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NEW(ish) YARN: Americo Abrazos

July 20, 2016

If you visited us during this Spring’s Woolith Fair Yarn Crawl you were probably introduced to this gem. We quietly brought in the Abrazos line from Toronto’s AmericoOriginal Yarns for our new spring collection and it has been on fire ever since.

The light and airy texture of the Karner Wrap is created by loosely knitting a very fine, at times cobweb-like mixture or cotton and bamboo.


A single skein of this bamboo pima cotton laceweight contains enough yarn in it to knit up an entire 2ft by 4ft shawl, and as with all Americo yarns comes with a choice of their own patterns free with purchase. With only one and a half skeins you can kit an entire summer pullover!



Hot hot hot this summer! Photo credit to Sarah Peschell.


Americo Yarns’s Abrazos comes in an array of bright and classic colours, and we just restocked on all of them!

Composition: 44.7 % Pima Cotton, 55.3 % Bamboo
Gauge: 42 stitches & 53 rows = 4 inches (10 cm)
Needle: 2 mm (US 0)
Weight: Lace
Length: 100 g / 1028 yards (940 m)



A single skein produces the full length summer weight shawl.


This Canadian brand does its own sourcing by visiting farms and mills of Peru to create some of the most interesting yarns currently available on the market. The texture lends itself to simple patterns, letting the yarn do the heavy lifting!



The rich texture makes this yarn so unique; allowing for the simplest patterns to create a gorgeous fabric.


The Karner Wrap is perfect summer knit: light-weight, compact single skein project that looks amazing even with a simple stitch that is easy for car, plane or beach knitting!

Thank you to one of lovely regulars, Reagan B for modeling this wrap for us; and for our teacher Zoe for her 1028 yards of stitches on this sample!

Tip: Share Projects in Ravelry Groups

July 12, 2016

I’m happy to introduce the first in a series of guest posts from our local fibre arts community. Today’s TIPS post is from one of our team here at Baaad Anna’s, Barth Siemens, whom many of you already know. Please enjoy!

Hi, this is Barth. Have we met? I have been a store customer since it opened, and recently started working in the store. Learn more about our staff on the About page.

While recently visiting in the store, I was gushing about the beautifully finished projects that customers bring in for show and tell. Remembering a project picture that was posted in our Ravelry group, I pulled it up and continued gushing. As I paused for a breath, my friend looked at me and said, “Will you show me how to do that?” Of course, I am happy to share what I know. Here is how I replied.

Before we get started, I wrote these instructions with some assumptions. Read at the bottom of this post for help.

  • You are logged in to your Ravelry account.
  • You have created at least one project in your Ravelry account.
  • You have attached at least one photo to your project.

You will be working in a test thread that Ravelry provides for this purpose.

  1. To open the thread in a new window, click Picture Test Thread.
  2. At the bottom right of the Ravelry window, click reply to thread.
  3. Expect Ravelry to open a text box for your new post.
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  4. In the text box, type in some text:
    “This will be my first time that I post a picture on Ravelry.”
  5. On your keyboard, hit <Return> twice.

You are ready to add a picture.

  1. Above the text box, click Image.
  2. Expect the Use an image from the web dialog to open.
  3. Click Use a project or stash photo.
  4. From the list of photos, select an image.
  5. Click use this photo.
  6. Expect some text code to be added to your post, for example:
    [![Kissing Blurred Lines socks] 
  7. At the top right of the post, click preview.
  8. When you are satisfied with your post, click Post reply.

That is one way to post project pictures in groups. If you click on your picture, Ravelry opens to your project page. Now you can practice your new skill by posting FO’s from yarn bought at Baaad Annas.

Please reply with your thoughts and questions in the comments section below. Maybe Paula will allow me to answer with another guest post.

New Arrival! Colouring within the lines…

July 9, 2016

Hilarious and talented designer, teacher and blogger Franklin Habit brings together the love of colour, and in this case specifically colouring, and the fibre arts. 

Another addiction for colour addict.


I Dream of Yarn is an all-ages colouring book for all the knitters and crochets in your life. 

With 96 pages of witty and wonderful pictures, Franklin uses his signature innovative style to create a wooly world that comes to life with the magic of an alternative pointed tool of choice! 

One of the many beautiful pages; here coloured in by the author himself.

Dig into your pen cupboard, and dive into this world of colour. At $11.95, this is a perfect summer remedy for second sock syndrome.

Open Canada Day

June 29, 2016

Open Canada Day afternoon from 2-6pm (on July 1st), and regular hours 11am-6pm every day for the rest of summer!

Come knit and chat, or check out some of the new lovelies we recently acquired!
Happy Canada Day, eh?

Spincycle, Summer of Skills and a Selebration

June 24, 2016

Our Summer Launch Party is happening tomorrow (4-7pm) and there are lots to share!


So many new yarnie things!


First off, for anyone who might have seen our signage for Spincycle‘s Trunk Show that was set to happen tomorrow we have to regrettably announce that it has to be postponed until September; but we will post the new date as soon as it has been confirmed. However, if you had planned to come in for the show which was scheduled to coincide with our Summer Launch Party we promise to make it worth your while!


Our exclusive Baaad Annas or Bust Mudpunch self striping colourway.

We have a number of new yarns we are launching tomorrow, some of which will be available for sale immediately, some with a limited number of offerings, and many more to follow through the summer months! I’ve been giving sneak peeks on the baaadannas Instagram; here’s is a small tasting…

Needle gauges extraordinaire!




100% cashmere yarn. Hubba hubba.


Dipped and dabbled yarns.


We will also be launching our Summer of Skills contest where all summer long we encourage you to expand your fibre arts horizon! Try a new yarn! Test drive a loom or wheel! Or challenge yourself you attempt that new skill you have been shying away from. We will have sponsored yarn and store prizes up for grabs, and hope to encourage you to thin out your Baaad Anna’s stash a bit this summer while learning something new. Keep an eye on our website for more details as they come up!

Balls! Mudpunch balls!


Hope to see you tomorrow to celebrate our very own Launch of Summer!

Celebrate Knit in Public Day!

June 18, 2016


Baaad Anna’s is happy to celebrate World Knit in Public Day with a SURPRISE ENABLER SALE!!!

Everything in store 10% off all day!


Happy knitting! 

New Yarn: Mudpunch!

June 14, 2016

We are thrilled to be able to welcome a new local indie favorite to our flock: Vancouver’s very own Mudpunch.


Familiar to many Instagram addicted crafters, Mudpunch’s almost daily updates on Pantone colour combinations brings the formal elements of Design into public discourse by producing yarn so pretty it jump onto your needles. 

From pantone to perfection. Mudpunch uses colour theory to create amazing combinations.

Chantelle dyes her Mudpunch yarns in her kitchen and her love of colour extends past experimentation to a detailed study of tonal reproduction and selection, matching graphic design colour swatches known as Pantones to create some amazing combinations!


The Wade Hat kit will be available at Baaad Anna’s as of June 25th.


And if you got this far in the post, you get the treat of being first to hear that we are now taking PRE-ORDERS of Mudpunch’s exclusive colour Baaad Anna’s colourway of her Self-Striping Sock. Come in or call to secure one ball of this limited edition colourway that will be available as of our Summer Launch Party from 4-7pm on Saturday June 25th!

Baaad Annas or bust!


Baaad Annas or Bust was created by combining two of her signature talents: self-striping along with with the dry-speckle dyed sprinkles. Thank you Chantelle for this bad ass masterpiece!!!


Photo credit for these goes to Chantelle of Mudpunch… You talented talented gal!


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