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Project of the Month: Veronika Cardi

July 29, 2017

August 2017 POTM: The Veronika Cardigan made with Cestari Traditional 2 ply Worsted

Having been reading up on Hygge, or the art of cozy living, and anticipating the start of the upcoming knit season nothing has been more welcoming than the launch of Veronika, a cardigan pattern released by a local talent Very Shannon in celebration of an indie collaboration.

Hygge: The Art of Cozy Living, as demonstrated by my sister in law, Ann.

 

With a mid-July release, this new pattern by homegrown (a Victoria gal) knitwear designer Shannon Cook has been lighting up the summer knitting season! We are thrilled to share our suggestion for the perfect yarn for this cozy cardi: the farm-to-needle Cestari Traditional 2-Ply Worsted.

We knit our cardi in the gorgeous Green Heather colourway to give an old growth feel for some West Coast fashion.

 

Cestari Traditional 2-Ply Worsted is available at our store in 10 early colours; and to celebrate this pattern of the month, for all of August if you buy a cardigan-quantity of 7 or more skeins of this yarn through our online store, you will receive 15% off!

Fibres:  100 % Targhee/Columbia Wool
Gauge:  16 – 18 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm)
Needles:  5.0 mm (US 8)
Weight:  Aran (4)
Length:  100 g / 170 yards (155 m)
$14.95/skein

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The Veronika in Cestari‘s Targhee/Columbia wool.

 

Cestari Sheep and Wool Company is a small family-owned and operated American manufacturer of knitting and crocheting yarn from a farm in Augusta County, Virginia where they raise sheep for wool that they use in their own yarn. We are pleased to also announce that we will be hosting the owner of Cestari, Francis Chester, in our booth at Knit City this year! Read more about Francis and Cestari here!

 

 

This yarn still holds some of the sheep’s natural lanolin, making the knit fabric retain the water repellent nature so useful in our autumn climate.

 

We’ve also had knitters come in to purchase other great worsted weights for this Cardi already, and in addition to the Cestari the big hits for yarn choice on this knit seem to be two Canadian yarn options: Humming Bee Farm Worsted and Briggs & Little Regal. Keep an eye on our blog, as we will continue to feature these throughout the month.

 

Named after YOTH’s founder Veronika Jobe, this cardi embodies the casual and coziness of West Coast style.

 

The Veronika Cardigan is simple and relatively quick knit, and a good opportunity for the beginner-intermediate knitter to explore garment knitting. Now is a good time to put this project of your needles to add this classic addition to your Autumn wardrobe!

Buy here and recieve 15% off a sweater quantity of Cestari needed for this project.

 

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Thank you to my feisty sister-n-law Ann for getting cozy with this heavy knit during our West Coast heatwave!

Mudpunch Is Back!

July 28, 2017

 

Mudpunch has landed!  We’ve just stocked up on our last small batch of Mudpunch yarns before KnitCity, and they will be available exclusively online until Sunday when they arrive in store.

 

We’ve also stocked up the online store with a few more of our in-store items that did not make it in time for the grand opening, including Sweet Georgia, Cestari Traditional and a variety of local and indie pattern books and mags.

 

Check out our new lineup at www.baaadannas.store

 

Beautiful British Columbia Baaadass Roadtrip

July 26, 2017

A month ago today we arrived back from our first (annual?) Baaad Anna’s Roadtrip where we took a selection of some of our most unique yarns across the province to host pop up shops and yarn tasting events across BC’s Interior. Partnering with knitting/spinning/weaving guilds, LYSs and other fibre enthusiasts we enjoyed sharing our favorite brands and bases, and learned a lot about other fibre resources from the people we met across the province.

This trip started out as a brainstorming idea between myself and my partner in crime, Lara H. Some of you might recognize Lara as she is involved in multiple facets of Vancouver’s knit community such as the West Coast Knitters Guild, the Froggers Knit Group and Knit City volunteering. Without her this trip would not have happened! But from an idea came enthusiasm, and the rest fell into place quickly and seamlessly.

As the dog days of summer roll out, I want to share with you a short photo-essay of our trip as this was a wonderful journey. So with 3000kms to go, let’s get cracking!

Stop #1: Castlegar with the lovely ladies of the Selkirk Weavers and Spinners Guild. This Guild is lucky enough to have a gift shop and meeting space at the Doubhobor Museum which holds a lot of history on local fibre shed and its impact on the lives of the people who settled in this area. Well worth a visit, the museum also hosted the Guild’s summer picnic where we were invited to host a pop up shop. A sunny day and great company; Baaad Anna’s also picked up a few local items that will appear in store: spectacular hand woven tea towels and fibre batts from a local artist.

 

Right next door the Kootenay Gallery was displaying a Canada 150 celebration in artwork including a number of fibre art maple leaves: if you look closely you can spot some cross stitch, macrame, braiding and free form stitchwork, among other amazing mediums.

