Dawn Walnoha-MacKechnie was born and raised outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She lived and worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, California for over fifteen years. She has loved knitting since childhood when her mother taught her how to make beautiful knitted clothing for her Barbie Doll. In recent years, since she's outgrown her dolls, she's been working more with wool and felting, making many purses, bags and laptop cases. In 2008, after escaping the insanity of L.A. and emigrating to Vancouver's North Shore, her knitting life has gone to the dogs... She now makes and sells beautiful, comfortable dog leashes that are very popular in the dog-friendly Vancouver area.