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Knit Em Up Chicken KAL

January 20, 2021

Do you have a Backyard Chicken that you have been saving for a rainy day? Or have you been eyeing one of these Hue Loco beauties but haven’t made the leap yet? Join us for a casual knit along (KAL) to get these gorgeous birdy yarns onto your needles and into your 2021 FOs (finished objects)!

 

BUY BACKYARN CHICKEN SETS HERE.

 

Our lovely neighbour, Hilary Atleo of Iron Dog Books and I have decided to cast on our chicken yarn and egg each other onwards towards completion. This yarn is so pleasant to knit because every stitch gifts you with a new colour/shade. In the past have finished complete projects (two shawls and a pair of socks) with these sets in just over a week, and that is our aim for this KAL! We both have two sets of chickens we plan to work on over the next few weeks, so join us if you wish and we can celebrate together!

 

Check out this great photo essay Hilary posted yesterday on Instagram:

 

 

Pick up your favorite chicken set here, and cast on a Downhome Shawl, a pair of socks or just play with us using the free skeleton shawl pattern by Stephan West, The Boneyard Shawl, which allows for your own adornments of playing with lace or colour segments! Email us at baaadannas@gmail.com if you want to join in; And stay tuned for updates as we go!

 

BUY BACKYARN CHICKEN SETS HERE.

Getting Ready for Yarn Tasting

January 17, 2021

We are so excited to host our first virtual Yarn Tasting this afternoon. A part of the Fiber Love Affair weekend, we can’t wait to see you all for one of our favorite events. Bring your tea, snacks, and a cozy blanket, because there are a few things to look forward to today.

Yarn Tasting

Even if you haven’t picked up a yarn kit, you can still join us for free by registering at Fiber Love Affair. We’ll be showcasing these yarns on the needles, discussing tips and tricks, and pattern pairings.

Collage of previous yarn tastings at Baaad Anna’s.

Full Restock of Earl Grey

One of our staff favorites, this Seattle based yarn has just arrived at Baaad Anna’s for a full restock! Named after Jean Luc Picard’s favorite drink, this yarn has warmed our hearts with their amazing colorways. Head over to our online store to grab your favorites before they’re snatched up. Haven’t worked with Earl Grey before? Our Yarn Tasting event is a good chance to see the yarn at work!

Images of Earl Grey in store. Bauble Shawl on display using 3 Earl Grey colorways.

 

Live Unboxing of a New-to-the-West-Coast Indie Dyer

If you’re active on Instagram, you might recognize these photos. This Canadian Dyer tends to work with fall colors a lot, which of course work anytime of the year! Drop by during our Yarn Tasting to see what exactly will be in-store and what could be your next project.

Photos courtesy of their Instagram. Full permissions provided.

The Rest of Fiber Love Affair

Even if you miss us at 4-5 pm, our session will be recorded and you can watch it at your convenience online. Additionally, don’t forget to check out the rest of Fiber Love Affair. There are so many other cool yarn experiences!

 

Future Yarn Tastings

Didn’t get a chance to pick up a kit for the action? Don’t worry! We are planning ANOTHER Yarn Tasting coming up February 6th. Mark your calendars because the kits will launch January 22nd. Get excited for a whole new line of yarns to try, but grab yours fast, there will be limited quantities.

Virtual Yarn Tasting

January 11, 2021

With the first half of Fibre Love Affair in the books, the countdown is on for our first Virtual Yarn Tasting event this upcoming Sunday. As of 8am today, we have a limited number of yarn tasting to-go packs are available from our online store here.

 

 

Attendance is free by signing up for the Fibre Love Affair zoom link here, and if you want to play along with us pick up our pack of 10g minis of the following four yarns that will be focused on in our online session:

The session is also being recorded so even if you miss our Fibre Love Affair timeslot, you can join in the fun at your convenience afterwards.

