Image Credits: Creative Commons Mykl Rovertine I’m one of those people. I live and work in the bubble of an urban centre. It is beautiful – Vancouver proper is a city that’s mostly cement and glass punctuated by tree-lined streets and little boutiques. Our signage is, for the most part, very simple. Sometimes it is […]


Last Spring, amid working of drafts of my upcoming book  Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles, I managed to squeeze in a few other writing projects, including a personal essay on embroidery and community called Stitching It Together for Betsy Greer‘s new anthology Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism. Without giving away too much, the […]


This weekend I’ll be in West Vancouver  at the West Vancouver Memorial Library to talk about the origins of yarn bombing and teach eager yarn bombing newbies how to make ‘pom pom bombs’. It will be a fun couple hours of looking at different knit graffiti projects from around the world and sharing stories. Here […]

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A Traveller & A Tourist

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by Leanne on August 2, 2013

in Books, Writing Life

“Do you want to know what the difference is between a traveller and a tourist?”  asked the guy working behind the counter at Zabar’s, the famous deli on New York City’s Upper West Side. I  stopped taking pictures of their enormous cheese counter to nod at him. “The difference,” he said, “is that a tourist […]

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Tomorrow night, join me and a fabulous group of female authors at Vancouver’s People’s Co-Op Bookstore for a night of reading and knitting. Authors Cathy Ace, Stella Harvey, Gillian Campbell and Nicole Dixon will read from their work: Cathy Ace is the author of the Cait Morgan mystery series, which includes The Corpse with the […]

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On Breaking ‘Artificial Rules’

A unexpected sign: This store welcomes dogs, kids, and photographs.

by Leanne on April 10, 2013

in Books

This simple sign outside an antique store made me do a double-take. The statement is kind, but pointed. The things that we often desire to do – such as inviting children and dogs indoors, to photograph freely, aka the joys of life – are often hampered. We’re so used to these common rules they’ve become […]

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Cleaning House

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by Leanne on November 21, 2012

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Addie Sinclair: Vortex of Doom

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by Leanne on October 27, 2012

in Books, Publishing

Collected iphone pictures from a weekend in Winnipeg. Bottom right hand corner picture by Diane Farnsworth. I was thrilled to be part of my friend Kim Clarke’s book launch at McNally Robinson Winnipeg last weekend.  Addie Sinclaire: Vortex of Doom is the second in a series of books that Kim has written for young adults. […]

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Got Craft? Holiday Fair

by Leanne on October 17, 2012

in Books, Vancouver Craft, Workshop

It feels like summer has come to an abrupt end here in Vancouver – our long sunny October has morphed into rainy, dark days and there seems to be a Halloween costume pop-up shop on every corner. Now that the leaves on the trees are turning vivid colors and dropping to the ground, true winter […]

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The Lady Who Gets the Word Out

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by Leanne on September 24, 2012

in Books, Publishing, Writing Life

Isn’t she cute? Cynara and her cat Autumn. A few months ago, I wrote a little post on my experience of being a published craft book author. But, an author’s perspective is only one side of the story – there are many, many others involved in the process of creating a book: my editor, my […]

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