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2016 Giving Ideas: Quick Knit AMERICO Kit

December 3, 2016

WEEKENDER GIFT!

This kit includes your choice of two or three skeins of Americo Capito Yarn and cowl pattern which is knit on large circular needles in less than 5 hours! A quick gift for teacher, friend or family and is under starts under $40.

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And take an additional 20% off on these kits on Saturday Dec 3rd and Sunday Dec 4th.

2016 Gift Giving Guide and a SAVINGS-A-DAY

December 1, 2016

In this busy season Baaad Anna’s staff has put together the gift of EASY by creating a gift giving guide for all the fibre artists in your life with. Click each image below for more information, and keep an eye on our blog posts for daily savings on these grab-and-go gifts.

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Where Did Summer Go? Prizes, Tasting, and All-Round Good Times.

November 27, 2016

Christmas is around the corner and I’m still wondering where the summer went. We have a number of prizes to hand out from past few months.

50 purple hats knit for charity.

 

The Purple Hat Knitting event in late September was a great way to spend a day. We had many people drop off purple newborn sized hats in the weeks prior to our event, and by the end of it we had 50 hats to donate in support of raising awareness of Purple Crying.

When I went to donate these hats at BC Children’s Hospital, they let me know that to date this year they have collected 13,051 hats!!! — enough to give a purple handknit hat to every baby born in BC’s hospitals and health units for at least the next three months! Congrats to Joanne R. who won our draw for a skein of Three Irish Girls yarn. She also knit 8 baby hats to donate on her own… many babies thank you!

Some of the prize skeins up for grabs from Three Irish Girls, JOMA Yarns, and Mudpunch.

 

We also wrapped up our Summer of Skills event in September where a number of our customers tried their hands at new techniques, crafts and yarns.  Karen [Opiatepix on Ravelry], has won herself a Mudpunch self-striping yarn with this entry for which she learned a slip-stitch plaid pattern… gorgeous!

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Also, I want to award a second prize of a skein of JOMA Yarn to Anne Rell who learned to spin with a drop spindle this summer… check out some Instagram pics of her progress! Way to go Anne!

 

This week we had a number of celebrations for the launch of Wollmeise yarn in BC! There were a few prizes and giveaways to be had at Saturday’s Launch Party, and now we have two winners of our social media giveaways including Courtney E. [via Facebook] for her Facebook entry, and Lindsay [Lindsayturtle on Instagram] who each won a mini Wollmeise prize package.

One of the two Wollmeise prize packs won this week.

 

Congrats to all of our winners! You can pick up for package from the store anytime after opening on Tuesday. Happy crafting!

 

Thank you as well to the bakers dozen who attended our Wollmeise Yarn Tasting. It was such a pleasant way to spend a Friday evening. With such positive feedback, we will be sure host another of these on the Spring and perhaps focus the next round on some of the amazing Canadian talent we have!

 

Three Days until YARN TASTING

November 23, 2016

Just a reminder that Baaad Anna’s TASTE OF WOLLMEISE Yarn Tasting is this Friday! There are still a few tickets available, stop by the store and pick one up!

 

Some of the swag to snap up on Friday!


When: Friday, November 25th, 2016

Time: 7:15pm – 10pm

Cost: $30

 

Come sample each of the Wollmeise bases:

  • Pure (fingering 100% merino)
  • Twin (fingering merino 80/nylon 20)
  • DK (100% merino)
  • Lace (100% merino)
  • Blend (70% merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon)

Each participant will receive mini-skeins of ALL THE WOLLMEISE as well as some mini-knit patterns to get a feel for the different bases. This is a sit-down event with some refreshments, hands-on knitting and good company!

Been caking up a storm creating minis!

 

All yarn 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!

Wollmeise Launch, Yarn Tasting Event and Giveaways!

November 17, 2016

In addition to the launch of the much-coveted Wollmeise yarn on Saturday, we have a busy and exciting week planned ahead. On Saturday there will be hourly prizes and a small Wollmeise-themed giveaway for the first 25 purchasers of Wollmeise yarn (1 per person).