 

 

Our limited edition Spring-themed yarn tasting packs can be purchased in-store or online while quantities last, and can be picked up in store as of opening today at 11am. But they may go quick, so don’t let spring get sprung without you! Needle recommendation for the tasting: any selection of needles between 2.75 – 4 mm (US 2 – 6); and here’s a free pattern to download if your swatches need an end goal: Tincanknit’s Swatchtastic!

 

But regardless if you end up with a tasting pack, join us to learn a bit about yarn choice, project matching, and fibre content. We always enjoy good company!

 

Teacher Spotlight: Rebecca Glazier

January 10, 2021

For today’s teacher spotlight, we’re getting to know Rebecca Glazier, one of Baaad Anna’s knitting and crochet instructors. Not only is Rebecca one of our teachers, she is also the dyer behind WildWestDye yarns, a knitwear designer, the host of the Meet Up virtual knitting group Knit 1 Tea 1, a pole dancing enthusiast, and an all around awesome human being. Rebecca began teaching at Baaad Anna’s in early 2020 and teaches a broad range of beginner to intermediate classes.

Meet Rebecca Glazier! Photo courtesy of Rebecca Glazier.

Some of the fun classes Rebecca will be teaching at Baaad Anna’s over the next few months include:

Knitting and Teaching Journey

Rebecca grew up in the UK and her knitting journey began when she was seven and wanted to knit small sweaters for her teddy bears. From a young age she’s always had a love of textiles, different kinds of fibres and cross stitching, and her early tries at finger knitting quickly moved to knitting and learning to crochet by the age of ten. High school introduced her to three dimensional arts like pottery and woodworking, and her late teens and 20s included delving into crochet and felting. What got her back into knitting was the arrival of a new baby in her extended family. She wanted to knit baby clothes and she noticed that while crochet patterns were somewhat dated, knitting patterns had come so far and there was lots to choose from.

One of Rebecca’s beloved teddy bears wearing a sweater she knit for it. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Glazier.

During that time, Rebecca also earned a degree in fashion and textiles in the UK, which led to a 20-year career in the fashion industry as a pattern technologist and fit specialist. Her career took her to Sri Lanka, where she did lots of lace and accessory knitting due to the hot climate. Wanting to deepen her knowledge and knitting skills, she signed up to do distance courses, learning about hand knit textiles and design.

Rebecca began teaching knitting about seven years ago during her time in Sri Lanka and after she moved to Vancouver she decided to continue teaching. Teaching is in Rebecca’s bones. She grew up with parents who were both teachers and it was an important part of her job as a pattern technologist. Sharing what she knows and teaching is simply ingrained in who she is. Anyone who has spent time with Rebecca can tell you that it doesn’t take long before she generously shares her knowledge, providing suggestions or ways to fix a problem you may be having in your knitting.

Teaching Style

As a teacher, Rebecca likes to have students learn skills while focused on a specific project. She finds that concentrating on a project can help students maintain focus and motivation since they will have a finished product at the end of the class. Her style is equal parts encouraging and patient. She never minds showing techniques as many times as a student needs to see it and tries to pace the class so that students can absorb and try new techniques before moving on to the next skill.

We asked Rebecca what tip she shares most often with her students and without skipping a beat she said, “that it’s ok to make mistakes and don’t expect to not make mistakes!”. She goes on to stress that perfection isn’t important in knitting and unless you’ve felted your yarn everything can be figured out. “It’s worth investing the time in learning how to read your knitting and how to fix your mistakes,” she says.

Design, Dyeing, and Virtual Knit Nights

Given Rebecca’s background in fashion it’s not surprising to learn that in 2020 she launched her yarn company WildWestDye, which features all naturally dyed yarns (you can read all about it here in our recent post). She also designs patterns to go with her yarns and is always up for helping knitters find the perfect colour combinations for their next project.

When she’s not cooking up a pot of beautifully dyed yarn, hosting a virtual trunk show, or designing her next pattern, you can find Rebecca practicing her pole dancing moves or hosting a virtual knitting event through her Meet Up group Knit 1 Tea 1. The knit group has been meeting for the past four years and is a welcoming, friendly, not skill dependent place for knitters to get together and share what they are working on. They meet a few times a week and you can learn more on their Meet Up page.

