My Mother-in-law has Icelandic ancestry – which naturally I thought was a sign that I should marry her son when I found out! Last winter, I promised her I would make her an Icelandic sweater, so we spent hours looking at options on Ravelry, and she choose the beautiful Freya pattern by one of my most favourite designer Ragga! This is what she has to say about the pattern:
“This lovely lopapeysa (Icelandic for the classic woollen yoke sweater/cardigan). It is knitted from the lightweight and versatile unspun Lopi. The pattern is an old eight petal rose taken from the Icelandic “Sjónabók”, a collection of old patterns found in Icelandic art and handcrafts through the ages. Freyja was the goddess of love, beauty and fertility in old Norse mythology. In modern times Freyja is often used to poetically symbolize Iceland, the nature and the earth. Freyja is also a common Icelandic name.”
My MIL does not wear wool – so I actually knit the sweater out of the only synthetic yarn we carry in the shop – Uptown Worsted (by Universal Yarns). I was very nervous about knitting and steeking a sweater made from synthetic wool – but it turned out lovely, and my MIL was so pleased with it!
She knit the sweater in the Briggs and Little Regal, and I swear she finished it in only 2 weeks. Hilary is on a bit of a finishing streak and has made so many beautiful sweaters I can barely keep up.
She used the light brown, white and turquoise colourways.
Thanks Christina for modelling the sweater!
My nephew Stanley recently turned 2 years old yesterday, so I thought I would post about the sweater I made for him for Christmas. I had this great idea that I would knit cowichan-style sweaters for all my nieces and nephews for Christmas – this is the ONLY one that I completed. Perhaps next year I will start my Christmas knitting earlier than October. This also was my October project for the One-Sweater-A-Month challenge.
I used the Briggs and Little Country Roving and the old White Buffalo pattern #5. The only places you can find White Buffalo patterns these days are etsy or ebay – or if you stop by the shop we have a binder full of them, which we are more than happy to share “…..for the explicit purpose of personal research…” due to canadian copyright laws and the fact that we are not sure if they have passed into the public domain yet.
I have seen so many fantastic designs lately using the Briggs and Little Country Roving – I would love to show off your design. If you send a picture and description to email@example.com we will showcase your design on the website.
Some of you may remember that in August we started our Gramps Knit-A-Long! Many of you participated and made some beautiful versions of this fantastic pattern by Tin Can Knits. Well I finally finished mine *shirk*, and I used it towards my One Sweater a Month challenge in 2014. (Also, Tin Can Knits has recently launched their own One Sweater a Month challenge – to join or read about it, check it out here.)
I knit the 6-8yrs size for my nephew Sloan, without the front pockets. I used the Galway Worsted, which is 100% peruvian wool, and a personal favourite of mine. Thanks to all who participated in the KAL, and a big shout out to Tin Can Knits, for such a fantastic pattern, check out their website for all their fantastic patterns, or stop by the shop, we have all three of their books in stock!
Have you seen the new Noro Silk Garden Solo yarn that came out this fall? If you haven’t you really do need to check it out – it’s got all the amazing attributes of Noro Silk Garden, but now in these rich, single colourway’s.
Silk Garden is 45% Silk, 45% Mohair and 10% wool 50g/100m and is $12.95 a ball! Not pictured here is a beautiful Magenta and rich burnt orange. But don’t take my word for it – come and check them out – it might just change your Noro world!
It is hard to believe that the shop has been open for five and half years, and at the same time, it feels like it’s been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. So it is a bitter-sweet moment to let you all know that it is time for me to move on. In April 2015 Luke, the boys and I will be packing up and moving to Winnipeg! With a heart full of excitement and sadness we will be saying goodbye to our amazing Vancouver community and welcoming new adventures as we are buying some land outside of Winnipeg (where Luke’s family lives) and starting a small farm – with enough space for a giant garden, some chickens, goats, sheep (and 1 pig if our boys have their way!).
Baaad Anna’s however will NOT be moving, for the past many months I have been working with an amazing woman who will be taking over the business and offering the same great yarn, classes, community and no doubt bringing even more fantastic things to the store! Watch here in the next month for more details about the new owner and the fantastic things she will be doing in the store.
I have appreciated all your support and friendships over the past 5 years, and I am so thankful for having been apart of all your lives, and the support you have all shown me. When I began the store I wanted to set up a place that brought people together, a place where true community existed, an environment that everyone felt welcome and learning was shared freely among people. I feel that has happened at the shop and has exceeded my expectations, and I am deeply grateful for all of you that make up my community here.
I will miss all of you – those that I see weekly, who come and knit and chat on the couch, those that come to the stitch n bitch and have become such a great part of my life. I will miss the customers who have grown to be some of my closest friends and confidants. I will miss celebrating the knitting successes with all the beginners who come through our door, and the excitement over a new yarn, or a new project! I will miss the regulars, the seasonal knitters, the updates on your kids/cats/families/lives, the real sense of community that exists in this neighbourhood, and the way it feels to be apart of something collective.
For the past year, we have really felt that it was time to make a change in our life. As our boys are growing and we crave more open space and the chance at a more ‘homesteady’ lifestyle it became clear that this could not happen in Vancouver. We are fortunate to have amazing, supportive families who unfortunately live very far away. We are very excited about the next chapter, and I hope that if you are ever in Manitoba that you will come meet our sheep and say hello!
Over the next few months I hope to see all of you, and there will no doubt be some excellent good-bye parties. I also hope to continue seeing all of you virtually through Instagram and Facebook etc. Thanks again for all your support, friendship and GREAT times, you all will be missed greatly.
Baaad Anna’s is wishing you a happy holiday! We will be open the following hours to help with all your crafty needs!
Dec 24 11am – 3pm
Dec 25 Closed
Dec 26 Closed
Dec 27 – Dec 30 11am – 6pm
Dec 31 11am – 3pm
Jan 1 Closed