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Here are our current and past PROJECTS OF THE MONTH for eye-candy and inspiration…

 

March 2017: Pacific Arches Cowl made with Wollmeise Blend

As the grey days continue through this typical Vancouver winter, I seek the comfort of a little bit of luxury, and there’s nothing better than a merino/cashmere/nylon cowl to cut through this cold. Victoria-based designer Andrea Rangel recently launched a knit that pays homage to Seattle architecture, and the yardage of the sport-weight wool required for her new pattern makes our Wollmeise Blend a perfect match to this classic and somewhat nostalgic piece.

 

Pacific Arches Cowl is knit as a tube in the round, making a squishy and beautifully weighted neckwarmer. With its neo-gothic motifs, this simple two-string colourwork piece creates an eye-catching work of wearable art.

 

 

We love our Rohrspatz und Wollmeise yarns with their incredible yardage and stitch definition. Come in to check out our wall of Wollmeise, as we are proud to hold one of the largest collections of this amazing yarn in Canada.

 

Our wall of Wollmeise!

 

 

We are a proud retailer of Ravelry patterns such as the Pacific Arches; and although we are not able to sell Wollmeise directly in our online store, you are free to call us at (604) 255 2577 to order and our current stock is live online, so you can see what colourways and in which quantities we have available at any time!

 

Special thanks to our staff Reagan for modelling the cowl!

 

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August 2017: 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.

 

*** BACK TO BAAAD ANNA’S ONLINE STORE ***

 

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

 

 

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July 2017: The Karner Scarf made with Americo Abrazos

Ever since we brought on Toronto-based Americo Originals yarns, we have been thrilled to introduce people to their amazing products. This line, a lace thick and thin bamboo cotton might look unassuming in its skein, but with a simple stockinette stitch it creates the most gorgeous summer-weight fabric. And can create a full length summer shawl in a single skein!

 

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The light and airy texture of the Karner Wrap is created by loosely knitting a very fine, at times cobweb-like mixture or cotton and bamboo.

 

A single skein of this bamboo pima cotton laceweight contains enough yarn in it to knit up an entire 2ft by 4ft shawl, and as with all Americo yarns comes with a choice of their own patterns free with purchase. With only one and a half skeins you can knit an entire summer pullover!

 

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Hot hot hot this summer! Photo credit to Sarah Peschell.

 

Americo Yarns’s Abrazos comes in an array of bright and classic colours, and we just restocked on all of them!

Composition: 44.7 % Pima Cotton, 55.3 % Bamboo
Gauge: 42 stitches & 53 rows = 4 inches (10 cm)
Needle: 2 mm (US 0)
Weight: Lace
Length: 100 g / 1028 yards (940 m)
$28/skein

 

 

A single skein produces the full length summer weight shawl.

 

This Canadian brand does its own sourcing by visiting farms and mills of Peru to create some of the most interesting yarns currently available on the market. The texture lends itself to simple patterns, letting the yarn do the heavy lifting!

 

 

The rich texture makes this yarn so unique; allowing for the simplest patterns to create a gorgeous fabric.

 

The Karner Wrap is perfect summer knit: light-weight, compact single skein project that looks amazing even with a simple stitch that is easy for car, plane or beach knitting!

Buy here and we will send you both a hard and soft copy of the Karner Scraf for free with purchase. Buy two skeins and we will send you a hard and soft copy of both the Karner Wrap and the Trillium Pullover.

 

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Thank you to one of lovely regulars, Reagan B for modeling this wrap for us; and for our teacher Zoe for her 1028 yards of stitches on this sample!