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New Yarn: Rowan Hemp Tweed

November 30, 2015

This is the season for tweeds, and Rowan’s new Fall collection includes this gorgeous 75% wool/25% hemp blend that is soft and airy. Wool and hemp create ‘breathable’ knitted fabrics which are cool to wear in warm weather and warm in colder temperatures.


Once I get my holiday knitting off my needles I will try my hand at this Gotland sweater by Lisa Richardson.



Hemp fibre is resistant to stretching so does not distort with use and naturally softens with wear – hemp does not wear out it wears in!

I love the colours of this new Fall line.


And at $8.95/50g it can make a very affordable post-holiday gift-to-self sweater that is now in my queue!

Rowan Hemp Tweed details:

  • 75% Wool, 25% Hemp
  • 104 yards, 50 grams
  • Worsted weight
  • Machine washable

New Book: Farm To Needle

November 24, 2015

A celebration of the fibre arts community of the Pacific Northwest, this newly published book by Tolt in Washington State presents some of the finest producers, designers and dyers of within our ethically-local fibre shed.

From Tolt’s webpage:

When we pick up our needles, cast-on the first stitch, we become part of something much bigger than the project at hand. Farmers, shearers, spinners and dyers are working hard not only to produce the yarn we love, but to preserve a way of life that is at real risk of being lost. Farm to Needle: Stories of Wool invites you to join us on a journey; to peek behind the scenes of some of our favorite producers and gain a deeper understanding of the people, places, and animals at work. Discover Aspen Hollow Farm, Green Mountain Spinnery, Imperial Stock Ranch, Thirteen Mile Farm, YOTH, Saco River Dye House, and Twirl through patterns by Dianna Walla, Tif Fussell, Veronika Jobe, Ashley Yousling & Annie Rowden, Karen Templer, and Andrea Rangel. Photography by Kathleen Cadigan.

Farm to Needle: Stories of Wool


Includes some gorgeous photography, a glimpse into amazing fibre talent and seven newly released patterns, this book is available at Baaad Anna’s today for the fibre lover in your life.

New Yarns: Americo Merino Copito and Fine Tweed

November 18, 2015

We are thrilled to introduce another exceptional Canadian line that’s new to Baaad Anna’s. Based out of Toronto, AmericoOriginal sources all their yarns directly from the farms and mills of Peru to create unique blends and consistencies in an eco-friendly manner.  I absolutely fell in love with the quality of these yarns which create such luxurious fabric with even the most simple patterns. With these, you can let the yarn do all the work!


First up, Americo Merino Copito is a super bulky thick-and-thin made up of 100% Merino. With 43 yards per skein this is perfect for those last minute gifts.


Perfect for quick hats, cowls or even felting!


One of the best things about Americo is how accessible they make knitting quality gorgeous garments and accessories. They have produced a number of beginner-intermediate patterns that are available free with purchase. For example, for this yarn, they have a two-, three- and five-skein cowl pattern that you can get at our store when you pick up their yarn. Or try this cushy two hour hat!



Reagan, one of our lovely regulars knit this three skein beauty up in less than three hours! Check out the link above for more pictures of the three-skein Westminister Cowl pattern, free with purchase.


Americo’s trademark mill and handspun yarns are produce with natural fibers from the Andean highlands of South America and include luxurious wools, llama, alpaca, organic and premium cottons, linen, silk and cashmere.

For Fall we also brought in their entire Fine Tweed line, a fingering weight blend of Superfine Alpaca, Merino Wool, and Viscose for strength. The combination creates and incredibly soft but durable fibre that knits into a light-as-a-cloud, nest-to-skin soft fabric.



Deep neutrals are a perfect match for any Autumn wardrobe.




Feeling is believing… Come in to check out how amazing this feels knit up. A simple 2×2 rib creates the most beautiful shawl or sock with this yarn.


Americo also gave us a sneak peak of a free pattern that will be published in next week’s Canadian Living online; another great last-minute gift ide… felted bowls made out of the Merino Copita we have in store!



