What to Make: Ursa by Jacqueline Cieslak

Welcome to our weekly feature, What to Make Wednesday! The yarns here at Ewe Ewe are so versatile and I love to share ideas about what you can knit with them.

Ursa  sweater knitting pattern by Jacqueline Cieslak

Ursa sweater knitting pattern by Jacqueline Cieslak

Meet the Ursa sweater! The designer, Jacqueline Cieslak describes this as a “bear of a sweater – chunky, bold, snuggly, fierce,” and I totally agree! I love details on this cropped pullover and I am dying to knit it for myself.

I think it looks so fun to make and even better to wear. I can imagine throwing it on over a tunic and leggings or maybe a long sweeping dress just like Jacqueline. It’s so cute!

Ursa  sweater knitting pattern by Jacqueline Cielsak on Ravelry

Ursa sweater knitting pattern by Jacqueline Cielsak on Ravelry

Ursa will knit up perfectly using Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn. My friend Jesse at Knit One, Crochet Too started one in Sky Blue and, let’s be honest, I totally got cast-on-itis when I saw this photo:

Ursa  sweater in  Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn  from Ewe Ewe Yarns

Ursa sweater in Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn from Ewe Ewe Yarns

GAH! Don’t you just love it? I want it. The accent stitches really pop and the sweater looks like the squishy dressed-up sweatshirt of my knitting dreams.

I’m going to make Ursa and I hope you’ll join me for a new knit-along!

Ursa KAL Dates and Details

Ursa will be fast to knit and we can get it done in just a couple of weeks! Here’s the plan:

Wednesday, July 17: Announce the KAL!

Thursday, August 1: KAL kickoff and cast-on with details about knitting the half-brioche stitch, neck and shoulders of the sweater.

Thursday, August 8: Working the German short row bust darts and finishing the body of the sweater.

Thursday, August 15: Knitting the sleeves, finishing the neckline and blocking.

Thursday, August 22: Wrap photos!


How much yarn do I need?

Sizing notes from the designer: To choose your size, measure the circumference around the fullest part of your bust, then add 2-6” (depending on how much ease you want) and choose the closest size.

Finished Measurements: (34, 38, 42) [46, 50, 54] {58, 62, 66} inches at bust

Yarn requirements: (4, 4, 5) [5, 6, 6] {7, 7, 8} skeins of Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn

17 colors of  Baa Baa Bulky merino wool  yarn from Ewe Ewe Yarns

17 colors of Baa Baa Bulky merino wool yarn from Ewe Ewe Yarns

How to find the pattern, yarn and join the KAL

Pattern: Ursa — on Ravelry.

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn.

Get your yarn: Find the yarn at a local yarn shop that carries Ewe Ewe Yarns or here on our website.

Let us know you’re joining the KAL! Leave a comment on this post, join our Facebook KAL group, and use hashtags any photos with #eweeweyarns and #BaaBaaUrsa on Instagram.

What color will you choose?!


Heather's Happenings: July 15, 2019

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Hello! It’s me, Heather, owner of Ewe Ewe Yarns.

Welcome to my weekly feature on the Ewe Ewe blog about living a creative life. Here you’ll find a few things that have inspired me lately. I love to knit and crochet but I also enjoy gardening, cooking and photography. I’ll chat about where I’m knitting, what I’m cooking, and much more!

Heather and Sara at Apricot Yarn

Heather and Sara at Apricot Yarn

Yarn shop fun: Two LYS visits in one week!

I was lucky enough to hangout at both my local yarn stores this week. On Wednesday I visited Apricot Yarn & Supply in San Diego for their weekly Yarn Enthusiasts Social. My girlfriend and I made a day of it and had a lovely lunch outside after a few hours of knitting at the shop with Sara and her huge table of ladies! Apricot Yarn just had its two year anniversary and to see the community the store has built is inspiring to say the least!

Heather and Lacey at Yarning for You

Heather and Lacey at Yarning for You

Then on Saturday I spent the day at Yarning for You in San Marcos, CA and had a ton of fun celebrating Christmas in July. Lacey and I donned our matching Head to the Sleigh hats (look at those adorable beanies!), watched hours of Hallmark Christmas movies (we watched this one where some cats fall in love and then so do their humans, amazing!), and chatted all things gift knitting. Now is the time to start your holiday knits!

