Upcycling Program

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!


4 thoughts on “Upcycling Program

    1. Any donations to our Upcycling program can be donated directly at our Hastings St storefront. Thank you!

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