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A Cozy Hat in New Frenzy Yarn

October 26, 2020

This week we’re featuring the Flux hat made with Classic Shades Frenzy yarn from Universal Yarns that we recently got in the store. We love a quick, one skein project and especially ones that are easy to customize. Slouchy or fitted, pom pom or no pom pom, this hat has a stitch pattern that will make any choice you make a great (and cozy!) one.

Lara, a friend of the store, models the Flux hat knit in Classic Shades Frenzy (Quarry colourway) with a Yarnboler pom pom.

Buy your Classic Shades Frenzy yarn here

Classic Shades Frenzy is a bulky weight yarn that comes in seven different colourways. It is made of a machine-washable acrylic (70%) and wool (30%) blend and is so soft to the touch. True to its name it is dyed and spun into a whirling frenzy of colour!

Buy your Classic Shades Frenzy yarn here

We whipped up a skein of Classic Shades Frenzy into a Flux hat, a pattern from Urth Yarns, that is quick and fun to knit. From beginning to end, knitting this hat took no more than four hours! Add this to your last minute gift patterns list, it’s a good one. It’s also a budget friendly yarn at only $13 a ball.

Buy your Classic Shades Frenzy yarn here

We tried the Flux hat with a big colourful Yarnboler pom pom (pictured left) as well as with a smaller, more neutral Yarnboler pom pom (pictured right) and loved how simply switching the pom poms could change the look and feel of the hat. The Yarnboler pom poms we carry are attached by a snap so you can switch your pom poms with no effort at all. It’s just one of the things we love about these locally made faux fur pom poms.

Classic Shades Frenzy yarn shown with two different Yarnboler pom poms. Customize your hat to match your style. 

Buy your Classic Shades Frenzy yarn here

Here are all the details on Classic Shades Frenzy yarn:

Fibres:  70% Acrylic / 30% Wool
Gauge:  13 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm)
Needles:  6.5 mm (US 10½)
Weight:  Chunky / Bulky (5)
Length:  100 g / 158 yards (144 m)

Machine wash and lay flat to dry.

Happy Monday everyone! We hope this inspires you to cast on a Flux hat in Frenzy as we experience these cooler days. Brrrr.

Fibre Arts in the Classroom: ZOOM Edition!

October 20, 2020

Are you a teacher or play one on TV? Do you know teachers that may be interested in this, or have a child in a local school that may be interested in finding ways to bring fibre arts into their classroom in this crazy new world? (See the bottom for a cool incentive, if the love of fibre arts was not already enough!!).

 

Baaad Anna’s is committed to strengthening the fibre arts community, and we would be happy to lend our skills hand in hand with teachers on how to bring fibre arts workshops into your classrooms. We have adapted our adult classes to Zoom teaching seamlessly and our fibre arts instructors have received fantastic reviews. We have now adapted zoom teaching of fibre arts to the classroom as an opportunity work together with teachers to open up the possibilities offered in the world of fibre arts. In addition to a new tactical skill, fibre art classes encourage delayed gratification and the possibility of letting go of a need for perfection (fibre arts skills are directly correlated to the time invested!).

 

We offer a variety of levels of experience in different fibre arts, and pro-rate our costs to the school districts to make them as affordable as possible while fairly compensating our fibre artists for their skills. We would work directly with any teacher that feels their class would be ready to access this new technology to learn a traditional skill. We have worked with various school districts for their professional development activities, and below are some of the workshops we have and can offer. Please contact us at baaadannas@gmail.com for more information.

Learn to Needle Felt

This workshop will teach the basics of needle felting and will build a three-dimensional fibre art creation to take home. Our needle felting instructor has adapted needle felting techniques and projects for beginners from the age of kindergarten up to adult. We would provide all materials, a 15-minute private zoom lesson for the teacher and 1.5 hour in-class zoom call combining lecture and interactive learning.

No previous felting experience necessary. All materials such as Corriedale wool fibre, foam blocks and wire will be included.

Steps in completing a ladybug pin.