The Knit1Tea1 Meet Up group on Zoom! Photo courtesy of Rebecca Glazier.

To say that Rebecca leads a very yarn, textile heavy life would be an understatement and we are genuinely envious.

We hope you get an opportunity to learn from Rebecca soon! Sign up for any class with Rebecca here. You can also follow Rebecca’s knitting and yarn adventures on Instagram @wildwestdye.

Knits That Do Good

January 10, 2021

Today will be the first Give Back Sunday of 2021 (held on the 2nd Sunday of each month), so would you consider casting on a new charity knitting project with me?

Whether it is a hat, a pair of socks, a blanket square or a prosthetic breast our Give Back Sundays have been monthly volunteer-run events encouraging knitters to collectively make an impact on their community. We have collected hundreds of handknit socks for welcome gifts to newly homed residents of Vancouver’s modular housing units, possibly thousands of tiny newborn hats for prevention of Shaken Baby syndrome, collected soft cotton handcrafted Knitted Knockers, as well as donated hundreds of shawls, scarves and other warm items for the Downtown Eastside Womens Centre through the efforts of knitters, crocheters and even weavers who participate in our Give Back Sunday and our ongoing Warm Things Drive collections.

 

A selection of our addition to the Hunger Bites donation to the DTES Womens’ Centre.

 

Not limited to knitting only on this one Sunday, we leverage this monthly event to check in and share the progress of our efforts, as well as create an opportunity to shout out for any new ideas of ways we could harness the ‘good’ in knits and other fibre art handmades. December was a whirlwind of activity, and we were able to:

Knit drive donations made by students from David Thompson’s Hunger Bites Club.

 

A few things we are currently working on:

  • We are donating a number of blanket squares to the Burnaby Project Linus, along with some yarns from our Upcycling program (where we collect, sort and redistribute underloved yarns from donated stashes) to help their volunteers sew together new blankets for children in need.
  • We have another Modular Housing Sock Project underway with a goal of 52 pairs of socks (of which we already have over 35 collected).

And of course we can help find homes to any donations of charity knits of all shapes and sizes as there is always a home for the love captured within a handmade fibre art. Join in from the comfort of your home any way you wish. Whether it is by knitting a scarf, crocheting a hat, weaving a shawl, or donating yarn for upcycling to any of these objectives; just join me in creating knits that do good. And if anyone is interested in leading a Zoom knit-in next month’s Give Back Sunday, drop us a line at baaadannas@gmail.com and we would be happy to partner with additional volunteers!

 

Ready to Play With String?

January 8, 2021

Join us to play with various fibres and textures for our first virtual Yarn Tasting event! Times may be achangin’ but that’s no reason to avoid hosting some of our favorite events, so to launch a new year we will be doing a virtual yarn tasting event. Mark your calendars to join us on Sunday January 17th from 4-5pm as part of this month’s Fibre Love Affair! Its free of charge to pop in, and if you want to play along we will have our Yarn Tasting packages for sale from Monday in store and online for $20.

 

What is a yarn tasting you might ask?

 

In the past we always hosted these as sit-down events with some refreshments, hands-on knitting and good company! Each participant received a variety of yarns to ‘sample’ which, one by one, they could cast onto their needles while yarn specs, pattern-making suggestions and finished objects are presented.

For our Virtual Yarn Tasting event we will be offering suggestions and guidance on four of our shop favorites: Wollmeise, Earl Grey, Chester Knits and Americo Originals.

 

 

 

You can drop in to hang out and hear about these great yarns, or if you want to play along we will be putting a small-run of take-home package with the minis and a few small surprises that will be available early next week. Keep an eye on this blog and we’ll update you when those are available!

Drop in by registering for free with Fibre Love Affair. You will get a Zoom link to view their entire lineup this weekend and next for a number of amazing local and indie yarn merchants. Some have demos, others have yarn parades and giveaways; And we will host a Yarn Tasting…

 

 

Enjoy your online yarny community. We are certainly stronger together!