This pattern will be available free of charge on Canadian Living’s website next week, or you can get a printed copy with purchase of Americo yarn at our store!



Wanna Build A Snowman?

November 15, 2015

Its getting to be the perfect time of year to for both SOCKS and SNOWMEN.


Our FIRST–TIME  SOCKS CLASS starts on THIS Monday, running for each of the four Monday nights up until Dec 7th, leaving you much of the following month to wow those nearest to you on your holiday list with a handmade gift. Check out more here, and swing by the store or give a call to register. Runs from 6:00 – 7:30pm and you can walk away with warm feet.

And if its warm hug you’re for, nothing beats learning to FELT your own snowman! Our 2 hour LEARN TO NEEDLE FELT WORKSHOP from 1:00 – 3:00pm on Sunday November 29th will teach you the basics of building a 3-dimensional fibre art creation. Come play with soft, soft corriedale wool fiber and create one of these…


Snowman pin and figurine made by our needle felting teacher Melinda Broome.



Opening Late for Remembrance Day and Free Demo

November 9, 2015

In honour of Remembrance Day our opening hours on Nov. 11th will be from 2pm – 8pm.


Our Knit Night will run as usual from 6-8pm, during which we will be hosting a free demo of the Backstrap Weaving class that runs Dec. 4th & 5th.


Stop by a knit a stitch with us.





Raining Cats and Dogs!

November 4, 2015

For our animal loving pals out there we have two new yarns to share!

First a yarn brand new to us… Ancient Art Hand Dyed Yarns Fibres created lovely cat and dog-themed yarns that also help support the Meow Foundation and the Best Friends Animal Society in Canada.This Alberta-based family business might be familiar to those of you who attended Knit City as they have created quite a stir locally with their gorgeous bases and stunning colourways. Here’s to knitting in honour of your best four-legged friend…


From left to right: Grey Tabby, Siamese Cats, Tuxedo Cat, Saint Bernard, Alaskan Malamute and Border Collie.

And another amusing, and rather quick and easy knit are these fun kits from our friends at Diamond Yarns. The kit includes a pre-knit head and tail of a cat or dog, leaving you to knit the scarf in between in a simple stockinette.


This kit is an easy last minute knit for the pet lover in your life.

Get out of the rain and curl up with your favorite knitting companion, whomever that may be!

Winter (Hours) Is Coming!

November 2, 2015

Starting this week we are extending our hours for the Fall and Winter to allow for some extra after-work shopping. Please note, our new hours are:

Monday: 11am – 6pm

Tuesday: 11am – 6pm

Wednesday: 11am – 8pm  –  With our free drop in Knit Night from 6-8pm

Thursday: 11am – 7pm

Friday: 11am – 7pm

Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 6pm


Also there’s a few classes starting this week…

BEGINNER KNITTING: Learning to knit! Running THURSDAY nights from 6-7:30pm starting Nov 5th.

BEYOND BASICS: Bring a project (pattern, needles and yarn) just out of your skills reach and our teacher will work through it with you over the course of the month. Running TUESDAY nights from 6-7:30pm starting tomorrow, Nov 3rd.

FIRST TIME SWEATER CLASS: Get step by step instructions over the course of the month to knit your first sweater using the Flax pattern by local designer Tin Can Knits. Running SATURDAYS from 1-2:30pm starting Nov 7th.

AMIGURUMI CROCHET (One Day Workshop) This is a beginner-intermediate knitting class for anyone who is interested in creating mini crochet pieces runs Sunday Nov 8th from 12:00  – 3:00pm

BACKSTRAP WEAVING: This two day class next weekend includes everything you need to start (and FINISH) a woven camera or guitar strap. Runs 9:30am – 12:30 on Saturday Nov 7th and Sunday Nov 8th.

There will also be a FREE DEMO from our backstrap weaving teacher happening during the Wednesday Knit Night on Remembrance Day, Nov 11th. Come learn about this unique fibre art and stay to knit with us on this stat holiday evening.



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