Maynely A Mystery is currently available in eight bookstores and from this web site.
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"Peppered with subtle humour, surreal situations and entertaining characters."
Amber Harvey (Mayne Island Aliens)
"In Maynely A Mystery, her first novel, Leanne Dyck takes her skill at writing emotionally charged stories from nonfiction into fiction. Her writing about knitting has given her the skills needed to spin a yarn in this new genre."
Donna Druchunas (Ethnic Knitting Exploration)
"Rumours of gold, a secret lover, ghosts and other mysteries create a labyrinth of intrigue as Maynely a Mystery traces the lives of the story's animated eccentric characters. Author Leanne Dyck knows her craft, her audience, and her setting. Her novel provides a voyeuristic glimpse into human character and island life."
Terrill Welch (Leading Raspberry Jam Visions: Women's Way)
Yarn Therapy: an introduction to knitting
Now exclusively available from Miners Bay Books on Mayne Island
Miners Bay Books in located in the Root Cellar Inn
in downtown Miners Bay
Yarn Therapy reviews
"The knitting basics tutorial include clear, step-by-step photos...I especially like Leanne's version of the mattress stitch seam, which is different than the version I use, and probably easier. The projects in this book are wonderful." -Donna Druchunas (The Knitted Rug, Artic Lace, Ethnic Knitting Discovery, and Kitty Knits)
Novelty Yarn Reviews
"...intriguing...delightful…many truths...A lot of great insights…There is a joy in your voice. It's upbeat, enthusiastic."
Celia A. Leaman (Mary’s Child, Unraveled)
“Novelty Yarns contains a collection of small, tasty morsels that will continue to surprise you right up until the last bite…. Ranging from childhood memories about 4-H knitting and lessons from Grandma to night dreams about wild women knitting in the forest, each segment evokes a different mood. Many of the stories made me laugh out loud, while others made me pause…to meditate for a few minutes. The stories are separated by brief interludes of acoustic guitar music…. The guitar intervals are just long enough to let your mind rest between the stories. The sensation is like cleansing your palette after sampling each vintage at a wine tasting. The total experience was delicious”
Donna Druchunas (The Knitted Rug, Artic Lace) (http://www.sheeptoshawl.com)
"There is a story on this CD for every taste, Leanne Dyck presents an eclectic mix ranging through historical romance, humour, informative, thought-provoking and quirky pieces. I like that she reads her own work...She makes good use of her expressive abilities..[T]here are bits of knitting instruction interspersed in these stories, with plenty of encouragement for new knitters and shared experiences for those who have been knitting longer...This is a great book to listen to on a rainy bus commute. I think it would be just as good to curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea, your knitting and this CD."
the West Coast Knitters Guild (www.westcoastknitters.org)
Over the past week, I have had your CD in the car and listen to randon tracks when driving. I am really enjoying all the stories, your voice and humor. Paul M.
There are few things that are more enjoyable than being read to while you knit. Being read pithy knitterly prose by Leann's engaging and deliberate voice, punctuated with soothing guitar music is even harder to beat. Leann chronicles her personal journey in knitting from childhood lessons at the 4H club to coming into her own as a knitwear designer, interspersed with fictional vignettes, and a sprinkling of knitting history, mythology and advice (I particularly enjoyed the relationship advice...that is the relationship between you and your knitting). In some cases knitting takes center stage, while in others it acts more as a co-star or character revealing prop. With the variety of "novelty yarns" offered in this collection, you're sure to find the perfect accompaniment to any project.
Paloma Parra for Black Purl Magazine
Quote from Novelty Yarn
(the first story on the CD)
Listen, the reason for my phone call is that I need some yarn.
I need a variegated and a mohair. The variegated must fade from dark to lighter tones. The mohair must be a hairy mohair.
Yes, I agree that type of mohair is challenging to knit. However, it has been my experience that if you preserve the finished result is worth it.
What am I knitting?
Well, the variegated yarn will be used to work prose and poetry. The mohair will be used to recount the tale of how I become a knitwear designer. I plan to work with both yarns simultaneously. Yes, I agree the combination will make a novel yarn.
Oh, thank you for your interest. I will be sure to share it with you once I’m finished. I hope you like it.
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