Author Archives: Leslie


Thirteen years ago I took up an offer from a little shop in Montreal called Ariadne Knits (may she rest in peace) to come and teaching some spinning classes (the yarn kind, not the crazy people on stationary bikes). I … Continue reading

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It’s the future, apparently

Welcome to my moribund blog! I hear blogs are dead anyway, but since this site seems to provide useful information (especially about spinning wheels from Quebec), I’ve decided to leave it be for a while longer. I hear all the … Continue reading

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New workshop in Toronto

            Along withthe great folks at Common People Shop, I’ll be hosting a learn-to-spin workshop on October 21 from 1-3pm. No experience necessary, and you’ll go home with your own drop spindle and your first … Continue reading

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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 and I accept PayPal, Venmo, and Interac e-transfers.               ‘Sugarplum’ — I’m not sure about the … 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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