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Tip of the Week: Sock Blocking

January 6, 2018

Hand knit socks are one of the most luxurious comfort items ever. With love knit into every stitch, hand knit socks should only be gifted to the very most knit-worthy recipient. But do you take the time to put the finishing touch to your amazing creations? Giving your hand knits a soak and a good blocking gives the base yarn a chance to ease into its very best self.

 

Check out these two socks… one wash and air dried on a sock blocker, and the other just off the needles.

 

The unblocked sock on the left sits almost 10% smaller, the knit fabric is quite tight, and the gusset lays very wrinkled and warped. If you could reach out and feel the sock there is a distinct difference in the feel of the fabric as well.

 

Here’s a close up of the gusset sections that really sits tight and stiff.

 

You can see how the stitches picked up from the heel do not yet sit straight all in a row like little toy soldiers. In the blocked sock on the right there is a much straighter line down the foot. Also, see how all the stitches in the ribbing throughout the whole sock even out so nicely after relaxing in a bath? Lastly, the use of sock blockers completely changes the final product as it captures and holds the crisp, relaxed and orderly effect of the soak and air dry!

 

Sock blockers start at just under $20, and keep an eye on our blog as soon we will have a supply of hand crafted wooden blockers made in BC!

New Year New Skills

January 3, 2018

Ever wanted to clean up your seams or refine other knitting techniques? There’s no better time than now to commit to picking up some new skills with one of Vancouver’s most skilled knitwear designer, Holli Yeoh.

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Fine Finishing Technique Series with Holli Yeoh

Uplift your knits from “home made” to “hand knit” by learning fine finishing techniques that rival commercially made garments. In this series of three skill-building workshops we’ll work on cast ons, seams, full-fashioned increases and decreases, grafting, weaving in ends and more. You will feel a sense of pride and confidence in your finished projects!

Minimum 4 participants and maximum 9

Take individual classes OR save on registration when you take all three

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Part I:  Fine Finishings – Beginnings

In the first class we’ll work on cast ons, selvages, fully fashioned increases and decreases and bind offs.

Materials needed:

Worsted weight yarn in a light to medium colour

4.5 mm (US 7) knitting needles

DATE: Saturday,  Jan 27th from 11:00-1:00pm

COST: $45 for the one class OR $110 for the series

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Part II:  Fine Finishings – Endings

After all the pieces of your project are completed you’ll want to prepare them for assembly and wearing. In the second class in the series we’ll cover blocking, ends, applied edgings and if time permits, buttonholes.

Materials needed:

Worsted weight yarn in a light to medium colour

4 mm (US 6) knitting needles

Homework swatch

DATE: Saturday,  Jan 27th from 2:00-4:00pm

COST: $45 for the one class OR $110 for the series

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Part III:  Fine Finishings – Seaming

Make sure to give your knitting the attention it deserves when seaming your garments. You’ll have a chance to try your hand at mattress stitch on both stocking stitch and garter stitch as well as false grafting. We’ll discuss the merits of reinforced seams and cover other seaming techniques as time permits.

Materials needed:

Two colours of Worsted weight yarn in a light to medium colour

Three 4.5 mm knitting needles

Yarn Needle

Homework swatches

DATE: Sunday,  Jan 28th from 11:00-1:00pm

COST: $45 for the one class OR $110 for the series

INSTRUCTOR: Holli Yeoh, of  Holli Yeoh Designs

 

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Happy Holidays and Sale on Boxing Day!

December 24, 2017

From all of the Baaad Anna’s crew, we wish you the very best over these (surprisingly) snowy holidays!

 

 

And as a thank you for another wonderful year, we will have EVERYTHING in store on sale for 15% off for Boxing Day from 2-6pm. We will also have everything in our online store www.baaadannas.com on sale for 10% off for all of the 26th. Happy holidays!

 

Open on Snow Day!!

December 19, 2017

Snow day! I was lucky enough to be at my daughter’s elementary school as the snow started sticking so got to see the the teachers last-week-AND-snow-day crazed look, while also hearing the squeals of delight from the kiddos.

But if you’re wondering… WE’RE OPEN!!!

 

 

And today we have all yarn bowls on sale at 10% off for your yarn honey.

 

Stock Up, Ship Out, and our 2018 Knitathon This Sunday!

December 16, 2017

Tis the season to be busy! Fa la la la… And busy we have been!

 

Our online store at www.baaadannas.store has quietly been filling up with more of the items our bricks and mortor store has available and just in time for Christmas, check out the bottom of this post to get a full list of what’s new online!

 

And Canada Post reminds us that this is the weekend to get all of your last minute mailings sent, so let our online store help take the chill out of the holiday panic! Four days until the drop date deadline!!!