Giveaways and prizes available at this Saturday’s event.

We will also be relaunching a Baaad Anna’s classic: a yarn tasting! On Friday November 25th from 7:15-10:00pm we will hold A Taste of Wollmeise where each participant will receive mini-skeins of ALL THE WOLLMEISE as well as some mini-knit patterns to get a feel for the different bases. This is a sit-down event with some refreshments, hands-on knitting and good company!

Come sample each of the Wollmeise bases:

  • Pure (fingering 100% merino)
  • Twin (fingering merino 80/nylon 20)
  • DK (100% merino)
  • Lace (100% merino)
  • Blend (70% merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon)

What: A Taste of Wollmeise Yarn Tasting Event

When: Friday, November 25th, 2016

Time: 7:15pm – 10:00pm

Cost: $30

All Wollmeise 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!

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One of Baaad Anna’s original yarn tasting events.

 

Lastly, we have two online GIVEAWAYS of Wollmeise mini sets up for grabs on the baaadannas Facebook and Instagram pages. Visit each for your chance to win!

Two online giveaways currently happening on baaadannas Facebook and Instagram pages.

NEW YARN: Rohrspatz & Wollmeise

November 15, 2016

We are thrilled to welcome a new addition from over the pond, a small-scale German hand-dyed yarn called Rohrspatz & Wollmeise, or Wollmeise for short. Some may have never heard of this yarn, but those that know it, love it. It is one of my own true loves and as such am so excited to be able to bring it to home to Vancouver to share the love!

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Colourway: Am Kalten Polar

Claudia Holl-Wellmann started commercially dyeing in 2002 but until recently her yarns have been hard to find, selling out on her online store almost as soon as listed and for good reason. Her colours are vibrant and consistent, bringing a perfectionism to the art of yarn dyeing that makes for a quality, go-to product for any project. But she has also secured a unique and quality merino base that is spun in a crisp tight twist that creates beautiful stitch definition and stunning finished object. There is nothing quite like a skein of Wollmeise.

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Colourway: Gruent So Gruen

The best part? Her skeins come in larger amounts, with 150g as the base for her fingering lines, 200g for DK and a whopping 300g of lace, so although her yarn at first appears costly, metre by metre it is comparable to any other small-scale hand-dyes on the market, where one skein can knit up a child’s garment and two to three skeins covers a sweater quantity for any adult size!

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Colourway: Maeuseballett

Claudia’s colours need to be viewed to understand their uniqueness and intensity. I love her description on her website of her inspiration:

“My aim is to dye quite specific shades. I allow myself to be guided by nature, by things I come up against or by moods: Spice Market,  Stormy Skies (Gewitterhimmel), Dance of the Mice (Mäuseballett). For a long time, for example, I tried to create the incomparable velvety lilac blue of violets and not just the ordinary lilac colour. And one of these days I’ll get that really special essence of Red Cabbage (Blaukraut)! I’m still working on it…”

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Colourway: Spice Market

Come taste some Wollmeise love for yourself this weekend as we will be launching our partnership with Claudia by bringing this yarn to the west coast (north or south!) on Saturday November 19th during the regular store hours from 11am-6pm. We have a few treats to share with you from Claudia herself with door prizes, early-bird giveaways and a display of her hundreds of colours available. Hope to see you this weekend!

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Colourway: Suzanne

Wollmeise is Coming!

November 13, 2016

Mark your calendars: We are the first store to carry Wollmeise yarn on the West Coast, north or south, and will celebrate with a launch PARTY next Saturday, November 19th from 11am – 6pm. Prizes, giveaways and yarn pettings all included.

 

Our selection of DK solids; many of which we have in stock in sweater quantities!

 

If you are unfamiliar with this amazing yarn, over the next week we will be sharing why this elusive yarn is a favorite of many knitters, and why it deserves its own party!

 

And the DK weight multi coloured skeins.