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TB: I have a strong sales, customer service and entrepreneurial background and have applied previously learned business principles to Purl.


Have you always been interested in knitting? K-H: Being Norwegian and growing up in Norway means that knitting is a very natural part of life. Both of my grandmothers, my mum and my older sister knitted and at school we started knitting when we were


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9. I remember knitting a purple headband I gave to my dad for Christmas. I don’t think he ever wore it...The first proper garment I ever finished was not until later when my first nephew was born. It ended up as a green velour crop top - eighties style and my sister laughed so much when she got it! Luckily my knitting has moved on since then!


TB: My mum taught both my brother and I to knit when we were quite young – before primary school


anyway and it’s something I have done on and off ever since. I used to travel a lot and so always had my knitting needles to hand. Quite often I’d make a really big project and then realise it either didn’t fit or didn’t suit me so had to give it away or sell it. This is where the idea of trying on samples comes from, so you can check before you buy.


What makes alpaca yarn different to sheep wool? K-H: Purely from a knitter’s


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