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New Yarn – VICE Yarn’s Blurred Lines

July 29, 2015

From the hands of an ex-pat Canadian living in Texas, Vice Yarn‘s tagline is ‘A little Vice is always nice’, and I can’t agree more! This merino/nylon fingering weight yarn come in 150g skeins which is enough yarn to knit a small top or huge shawl. And they are dyed as a gradient to do a colour change throughout the length of the skein.


A little Vice is always nice.



Dyed as a shawl gradient, these yarns do a slow transition from one colour to another leaving deliberate striping. We also are carrying her set of fade-to-black skeins which transition from your favorite colour darker and darker towards a completely black border.



Full length poncho knit with two skeins of the 150g/skein Blurred Lines.



Opening up this package this morning just made me catch my breath… including a set of fade to black shawl-gradients I can’t wait to try some on my needles!


Best mail day ever! 50+ skeins of shawl gradient yarns!



Keep an eye out on our blog as we are also expecting a sock-set version of these gradients later in the summer which will include two 75g matching colour changing balls so you end up with a matching pair of socks or mitts!



Pop Up Sale – Needles, Needles, Hooks, Needles!

July 21, 2015

From today until Sunday (July 26th) take 10% off all Knitter’s Pride needles, hooks, sets and needle accessories! Prepare yourself for all your Fall knitting and crocheting needs!

Short sets, long sets, half sets, full sets…

So many different sets to choose from!

As requested by some of lovely customers, we just brought in a full selection of Karboz Interchangeable needles, available as just tips or in full short or long-tipped sets!

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Just in… Interchangeable Karbonz tips!

And a rainbow of soft grip Waves crochet hooks… also sold individually or as full sets.

Soft and ergonomic… a crocheter’s favorite.

Visit us to treat yourself to a mid-summer very-merry-unbirthday gift to self!

Just an inkling of the full selection of fibre-arts tools currently available.

New Yarn – Diamond Select Alpaca Prima & the Cross Canada KAL

July 19, 2015

Christina, one of our lovely friends-of-the-store has been hosting a summer-long Instagram KAL, or knit a-long, focused on Canadian dyers or designers.


To participate, knit any design made by a Canadian or with any Canadian yarn anytime between the first and last day of summer, and tag your post cckal or crosscanadakal.

So last week I started a new child-sized sweater knit from our Canadian designer pals at Tin Can Knits called Harvest Cardigan, with a yarn new to the store call Diamond Select Alpaca Prima. This pattern can be found online as part of their amazing and entirely FREE Simple Collection.


Knit a long


For all my love of alpaca I’ve had a hard time finding one that would hold its shape. This DK-weight workhorse yarn includes a blend of 40% Highland Wool, 30% Superfine Alpaca and 30% Polyamide that gives it strength and structure while providing the softness and subtle halo of the luxury alpaca. Diamond Select Alpaca Prima provides a bit of lush affordability at $6.95/50g/100m.


Some of the one dozen colours available.


Pleiades Sock from Vegan Yarns and… Baaad Anna’s is Hiring!

July 14, 2015

We are thrilled to stock up again on so many lovely hand-dyes from Heidi of Vegan Yarns, a local and international favorite!

Currently you can find a wide selection of Vegan Yarns’s Pleiades sock-weight, Anilam worsted-weight and Sirius bulky-weight lovelies among many others in store.

This week try out Vegan Yarn’s stretchy bamboo cotton Pleiades Sock yarn for 15% off!

Pleiades Sock in many colours… 15% off until the end of this coming weekend.

ALSO… Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store is hiring a part-time staff for 10-12 hours a week, preferably with a flexible schedule. If you are a fibre-enthusiast and want to be a part of our kick-ass team please submit a resume and cover letter in person to the shop! Here is a list of things we are looking for in a new employee.

  • Someone with a good understanding of knitting/crochet and other fibre arts (skills in spinning and felting is a bonus)
  • Someone with customer service experience, preferably in the retail industry.
  • Someone who works well with others and enjoys being apart of a team.
  • Someone who is friendly, patient, helpful and LOVES knitting!

