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In conversation with: Anne and Lucy (mother - daughter creators of dorothy)

All of the knitted jumpers we create at dorothy. are ‘one off’ designs, and we only knit with New Zealand mohair or wool sourced from small businesses. My daughter, Lucy, designs most of the jumpers by simply drawing a picture, and I translate that into the knitted garment.

Our designs are inspired by paintings, photography, art history, pop art, nature and exciting colour combos. All of the knitting is done by me with the help of just two friends. One day, I’d like to see our designs winging their way around the globe, but we’ll always be just a small company, doing something we love doing – slowly.

In New Plymouth, you’re never far from inspiring art, interesting cultural events, pristine nature, good food and coffee – either at a café, or to buy for your home. I love being surrounded by my family and friends, who encourage and support me in everything I do.