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MOST RECENT

i wove this piece this morning. from foraged bay driftwood and various pieces of yarn i spun from flax, alpaca, milk protein, wool (sourced from Vermont and Iceland) and silk.
having a wide variety of interests, art forms and ways of making my living can make me feel a bit scattered at times. but really i’m learning that it can be simple.
so much of the time what’s best is just focusing on the next right thing. ⋒
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#theknittingqueen makes my work look good! @steve_eats

these are all bits of yarn that i either spun or naturally dyed for various experiments and projects over the past few years.
the tests. the leftovers. the remnants.
they've been sitting in a small vintage wooden bowl in my studio and looking at them always makes me happy. they're almost a work of art in and of themselves, sitting there all together like that. telling tiny little paragraphs and short stories of larger bodies of work.
but now i think they're ready to be made into something.
not sure what yet.
often, with these sorts of odd bits and ends, i enjoy thinking about their possibility and potential as much as, if not more than, creating a final piece with them.
i think that is often the appeal of so many of the art forms i love.
the idea that things can be remade and remade again.
the endless potential for new life.
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a finished piece of knitwear.
a pearl grey lace-weight knit raglan sweater tee.
reminiscent of the feel and look of brisk foggy mornings and the smell of the sea.
it feels good to get back to doing what my hands were made to do.
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"follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness"—Allen Ginsberg ☽
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when i was younger i gravitated towards more intricate forms of knitting. entrelac, intarsia, cables, lace, fair isle, Russian joins and invisible seams.
but over the past few years i've been more content with the basics of knitting. simple, rudimentary, elementary and straightforward.
i'm not sure why. but i think it has to do with the fact that these elements, these stitches, are the bones of knitting. they're the bones of anything delicate and intricate and complex. and i think in my life i've just come to appreciate, and oftentimes have more of a love for, the bones of things. •-•-•-•-•-•-•
this scarf was knit with the remainder of the yarn i had spun and processed from a raw fleece i bought in Vermont from @hamptonfibermill. it's so immensely satisfying to be a part of the creation of a piece at every stage (short of raising and shearing the sheep myself of course. at least in this instance... #oneday)

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THAT TURTLENECK THOUGH. 💁🏼‍♀️@lorettaknits #theknittingqueen #bathroomselfie #mishi2x

An otter for dad. A monkey for Oscar. A pig for me. All hand knitted by my mother #favouriteanimals #thoughtfulgifts #theknittingqueen

two skeins left of the softest wool yarn that's been naturally dyed with henna. each skein is 120 yards.
$20 each or $35 for both.
DM for purchase. •
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hello new friends!
so many lovely new faces around here (thanks to sweet @_annalouise._ ) so i thought i'd do a little introduction.
brought to you by a very real 6am messy-grainy-rainy-Monday scene in #theknittingqueenscastle.
1. my name is Leney (pronounced LeeKnee) and i live in Richmond Virginia where i'm a full time artist. my life is my work. from the way i dress myself and my home to the things i make with my hands to the thoughts i think and the words i write. my business (A Girl Named Leney) has been my job for 7 years now and it's truly amazing to see it evolve and grow even still. i'm most grateful for that aspect of it: its evolution. my life is my canvas.
2. lately this has translated through the following ventures: •curating vintage to promote the idea of mindful consumption--->@folkling •sustainable knitwear (i process raw wool into yarn start to finish and design and knit garments from it) #theknittingqueen •writing. mostly in the form of short essays and poems. i post semi-regularly on my journal (link in profile) #writingsfromawouldbebeatnik •photography. primarily through travel and intimate lifestyle sessions + most recently in film. which i'm learning how to develop it myself. you can read more about all of these at www.agirlnamedleney.com/ventures
3. i reside in what i call #theknittingqueenscastle, where i spend most of my time. it's my sacred space, inspiration and home-studio-muse. it's always changing. and there are a lot (a lot) of plants in here. #plantmamadiaries
4. i'm passionate about slow living. i write a lot about it. if you're interested to know more check out #30daysofslowliving AND maybe come to the slow living event i'm hosting with @thevillagemagazine in July!
5. i'm the #daughterofasailor. i have water-bound adventures with my father frequently. we document them together over on @tumblehome.us. #anywhereonthewaterisaplaceicallhome
6. i'm mildly obsessed with sheep. i'd love to live/work on a farm with a whole gorgeous flock of them. but until that day... #sheepdreamsaremadeofthis

now tell me something about you! i want to properly say hey so introduce yourselves.
xo

a little skein of wool naturally dyed with madder root. oh what will you become...

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sometimes i wonder if some things go wrong so that other things can go right.
as i await a new computer charger to arrive in the mail after mine broke last week, a lot of things have had to be put on the back burner. but the lack of shows to watch, podcasts to listen to and internet to browse has led to more time for other things- more important things -and despite the stress and inconvenience it's ultimately been something i'm grateful for. a forced pause.
sometimes we need those.
here's to finally getting back behind the wheel again (in more ways than one... fiber pun? anyone? anyone?) this week and remembering what the finer things in life really are. •
also for any fiber artists interested: this is some lovely alpaca/merino/angora roving i got in Seattle last fall made by @abundantearthfiber and it's super dreamy. ☁️ #theknittingqueen
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when little woodland fairies draw you sheep art. (thank you Simone)
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some sea green pin roving i brought back from Iceland is on the wheel being spun into a lovely double ply (as well as some already-spun Icelandic wool that i got from @solitudewool that is in my basket waiting to be washed and have the twist set). •
Iceland is a place that i know has captured many an American's heart but my goodness did it capture mine. i'm not sure a day has gone by without me thinking about it. glad i have heaps of Icelandic fiber around the #theknittingqueenscastle to remind me of it until i can go back again one day. •
see #theknittingqueentakesiceland for a few of the photos i took when i was there!

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the history carried within things is much more evident within their imperfections.

a late night thought that's been expanded upon on the journal-link in profile.
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a pair of true blue socks fresh off the needles!

last summer on the way to Maine with @tumblehome.us i'd forgotten my knitting (i know... unfathomable) so after a quick pit stop in Camden Maine at #thecashmeregoat, and grabbing a pair of @brittany_needles and a skein of #donerovingyarns handpainted sock merino, we were back on the road. mostly knit while in the car, in the bottom of a boat, or sitting on the floor of the woods last July, all that's needed finishing since then was a toe and weaving in those pesky ends (my least favorite part of any project). •
cheers to making progress. even on small things.
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The Knitting Queen's Throne

biking 7 miles worth of errands in this cold blustery weather (where is Spring??) has me happy to be home and inside workin now.
hope you all are having an equally productive work day! •
(also if anyone would be interested in buying yarn-message me! i have too much and have been overly partial to just using handspun lately...) #theknittingqueenscastle
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spinning up this Icelandic wool from @solitudewool on the wheel tonight!
working on slowly but surely making a dent on the rest of the wool i have around here now that my big project is done.
oh what to make next.... #sustainableknitwear
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