New Year, New Virtual Meet Ups!

January 3, 2021

Happy new year everyone, we hope that the start of this new year has been a gentle and healthy one for all of you. With the drizzly-est months of the year upon us (in the South Coast of BC at least) we thought it might be a good time to highlight some of the virtual ways to stay connected until in person knit nights and classes can resume.

If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to join in on a Zoom knit night, this might be the perfect time to give it a try! You can cozy up with a warm cup of your favourite drink and your current WIP (work in progress) while making new connections and seeing and learning from what others are making.

Every week there are virtual knit night events taking place that you can join in with. We have had the opportunity to attend a number of virtual knit nights and can attest to the friendly, low pressure atmosphere of them. Here is a list of local virtual knit groups you can join, each has its own Meet Up or Facebook page where you can get the latest schedule of events and links to participate.

  • Knit1Tea1 is a group hosted by Rebecca Glazier (one of Baaad Anna’s rad knitting and crochet instructors). Rebecca has been hosting Meet Ups in Vancouver and New Westminster over the past few years and virtually since March. These virtual meet ups are free of charge, but you need to sign up to the Knit1Tea1 group on Meetup to receive the password to the events.
  • Froggers is a group that has hosted Meet Ups in the Burnaby/Vancouver area for many years and virtually since March. You can sign up to the Froggers group on Meetup to receive the passwords to their virtual events.
  • Knit2gether is a Burnaby based group that regularly meets as well and you can get information on their upcoming events by joining either their Facebook group or their Ravelry group.
There are also other types of virtual events coming up in the next two months that you may want to participate in. Please note that some the below are paid events.
  • The West Coast Knitters’ Guild has two virtual workshops coming up on January 9 with Patty Lyons, an internationally known knitting instructor who specializes in sweater design.
  • Fibre Love Affair is back on January 9, 10, 16 & 17 with a great online vendor line up and Baaad Anna’s will be participating too!
  • Knit City Virtual will be taking place on February 5-7 with online workshops and trunk shows. We’ll be participating in Knit City Virtual as well.
As this year unfolds, we will continue to share virtual ways to connect with the knitting and fibre community. If you host a fibre crafting night (knit, crochet, felting, weaving, spinning etc) that you would like us to highlight please email us at baaadannas@gmail.com and we would be happy to include it in our next community update.
Hope to cross paths with all of you at a virtual event soon!

Happy New Year SALE

December 31, 2020

Out with the old, and in with a new year, new potentials and new yarns!

 

 

We will be celebrating safely with our dearest tonight and will enjoy a day off on Jan 1st (the storefront will be CLOSED) to relax before bouncing into 2021 at full tilt! In the meantime, if you missed our one day Boxing Day sale we will have our last encore sale to celebrate the end of this wacky year.

On Jan 1st (from midnight to midnight) all of the following will be available for sale in our ONLINE STORE only for one day:

 

30% off

AMY HERZOG’s KNIT WEAR LOVE: Reg. $18.99 Sale. $13.30

GALWAY CHUNKY: Reg. $11.95 Sale. $8.35

GINGERSNAP FLUFF MOHAIR: Reg. $35.95 Sale. $25.15

ISIS FIBRE ARTS DK: Reg. $26.95 Sale. $18.85

ISIS FIBRE ARTS FINGERING SPARKLE: Reg. $29.95 Sale. $20.95

LONGWAY HOMESTEAD TARGHEE BIG WORSTED: Reg. $25.95 Sale. $18.15

OKANAGAN DYEWORKS FINGERING: Regular price: $34.95; Sale price: $24.50

POPPY YARN SHETLAND FINGERING: Reg. $32.95 Sale. $23.05

SKEIN MOHAIR SILK LACE: Regular price: $42.95; Sale price: $30.10

SKEIN BLISS DK: Regular price: $36.95; Sale price: $30.10

SKEIN MCN SOCK: Regular price: $39.95; Sale price: $27.95

UNEEK CHUNKY: Regular price: $32.95; Sale price: $23.10

UNIVERSAL CLASSIC SHADES FRENZY: Regular price: $13.95; Sale price: $9.75

WEST COAST COLOUR HOME GROWN: Regular price: $15.95; Sale price: $11.15

 