Cost: $100 + $6/participant for materials (includes fibre, and a 3 day rental of a classroom set of felting foam blocks).

If you would like to keep the classroom set of felting foam blocks for future projects or for your participants to keep, please budget an additional $5 for each participant.

 

 

Learn to Wet Felt

This workshop will teach the basics of the practical art of wet felting in which you will create a felted bar of soap. Why felt a bar of soap? Because it is a built-in washcloth, the wool is gently exfoliating, and felted soaps last longer and lather better than their ‘naked’ counterparts. Also, after the soap is used up you are left with a useful little scrubby. We would provide all materials, a 15-minute private zoom lesson for the teacher and 1 hour in-class zoom call combining lecture and interactive learning.

No previous felting experience necessary. All materials such as corriedale wool fibre, soap and bucket will be included. Just add warm water (and towels)!

Cost: $75 + $4.5/participant for materials.

 

Learn to Crochet

This workshop will teach the basic stitches for crochet including; chain, slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet & magic ring. The class project will be a reusable washcloth or face scrubby. We would provide all materials, a 30-minute private zoom lesson for the teacher and 2-hour in-class zoom call combining lecture and interactive learning.

No previous felting experience necessary. All materials including cotton yarn and crochet hook included.

Cost: $125 + $8/participant for materials.

 

Learn to Knit Club

We are developing a 4-part workshop that would cover the basics of knitting if there is a teacher that would like to try this with us. Over 5 weeks of 45-minute zoom calls we would cover the slip knot, knit-style cast on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch and cast off. We would need a teacher that is already proficient in knitting, and one who understands that not all students would be equally motivated to learn to knit, but would all be able to keep quietly busy while others are learning. We would provide all materials, a four 15-minute private zoom lessons/planning for the teacher and five 45-minute in-class zoom call combining lecture and interactive learning.

We have donation yarn that we would offer for this class, so the only materials included in the cost would be a class set of knitting needles.

Cost: Starting at $300 + $8/participant for materials.

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We would love to start your fibre arts adventure in your classroom even in this year of many changes. Please feel free to contact us to discuss these or any other opportunities we could help with to start your fibre arts journey!

And for the rest of the month, we will offer $20 in-store gift certificate for fibre art materials to BOTH the teacher who brings us into their classroom AND the person you tipped them off to do so (or it can be directed to another recipient) after the session to help continue with your fibre adventures!

 

Please contact us at baaadannas@gmail.com for more information.

Ready to Try Indigo Dyeing?

October 19, 2020

This would be our first in-person class since March, but we are not ready to give in to the winter blues just yet! Join our teacher Rebecca in some outdoor, back lane indigo vat dyeing next Sunday so long as we don’t get rained out!

In this hands on workshop you will prepare your yarn and discuss ways to get different results; colour depth and resist techniques. This is an introductory class so NO EXPERIENCE is necessary, and all materials will be included (including a 100g skein of 75% Merino/ 15% Cashmere/ 10% Silk single ply yarn). You are also welcome to bring in a second skein from your own stash to overdye!

Indigo Dyeing Workshop

THIS IS AN IN-PERSON WORKSHOP held outside at Baaad Anna’s and adhering to social distance protocols.  Weather dependent. (We will notify of cancellation — with full refund — in the case of rain on Sunday morning by 9am).

Learn how to make your own Indigo Thiox Vat!

In this hands on workshop you will prepare your yarn and discuss ways to get different results; colour depth and resist techniques.
We will also discuss and discover the fun of overdyeing your own stash.
Come away with your very own hand dyed yarn and pattern to make WildWestDye’s Whispering Shore Shawl.
No experience needed.
Materials Included:
  • 1 x 100g skein of singles in 75% Merino/ 15% Cashmere/ 10% Silk
  • Free pattern for The Whispering Shore Shawl
  • Rubber gloves

Materials Needed:

