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Intro to Reading Charts and Gauge…

September 14, 2018

Have you come across a graph with symbols in a pattern and wondered what you do with it? Would you like to become better at reading knitting charts? Charts are a simple way to convey knitting instructions while at the same time provide the knitter with visual cues to the finished design. Many modern patterns may include both written and charted directions, but as skills advance many knitters adapt a preference for this handy tool.

Our second workshop in the Building Block Series can help you get more comfortable with reading these knit maps, and give you hands on experience with knitting a sampler block that can be grown into a baby blanket or larger lap quilt. Other skills taught in this workshop include an introduction to gauge and bind-off.

To register visit us in store, or call 604-255-2577 to reserve your spot!

 

COST:

Drop-in price is $29 for this workshop, which includes a paperback or ebook of the full Building Blocks workbook. Participants can decide to roll in this fee to receive a discount on the full 12-series drop-in rate if they so choose at any later date.

DATES:

Come start on the pursuit of new skills for the Fall with this one and a half hour long workshop. Choose to attend this workshop on either:

 

  • Monday Sept 17th 6:00-7:30pm           Workshop 2: Charts, Gauge and Bind-Off   — or —
  • Friday Sept 21st 6:00-7:30pm               Workshop 2: Charts, Gauge and Bind-Off  — or —
  • Sunday Oct 21st 9:30-11:00am             Workshop 2: Charts, Gauge and Bind-Off

 

PLEASE NOTE: Homework for this class includes completing the top border (5 rows of 48 stitches) prior to class. It is also recommended to take Workshop 1 as a pre-requisite to this class which is running TONIGHT Friday Sept 14th 6:00-7:30pm, or Sunday Sept 16th 9:30-11:00am. You can find further details here.

To register visit us in store, or call 604-255-2577 to reserve your spot!

Knit City Sneak Peek #2

September 11, 2018

Baaad Anna’s is excited to re-launch the West Coast introduction to Yarn Enabler‘s no.2 Pencil Socks, Lined Paper and Stationary Sets, as well as a top-up on her full line of self-striping and self-patterning sock yarns!

 

Amanda from Yarn Enabler has been dyeing since 2014 and is best known for her Pencil yarn and Stationary sets. A few weeks ago a project was featured on the front page of Ravelry giving this Canadian talent international exposure. But Amanda has many other amazing sock yarns that the world has yet to discover!

If you knit socks,and have never had the pleasure of trying out yarn that self-stripes as you knit along you may need to experience the joy that each colour repeat brings to the experience of knitting. I find these yarns just tug at me to continue to see how the next colour knits up, and before I know it the sock is done! What fun! Check out how Yarn Enabler’s Cake Batter self-striping sock yarn brought this simple pattern to life…

And here’s a eight-colour stripe with the Hogwart’s House colour combinations…

 

If that wasn’t enough, Amanda also plays with self-patterning yarns, like this colourway that produces a pair of summer-all-year-round watermelon footsies! It is knit here with two different patterns to show how you can match various simple patterns when using such an interesting yarn.

 

Yarn Enabler also plays with adding amazing heel-toe skeins to add flourish to her yarns, seen here in her Rainbow Toes colourway…

 

We have topped up on all our favorites for Knit City with these and more of her amazing colourways. 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.

No2 Pencil, a celebration of elementary schools, accounting firms and crossword puzzle lovers everywhere.

 

And 3-holed Lined Paper… 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 cause mismatched socks are pretty awesome!

Amanda has also recently taken up the challenge to showcase 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 self-striping sock yarn…

Inspiration challenge: check out how a picture translates into a finished piece through the eyes of a yarn dyer.

 

Come by our booth at Knit City to meet this talented Ontario fibre artist and pick up some of this amazing yarn! We love showcasing Canadian talent!

Yarn Enabler’s Singing In The Rain colourway.

Purple Baby Hat Knitting for Tomorrow’s Give Back Sunday Event

September 8, 2018

Join us this Sunday, September 9th from 1pm onwards to continue on Baaad Anna’s tradition of joining the Click for Babies: Purple Cap Campaign in support of Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome BC at BC Children’s Hospital. Come by and knit or crochet an infant hat, drop off any infant-sized purple hats you have crafted, or donate any purple yarn that others can use to for this charity knitting.

Here is my collection of purple hats that I knit for this campaign in the past. The goal is to give out a purple hat to every infant born in British Columbia in the month of November.

h4 h1 h2 h3 h5 h6 h7 h8

From the Click for Babies to website:

Donate a cap to raise awareness about normal infant crying and the dangers of shaking. The cap you donate will go home with parents at the birth of their baby to serve as a reminder about the period of early increased crying all babies go through, how to cope with that crying, and the dangers of shaking an infant.