 

And there was also a display of the work of the above mentioned fibre artist, whose batts we are currently stocking; Sarah Elizabeth Fibre Works was one of the local artists featured as part of this celebration; check out this amazing circular weaving which has inspired me to try my hand at yet another new fibre art!

 

Stop #2: Grand Forks! Just an hour down the Crows Nest Highway we stopped by a local yarn store named Lynden Tree Yarn to cohost a yarn tasting event. Check out this well curated store in the Kootenays and say hello to Linda if you’re in the area.

 

Stop #3: Oliver. Next we retraced our tracks heading back down the Hwy 3 towards our first stop in the Okanagan. We were invited by the Desert Sage Weavers and Spinners Guild to host a yarny pop-up in a hair studio! Being both creative and intimate, this was a fantastic location to get to know a few amazing lovers of fine yarns.

 

Pause in Penticton: We got a day to recoup and spend some time with friends by Skala Lake, taking in locally crafted wines and spirits and a short jaunt in one of these lovelies…

 

Stop #4: Summerland Farmers Market! Fruits, soaps, jewelry and for one day only yarn and fibre!! We were invited to join the regular lineup of this twice-weekly open-air market and were visited by some of the local moms’ knitter groups as well as local fibre arts podcaster Marsha Ibuki, host of the Fairy Little Podcast.

 

Stop #5: Kelowna + Knox Mountain Knit Co + Relentless Knit Co + Meadow Vista Honey Wines = one of the most amazing knitting experiences I have ever been involved with. This knit event on a breezy Okanagan early summer afternoon included our pop up shop, a trunk show, a yarny lottery, honey wine tastings and bring-your-lawnchair-and-knit night. With over 150 people stopping by, this was such a celebration of local talent!

 

Thank you to these lovely ladies of Kelowna who know how to through an epic knitting event! From l-r there’s Sasha and Willow of @knoxmountainknitco and @karlacrafts of @relentlessknits hit it out of the park by introducing so many knitters to @meadowvistahoney Honey Winery. Knox Mountain honoured the event with the talents of their designs hosting a trunk show and designing a free pattern to commemorate the event! Check out their #honeybeehat live and free in Ravelry today! Thank you ladies!

 

Pause in Kelowna: After the whirlwind of the Okanagan knit events, we got to spend the night at the amazing Mission Creek B&B which is a retired sheep farm. If you ever need a place to stay in Kelowna, I cannot recommend this enough for the quality and lifestyle of this tranquil place.

 

Stop #6: Kamloops as a guest of Carla of Knit2yarns for a pretty rockin yarn tasting event! Check out this amazing shop with many gorgeous yarns I have never seen before! When a yarn store owner needs to go yarn shopping, you know you’re onto something good — don’t even think of passing through Kamloops without stopping here first!

 

Pause in Kamloops: We got to spend another two nights on a hobby farm of a friend of mine, along with her sheep, alpaca, chickens and horse. This is the life.

 

Stop #7: New Denver for a yarn tasting for the opening night of the FibreFeelia Yarn Event back in the Kootenays. This event featured six yarns from six presenters fir six times the fun! (Notice the elustriuos Holli Yeoh in the corner?). Last town on our roadtrip but it was a full weekend of fibre!

 

Stop #8: Fibre Feelia Festival in New Denver! This was a new fibre event hosting by some stunning ladies of the Kooteneys including Kathy of Sew Much More Yarn … great job ladies on this inagural event as it was a wonderful weekend!

 

Pause in New Denver: And no roadtrip would be complete without visiting one of BC’s ghost towns at sunset, correct? Here’s a town where old public transportation vehicles go to die, Sandon BC was mostly abondoned after the end of the local mining boom and is now full of buses and spirits alike.

 

And that wraps up the 2017 #baaadannasroadtrip! A huge thank you goes out to Lara H who made this trip such a success! And there may indeed be some more brainstorming still happening so stay tuned!

FREE SHIPPING Still Available… But Not For Long!

July 18, 2017

Less than 10 promo codes available for free shipping from our online store www.baaadannas.store

 

And be sure to check out our Project of the Month… this month we are featuring a summer yarn that includes a pattern + yarn for $28. This lightweight, simple stockinette project has been flying off our shelves since the frost lifted!

 

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And we’re live…

July 15, 2017

Check out virtual Baaad Anna’s and shop online at www.baaadannas.store !

Shop Baaad Anna’s Online… Launching July 15th!!!

July 4, 2017

We’re excited to launch our online store bringing unique yarns to our fibre enthusiast community! Use promo code FIRST25SHIPSFREE to get free shipping for the first 25 orders starting July 15th! Click here to link to link to our store!

BC Road Trippin’: Kelowna!

June 13, 2017

Baaad Anna’s is excited to visit Kelowna on June 20th for the most wine-filled stop on our first ever Baaad Ass Roadtrip! We’ll be taking the show on the road and our whistle stop in Kelowna, BC includes an awesome partnership with a blogger from Relentless Knitting Company and the talented designers from Knox Mountain Knit Co. for a pop-up shop at a local honey winery!