  • Wear old clothes or an apron
  • Mask (regular, non-medical is sufficient)
  • Optional (but recommended!) : Students can bring 1 x 100g skein of yarn to be overdyed (does not need to be cream, can be any colour, results will vary depending on base colour of yarn) – must be minimum 80% natural fibres (wool, silk, cotton, bamboo etc..) Yarn will need to be in a skein.
  • Knitting to work on whilst we wait for the Indigo Vat

COST: $115 (plus tax)

Minimum 3 and max 6 participants

DATE: Sunday October 25th

  • SOLD OUT: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm PDT ∼or
  • ONE SPACE LEFT! 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm PDT

Weather dependent. (We will notify of cancellation — with full refund — in the case of rain on Sunday morning by 9am).

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.

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

Give Back Sunday Donations

October 16, 2020

This upcoming Sunday would have been our monthly volunteer run Give Back Sunday event at the store, but as with so many other things change is afoot. Although there are no in-person knit togethers, we would like to invite you to continue considering fibre-crafting-for-others on a regular basis and hope you may join me in casting on a charity project this Sunday.

Lots of updates to share today on the many donation knitting/fibreworks initiatives that we have been launched though our monthly Give Back Sundays. We have exciting news about our 52 pairs of sock goal, an update on our bias blankets and a call for volunteers to host virtual Give Back Sundays in the upcoming months.

Drum roll, please…

Donation socks for an East Vancouver temporary modular housing project.

 

52 Pairs and Counting…

We are thrilled to share that together we have reached our goal of collecting 52 pairs of hand knit socks that will be donated to yet another temporary modular housing project in East Van! Thank you so much to everyone who donated yarn, cranked sock tubes, and knit cuffs, toes, heels and/or full socks! We appreciate all the time, effort and care that’s put into each of these beautiful pairs.

Over the past few months we have been hanging donation socks up at the front of the store and seeing the rainbow of socks reveal itself as each pair was dropped off has been heartwarming. This stunning collection of socks will leave the store for their new homes soon and we will miss seeing them everyday. However, we already have 15 pairs of socks donated towards our next project!

So, what’s next? More sock knitting! We are renewing our goal and committing to collect another set of 52 pairs of socks for new temporary modular housing unit. Now more than ever combating homelessness is a primary concern for those living in our community, and the City of Vancouver has committed more resources to continue growing the number of modular housing spaces available. They also come with two meals a day, and opportunities to connect with community groups, volunteer work, and social events. As the City of Vancouver continues to build new temporary modular and supportive housing units, a small gift of a pair of hand knit socks seems like a warm and welcome gesture. I look forward to seeing the next collection of 52 pairs of beautiful socks!

If you are interested in knitting some socks for donation to help get us to our goal of 52 pairs, we need socks of all shapes, sizes and colours, but most needed are large-sized in neutral colours. You can knit socks from yarn you have in your own stash or you can come pick up a sock tube at the store and add cuffs, heels and toes to them. If you can’t make it into the store to pick up a sock tube please email us at baaad.annas@gmail.com or call the store at 604-255-2577 and we will see what we can do to get one to you.

We are also accepting donations of:

  • Sock yarns: Any (full skein/ball) washable yarn with some nylon in it for circular sock machine cranking (we have someone who is offering to crank out sock tubes for us)
  • Any already completed under-loved hand knit socks FOs (finished objects) in like-new condition.

We also have a collection of over 60 pairs of donated handknit hats which I plan to put towards a welcome package donation to this 96 unit of temporary modular housing that has been announced to meet some of the immediate needs of Vancouver’s east van homeless community.

 

Bias Blanket Project Update and Call for Volunteers 

The bias blanket project continues! We received enough bias squares to make at least two good sized donation blankets and we are now looking for community volunteers to help sew the squares together. We can provide the yarn to seam them together as well as guidance on what techniques might work best if you are new to seaming blankets. Each blanket has about 48 squares that will need to be seamed together and you would have creative freedom to arrange them in whatever pattern you like.

If you are interested in picking up a set of bias squares to sew into a blanket please email us at baaad.annas@gmail.com or call the store at 604-255-2577 to arrange details.

