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This year marks the first in many that we will be hosting a table at Fibres West and we would love to have you visit us! Fibres West is a trade show focused on spinning, weaving, felting, knitting, rug hooking, lace making, dyeing, tapestry. basket weaving and other related fibre crafts.
With a goal of promoting local, Canadian fibre producers, fibre shops, independent artists, equipment producers, non-profit groups and weaving and spinning guilds, you can also take in some amazing one day classes taught by various Canadian teachers.
And to celebrate we are going to be bringing our latest shipment of Wollmeise yarns, Malabrigo fibres, some on-sale wheel spinning equipment, and a few of the other specialty items that makes our store interesting and unique.
One of the most popular items at Baaad Anna’s this winter has been Briggs and Little Country Roving, a five ply pencil roving that is often used to knit up Cowichan-style sweaters.
One of our favourite local talents, Jane Richmond released an amazing version of this style of garment last October with her West Coast Cardigan. Designed with the modern knitter in mind, this pattern is thoroughly and thoughtfully written to help perfectly measure the cardigan that would best fit you.
In a choose-your-own-adventure style of pattern layout, Jane creates an easy to follow pattern perfect for any beginner-intermediate that wants to try their hand at sweater knitting.
After knitting with much thinner yarn, this sweater has been working up quickly for me; I got to the arm separation in a single snow-day of knitting and now a week later I have finished the the body of the piece. It is such a satisfying knit with a gorgeous end product as a reward!
If you are interested in knitting one of these, here’s a bit of added incentive!
Jane Richmond’s West Coast Cardigan KAL has been extended until March 31st and in celebration of launching into this a bit late, I wanted to offer anyone the incentive (or reward) to finish the cardigan in the next few weeks by offering a prize to anyone who knits the cardigan in Briggs and Little Country Roving bought (at least partially) at our store and finished by by March 31st. Knit along with me (this thing knits super fast!) and be entered to WIN an additional skein of B+L Country Roving to knit yourself a hat or mitts to match!
To be entered:
- Join Jane’s KAL (knit-a-long) on Ravelry
- Have purchased at least one skein of Country Roving at Baaad Anna’s since Oct 2016 when the pattern was released
- Post a finished object pic in the Baaad Anna’s thread on Ravelry here!
This includes anyone who has already finished a West Coast Cardigan in the months since Jane first released this gorgeous pattern! Bonne chance!
New for Spring a beautiful linen cotton blend from one of our favourite farm to needle suppliers: Cestari Sheep and Wool Company.
Cestari is a small family owned and operated farm with an amazing story and values; read more about Frances and his vision here. I had a chance to meet Frances am thrilled to be able to bring his quality yarns to our community while strengthening the fibre agriculture one stitch at a time.
And to continue the family theme, a big kudos to my own mama who knit up this gorgeous piece and begrudgingly allowed me to photograph her! Thanks to the amazing woman in my life.
We have some great classes starting this week to get you on the way of starting on a new skill.
LEARN TO CROCHET
This class is great if you want to learn to crochet, polish your skills or just make an awesome Hat!
Pick from 1 of 3 Sarah Zimmerman designs: Shark, Frog, or Owl. Hat sizes are newborn – adult.
Techniques learned in this class are: Magic ring, half double crochet, single crochet, chain, changing colour and attaching pieces.
Minimum 3 and maximum 6 participants.
Materials Needed: One crochet hook (5mm or 5.5mm) and worsted weight yarn.
- Frog: 100g green, small amounts of white, black and pink for details
- Shark: 100g grey, small amounts of white, black and red for details
- Owl: 50g each of two different colours of yarn (for base hat), small amounts of white, black and yellow/orange for details
DATES: Sundays March 12 & 19 2:00-5:00pm
COST: $60 (+tax) plus materials
FIRST TIME SOCKS
You have been knitting for a while and feel like you’ve found your footing. Do you want to put a sock on it – knit with your own hands? Then this is the class for you!
In three weeks, you will have a knit a boot sock (DK-weight yarn) or an around-home sock (Worsted-weight yarn). You can also knit a tiny sock if you don’t have time for homework.
- Jenny’s Stretchy slipknot Cast-on
- circular knitting with double-pointed needles (DPNs)
- avoiding ladders and loose stitches
- picking up stitches for heel
- Kitchener stitch
Materials Needed: One set of 3.5mm-4mm DPNs and 100gm of DK or Worsted weight yarn and tapestry needle. Materials can be purchased at Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store before class.
DATES: March 13, 20, 27th 6:00-8:00pm
COST: $70 – $90 (+tax) sliding scale
LEARN TO KNIT
This is a beginner knitting class for anyone who has never picked up needles, or for someone who is looking for a beginner refresher. Participants will learn the basics including casting on, knitting, purling and casting off. The class project will be a choice between simple hat, scarf, or arm warmers.
Minimum 5 participants and maximum 8.
The class runs for 3 or 4-weeks (dependent on month – 6 hours altogether) and includes a Baaad Anna’s beginner handout.
Materials needed: One pair of 6mm needles and 100g of a chunky weight yarn. Materials can be purchased at Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store.
MARCH DATES: Tuesdays Mar 7, 14, 21, 28th from 6-7:30pm
KIDS LEARN TO KNIT
In this project based class, you will learn how to knit—if you don’t already know—and/or learn new techniques while working on cool and simple projects like scarves, cowls, fingerless gloves or toys. Each kid knits what they want based on interest and skill level while being guided in a fun and engaging group of knitters and friends. All levels welcome.
An interactive welcome booklet will be provided for each student at the beginning of the first class. Patterns/project ideas will be supplied for students based on their skill level & interest.
Min 3 and max 8 participants for students from Kindergarten—age 5—through Grade 7.
Materials needed: One pair of straight knitting needles—5 mm (US 8) to 8 mm (US 11)—and yarn—worsted to chunky weight. Materials can be purchased at Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store. Amanda will be available to help 30 minutes prior to the first class.
Scissors & tapestry needles will be provided for class time use.
DATES: Tuesday April 4, 11, 18 & 25th 4:30-5:30pm
COST: $60 (+tax)
To regsiter come in, or give us a call at (604) 255 2577.
With a tag line: a colour lover dyes yarn what makes Mudpunch so unique is both her combination of colours based on Pantone matching and how her colours seem to glow.
She also brought a few 3 skein packs of a gorgeous merino-silk yarn with colour combos perfect for the Tamdou shawl by Melanie Berg.
Glad to see Mudpunch back in stock… although I’m certain they won’t be here too long!
After a successful Winter Sale, we’re thrilled to be able to fill the shelves with new and wonderful items for all your yarn therapy needs. We’ve had a number of fun custom items made just for us: from knit jewelry such a stitch markers and shawl pins to amazing project bags, here’s a few of our favorites.