40% off

CASCADE EL CIELO: Regular price: $18.95; Sale price: $11.35

FRANKLIN HABIT’s I DREAM OF COLOR COLOURING BOOK: Regular price: $11.95; Sale price: $7.20

LANG SUPER SOXX 8Ply: regular price: $19.95; sale price $11.95

LANG SUPER SOXX COLOUR: regular price: $19.95; sale price $11.95

LANG TWIN SOXX: regular price: $19.95; sale price $11.95

LIBRE GLASS TEA INFUSER 420mL: regular price: $34.00; sale price $20.40

SARAH ELIZABETH FIBRE ARTS ANIMAL LOOM MEDIUM: regular price: $35.00; sale price $21.00

SARAH ELIZABETH FIBRE ARTS ANIMAL LOOM SMALL: regular price: $15.00; sale price $9.00

SIRDAR BABY BAMBOO: Regular price: $7.50; Sale price: $4.50

UNEEK COTTON DK: Regular price: $19.95; Sale price: $11.95

WEST COAST COLOUR FITS AND GIGGLES: Regular price: $24.00; Sale price: $14.40

WOLLMEISE LACE NOBODY’S PERFECT: Regular price: $94.95; Sale price: $56.95

 

50% off

AMERICO ABRAZOS: Regular price: $28.00; Sale price: $14.00

AMERICO COTTON FLAMME: Regular price: $25.00; Sale price: $12.50

CASCADE CLOUD: Regular price: $19.95; Sale price: $9.95

LANG JAWOLL MAGIC: regular price: $21.95; sale price $10.95

NAZLI GELIN GARDEN 10: Regular price: $7.95; Sale price: $3.95

PREMIER SWEET ROLLS: regular price: $8.95; sale price $4.50

URTH PURE KASHMIR: Regular price: $51.95; Sale price: $25.95

WISDOM YARN POEMS SOCK: Regular price: $22.95; Sale price: $11.50

WOLLMEISE PURE NOBODY’S PERFECT: Regular price: $44.95; Sale price: $22.50

 

70% Off

SELECT KNITTING BOOKS: $2 each

 

 

2020 Gift Giving Guide

December 21, 2020

For now until the 24th, we will be presenting our staff favorites for the yarn lovers’ wish list, and gift giving ideas. Keep an eye on our daily Instagram @baaadannas and I’ll also post a compilation on our blog every few days for holiday inspiration. Happy December yarnie friends!

 

DAY 21: Need kits? Alleviate any cabin fever that may set in this holiday season by trying a new a crafty outlet. Whether it’s knit gnomes, needle felt animals, backyard chickens sock sets or family fav soap felting you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered! CHECK OUT OUR VARIOUS KITS HERE.

 

DAY 20: Need an accessory that communicates what you’re really feeling but still looks amazing? Try the best fitting and fun to wear locally made (from locally designed fabric) face mask from @deb_baldrey_textile_arts ! Masks for everyone! Geometric masks, potty mouth masks and great kids masks too! FULL SELECTION HERE.

 

DAY 19: Here’s more great stocking stuffer ideas for the woolly lover in your life! From project bags, to beeswax candles, we’ve got an assortment of various giving options for any budget! BROWSE HERE.

 

DAY 18: We just received a new shipment of Atelier Nekozuki project bags with more stunning fabric she picked out in Japan! These box-bag style large project bags can fit projects from socks to sweaters and hang beautifully from the wrist to make your work in progress stylishly portable! BUY HERE.