 

Hunger Bites!

We are happy to again partner with David Thompson Secondary School’s student led knit club that is focused on teaching knitting to empower students to create a ‘warm-things’ donation to their community (along with other community growth activities such as food drives). The Hunger Bites Club work on various philanthropic ventures, and over the past few years they used their lunchtime club as a knit group to produce hand knit items for others. Last year they chose to support the Downtown Eastside Womens’ Centre.

As Baaad Anna’s has a yarn donation/upcycling program we were able to prove yarn, needles and finished objects from our Warm Things Drive to help with their efforts; if you know any other philanthropic or non-profit knit or crochet group that can benefit from such support, please let them know they can reach out to us via email at baaadannas@gmail.com for similar support.

 

Give Back Sunday Zoom Volunteer Host

We are also calling for any volunteers who may be interested in hosting our regular Give Back Sunday virtual knit togethers. In the past, our Give Back Sundays have been the second Sunday of the month from about 1-3pm. If you love Zoom and charity knitting and have an interest in volunteering to host once a month, drop us and email or give us a call, we’d love to hear from you!

If you have any donated fibre art pieces (hats, mitts, socks, scaves, shawls, baby clothes etc) that you wish to drop off, please know we will find a loving home for all. Please check our open hours and you are welcome to drop them by any time that the store is open. Baaad Anna’s has a long-standing commitment to serving the community, we happily and gratefully collect knit, crocheted or woven donations all year round.

We are so grateful to everyone that contributes to these ongoing community projects – you are making a difference! 

12 Days of Knitmas Revealed

October 14, 2020

This is our fourth year of hand-wrapping hundreds of individual gifts intended specifically for the yarn lover in your life (be it you, or someone near and dear). Each Fall we have been creating a set of a dozen hand-wrapped gifts that the recipient can open all at once, or wade through as an advent celebrating whatever special occurrence makes their heart skip a beat. This week we have officially launched our 2020 Twelve Days of Knitmas advent [#baaadannas12days] and to celebrate we want to do an unwrapping of last year’s 12 Days to give a taste of what can be expected in Baaad Anna’s 12 Days of Knitmas Advent!

 

 

The 2019 Twelve Days of Knitmas was centred around local makers and included a themed notions kit which is something every knitter could use in each of their active project bags. Here are the surprises, day by day:

1: Much of the 2019 gifts centred around the sliding-top custom-designed notions tin created for us by local maker Firefly Notes. These awesome Baaad sheep tins were ONLY available in this advent and include a magnet under the red yarn ball sheet on the bottom to capture any loose metal darning needles and notions a fibre artist is often in need of.

2: The perfect sized, super sharp little red scissored are by another Canadian maker, Kelmscott Designs who makes tiny high-quality scissors that are truly works of art. These art deco flower power scissors are only 2.5 inches long which even makes them airline-travel safe!

3: A selection of darning needles and removable stitch markers are always in need, and a great addition to every notions tin.

4: One of my favourite Canadian yarn companies, Americo Designs, who is no longer producing yarns due to retirement! This amazing thick-n-thin bamboo cotton is a one-skein wonder as a single skein can knit up an entire summer-weight shawl, known as a wedding-ring piece cause it can fit through the hole of a ring! Included is Americo’s pattern for this shawl.

 

BUY YOUR 2020 Knitmas Advent HERE

 

 

5: A jar of a rainbow assortment of buttons!

6: A particularly cool addition to the 2019 package was this hand blown glass bauble, from a local maker The Vancouver Hub just down the street from us. Anyone local is welcome to stop by to learn how to glass blow for themselves at this really cool shared-studio.

7: To go along with the glass bauble, this mini made of Canadian indie dyer, Ancient Arts is included along with a pattern for making your own handmade holiday ornament.

