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Mar 4, 2015

by Leney Breeden

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Leney Breeden, and I’m a full-time knitwear designer and traveling photographer based in Richmond, Virginia. I’m the one-woman show behind the knitwear shop, A Girl Named Leney.

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I’ve been knitting since I was eight years old, and to me, knitting is more of a lifestyle than a hobby. I opened my shop in 2011 after years of participating in craft shows and selling knits to friends and family. In 2013 I decided to really start taking my shop seriously and designed my first official line of knits. That was the year A Girl Named Leney really started to take off, and seeing how it’s grown since then has been nothing short of amazing.

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I find inspiration in many things, but I’m particularly attracted to open water, meeting people, and traveling. I’m the daughter of a sailor and a second-generation adventurer and explorer, so experiencing people and places outside of my comfort zone is what I live for; in fact, whenever I travel I add yarn to my Travel Blanket (seen below) which has become one of my most treasured creations. I’m interested in the clothes people wear, the things they’re passionate about, and the mannerisms and traits specific to them and only them.

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I also find inspiration in the art of the everyday; I believe there’s beauty in the routine things that we so often take for granted, like the sound of rain falling on a busy street, the familiar voice of someone you love, or the way a stack of books aligns itself just so. The thought of someone wearing one of my sweaters on their wedding day, giving a scarf I made as a special gift, or taking one of my hats on an exciting trip inspires me to create.

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My wayward soul has not only led me to discover things, but also to challenge them. I’ve always believed that if I want something, the only thing that stands between me and it is hard work. I’m so blessed to have a family who has supported and encouraged that mindset.

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Etsy has allowed me to sustain myself and do what I love for a living; it’s a space that welcomes creativity and growth. I’m currently learning how to spin yarn, and I hope to incorporate hand-spun yarn into my future designs. I find it fascinating to be involved in an even more basic and elemental beginning stage of creating…which probably means I’m going to own sheep in the near future, so I can just shear the wool off myself! (Kidding. Sort of.)

Follow A Girl Named Leney on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

All photographs by Meagan Abell.