There will be purple yarn to knit with (just bring your needles and a pattern), as well as treats. This is in addition to our regular Knit Back Sunday from 1-3pm activities, so if you want drop in and knit anything else for others, such as socks for welcome packages, knitted knockers or anything else your heart desires, you are more than welcome to join in!

Knit City Sneak Peek #1

September 5, 2018

We’re thrilled to announce the addition of another amazing indie dyer already known to many in the #knittersofIG family… LITLG Life In The Long Grass.

Reposted from LITLG’s Instagram… check it out, there’s some amazing eye candy!

 

Hailing from Ireland, this dyer finds inspiration from colours and textures along her countryside morning walks. The depth of the colours and subtle speckling of her yarns transports the knitter into world of her colour inspiration.

A sampling of the colours available on the Singles Sock base.

 

We’ve picked up two bases to launch at Knit City 2018, the LITLG Singles Sock which is a 100% superwash merino, and the LITLG Fine Sock which is a 75% superwash merino/25% nylon blend.

A sampling of the colours we have available on the Fine Sock base.

 

Keep an eye out for more Knit City 2018 updates coming this week and next!

I Want To Be A Better Knitter…

September 3, 2018

If you’ve started knitting and become frustrated with your progress, and are itching to improve there is no better place to start than at the beginning. Knit and purl are the foundation stitches of all of your knitting. In this first Building Block Series workshop you will start a sampler block that can be grown into a baby blanket or larger lap quilt, and you work on a review of the knit and purl stitch. You will also review the long-tail cast-on and practice pattern reading, both skills that truly require repetition and practice to perfect!

To register visit us in store, or call 604-255-2577 to reserve your spot!

 

COST:

Drop-in price is $29 for this workshop, which includes a paperback or ebook of the full Building Blocks workbook. Participants can decide to roll in this fee to recieve a discount on the full 12-series drop-in rate if they so choose at any later date.

DATES:

Come start on the pursuit of new skills for the Fall with this one and a half hour long workshop. Choose to attend this workshop on either:

  • Monday Sept 10th 6:00-7:30pm    Workshop 1: Knit and Purl Review with Cast-On — or —
  • Friday Sept 14th 6:00-7:30pm        Workshop 1: Knit and Purl Review with Cast-On  — or —
  • Sunday Sept 16th 9:30-11:00am    Workshop 1: Knit and Purl Review with Cast-On

To register visit us in store, or call 604-255-2577 to reserve your spot!

Beyond the Basics

September 1, 2018

So you’ve knit a scarf, or a dish cloth, or perhaps a whole cupboard full. Or maybe you picked up knitting but laid it away for too long to remember. What’s next?

As September rolls in, perhaps it is time to try your hand at new skills: pattern reading, lace, cables, increases, decreases? They can lead to a refresh sense of excitement and a world of new garments for your knitting, and we are launching an easy step-by-step ‘drop-in’ series of skills building that you can do at your own pace. And over the course of the series you also work towards completing a lap blanket extraordinaire!

Work on each 14 inch square per class to learn a new technique and end up with a throw blanket to boot!

To register visit our online store, or call 604-255-2577 to reserve your spot!

 

**NEW** BUILDING BLOCKS beyond the basics WORKSHOP SERIES

Need a knitting refresher? Or thinking about what you can learn next? This Building Blocks series can take your beginner skills and stitch them into knitting expertise. Select workshops that interest you and work towards completing a sampler blanket.

Prerequisite: Comfortable with your cast on, knit, purl, fixing basic mistakes and cast-off.

WORKSHOP TOPICS (Take one or any in series)

  • Workshop 1 (Square 1): Knit and Purl Review with Long-Tail Cast-On (recommended to take second before advancing to other workshops in series)
  • Workshop 2 (Square 2: Charts, Gauge and Bind-Off (recommended to take second before advancing to other workshops in series)
  • Workshop 3 (Square 3): Yarn Over and Bobbles
  • Workshop 4 (Square 4): Simple Decreases
  • Workshop 5 (Square 5): Cables
  • Workshop 6 (Square 6 & 7): Right Twist, Mock Cable
  • Workshop 7 (Square 8 & 9): Slip Stitch. Left Twist
  • Workshop 8 (Square 10): SSK with Intro to Lace
  • Workshop 9 (Square 11): Increases: Make One
  • Workshop 10 (Square 12): Advanced Decreases
  • Workshop 11 Joining: Mattress Stitch and Crochet Seams
  • Workshop 12 Ask a Teacher/ Review Anything

COST: A package of 12 workshops costs $195(+tax); or drop-in price is $29(+tax) per class.

SERIES DATES & TOPICS: Full info here.

MATERIALS NEEDED: 50-70g of worsted wool per workshop (recommended one ball of Sugar Bush Bold) and a pair of 5mm 24-inch circular needles. Tool kits that includes darning needle, stitch markers, cable needle, medium size post-it notes and row counter. Materials can be purchased at Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store.

