of these two ladies is astounding.

 

#4 Lovetosew

Okay, I’m cheating a little as this isn’t a knit podcast, but these two ladies present another fibre art in the most amazing format. I could listen to their soothing voices for hours, and their format includes not only sewing tips, but other stories, suggestions and goal-setting which any maker can benefit from.

Their Jan 1st episode includes an analysis of goal-making and tips on keeping the many resolutions we make (or don’t) at this time of year, and was so well researched and presented. The tips and ideas provided on how to succeed in the year ahead without excessive stress and worry were brilliant. Hosts Helen Wilkinson and Caroline Somos also made a new years resolution to learn to knit, and are taking our beginner class at Baaad Anna’s this month, so maybe they will fall down the rabbit hole of the wonderful world of knitting that we all know and love!

 

 

#5 My Two Tips

Another long running local knit podcast is My Two Tips with Elise Garnier, whose last episode from early December has inspired my next sweater knit for my year-o’sweaters. The Hamilton by Josée Paquin of UandIKnit looks simply amazing on Elise, and this kind of project inspiration is an added benefit that these video podcasts on various Youtube channels brings to our community! Thanks Elise!

 

There are many other very talented social media gurus in our midst right here in the Lower Mainland, such as Bernadette McLaughlin’s Coffee and Craft Podcast that I still have to explore, as well as many social media talents worldwide that I can’t wait to dive into. Leave a message if you have a fav podcast out there you would like to share, as this is definitely a great way to hear more about innovations and exciting new lines within our lively sector.

 

 

The Power of Pink

January 10, 2018

March On Vancouver!

We have put on our show of pink power in support of the Women’s March organizers who prepare for second rally in Vancouver on Saturday January 20th. Last year may have made our head spin, but we are ready for a new year and I plan to take my daughter and knitting out for a walk next week.

March on, Vancouver
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
10 a.m.
Jack Poole Plaza