8: Another local maker, Big Blue Moma created these oh-so-Canadian toque stitchmarkers

 

BUY YOUR 2020 Knitmas Advent HERE

 

 

9: A taste of Wollmeise is always welcomed! This mini 10g skeinette shows off the amazing tight-twist base of the Rohrspatz & Wollmeise yarns that we are a flagship for. I love this german indie yarn as the base which is unique to this dyer has amazing stitch definition and wear, while the colour range is spectacular!

10: The perfect finishing for any hand made gift is a hand made wooden tag with washing instructions! It warms a crafters heart to think things will be treated with the love they deserve!

11: Another amusing locally hand made gift for the fibre artist! A beeswax candle in the shape of a handknit mitt. Pure lykke!

12: And last but far from least is a tribute to another of our favourite local yarn dyers, Sarah Elizabeth Fibre Works with this full skein of eco-dyed (naturally superwash) fingering weight yarn.

 

BUY YOUR 2020 Knitmas Advent HERE

 

And this collection would not be complete without a little letter describing how these gifts were curated specifically for the fibre artist by us at Baaad Anna’s.

 

 

If this tickles your fancy and you wish you did not miss out last year, we have a few of the 2019 advents still available for purchase HERE.

 

If you would like to pick up our new set of gifts especially picked out and individually hand wrapped for our 2020 collection; it will be an ENTIRELY new set of 12 gifts again this year! They are now available HERE in a limited quantity so get yours while they last!

 

 

New Yarn: WildWestDye

October 11, 2020

Super soft merino, hand dyed with natural dyes, in a rainbow of gorgeous colours, with no winding required and the option to purchase only as much as you need. Doesn’t that sound like a dream of a yarn? It sure sounds like our dream yarn and it perfectly describes WildWestDye yarns which we are thrilled to be introducing to the store. Better yet, you may already know the dyer behind this beautiful new line of yarn, she’s no stranger to the Baaad Anna’s community.

Photo courtesy of WildWestDye.

Browse WildWestDye yarns here.

Rebecca Glazier is the dyer behind WildWestDye and in addition to dyeing yarn she is also one of our wonderful knitting and crochet instructors and the host of the local Knit 1 Tea 1 Meet Up group that holds weekly virtual knitting events on Zoom. Rebecca has been knitting since she was 7 years old and has always had a love for textiles and colour. Originally from the UK, she has called Vancouver her home for the last 5 years.

Rebecca Glazier, the dyer behind WildWestDye and one of our wonderful knitting and crochet instructors at Baaad Anna’s. Photo courtesy of WildWestDye.

Browse WildWestDye yarns here.

When we learned she was going to be launching her own hand dyed yarn we knew it would be something special and we were right. WildWestDye is focused on bringing naturally dyed, renewable, non-toxic, colour goodness into your home, to inspire you and to bring your beautiful handmade creations to life. Rebecca named it WildWestDye because of the natural ingredients (wild), West for the West Coast which she calls home, and it plays with ‘WildWest’ and her love of cowboy style. We’re lucky to be carrying her soft fingering merino, soft singles (single ply fingering), as well as kits for her colourwheel cushion.

WildWestDye Colourwheel Cushion. Photo courtesy of WildWestDye.

Browse WildWestDye yarns here.

One thing that sets WildWestDye apart from other yarns is how the yarn is sold. WildWestDye works with what Rebecca calls ‘cake quarters’. Sold in increments of 25g, you never need to buy more than what you need which reduces waste and less idle stash. In the shop you will find the WildWestDye soft fingering merino offered in 25g, 50g and 100g options. For colourwork or smaller projects, being able to purchase 25g yarn cakes is ideal and since they are already wound all you have to do is cast on and begin your project.

WildWestDye cake quarters on the road! You’ll also find WildWestDye yarns with us when we take The Travelling Woolery out to events.

Browse WildWestDye yarns here.