 

DAY 17: A perfect season to celebrate halos! Play with textures by trying out some gorgeous mohair/silk, alpaca/nylon, or mohair/merino combos to lighten up your handknits while increasing the warmth factor! Check out Shirley Brian Yarn mohair merino single ply fingering, or Cascade Yarns El Cielo ultra fine baby alpaca, or Hedgehog Fibres mohair-silk fine for some amazing yarns and combos. This version of Joji Locatelli’s Like A Cloud Cardigan was knit with the alpaca, doubled with mohair/silk (both lace weights) to create the featherweight but ultra warm perfect winter accessory. Great gift idea to add to any knitters stash. CHECK OUT THESE AND OTHER SOFT MOHAIR HERE.

 

DAY 16: We are excited to share our excitement with this new evolution of one of our fav needles and notions! KP (Knitters Pride/Knit Pro/Knitpicks) has a new option for both beauty and function in their Mindful sets, including the rotating cord in their fixed circulars and interchangeable cords! Can’t wait to try these in my needles! And rainbow everything! FULL MINDFUL COLLECTION OPTIONS HERE.

 

DAY 15: Check out local maker Britt of Emerald & Ginger who in addition to being from a knitty legacy family is a maker of felt garlands that are worthy of beautifying kids rooms and living room mantles alike! CHECK THESE OUT IN STORE ONLY!

 

DAY 14: Your kitchen can house both talented local workmanship and a work of art that will also be the last tea towel you would ever need. Handwoven by members of the Selkirk Weavers & Spinners guild these gorgeous cotton towels absorb while uplifting your kitchen. Machine-washable, they only improve with use! Bring fibre arts into your decor choices and support local makers. AVAILABLE IN STORE ONLY.

 

DAY 13: Need a last-minute spoilage of your local yarn lover? Check out our 4th annual countdown to the holidays: Baaad Anna’s 12 Days of Knitmas! Each year we hand wrap one dozen presents for the fibre artist curated by a fibre artist which can be opened daily for the lead up to the holidays advent-style, or just as an all-in-one present celebrating self-care or a loved one. These include full skeins, intro fibre art mini-kits, and our all time fav knit/crochet notions. Each year we come up with a new collection with unique items; currently we only have ONE LEFT of this year’s 2020 version, and ONE final LEFT of the (not date specific) 2019 version… get them before they are gone! BUY HERE.

 

DAY 12: What can be better than relaxing at the end of the day into a bed that just makes you happy? These 100% cotton luxury sheets have been imprinted with the knit-stitch motive, to give you a fuzz-free night of shuteye in style! From a design company from the Netherlands, Snurk has given bedtime a facelift with lighthearted and comforting images and this one is sure to please anyone who loves the rhythmic look of stockinette! BUY HERE!

 

 

DAY 11: Every knitter knows how wonderful it is when you match just the right yarn and pattern! This lovely Breath & Hope shawl by Casapinka was paired with one of the store favourite yarns Chester Knits to make a stunning finished piece with a perfect heavy drape. This yarn works so beautifully for almost any project which makes it an easy gift for the fibre artist in your life if you want to support an indie local dyer. CHECK OUT THE east van INSPIRED SHAWL COLOURWAYS HERE.

 

DAY 10: No holiday list is complete without an assortment of fantastic fibre art stocking stuffers, or little just-cause gifts. From mini weaving kits and pressed felt succulents, to original knitwear greeting cards designed by Julie Asselin or KATM Kylie and the Machine garment labels or intro needle felting cacti kits from Okanagan Dyeworks there are so many ideas for sharing the love of fibre arts! CHECK OUT THESE & OTHER FUN STOCKING STUFFER IDEAS HERE.

 

DAY 9: Lykke, or the art of comfort is so in demand in these uncertain days, so today’s recommendation combines a number of lykke ideals into one amazing bundle: a long-burning natural beewax or soy candle in a hand-turned gorgeous 12oz mug, with a travel lid to fit once it’s washed and ready to hold your fav morning brew! We came across these amazing mugs by Candaces Ceramics while visiting the Kootenays last winter and they have been much loved. Perfect present for anyone in need of self-care! GOING FAST… BROWSE HERE.

