Author Archives: Leslie

How many yards in this skein? Time for some MATH

I’m now a semi-frequent recipient of Chinese yarn, which is notorious for listing only the weight of the skein/ball on the label, and not the yardage. Chinese patterns seem to rely on weight-based requirements rather than the Western preference for … Continue reading

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New classes!

Hey all, I’m thrilled to announce the return of my beginner spinning classes in 2017–check out my Workshops page for more info! As always, I can do private workshops on other topics (or even a private beginners’ classes with you … Continue reading

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Yarn review: Red Heart – Heart and Sole

A while back I got an email from Yarn Canada asking if I’d review a new yarn they are carrying. Of course I said yes (I mean, twist my arm), and was sent a few skeins of a new sock … Continue reading

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New article in Spin & Knit

There’s a new issue of Spin & Knit from Interweave/F + W, and I’m happy to say I have an article in it. Using my own experience of knitting with my handspun for ten years, as well as some tips … Continue reading

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Exciting news – the return of spinning classes/workshops!

After a hiatus, I’m proud to announce I will resume teaching spinning in early 2017. Exact dates to be decided, but I will be teaching everything from the basics (raw beginners) to more advanced spinning and fibre prep techniques. Much … Continue reading

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Spindle showcase: Enid Ashcroft

I’ve become such a collector of spindles that it seemed appropriate to show them off here, as well as give them a review from the perspective of an experienced spinner. I’ve also been learning a tremendous amount about different types … Continue reading

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Supported spindle in Blue Mahoe (aka, new toy)

              I recently discovered the spindles of Ken and Marilyn Mocker, who run Silly Salmon Designs. I’d never heard of them, but a well placed ad on Etsy (advertising works, yes) caught my eye … Continue reading

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