People often ask me about my pixie logo, I commissioned the piece from Aimee Ray, an exceptional artist and illustrator. The art work is original and copyright pixiepurls.com and is not to be used or copied without permission from me.
My knitting obsession began in 2003 and has been going strong sense. I actually thought I was taking a crochet class at a local yarn store. I had purchased a little learn to crochet kit at a craft store and hadn’t had any luck. When I signed up for the class I just assumed they would teach crochet as well as knitting. So when I showed up and didn’t have any needles, I was quickly led over to some nice bamboo size 8s. Then I was led over to the “learning” yarn area. I really couldn’t motivate myself to learn with any of that yarn, and I found myself holding a lovely teal skein of Baby Alpaca. After that my natural fiber obssesion has grown by leaps and bounds!
In early 2009 a good blog-buddy and baby-buddy, Allegra Wermuth had the idea of the two of us starting an online knitting magazine for baby and kids patterns. She didn’t actually know at the time the extent of my web design experience, and I didn’t know at the time the extent of her fantastic memory and good organizational skills. It was a bit like magic how Petite Purls came together, I am writing this not too long after our first year anniversary. Both Allegra and I are committed to Petite Purls and having it be around for a long time to come. It is a joy to work on and we are so happy to be able to provide this content to knitters. My roles include co-editor, photography editor, staff photographer and most importantly, designing and developing the website. We have big plans for Petite Purls!
Meeting one of our hero’s, Debbie Bliss, at TNNA in 2010.
Brandy and Allegra meet for the first time at TNNA in June 2010
Saying hi to the wonderful Susan B. Anderson at TNNA 2011
With Kate Oates and her sweet new baby boy, TNNA 2012
In 2007 I gave birth to my daughter. While I was pregnant I knit up a bunch of baby sweaters, there were loads of wonderful patterns out there but not always exactly what I was looking for. I had been thinking of a cute short sleeve top I would like to knit my girl, when she was about 4 months old. I kept thinking about sock yarn, because it knits up so light and airy. Shopping for yarn one day I found some really fun red, white and blue sock yarn themed for the 4th of July. I immediatly had the image of a cute cap sleeve top knit up in that sock yarn. I went home and measured one of her onsie’s and quickly cast on. Thus began my adventures in knitwear design for babies.
LG & Claudia, my personal knitting guru
I would like to thank the multitude of people who have helped me in my journey to become a designer. Marnie, for all of your wonderful advice. The owner of Knots of Yarn, for selling me the yarn that started it all, and for your unfailing encouragment. Elyse of Only Ewe & Cotton Too for supporting my small business and carrying my patterns from the beginning.
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