Please note, in some classes two different blanket squares will be started so there might be a bit more materials required; please check the link to each workshop description to verify the appropriate materials and homework list.

INSTRUCTOR: Barth Siemens

To register visit our online store, or call 604-255-2577 to reserve your spot!

 

To register visit our online store, or call 604-255-2577 to reserve your spot!

Learn to Knit, and Teens Only Class

August 31, 2018

Been waiting for the summer to end to try your hand at a new skill? We have Beginner Learn to Knit Classes starting nest week and a Teens Only learn to knit in a weekend class mid-month. Check these out…

 

To register visit our online store, or call 604-255-2577 to reserve your spot!

 

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.

Minimum 3 participants and max 8

The class includes 6 hours of instruction over 3 or 4 weeks in a single month.

MATERIALS NEEDED:  One pair of 6mm needles and 100g of a chunky weight yarn. Materials can be purchased at Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store.

Choose either:

SEPTEMBER DATES:  Tuesdays September 4, 11, 18 & 25th from 6:00-7:30pm

OCTOBER DATES:  Thursdays October 4, 11, 18 & 25th from 6:00-7:30pm

NOVEMBER DATES:  Tuesdays November 13, 20, 27 & Dec 4th from 6:00-7:30pm

COST: $70-$90(+tax) sliding scale

INSTRUCTOR: Barth Siemens

TEENS LEARN TO KNIT WEEKEND BOOT CAMP

Get to know the basics of knitting over a single weekend and start on a cowl for you or your BFF. Learn how to start a project, the knit stitch, and get working on a unique accessory of your own creation! Or even better, bring a friend and create together!

ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED: ($48 value) You will receive one skein of Malabrigo Rasta in your choice of colour, a matching set of knitting needles, and Knitters Toolkit.

DATES: Saturday Sept 22nd and Sunday Sept 23rd from 12:30-2:30pm

COST: $79 (+tax) includes all materials

Minimum 3 and max 8 participants; for ages 11 to 16 years old

INSTRUCTOR: Laura Withers

 

To register visit our online store, or call 604-255-2577 to reserve your spot!

Wednesday Nite Knit Riot

August 28, 2018

Well, maybe not a riot, but we will be having some fun at tomorrow evening at our Wollmeise Yarn Tasting. Only 3 spots left, so if you are free and itching to try some new yarn on your needles, come and find out what makes the yarn of Rohrspatz and Wollmeise so attractive and unique.

 

From our last yarn tasting event on our summer roadtrip stop in Oliver, BC.

 

Come have a drink and some nibbles, and ‘taste’ the five different bases of Wollmeise, while learning about yarn choice and garment project planning. Tickets are $25 and include nibbles, five yarn minis and swag. Bring a variety of your own needles, and join us for a fun evening amongst friends.

 

 

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

Our Anniversary Sale

August 25, 2018

Starts tomorrow! Half the store is on sale from 20-50% off!

And use code ANNISALE online at www.baaadannas.store for 15% off everything!

Our sale goes from Saturday Aug 25th right through to Monday Aug 27th! Shop! Knit! Enjoy!!

Purple Cap Campaign Charity Knitting

August 21, 2018

It’s that time of year again! For all of September here at Baaad Anna’s we’re focusing on the annual Purple Cap Campaign. This is a fantastic initiative put on by Click for Babies. Their goal is to give out a tiny purple hat to every baby born in the province of BC during the month of November which helps to raise awareness about the Period of PURPLE Crying and prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome.

 

Purple Cap Campaign donations collected at Baaad Anna's Yarn Store

A (literal) handful of the Purple Cap Campaign donations that we’ve received thus far for 2018

 

For the past few years we’ve been able to donate around 50 newborn sized hats to the cause, but we’re already well on our way to beat that record for 2018. Thanks to a generous contribution we’ve already collected over 30! If you’d like to help us meet our goal, here’s a few ways that you can get involved:

 

Purple Cap Campaign donations collected at Baaad Anna's Yarn Store

We have a selection of donated yarn here at the shop that you’re welcome to use if you want to make a hat for the campaign!

 

  • Knit or crochet your own tiny purple hats using any washable & soft to the touch purple yarn. Click for Babies has lots of free pattern suggestions, or here are a few of our favourites from years past: Cherie, Swirl, Warm Winter Hat.
  • Have some appropriate purple yarn of any weight in your stash that you don’t mind parting with? Bring it by the shop to donate it to the cause!
  • Click for Babies is always accepting monetary donations.
  • This initiative is centred around increasing awareness so spread the word!
  • Join us for Give Back Sundays on September 9th to knit or crochet along with us in the shop. We’ll have yarn, snacks, and refreshments for you to enjoy while we contribute to this great initiative.

 

Purple Cap Campaign donations collected at Baaad Anna's Yarn Store

Tiny knit and crocheted baby hats in a variety of washable, soft to the touch purple yarns.