All WildWestDye yarns are dyed using natural dyes, such as Madder, Weld or Cochineal, which have been used to dye textiles for hundreds of years. Did you know that up until 1857 all textiles were dyed using natural dyes? They not only result in a gorgeous array of colours but they are also renewable and non-toxic. The process to dye yarn using natural dyes is one that Rebecca describes as slow, careful and satisfying. The yarn first goes through washing, then a mordant is applied (which allows the natural dye to attach to the yarn), and finally it is taken through a one or two step dye process. Once dried it rests for two weeks before it gets its final wash, is caked and ready to use. The combination of using traditional dyes with modern techniques is how Rebecca coaxes out the range of subtle and stunning colours in her yarns.

WildWestDye yarn cakes. Photo courtesy of WildWestDye.

Browse WildWestDye yarns here.

WildWestDye uses wool that is carefully sourced from New Zealand and is spun in Canadian mills. The wool is only purchased from farms that do not practice mulesing and careful attention is paid to the ethical treatment of the sheep (free from hunger/thirst, free from discomfort, free from pain/injury/disease, free from distress/fear).

You will find the store stocked with WildWestDye soft fingering merino in 21 colourways, with the option to choose 25g, 50g, or 100g yarn cakes, and 100g skeins of fingering weight soft singles, a single ply yarn which come in 11 colourways. Fun fact, many of the colourways are named after Rebecca’s love of pole dancing! Banana Split is actually a pole dance move!

Here are all the details on both yarns:
Soft Fingering Merino:
  • Fibres: 100% Merino
  • Gauge: 23 – 32 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm)
  • Needles: 2.25 – 3.75 mm (US 1 – 5)
  • Weight: 2-ply Fingering (1)
  • Length: Sold in ‘CakeQuarter’ increments
    • 25 g / 92 yards (84 m)
    • 50 g / 185 yards (169 m)
    • 100 g / 370 yards (338 m)

Soft Singles – a luxuriously soft blend of merino, cashmere, and silk:

  • Fibres: 75% Merino / 15% Cashmere / 10% Silk
  • Gauge: 23 – 32 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm)
  • Needles: 2.25 – 3.75 mm (US 1 – 5)
  • Weight: single-ply Fingering (1)
  • Length: 100 g / 431 yards (395 m)

We are also carrying the WildWestDye Colourwheel Cushion Kit which is a full kit that includes all the yarn you need to make one cushion.

For the yarns and cushion, we recommend hand washing and laying flat to dry. Naturally dyed yarns are best cared for by washing them in a neutral ph soap like Soak, Eucalan or a commercial brand like Woolite.

Yarn cakes from Wild West Dye. Photo courtesy of WildWestDye.

Browse WildWestDye yarns here.

You can register for one of Rebecca’s upcoming classes here and make sure to give her a follow on Instagram @wildwestdye. As always, we can’t wait to see what you make with WildWestDye yarn! Make sure to tag us and Rebecca in your posts @baaadannas and @wildwestdye.

Project of the Month: The ‘Vested Interest’ Vest

October 7, 2020

Hooray for October! The leaves are slowly changing here in the Lower Mainland, we have had a hint of cooler weather and our fall sweaters are out at last. For the October project of the month we are featuring a squishy, warm, hug of a sweater vest called ‘Vested Interest’ that was knit up in Cascade Yarns Cloud, a chainette worsted weight yarn, that you may not be familiar with yet. Read on for all the cozy details!

Janice, Baaad Anna’s amazing class coordinator, is pictured above wearing the Vested Interest vest knit in Cascade Cloud in colourway Dark Moss.

Find your Cascade Cloud here

The Vested Interest vest is a pattern from a Sugar Bush Yarns collection called ‘Canadian Warmth’ that features 11 beautiful patterns that will keep you warm all winter (you can snag a copy in our online store for only $2 if you’re quick!). With easy to follow instructions the vest is knit in sections (back, front right, front left) and then seamed before adding the neckband, armhole bands and pockets. Finish it off with buttons from your stash or find some fun ones at local stores like Button Button (closed for browsing but contact them at buttonbutton@telus.net to find the perfect buttons) or Dressew (order online or you can shop in person again starting on October 8th).

Vested Interest vest view from the back.