 

Join us at June 20th’s pop-up shop at a winery in Kelowna!

 

Sasha and Willow of Knox Mountain Knit Co. are a fresh new design team from Kelowna, whose designs reflect their passion for the art and are inspired by the gorgeous landscapes of the Okanagan Valley.

The lovely ladies of Knox Mountain Knit Co… Sasha and Willow!

 

They are even offering a free new hat pattern to launch this event… check out this amazing Knox Mountain Honey Bee hat pattern which will go live after the event on the 20th (or for those in attendance, pick up your very own free hard copy)!

 

Honey Bee hat to launch at our event!

 

Karla of Relentless Knitting Company is a multi-faceted lover of the knit. The Relentless Knitting Company teaches, coordinates events and podcasts all things knitting. Picking up knitting after University, Karla was compelled to keep learning when suddenly going from complete immersion in academia to job hunting. Learning crochet as a child from her grandmother her love of making brought her together with her friend and relentless business partner, Emily, during her practicum to be a teacher. Karla now lets knitting consume her life, balancing a great day job as a middle school science teacher with being a knitting teacher for our local yarn stores in Kelowna whenever possible… Keep knitting relentlessly!

 

Karla and Emily of Relentless Knitting Company… hello pretty ladies!

 

On June 20th Baaad Anna’s will be hosting a pop-up shop along with a trunk show from Knox Mountain Knitting and the gals from Relentless Knitting at Meadow Vista Honey Wines in Kelowna. Come enjoy an amazing evening of yarn tasting, wine tasting and general making goodness if you are nearby!

 

 

 

Kelowna is a city on Okanagan Lake in the Okanagan Valley, in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada. Its name derives from an Okanagan language term for “grizzly bear”.[3] Kelowna is the third largest metropolitan area in the province and ranks as the 22nd largest in Canada, with a population of 194,882 in 2016.

BC Road Trippin’: Castlegar!

June 12, 2017

Baaad Anna’s will be launching its first ever Baaad Ass Roadtrip with a stop in Castlegar this Saturday, June 17th! We’ll be taking the show on the road and our very first whistle stop in Castlegar, BC will be a joint venture with the Selkirk Weavers’ & Spinners’ Guild of the West Kootenays.

 

 

The Selkirk Weavers’ & Spinners’ Guild has been active in the West Kootenays since 1972. The objectives of this non-profit are to foster the art and craft of weaving and spinning, to mentor the skills and development of beginning weavers, to encourage achievement of high standards in members’ work and to collect literature for the use of members. They provide rental equipment, workshops, seminars, wholesale yarn supply and an extensive and growing library to its members, and additionally an opportunity to participate in the Guild’s annual exhibit and sale each November.

 

 

 

During the summer, from June to mid-September, the Guild operates a gift shop of handcrafted works at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre. On June 17th, Baaad Anna’s will be joining the Guild at Doukhobor for their annual picnic and launch of summer! If you can’t join us that day, be sure to drop in throughout the summer as the Guild demonstrate the traditional art of weaving and spinning in this unique museum. Throughout the rest of the year Guild meetings are held once per month at the Centre where guests are welcome. The Selkirk Weavers’ & Spinners’ Guild can be contacted through their Facebook page.

 

 

Castlegar is the second largest community in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada and is located within the Selkirk Mountains at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers. Castlegar is a regional trade and transportation centre, with a local economy fueled by forestry, mining and tourism. Castlegar was recently cited as one of the Top 8 Places in British Columbia for most promising growth. It is home to Selkirk College, a regional airport, a pulp mill, and several sawmills. The population of 7,259 people includes a large number of Doukhobors, who were largely responsible for much of Castlegar’s early development and growth.

World Wide Knit In Public Day

June 10, 2017

Happy World Knit In Public Day today! Incelebration we at Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store put everything in store at 10% off all weekend long! Hope wherever you are there’s something pretty on your needles!
  

BC Road Trippin’: Kamloops!

June 9, 2017

Baaad Anna’s will be visiting Kamloops on June 21st on our first ever Baaad Ass Roadtrip! We’ll be taking the show on the road and our whistle stop in Kamloops, BC includes a sold out yarn tasting event at Knit2 Yarns.

 

Yarn mecca in Kamloops!

 

Carla Fawcett was able to make her dream come true in record time when Kamloops got its newest yarn store. Knit2 Yarns is happily in its second year of business but started when a thought turned into to a reality in only 3 short months. Carrying an amazing selection of yarns, patterns and notions, Carla would love for you to drop by when on route to or passing through this gorgeous town that sits on the Thompson River.

 

One of Knit2 Yarns selection of BC-local lines currently available.

 

Kamloops is a city in south central British Columbia in Canada at the confluence of the two branches of the Thompson River near Kamloops Lake. It is the largest community in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and the location of the regional district’s offices. The surrounding region is more commonly referred to as the Thompson Country.