 

As every year since Anna opened in 2012 we will spend the day knitting & crocheting hats, scarves, mittens etc. to be handed out in the Downtown Eastside. Come spend the day with us this Sunday for some charity making. Anyone making a donation of warmth will receive 10% off all yarn on the day of the event!

This year we are also encouraging donations of any other good condition warm winter items that are not in use in your household such as hats, mitts, scarves or sweaters/hoodies, handknit or not.

And it doesn’t stop there, you can also bring in any unwanted yarn you may have to be donated for use in this event. Any yarn that is donated but not used will then be redistributed by Baaad Anna’s to various school and seniors groups!

Sunday, December 17th 2017

1pm – 5pm

HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

* Donate yarn to be knit into hats, mittens, scarves (must be in organized skeins or balls – no ends or mini balls please!)
* Come and knit for an hour or two (or all day if you are hard-core!)
* Donate unused, good condition winter accessories

 

As always, there will be a great spread of treats, fruit, hot chocolate and tea for all those who participate! We are looking forward to seeing you there!

 

From the way-back machine, here’s a photo from our very first knitathon in 2009!

Want some last minute holiday ideas? Here’s a list of what’s new online at www.baaadannas.store:

  • Tuskenknits Wander Sock Set and Five Skein Fife Fade Kit
  • Hedgehog Merino Aran
  • Woolen Boon Bare and Woolen Boon Classic (re-stocked)
  • Black Cat Let’s Get Worsted
  • Smith & Ewe Maryanne’s Bliss Gradient and Maryanne’s Socks
  • Sea Turtle Ridley Sock
  • Ancient Arts Passion 8
  • Yarn Ink Classic Sock
  • Flock Take a Hike Sock (re-stocked)
  • new issue of Rib magazine
  • new issue of Pom Pom Magazine
  • West Coast Colour yake fibres: Karma, Orgasm and Afterglow
  • Frog Peak Project Bags
  • Needle Keepers
  • Noro Hanabatake and Taiyo Lace
  • Mirasol Miski

 

Knitters at work!

 

Charity Knitting This Sunday, and Next

December 8, 2017

In the lead up to Baaad Anna’s annual Charity Knitathon happening on Sunday Dec 17th one of our regulars is hosting an extra day of charity knitting in store this Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. Bring your needles, grab a skein or two of one of our donation yarns and enjoy some charity knitting with other like-minded knitters.

 

Some of the lovely charity knits from past years’ knitathons, donated to recipients in the Downtown East Side.

Circular Weaving Workshop

December 3, 2017

Check out this amazing new workshop by fibre artist Sarah Elizabeth from Rossland, BC. We met this talented artist on our roadtrip last summer, and have been supplying the local weaving and felting community with her unique hand-carded batts ever since! Now we have the pleasure of hosting this great workshop, just in time to bring home a tapestry as a holiday gift.

 

 

To register call us at (604) 255 2577 or visit us in store!

Time for a Fall Yarn Tasting

November 25, 2017

With lots new in store these days including some great local finds from KnitCity and top-ups on some of favorites from earlier this year, it is definitely time to warm up our needles and hooks for a yarn tasting event. We will be hosting Our Fall Line-Up Yarn Tasting on Friday December 8th from 7:15pm.

 

What is a yarn tasting?

This will be a sit-down event with some refreshments, hands-on knitting and good company! Your reservation will include five mini-skeins of autumn-weight yarns from some of our favorite dyers and farmers: Hedgehog Fibres, Wollmeise, Hummingbee, Cestari and Americo! Compare different yarn weights and fibre content head to head while knitting up a small holiday ornament or simple swatch.

 

What: Baaad Anna’s Good Fall Lines Yarn Tasting Event

When: Friday, December 8th, 2017

Time: 7:15pm – 10:00pm

Cost: $25

All featured yarns will be 10% off for the duration of the evening. Don’t forget to bring your own needles and hooks.

There are only 20 spots available so get your ticket soon!

 

Here’s some eye candy from a yarn tasting we hosted around this time of year in 2016. It was such a wonderful way to spend a pre-holiday rainy autumn evening. Hope you can join us this round as we have some pretty exciting yarn in store for you to try on your needles!

 

Weekender SOCK Sale Online

November 23, 2017

Check out our online weekender sale starting on Black Friday going clear through to Cyber Monday! Just in time to stock up to knit a few pairs of holidays socks to ward off cold feet!

Extended Winter Hours

November 10, 2017

Starting this week, we will open until 7pm on Thursdays and Fridays to help with all your wintery fibre needs.