Find your Cascade Cloud here

Cascade Cloud is a chainette yarn that you might look at and wonder how to use. Chainette (meaning ‘little chain’ in French) yarn looks like a strand of yarn that has already been knit. Once knit up, the texture of the vest is thick and warm but not too heavy. That’s in part because of the hollow nature of chainette yarn. Because it is knit before you knit with it, the worsted weight is created from the strands being knit together to make the yarn, leaving the core of the yarn airy and open. Unlike a traditional worsted weight yarn it achieves the same gauge without as much of the weight.

The chainette construction also gives great stitch definition, doesn’t pill as much and has the added benefit of structure that reduces stretching around button holes.

Find your Cascade Cloud here

Cascade Cloud comes in eight colours and is a blend of merino (70%) and baby alpaca (30%), which also gives it extra softness. While we used it for a sweater vest it would also be perfect for hats, mittens and cowls. Here are all the details on Cascade Cloud:

  • Fibres:  70% Merino / 30% Baby Alpaca
  • Gauge:  18 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm)
  • Needles:  5.5 mm (US 9)
  • Weight:  chain-plied Worsted / Aran (4)
  • Length:  100 g / 164 yards (150 m)

As with all wool fibres, we recommend washing in cold (preferably by hand) and laying flat to dry.

Another view of the Vested Interest vest, modelled by Janice, Baaad Anna’s awesome class coordinator.

Find your Cascade Cloud here

While we chose Cascade Cloud for our version of the Vested Interest there are lots of other yarns you could choose to use for this pattern depending on the feel and fit you want to achieve. If you want a more traditional warm wooly vest you might try two-ply Briggs and Little Regal, or if you want to make a machine washable version you might use Sugar Bush Bold which the pattern used. No matter what worsted weight yarn you choose, we recommend making sure that you gauge swatch first to ensure that your vest will fit just as you hope it will. Check out this great post by Tin Can Knits that is all about gauge swatching.

You can see our full selection of worsted weight yarns here in the online store or you can pop by the store to see them in person during our open hours.

We always have a ‘vested interest’ (groan, but we had to do it) in seeing what you make with yarns you find at the store so make sure to tag us on Instagram @baaadannas with your finished makes!

Happy Fall, fibre friends, it’s the season we’ve been waiting for.

Join us at NOON for Fashion Show!

October 3, 2020

Today is the day! Join us at noon today for an hour long fashion show and variety hour!

We will be launching two awesome new products, unwrap last year’s Advent Calendar, check out some of our new yarn lines, and of course showcase a variety of garments knit in covid times and beyond with ideas on yarn and yarn substitutions to get your creative juices flowing! You can even through us some questions during the show and I will try to answer a few!

Get the link & password to our show through the FibreLoveAffair website! Hope you can join us!

Knit City Nostalgia

October 1, 2020

If anyone need some fibre therapy this weekend there are oodles of great happenings going on. Fibre Love Affair, Vancouver’s first and fully volunteer-run online fibre fair is launching this weekend. Along with an online marketplace, they are offering free of charge zoom knit nights, yoga and wrap party/show-and-share. Virtual KnitCity is offering classes and a paid knit night with the Grocery Girls. And we are hosting an online fashion show and variety hour (noon on Saturday), showcasing our mini-home yarn store The Travelling Woolery out front of our store on Hastings St AND taking our mini-LYS on the road on Sunday to pop up at the Clayton Farmer’s Market in Langley.

And to make this weekend even more awesome, we have two new products we are excited to launch during our Zoom Fashion Show… our custom designed Be Baaad pins with a side of some potty mouth face masks to boot!

This pins were designed by a Baaad Anna’s customer for a school project; she aced her project and sold us her design! Together we created this awesomesauce…

And these facemasks are made with fabric that is locally designed by Cynthia Frenette and then sewn by a local maker Deb Baldrey Textile Arts! In addition top being the most comfortable mask I have ever worn, the potty mouth masks have some the advantage of providing feedback if someone is infiltrating your personal space, cause if they can read it and become offended, then they are obviously much too close!