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The Super Big Explorers Club Cowl | Knit Cowl | Oversized Scarf | Extra Big Knitted Cowl | Ribbed Cowl | Circular Scarf | Infinity Scarf
The Super Big Explorers Club Cowl | Knit Cowl | Oversized Scarf | Extra Big Knitted Cowl | Ribbed Cowl | Circular Scarf | Infinity Scarf
agirlnamedleney
$124.00 USD
The Vagabond Knit Collar | Knit Scarf | Knitted Cowl | Loopy Scarf | Tasseled Scarf | Knit Infinity Scarf | Tied Scarf
The Vagabond Knit Collar | Knit Scarf | Knitted Cowl | Loopy Scarf | Tasseled Scarf | Knit Infinity Scarf | Tied Scarf
agirlnamedleney
$134.00 USD
The Oversized Chunky Knit Sweater Shrug | Boho Sweater | Knitted Cardigan | Extra Large Sweater | Wedding Accessories | Knit Sweater
The Oversized Chunky Knit Sweater Shrug | Boho Sweater | Knitted Cardigan | Extra Large Sweater | Wedding Accessories | Knit Sweater
agirlnamedleney
$165.00 USD
The Traveling Scarf | Knit Scarf | Extra Large Knitted Scarf | Tasseled Scarf | Oversized Knitted Scarf | Knit Cowl |
The Traveling Scarf | Knit Scarf | Extra Large Knitted Scarf | Tasseled Scarf | Oversized Knitted Scarf | Knit Cowl |
agirlnamedleney
$145.00 USD
The Sartorial Hat | Knit Hat | Knitted Ski Hat | Pom Pom Hat | Cream Slouchy Hat | Stocking Cap
The Sartorial Hat | Knit Hat | Knitted Ski Hat | Pom Pom Hat | Cream Slouchy Hat | Stocking Cap
agirlnamedleney
$72.00 USD
OOAK Sustainably Knit Sheeps Wool + Alpaca Blend Fingerless Gloves | Handwarmers | Knit Gloves | Mittens
OOAK Sustainably Knit Sheeps Wool + Alpaca Blend Fingerless Gloves | Handwarmers | Knit Gloves | Mittens
agirlnamedleney
$58.00 USD
The Sartorial Scarf *Last One* | Knit Scarf | Mens Scarf | Ribbed Scarf
The Sartorial Scarf *Last One* | Knit Scarf | Mens Scarf | Ribbed Scarf
agirlnamedleney
$86.00 USD
OOAK Sustainably Knit Alpaca Fingerless Gloves | Handwarmers | Knit Gloves | Mittens
OOAK Sustainably Knit Alpaca Fingerless Gloves | Handwarmers | Knit Gloves | Mittens
agirlnamedleney
$56.00 USD
OOAK Naturally Dyed Fingerless Gloves | Handwarmers | Knit Gloves | Ribbed Gloves
OOAK Naturally Dyed Fingerless Gloves | Handwarmers | Knit Gloves | Ribbed Gloves
agirlnamedleney
$46.00 USD
The Gypsy Soul Vest *Last One*
The Gypsy Soul Vest *Last One*
agirlnamedleney
$60.00 USD
The Super Big Explorers Club Cowl | Knit Cowl | Oversized Scarf | Extra Big Knitted Cowl | Ribbed Cowl | Circular Scarf | Infinity Scarf
The Super Big Explorers Club Cowl | Knit Cowl | Oversized Scarf | Extra Big Knitted Cowl | Ribbed Cowl | Circular Scarf | Infinity Scarf
agirlnamedleney
$124.00 USD
Daughter of A Sailor Crochet Hook - Extra Large Wooden Crochet Hook - A Product of Tumblehome
Daughter of A Sailor Crochet Hook - Extra Large Wooden Crochet Hook - A Product of Tumblehome
agirlnamedleney
$78.00 USD
The Knit Crop Top | Knit Sweater | Knitted Sweater |Boho Sweater | Oversized Sweater | Croptop | Off The Shoulder
The Knit Crop Top | Knit Sweater | Knitted Sweater |Boho Sweater | Oversized Sweater | Croptop | Off The Shoulder
agirlnamedleney
$69.00 USD
Wooden Comb - A Product of Tumblehome - Walnut Comb - Ash Comb -Hand Carved Combs
Wooden Comb - A Product of Tumblehome - Walnut Comb - Ash Comb -Hand Carved Combs
agirlnamedleney
$40.00 USD
OOAK Knit | The Mandalay Vest | Knit Sweater | Bohemian Vest | Folk Vest | Knitted Sweater | Knit Cardigan | One Of A Kind Sweater
OOAK Knit | The Mandalay Vest | Knit Sweater | Bohemian Vest | Folk Vest | Knitted Sweater | Knit Cardigan | One Of A Kind Sweater
agirlnamedleney
$180.00 USD
Daughter of A Sailor Crochet Hook - Extra Large Wooden Crochet Hook
Daughter of A Sailor Crochet Hook - Extra Large Wooden Crochet Hook
agirlnamedleney
$78.00 USD
OOAK Knit | The Waterfront Crop Top | Knit Sweater | Knitted Vest | Oversized Sweater | Knit Croptop | Bohemian Sweater
OOAK Knit | The Waterfront Crop Top | Knit Sweater | Knitted Vest | Oversized Sweater | Knit Croptop | Bohemian Sweater
agirlnamedleney
$140.00 USD
The Knit Crop Top | Knit Sweater | Knitted Sweater |Boho Sweater | Oversized Sweater | Croptop | Off The Shoulder
The Knit Crop Top | Knit Sweater | Knitted Sweater |Boho Sweater | Oversized Sweater | Croptop | Off The Shoulder
agirlnamedleney
$69.00 USD
The Original Explorers Club Cowl | Knit Cowl | Infinity Scarf | Knitted Scarf | Snood | Neckwarmer
The Original Explorers Club Cowl | Knit Cowl | Infinity Scarf | Knitted Scarf | Snood | Neckwarmer
agirlnamedleney
$84.00 USD
The Sartorial Hat | Knit Hat | Knitted Ski Hat | Pom Pom Hat | Cream Slouchy Hat | Stocking Cap
The Sartorial Hat | Knit Hat | Knitted Ski Hat | Pom Pom Hat | Cream Slouchy Hat | Stocking Cap
agirlnamedleney
$72.00 USD
The Traveling Scarf | Knit Scarf | Extra Large Knitted Scarf | Tasseled Scarf | Oversized Knitted Scarf | Knit Cowl |
The Traveling Scarf | Knit Scarf | Extra Large Knitted Scarf | Tasseled Scarf | Oversized Knitted Scarf | Knit Cowl |
agirlnamedleney
$145.00 USD
The Original Explorers Club Cowl | Knit Cowl | Infinity Scarf | Knitted Scarf | Snood | Neckwarmer
The Original Explorers Club Cowl | Knit Cowl | Infinity Scarf | Knitted Scarf | Snood | Neckwarmer
agirlnamedleney
$84.00 USD

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