Meet Brandi of PurlBKnit on Etsy
A little about yourself
I'm Brandi Harper, the knitting hands of PurlBknit. There is something about Brooklyn that makes me feel like I can do anything. I am only too willing to throw my heart to the winds and hope it’ll land in a place where dreams come true.
What is your Craft story?
My crafty lifestyle started way before I taught myself to crochet at 14. I remember creating huge wall murals in my annual celebration of the seasons. Each drawing was colored within the lines and pasted with Elmer’s glue on our bedroom wall. When the leaves fell, winter and snowflakes would follow. I learned early that creativity is hard work and change does not always come easy.
How did you come to be on Etsy, do you sell anywhere else or would you like to?
I've worked in yarn shops, taught classes, and wrote patterns. I think it was only a matter of time before I started a shop all of my own. I look forward to selling design instructions next. I’ve seen amazing things happen when people focus and expand within their own businesses. I mean, who wouldn’t want their work showcased in some fabulous places?
There is nothing better than learning something new. Ideas are flowing freely these days, so I can find inspiration almost anywhere. Like when I walk the aisles of hardware stores where lumber is just way too inviting. And do not even get me started on fresh organic produce. I will spend hours sashaying around the Park Slope Food Coop.
What makes your work special and different from others?
I think where someone else may see an original hat design; I see a really beautiful yarn that feels great. I am quite particular when it comes to my seams and edges. Everything must be washed and steamed just how I like it. I have a certain way I want my designs to look. It may take a dozen needles to get there, but I’ll get there. I’m actually looking for a cool way to say how much I love my needle and yarn collection. But it always sounds corny.
What do you know now that you wish you knew earlier (in relation to your business)
I can stay up late. Get up early. Work weekends. Take out. Stay home. Ask for help. Get an app. Try harder. Try less. Sometimes I wish I could buy an hour with fifteen cents. I saw that running a happy business was more about being balanced within myself. Ambition requires energy. Good ole fashion fuel for the mind, body, and spirit. Patience is the engine. Raw food is a key. Biking saves a bundle. And fièla means sweep.
Where can we support you?
Thanks so much Brandi!!