 

DAY 8: Every maker can enjoy dual-purpose jewelry, and these handmade stitchmarkers are a small work of art! These freshwater pearl and silver or copper stitch markers from Purlsmith are one-of-a-kind and gorgeous. Great things come in small packages and these perfect stocking stuffers are sure to delight! BUY HERE.

 

DAY 7: Need an ethically sourced gift? Everyone can use these gorgeous baskets of many sizes to store and carry all your odds and ends. Handmade in Kenya as part of a women’s work coop these hand made baskets from Boostani Crafts are a great gift idea for anyone in your life. CHECK OUT OUR SELECTION HERE.

 

DAY 6: What better at this time of year than a quick knit to whip up as a last minute gift? Whether its something you need to make or a great gift idea to kit for a friend, this 3-4 hour hat uses one skein of Estelle Bulky yarn and has been matched up with the free pattern, Super Easy Knit Ribbed Hat by CJDesigns on You Tube, which also has a step-by-step how-to video for the courageous beginner! CHECK OUT THE RANGE OF COLOURS HERE.

 

DAY 5: We are so honoured to partner with local fibre artist Rebecca Glazier of Wild West Dye works who also is one of our much-loved knitting, dyeing and crochet teachers! She works solely with natural dyes and offers her pretty yarn caked in 25g, 50g, or 100g pre-wound balls so the knitter or crocheter only need purchase the amount needed for a project! Her colours are deep and consistent, and her bases are wonderful; there is nothing we don’t love about this New Westminster-based artist. And did I mention she also designs? We have a number of her amazing self-designed kits with the precise amount of yarn you need to make them; from rainbow stroller blankets, cowls, pillows and shawls. These are perfect kits for an adventurous beginner that is ready for a new technique and project! CHECK OUT Rebecca’s kits and classes HERE.

 

DAY 4: Give the gift of a work of art! These amazing earrings by Victoria artist Deborah of White Raven Craft are hand-macraweaved with yarns you can find in our store such as Sarah Elizabeth Fibre Arts Eco Dyed and Malabrigo yarns! A perfect gift for, or from, the fibre artist in your life as anyone can appreciate the intricate beauty in this handiwork. We love supporting local artists and this is a way to do so while spreading the beauty of fibre arts all around! Be sure to check out Deborah’s account as these are just a small inkling of her talent. BUY HERE.

 

DAY 3: Need a kit for the holidays? We have complete beginner embroidery kits, as well kits for your second- or third- projects! Stitchers of any level can enjoy these Canadian-made embroidery sets from Hook, Line & Tinker. And at brilliant gifts for self or anyone crafty in your life! CHECK OUT OUR KNITTY-related SELECTION HERE, and more options are also available just down the street from us at The Learnary!

 

DAY 2: There’s no better way to finish off a hand knit hat then finding the perfect pom pom for its crown! Local maker, Janet of Yarnboler from just over the bridge from our shop makes the most beautiful faux fur pompoms that would allow you to follow your heart and pompom EVERYTHING! But get yours quick as they are popping out the door at an alarming pace! SEE FULL SELECTION HERE.

 

DAY 1: An amazing kit for any beginner-intermediate knitter. Andrea Mowry’s Nightshift is a fantastic colourwork shawl, great for even someone new to colourwork as it uses simple slip stitches to dance with colours. Originally designed for the barber pole, handspun-style yarns such as Spincycle, Cascade yarns offers a much more affordable alternative with their Cascade 220 Wave colourways and even put together kits to make this entire shawl! At $108 for seven 220-yard skeins of gorgeous superwash wool, this is a perfect kit gift to start on while zoom-ing our way through the holidays!

With 7 different kit combos to choose from any knitter could find inspiration with this kit for this shawl, or any other project! And to keep the price as low as possible, the pattern is not included in this kit as many people have also used it as a starting point for their own project inspiration! BUY HERE.

 

Stay tuned for more days of yarn self-care or gift giving ideas; or keep an eye on our daily update on IG or here on our website!

HOLIDAY HOURS!

December 18, 2020

(small change… sorry!)