A Shawl For All
There has been a lot of discussion on the need for greater accessibility to fine yarns and fibres for all, with the aim to make fibre arts an activity that every person can participate in. Keeping our doors welcoming to all, and finding quality base materials for our craft has been an aim of Baaad Anna’s since we opened 10 years ago and we are thrilled to offer another yarn line that combines quality with affordability: the Estelle Double Knit collection.
Combining natural material such as wool blended with a high quality acrylic and nylon provides a soft, easy to care for yarn that can serve many different types of projects well; but the Canadian company Estelle has gone one step further by providing free patterns created by Canadian designers to pair with this line, giving knitters the opportunity to work on a large quality project for an affordable price.
The Correct Shawl, The Harbour Shawl and The Banded Shawl are three shawl projects that each use 3 skeins which can each be knit in Estelle yarn for less $30. With 24 colours to choose from and in the versatile DK-weight, there are mix-and-match opportunities for every knitter. We have even put a Baaad Anna’s Custom pairing together in our grey, red and black colourways into a kit to create the shawl above for $26.95!
Check out how this fun keyhole pattern of the The Banded Shawl can be worn in many different ways. In the sample above, we used two skeins of Estelle DK and paired it with a speckle DK of a local hand-dyer for a more unique colour play. This is a great way to use up a treasured stash skein you have been coveting, using either DK- or Sport-weight, or even a skein of special sock yarn can be used as a accent by doubling it up (by winding it into a cake and them knitting with both ends at once!).
Estelle has also made 3-skein colour combos kits if matching colours isn’t your wheelhouse. Super soft, washable, and priced at $26.95 for three skeins, we love how these gorgeous sets combine quality and affordability.