Leni Knits features the creations of Leni Petrov, a veterinary nurse who combines her love of knitting, a tradition passed down from her grandmother, and a true caring for animals into artisanal outerwear for pets. Leni was born to a long line of artists, builders and entrepreneurs and raised between a horse farm in Upstate New York, apartment life in New York City and regular visits to her mother's family in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has attended University in New York, Pennsylvania, Ireland and Canada studying a wide range of subjects including History, Political Science, Literature and Biology. Her lifelong work with horses brought her from New England to Florida, Kentucky, Texas, Quebec, and Georgia. She currently lives in Vancouver, Canada with her spouse and dogs Milk Boii & Moon Dog, where she worked as a Veterinary Nurse and Practice Manager for 10 years. Her horse of 21 years Trucker, now age 27, is retired in the Shuswap living his best life.
Leni's unique combination of experience, knowledge and diverse cultural exposure has come together in both a creative, entrepreneurial and animal husbandry spirit as Leni Knits Limited--an outlet where she exercises her technical artistry, creativity and deep love of animals while weaving her respect for long standing traditions into modern applications.
Leni offers 100% Handmade knitwear for dogs, cats and ferrets that bring together exceptional functionality and eye catching style. Having recently left the Veterinary Industry, she is focused on growing Leni Knits Limited as a staunchly hand knitting only, community based company--no Leni Knits Garments are ever machine knitted. An amazing group of artisans in the community work together allowing Leni Knits Limited to create beautiful quality sweaters without resorting to Knitting Factories. Leni is committed to keeping the benefits of growth within her community that values and loves Fiber Arts and animals.
Select items for Humans and Homes available in more limited stock or by special order. Leni welcomes questions via e-mail or Instagram and offers complimentary measurements and fittings at the Spoiled Paws Yaletown or by appointment in Hastings-Sunrise, Vancouver.