A Portrait in Objects: Brandi Cheyenne Harper

January 5, 2022

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  • Your words were exactly those I needed this morning. Thank you for the peace that now envelopes me like my favorite hand knit sweater.

  • Thank you for this peek into your space & process! Very inspiring.

  • What a peaceful way to start my day reading this. I selected “mindful” as my word for 2022 as I realized my mind is so scattered most of the time. Brandi’s words inspire me. I also see a new knitting book in my future and look forward to more from her.

  • What a beautiful way to start my day’s journey. Thank you Brandi! I have incorporated ‘morning rows’ into my routine-knit with a cup of coffee and it has been radically helpful. Nearing the end inches of my Purl Soho Nature’s Palette Blanket and feeling quite satisfied!

  • So right on: nature, peace, simplicity, low key… an oasis of calm personified, an island of perfection in… Nantucket maybe?
    I was surprised to read you actually live in a frenetic metropolis!
    Fine writing, fine living!

  • Reading this was a calming and encouraging way to start the day. Good ideas to carry forward into the day-thanks!

  • What a lovely and inspiring post. Absolutely relating to: “I want to lay down and eat snacks and do nothing,” and I so appreciate your insight into staying present in the moment. Thank you.

  • So inspiring and calming. I absolutely love what was written and I’ll be ordering the book as soon as I pay off my bills from last month!
    Thank you for this and all you at MDK do.

  • Thank you Brandi! Your words really resonated with me. ❤️ I wish you amazing success with your book and all your endeavors!!

  • Oh, this is lovely. If I could type that sentence a thousand times here I would. The soothingness of the message, the muted earthy “yarny” colors, the purposeful intention, and the exploding creativity which must take a lot of energy to harness and restrain, all combine to create a fresh kind of beauty. To translate all of that into something tangible for all of us to enjoy is an amazing skill and talent. Funnily, I, too, thought you were writing this from a quaint sleepy place somewhere on the coast of Maine and yet, you are able to create this oasis of peacefulness right in the middle of noisy bustling clanging Brooklyn. Kudos to you all the way around. So happy and grateful you wrote this for us.

  • Good read to start my morning.

  • This is simply charming. Sadly, my life does not accommodate such extensive self care, but perhaps I can think if it as I eek out time to knit. The images are beautifully drawn.

  • What a beautiful window into your creative process, your studio and your gorgeous knits & ceramics. It is as soothing as it is inspiring. I want more! Looking forward to checking out your book.
    P.S. what pattern is the in the photo of the 3 chunky knots with the white bud vase? It feels like what I want on my needles right now.

  • I see your picture and knits on Purl Soho emails all the time. You always look so cozy in your knits.
    I love your workspace, colors and knits.

  • I loved reading this! Very calming and inspiring. Thank you for sharing a snippet of your life with us.

  • The intentionality you’ve brought to your workspace has me thinking about what I surround myself with in the spaces I inhabit. Living with intention is a focus for me at this time. Thank you for an inspiring post.

  • Exactly what I needed to hear! Thank you so much. Can’t wait to get your book.

  • Wow! I really love your writing. Thank you for your beautiful words – I find the words themselves to be calming and peaceful. Also – I love that you are working in some bulkier yarns – I find them satisfying because I am a slow knitter, and so I am reluctant to take on projects that will take too long to finish, or take too much time away from my charity knitting (which is my passion).

  • I was fortunate enough to meet Brandi at a VKL teachers’ meeting in January 2020. Her grounded, yet open-sky expansive energy was infectious. I’m glad to see her words, images, designs, and outlook will be reaching more people. Congratulations on your book, Brandi!

  • I am making the Brioche Bomber Cardigan right now, and it is such an amazing design! As soon as I saw it I had to order the yarn and pattern. I loved this article and can’t wait to read your book. Thank you!

  • After I listened to your keynote speech at the last Virtual VKL I asked my kids for your book as a birthday present, coming next week. Looking forward to enjoying it ever more now, thanks for this lovely post.

  • Oh, l not only love her cardigans but her words. I am trying to do 1 project at a time and have a queue for this year. So maybe after reading this book some will drop off and others moved up. Looks like I’ll be doing more than 1 project at a time. lol

  • Beautiful words. I can’t wait to read this book and knit these gorgeous sweaters. Brandi, keep writing.

  • To be such a soothing read, this was so powerful and filled with action steps. How wonderful that can lead to calm. Thank you for sharing. Your book is on my must read list.

  • What beautifully written words of inspiration. I love that you like to move things around in your space! I find moving my furnishings around can feel motivating and cleansing. Thank you for sharing.

  • Everything everyone has said so far is spot on. I feel so filled right now with the beautiful words and beautiful photos of your beautiful space. What epitomizes this whole thing for me is that sprawling plant with the big leaves. I have a much much smaller one in about a six inch pot. It needs repotted and the branches are very long. I was stressed about how they don’t seem to want to grow straight up as they are reaching sideways. Well, seeing your plant has broughtjoy, excitement, and inspiration. I’m thinking about repotting it, moving it into my knitting/crafting room, and letting it do it’s thing. Perhaps I’ll even name it Brandi as a marker for the freedom from fretting you have given me at this moment!
    I’ve been telling myself through the holidays that the last thing I need is another book. Well now, your book has moved to the top of my things to purchase list. Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself with us.

  • Thank you Brandi . You inspired me immensely.

  • I love your beautiful soothing words and the colors of your lovely yarns in natures most beautiful shades. My sweet dear husband now lives in a memory care facility as I could no longer care for him. I am so seaching now to find my “peace” without his presense in our home. My basket of yarns and half done projects actually warms my heart when I see them, and I love how you have made your space so creative so that your view is of these lovely things! Your writing was a wonderful start to my day, with my own cup of tea to sip! I hope we hear more from you! Blessings to you❤

  • Especially love the pics of your color-separated yarns (and matching shells), and of you and your garments. The soothing colors, your posture…. Thank you for this peaceful column. 🙂

  • I had seen the book on Amazon and was very curious about it and after your comments I had to order it

  • Brandi Cheyenne Harper has enlightened my heart ❤️