Baaad Anna's has been compiling and updating a Virtual Knit Group list which you can find HERE
Crafters, Fibre shops, designers and yarnies, please join our Ravelry forum to share your online shop updates, promotions and virtual social offerings. I'll do my best to share what you are all offering and organize virtual events on our calendar as well. Stay home and stay well.
Much love, Janna
A warm hello from the beautiful Sunshine Coast,
As we all attempt to keep everyone around us safe many things are closing down and being postponed, including fibre festivals. Fibres West was scheduled to occur this past weekend but during set up vendors heard about the government mandated closure of events larger than 250 people.
I took the ferry into Vancouver on Thursday morning, dropped my son off at his grandma's and headed to Langley and set up my booth. When I got news of the closure I'm not embarrassed to admit that I headed to my van, after having spent many hours muscling my booth together, to eat multiple chocolate bars which I had purchased earlier thinking they'd last me the month. As I was munching away on my second bar, an Eatmore, the Vegan Yarn team pulled up into the parking spot beside me; Heidi, Jeremy and Mr.H, and offered to help me pack up my booth. What a godsend, not to mention the dark lager they treated me to afterwards.
So, after a few days of resting up I'm happy to announce that our shop update, featuring all the yarn that didn't get to perform at Fibres West is live online! Plus, all our yarn is 10% off, and you can use the code CANADA at checkout for free shipping within Canada on yarn purchases over $120, or EVERWORLD for a $20 discount for world-wide destinations on yarn purchases over $150.
Also, Sunshine Coasters, this month use the code EVERSHIP for free delivery on any online order. Deliveries will be made on Saturdays.
Thank you so much for the support!
Fibres West has been cancelled due to the government mandated shut down of all events over 250 people.
The good news is that yarn shops across Greater Vancouver are hosting impromptu pop-ups this weekend featuring some stranded vendors! Here's what I know about so far. I'll edit this list if I here about more. I'll be at Baaad Anna's with my Everlea Yarn and demonstrating Tapestry Weaving on Sunday. Come say hi!
Today Friday March 13:
Spirit Song Studio at Baaad Anna's in East Van
Big Blue Moma and Ginger Snap That at Crafty Fibres in Delta
On Saturday March 14:
Okanagan Fibres at Baaad Anna's in East Van
@twistedfaefibreworks is at @craftyfibre
@boostanicrafts has a pop up in her home in Cloverdale
On Sunday March 15th:
Everlea Yarn at Baaad Anna's in East Van
Puzzle Tree Yarns and Kzip Knits at Wet Coast Wools in Kitsilano.
At various times this weekend @veganyarn is hosting online hangouts! Check out her post about how to join. https://www.instagram.com/p/B9rl5qOgauL/
Leanne Praine and Kim Werker are joining forces to unite two communities here in Vancouver BC: makers who write, and writers who make in the Crafted Reading Series. They are hoping to have an audience full of listeners who make be entertained by writers who will read about all kinds of making.
If you live in the area, you are invited to apply to participate. They would love to have a diverse line up of experienced and inexperienced readers.
the ongoing series is hosted by Iron Dog Books, an Indigenous-owned bookshop and booktruck dedicated to bringing low cost reading to Tsleil-Waututh, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Musqueam territories (metro Vancouver).
SAVE THE DATES 2020:
Launch Date Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 7-9 pm (doors 6:30)
Iron Dog Books – 2671 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 (doors 6:30)
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 doors 6:30)
Iron Dog Books – 2671 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC
Leanne Prain helps communities and people connect through creative ideas. She is the author of three books, Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles (2014); Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti (2009 & 2019) co-authored with Mandy Moore; and Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery (2014), all published by Arsenal Pulp Press. When she’s not writing, Leanne organizes art and design events in the city, and acts as the co-artistic director of The Imprint, a literary collective that she founded with Laura Farina to explore participatory acts of writing in public spaces.
leanneprain.com | @leanneprain
Kim Werker is a creative community builder who’s like a camp counsellor for grownups, helping folks to connect with and explore their creativity and have more fun making crafts and art. She is the author of six crochet books and Make It Mighty Ugly (2014), and she leads workshops on creative experimentation and slaying creative demons. She is a writer, editor and podcaster, and she hosts an online community of creative adventurers. An avid reader, compulsive craft dabbler and climate activist, Kim lives in Dunbar with her family and their mutt who’s named after a tree.
kimwerker.com | @kpwerker
Please direct your Reading Salon questions to Leanne and Kim at ReadingSalon@CraftedVancouver.com
Okay, I've settled on nine makes for the year! I used The School of SweetGeorgia, online Plan Your Make Nine workshop to help me narrow my list down.
Two knits are on currently my needles, the Ambershore Shawl and the Mark of the Hand shawl. I hope to get those done AND the Ripple Crop Top Worsted in time for Fibres West on March 13th. Wish me luck!
1) Raven Pullover/Caroline Dick
2) Deschain / Leila Raven
3) Snow Goose / Caitlin Shepherd. I plan on steeking this and turning it into a cardigan
4) Mark of the Hand / Yvonne Stowell. I'm knitting my second one in Everlea's Organic Merino Sport to get a feel for the pattern in wool instead of the recommended alpaca/linen (which I love).
5) Ripple Crop Top Worsted / Jessie Maed
6) Ambershore / Inese Sang
7) Meet & Separate Table Runner/ I teach this beginner tapestry weaving technique at the School of SweetGeorgia and Felicia has the great idea of making it into a table runner. I just received a beautiful hand-me-down table that I am eager to make even more homy. So I'm on board with this idea now, too.
8) Hemma mitts / Inese Sang
9) Equal Night /Sylvia McFadden. This will be my second Equal Night blanket which I knit only half-size. Both are gifts for my niece and nephew.
Do you have a make list for 2020, or do you like to make as you go?
This is a must watch Vlog from Felicia Lo of SweetGeorgia Yarns.
Felicia talks about the top ten fears that knitters have shared with her about knitting with hand-dyed yarns and what we need to know and consider about each one. I assure you, you will learn AT LEAST one thing from this video.