Inspiring and Eco-friendly Vancouver Store
Baaad Anna’s lives up to their tag line, Not your mama’s yarn store. The Vancouver store is an approachable and modern re-imagining of the stuffy old yarn stores of the past. Owner ‘Bad Anna’ started knitting at age 19 and eventually turned her hobby into a business. She strives to stock locally produced as well as ethically sourced and environmentally friendly materials. You’ll find a carefully chosen range of quality yarns like cashmere, merino, cotton, silk and alpaca in weights from sock yarn to thick roving. Baaad Anna’s carries knitting needles, crochet hooks, some gorgeous handmade buttons and other supplies. The magazines and patterns as well as a plethora of sample sweaters, scarves, socks and baby clothes that are sprinkled all over the store will inspire you to try a project soon.
Learn Something New or Just Hang Out
Baaad Anna’s isn’t just a Vancouver store, it’s also a community space, featuring a weekly “Stitch ‘n’ Bitch” Wednesday evenings starting at 6:00pm. there are knitting and felting classes from complete novice to more advanced, for adults and children too, offered mornings, afternoons and evenings, weekdays and weekends. Many of the classes are priced on a sliding scale to keep the courses more affordable if you’re on a tight budget. But you don’t need to commit to a specific class to hang out and knit — there’s a lounge area just inside the store where you can come work on a project and chat any time you like. Baaad Anna’s is a family affair: her son has often come to work with his mama and your kids are welcome, too. There are toys for little ones to play with while you shop and even a Mom and Baby/Kiddo Knit Time planned to restart soon.
Baaad Anna’s is Connected
Even if you don’t have time to check out Baaad Anna’s shop in person, take a look at their website: there is a fabulous list of online resources for knitting and crochet, including many sites with free patterns and tutorials. Read Baaad Anna’s blog for a good source of news and details on new course offerings, or connect with her on Twitter or Facebook.
Baaad Anna’s winter hours are Saturday to Tuesday 11am-6pm, Wednesday to Friday 11am-7pm.
Lisa Corriveau is our East Side Contributor. When not writing, she can often be found at the park chasing her little boy, sewing clothing, cycling, reading just about anything, performing on stilts, eating chocolate or drinking craft beer. (Sometimes several of the above simultaneously.) Lisa lives car-free in East Van, with toddler, husband and a few bikes. You can also find her on her blog, The Sprog.