If you are looking for a great fitting mask (I have a narrow bridged nose and wear glasses so am a prime candidate for getting fogged up when wearing a mask), you would be happy with these as they include extra long straps and a toggle to help with fit, as well as a metal insert to wrap around the bridge of your nose. We even have some for your viewer-discretion-advised mask-wearing needs (read: elementary school kid drop off!) in gorgeous geometric patterned fabrics which are also locally designed.

 

So be sure to join us this weekend, either virtually or in store, to get your fibre allowance fulfilled! Just be sure to check out the Fibre Love Affair’s website to get the pass-code to login to our Fashion Show as well all of their other happenings this weekend. And stock up in preparation for the rainy season ahead!

 

 

Also if you are feeling nostalgia to roam through the offerings of multiple indie yarn makers we can also help in that as we carry a large selection of independent and local (and often both!) at our store and eStore. Here’s an amuse bouche for the weekend…

 

 

Baaad Anna’s Virtual Classroom Community

September 30, 2020

Back in March when things began to shut down we were right in the middle of two in-person classes, Socks for Beginners and Beginner Learn to Knit.  Our incredible knitting teachers, Holli Yeoh and Rebecca Glazier rose to the challenge and along with their adventurous beginner students, took the leap and we moved the classes over to Online via  Zoom platform and haven’t looked back!

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Since then we have delivered online classes and workshops from brand new beginner knitting and crochet, to first sweaters, hats, bags, socks, felted gnomes and specialized techniques. Both of our online teachers are professional fibre artists. Holli @holliyeoh has been designing and publishing for over a decade and we are so honoured to have her share her technical expertise and patient, welcoming demeanour with our community by offering a wealth of classes and workshops for the beginner to well-advanced knitter. Rebecca @wildwestdye is a local indie dyer who has been community building by hosting free knit-groups (the Knit1Tea1@rebeccaknit1tea1 now online via zoom), volunteering with next weekend inaugural online fibre fest Fibre Love Affair, and teaching project-specific step-by-step classes and intro crochet! And we also welcome a new addition to our online offerings with our online Intro to Needle Felting workshop featuring Mel of Lovesfelt!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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Holli Yeoh, Rebecca Glazier and Mel Broome bring to our classes their expertise, knowledge and teaching experience along with the joy of being part of your fiber arts journey.  The glowing online reviews and emails we have received highlight both the amazing level of instruction along with a sense of the Virtual Community and friendships these online classes have fostered. An element of our virtual community is sharing through Instagram and we would love to see your projects from the classes and beyond, both in progress and finished, so don’t forget to tag us @baaadannas@holliyeoh@rebeccaknit1tea1  and @lovesfelt so we can see your work!
Come join us in our virtual classroom soon! Check out all the classes and registration HERE.
Our next BEGINNER KNITTING with Rebecca Glazier – ONLINE via ZOOM starts on October 19th and for anyone already on their knitting adventure and ready for a new skill SOCKS FOR BEGINNERS with Holli Yeoh – ONLINE via Zoom is a great place to start your online knitting adventure!

Photo courtesy of Holli Yeoh.

THIS IS AN ONLINE CLASS via ZOOM, so you will also need to have a decent internet connection and download the free ZOOM app. Instructions will be emailed before 1st class.

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

Materials Needed:

  • 3.25mm needles for a DK weight sock OR 3.75mm needles for a Worsted weight sock; choose either DPNs, two 24″ circular needles for two circulars method, or one 32″ or longer circular needle for the Magic Loop method
  • 375yd/345m of DK weight such as Estelle DK OR 350yd/320m of Worsted weight yarn such as Malabrigo Rios
  • Measuring tape
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle

Materials can be purchased at Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store.  (Current Canada Post shipping turnaround is min one week, please be sure to order supplies with enough time for them to arrive before the start of class; OR call (604) 255 2577 for more immediate curbside pickup which can be arranged any day between 11am-2pm)

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

COST: $95 (+tax)

Minimum 3 participants and maximum 10

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.

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