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NEW Spring YARN: Diamond Luxury Caravan

April 22, 2016

For the summer, I want a flexible yarn that works up easily and is silky to touch. Introducing Diamond Luxury Caravan, which blends cotton, linen, and silk with nettle. Nettle is linen’s eco friendly cousin that adds supreme softness to cotton blends.

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Jane Richmond’s Gemini pattern, available free on Ravelry.

 

With the drape of linen and a touch of silk, the gorgeous natural blend creates a cool and drapey knit perfect for the warmer weather.

Composition: Linen (40%), Cotton (32%), Nettle Fiber (18%)  & Silk (10%)
Gauge: 22 sts / 10cm (4″) and 28 rows
Needle: 4mm (US 6)
Weight: DK (Double Knit)
Length: 50 g / 137 yards / (125 m)

 

Knit up in the amazing Gemini pattern, which is available free on Ravelry by the incredibly talented and virtually-local  Jane Richmond, this summer top can be worn front to back depending on preference for the focus on the lacework. At $11.95/ball this 4 skein project makes sweater-knitting ever so affordable!

Whether you crochet a summer shawl or knit a comfortable top, Caravan is one of this season’s top yarn choice.

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Add a little colour to the spring knitting season!

 

Thank you again to my most lovey sister-in-law Ann and our volunteer photographer Juan Carlos Azpilcueta for this beautiful summer day shoot to show off this gorgeous knitwear.

 

 

New Spring Classes: Speed Knitting, Intermediate Weaving and More…

April 14, 2016

We are offering some brand new classes at Baaad Anna’s that we are pretty excited about!

If you’re trying your hand at bigger projects this year, you might consider Liisa Nieminen’s Speed Knitting class which will whip you into shape for producing at record speeds. Liisa is an award-winning speed knitter with a current record of 238 stitches in 3 minutes and she will teach the continental method of knitting, and share tips and techniques that will help increase your own knitting speed! (Also check out the video on the link above… that’s some speedy knitting!).

DATE: Mondays, April 18 (pt 1) & 25 (pt 2) and May 2 (pt 3) from 6:30-8:30pm

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The Need for Speed.

Anyone interested in experimenting with beyond beginner weaving Nicola, our favorite fibre whisperer, has been developing Intermediate Weaving modules which will be 3 hour classes which can be taken as a course, or individually. Using Ashford Knitters Looms she will be building the beginners skill set to expand your artistic horizons. Here is the first of this series:

INTERMEDIATE RIGID HEDDLE WEAVING WORKSHOP: Pick-up Pattern Basics on the Rigid Heddle Loom

Getting tired of plain old tabby weave? The rigid heddle loom holds many more possibilities than one might think! One of the ways to unlock them is to use pick-up sticks, these simple tools let you easily control multiple warp threads at once to create hundreds of patterns and thousands of combinations for beautiful fabric.
 
In this workshop you will create a sampler to learn how to use pick-up sticks to create patterned fabrics using weft and warp floats. We will also go over how to read pick-up patterns and start you thinking about all the design possibilities now at your fingertips.
DATE: Sunday May 1st   1:00pm – 4:00pm
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Let’s play pick up sticks.

We’ve also got two new one-day crochet classes: Learn to Crochet in a Day and Bit-Beyond-Basic Granny Squares.
Learn to knit! Knit faster! Weave patterns! Crochet blankets! All this and more, just give us a call at 604-255-2577 to register or visit us in store.

NEW Spring YARN: Americo Cotton Flamme

April 10, 2016

We are excited to welcome a few new yarns to our Spring lineup this year. Today we will introduce the first of our favorites, with many more to come!

AmericoOriginal Yarns from Toronto does all of their own sourcing, visiting the farms and mills that produce their yarn lines. For Spring, we brought in a gorgeous thick-thin 100% pima cotton that knits up to produce a unique and stunning airy texture perfect for the warmer months.

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The Hawthorn sweater. This pattern is available free with purchase of this yarn.

 

Americo’s Cotton Flamme comes in almost a dozen bright and classic colours to welcome the upcoming sunshine and blue skies.

Composition: 100 % Pima Cotton
Gauge: 25 stitches & 27 rows = 4 inches (10 cm)
Needle: 3.5 mm (US 4)
Weight: Fingering (1)
Length: 100 g / 427 yards / (400 m)

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In its skein form it is hard to imagine how it might knit up, but we have a lovely sample in store of Americo’s own sweater pattern, the Hawthorn, to show off its drape and texture. Americo has designed a number of patterns for each of their yarn lines that come free with purchase of their yarn, so we can help you create a kit (yarn + pattern + needles) for a new spring project quickly and easily.

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I love the drape and texture of this pima cotton.

 

And a huge thank you to Juan Carlos Azpilcueta who took these lovely photos of my favorite sister-in-law Ann who was such a good sport! Juan Carlos took these for a project for his Photography program documenting various shops in Hastings Sunrise that focus on the hand-made… if anyone is interested in his photography skills, I would be happy to pass along his contacts!

Swift Sale!

April 4, 2016

In celebration of Spring, and because I came across this awesome cover of a 1964 McCall’s needlework and Crafts magazine that someone brought in, for this week only Baaad Anna’s will take…

25% off all swifts and 10% off all winders

 

A swift is a man’s best friend.

 

This magazine was donated to the shop, and this weekend I started flipping through the pages spending countless hours immersed into the world of 1960s makers.

My favorite page was the precursor to Ravelry… Show Us How You Did It With Snaps [Photos] page. These are the kinds of projects that embedded an awe of knitting into me from a young age:

 

There’s even a letter-to-the-editor section that shares a reader’s suggestion on how to make a swift at home with Tinker Toys:

 

There are some amazing retro fashion knit patterns in this magazine as well; if you are interested in knitting any of these, my copy of this awesome magazine will go to the first person to drop by the store and request for it in person!

 

In the meantime, visit us for our first ever Swift Sale… this week only!

Never be caught swiftless again.

 

One Year Ago Today…

April 2, 2016

…I started on a new adventure. It has been a great year filling some big footsteps in taking the helm of Baaad Anna’s but I’ve been able to succeed at fulfilling my goal of a better balanced life of making and mothering.

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A party to celebrate the start of summer last year!

 

 

I greatly appreciate everyone who has shared in this first year’s adventures. Together we are strengthen the community one stitch at a time. Thank you.

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Taking in a special moment during Baaad Anna’s visit to Maplewood Farm. Every year we host a table at the annual sheep shearing to introduce felting and fibre arts.

 

 

I also look forward to what the year ahead holds. There are some great trunk shows, new yarn lines, and other events in the making so be sure to drop in and make with us!

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Thank you for a wonderful year!

Happy Easter!

March 25, 2016

We’re open throughout Easter weekend, so please come visit! Our Easter hours are as follows: 

Good Friday March 25th: 11am-3pm

Saturday & Sunday March 26 & 27th:  11am-6pm

Easter Monday:  March 28th: 2-6pm

Happy Easter!

Secrets Revealed

March 10, 2016

We are thrilled that at Saturday’s FOCUS ON LOCAL Trunk show we will be revealing a brand new pattern designed specifically for Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store!


 

Join us at 6pm on Saturday March 12th when Liisa Nieminen of Fluff & Hustle will be launching a new shawl pattern knit with YOTH Yarn on the House’s merino/cashmere/nylon fingering weight Little Brother yarn. Yummy! We will have a few kits available for sale of the new shawl on Saturday night!

Liisa’s teaser pic of her new shawl. SO MANY LOVES!

 

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