Author Archives: Leslie

Yarn review: Bernat Baby Blanket Stripes

If you know me, then you know that I rarely knit with a) synthetic fibres, and b) chunky yarns. And yet, when the lovely people (truly, they are a great team of folks!) at Yarn Canada contacted me and asked … Continue reading

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Recent yarns for sale

See something you like? Send me an email: lordal (at) gmail (dot) com. Prices are in USD, with a 10% discount for Wellesley alums in honour of Reunion 2018!         ‘Macaron’ — 125 yards, light fingering/laceweight, alpaca/coloured … Continue reading

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Coming soon…

I’ll be selling my handspun yarns and handmade project bags (also suitable for other uses–the spindle bags make very fine wine bottle carriers!) online. I’ve been selling at various pop-ups and fairs in and around Toronto but it’s time to … Continue reading

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Indigo, collaboration, science, and new adventures

Last night I gave an invited lecture on indigo dyeing practices throughout the world at the Etobicoke Handweavers and Spinners Guild. I drew from a couple of articles I had written on the subject for Interweave Press (including this one) … Continue reading

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Future of the blog…

I first started blogging in 2004; this assumes you don’t count my original forays onto “online diary” sites in the late 90s, and Livejournal throughout my time at Wellesley. I remember graduating and keeping the LJ alive for a while, … Continue reading

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Legwarmers

So, what’s your favourite thing to knit?                 Lace Leg Warmers by Shawn Glidden(in my own handspun California Red Sheep yarn, courtesy of a sheep named Mastodon)             … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolution: No Superwash

It’s ubiquitous, superwash wool. Superwash refers to wool that can be machine washed (and possibly dried) without fear of it shrinking and felting to Lilliputian sizes, thanks to one of a couple chemical processes. The first is a chlorinated bath … Continue reading

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