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my handspinning, knitting, natural dye, weaving fibre home


Handspun CVM/Romeldale wool Talland Tee tunic and Saxon blue dyed by irieknitLara was born in St Andrew, Jamaica where her family is based.  Now living in the Greater Toronto Area she followed her dream of learning to knit, soon found groups of knitters, crocheters meeting in public – the pub was intrigued.  Seeing a spinner with a spindle on a yarn store visit opened a whole new way of understanding yarn & yes, winter.

With a love of stories & reading Lara set out to learn more.  Starting with a local Romney ram’s coloured fleece – the neighbours were intrigued – she found friendship, and the joy of working with her hands.  Wool as a first thought was a solid foundation for natural dyes, weaving, a range of fibres.

Lara lives, crafts & writes with her husband, N, their almost first grader, T, and a friendly tuxedo cat, Melvin.  She includes aspects of her Jamaican heritage in her fibre work.  In addition to a range of spindles, Lara has a small herd of working wheels:

  • Rappard Wee Peggy (John, 1982);
  • Spinolution Mach II;
  • Philias Cadorette Canadian Production Wheel (circa 1920);
  • Watson (James, 1988) Martha in Ontario-harvested butternut
  • Painted Saxony flax wheel (presumed antique & Eastern European);
  • William McDonald Saxony flax wheel (circa 1820, New Glasgow, Nova Scota); and
  • Antique Saxony flax wheel (presumed Canadian).
Drop spindles in Jenny the Potter mug from irieknit collection

Much-loved but not the only spindles

Elsewhere, Lara can be found:

twitter & ravelry:  irieknit

e: irieknit at gmail dot com

Coastline, Jamaica

Island life

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  1. Hi KnixKnox playing with words and strings. Loving your sense of humour. Purple’s mine too and just today got agreement to use it at Puerto Plata, which I hope you’ll see soon tho it’s not Sussex. Guessing that LYS is a local yarn shop?? Pardon my ignorance. Love the seafoam scarf.

    • Thanks, Auntie G! I’m still working on my purple permissions here, so will love to see what you do! Yes, LYS is local yarn shop – I have 2 in our area. Am happy to take a seafoam order:) Best of luck with Puerto Plata!

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