Heidi from Vegan Yarns offer her Kamaji Shawl pattern free on Ravelry which work beautifully with this stretchy sock yarn.

PRIZES! And other free yarns…

July 7, 2015

We are excited to be celebrating Summer of Socks this year at Baaad Anna’s! Our kick off event on June 26th was a great success. Alexa Ludman from Tin Can Knits was on hand signing the newly released book: Max & Bohdi’s Wardrobe.


Tin Can Knits book launch at our summer of Sock event.

Our door prize for the Summer of Sock Launch Party was won by Valerie who got her choice of a copy of Tin Can Knits newly published book Max and Bodhi’s Wardrobe or a $15 gift certificate to Baaad Anna’s.


A big thank you to Alexa from Tin Can Knits for joining our festivities and donating our door prize.

A belated prize for our Malabrigo Madness spin-a-long goes out to Grete, who spun up this lovely skein from Malabrigo Nube fibre in colourway Candombe.

Mal Nube

And Reagan won a skein of Malabrigo Worsted for her Malabrigo Madness knit-a-long entry of this lovely Stephen West sweater knit in the Kaleidos and Polar Morn colourways of the same yarn.


The Summer of Sock event will have various other contests hosted throughout the summer, including a sock knitting contest… if you knit a pair of socks this summer, bring them in to the store for details on how to enter them for a chance to win a skein of our new summer yarn.

Also there will be a prize drawing at the end of September from all of the names on our blog email list. To sign up and be entered, simply enter your email address on the left hand size of the front page of our website. You will get a short email whenever we publish a new blog about other summer of Sock events, so you can both be informed and win yarn! 


And a special thank you to Di Oliva who supplied the event with a most amazing set of Blood Orange infused olive oil, Coconut white vinegar, and Mission Fig balsamic. Check out this amazing tasting room just across the street from our store at 2632 East Hastings.

Make Your Own YOTH Gradient!

July 5, 2015

If you missed snagging one of Yarn of the House‘s gradient sticks during their trunk sale last November, you now have a chance at making your own! Using the Raw and Fresh palette from their new Spring 2015 lineup, we will host an evening of cutting up four 50g gradient colourways and making our own stick of 200g of Big Sister DK-weight yarn.


Six different Yarn on the House (YOTH) colourway sets to choose from.



In conversations with Veronika from Yarn on the House, she mentioned that the gradient sticks, which she affectionately called ‘puppies’ cause they come on a stick, are too labour-intensive to make as regular offerings from YOTH, but she is willing to share her knowledge and hardware if we want to make our own, so Baaad Anna’s will make a night of it!

The Greens gradient will include 50g each of Olive, Avocado, Wheatgrass & Mint.


You can choose from one of six gradient colourways: blues, greens, green-blues, charcoals, browns or navies.


The Blue-Greens gradient will include 50g of Kale, Thyme, Rosemary & Honeydew Melon.



Just give the shop a call or a visit to sign up for the July 18th event which will run from 7-9pm. We will have bevvies and refreshments, and enough winders, scales and hardware to create multiple sets. Cost is $65 per 200g set.

Browns gradient includes Portabella, Cacao, Shiitake & Hazelnut.


Come on by the store to see the full choice of colourways to choose from. Additionally individual skeins of any of these colourways are currently also available as we just got a new shipment from YOTH!

Open Canada Day & Intro to Weaving

July 1, 2015

Come cool down this Canada Day. Open 11am-8pm with our free drop-in Knit Night starting from 6pm.


New arrival of so many gorgeous colours of Rain City Knits.

Also, last chance to sign up for our inaugural Intro to Weaving class that starts Tuesday July 7th, with a follow up finishing class on Tuesday July 21st. Includes all materials and 3 weeks of loom rental, and taught by our lovely Caitlin Ffrench.

My very first weaving project under Caitlin’s tutelage. made with gorgeous Vegan Yarns bulky and worsted cottons.



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