It was so nice to get out of my office and hang out with knitters. Sometimes I get stuck shipping orders or just spend too much time at my desk and I feel full and refreshed after spending time talking all things fiber!

If you’re in the San Diego area for vacation, SD ComicCon or for whatever reason definitely take the time to stop at both of these stores. They each have their own special offering and have tons of great yarn including lots of Ewe Ewe!

Visit apricotyarn.com

Visit yarningforyou.com


Knitting help: How to read yarn labels

My friend Heidi at Hands Occupied has a great article about deciphering the information on a yarn label. Those little wraps of paper have a ton of details you need to know to create a successful finished product like how much yarn is on the ball or what the care instructions are for that yarn. Take a look at this helpful post for the key to decode a ball of yarn!

Learn How to Read Yarn Labels


Asian Cucumber Salad recipe

Asian Cucumber Salad recipe

What I’m cooking: Asian Cucumber Salad

I’m back with another cool and refreshing salad! (I hope you like it, Linda!) I made this Asian Cucumber Salad this week and it was delicious. I served it with a seared chicken breast and it made a lovely summer meal.

I didn’t have any sesame seeds on the day I wanted to make it so I substituted poppy seeds to give a little extra texture. I will get the right sesame seeds though because I know I’ll be making this salad a few more times because it was so good!

Make Asian Cucumber Salad


Silver Springs tee  in Ewe Ewe  Fluffy Fingering  merino yarn

Silver Springs tee in Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering merino yarn

What I’m knitting: Silver Springs tee

I talked about the Silver Springs tee on my blog back in April and I couldn’t stop thinking about it so I finally cast it on! This little tee is the perfect gauge for Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering merino yarn. I chose color 53 Forest Fern because I think I’ll get a ton of wear out of it all year long.

In other news, I’ve been thinking about a new KAL! I’m feeling like something fun and fast is just what we need. Stay tuned for Wednesday’s email!

I hope you have had a creative week. Leave me a comment to let me know what you’ve been up to!

💗 Heather


Fun + Festive: Winter Wonderland Mini Garland

Winter Wonderland Mini Garland limited edition kit by PostStitch

Winter Wonderland Mini Garland limited edition kit by PostStitch

Add some festiveness to you your winter months with the new Winter Wonderland Mini Garland knitting kits by PostStitch. This limited edition kit includes everything you need to create adorable garland to hang in your home!

The Winter Wonderland Mini Garland knitting kit includes 4 balls of Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering merino yarn, a pattern with 2 mini mittens, 2 mini hats, 2 mini stockings plus twine, tiny pom poms, clothespins and jingle bells so you can mix and match to create your own wintery look. Awesome!

Ideas to use this garland:

Make 24 minis and use them as an advent calendar! Stuff little treats or prizes inside for a sweet surprise each day leading up to Christmas.

Winter Wonderland Minis as an Advent Calendar

Winter Wonderland Minis as an Advent Calendar

Use the knitted pieces as Christmas tree ornaments or just tiny decorations to accent your home. Add them to the top of a wrapped present. Maybe your Elf on the Shelf needs a new hat each day? There are so many places to use these jolly little baubles!

Get the kit today!

This limited edition kit is available in two color options. Choose from Festive Christmas for a more traditional look or Tropical Holiday for a punched up pink!

Each Winter Wonderland Mini Garland Kit includes:

  • 4 skeins of Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering in one of two color combos

  • Winter Wonderland Mini Garland Pattern (code for Ravelry download)

  • 60" of twine

  • 6 1/2" pom poms

  • 6 mini clothespins

  • 6 mini jingle bells

Winter Wonderland Mini Garland Kit Price: $45

Hurry! Winter Wonderland Mini Garland Kits are only available through July 31st, 2019 from poststitch.com. Shop now to get yours!

Want just the pattern? Download Winter Wonderland Mini Garland on Ravelry.


Heather's Happenings: July 8, 2019

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Hello! It’s me, Heather, owner of Ewe Ewe Yarns.

Welcome to my weekly feature on the Ewe Ewe blog about living a creative life. Here you’ll find a few things that have inspired me lately. I love to knit and crochet but I also enjoy gardening, cooking, photography and a craft cocktail or two. I’ll chat about where I’m knitting, what I’m cooking, and much more!

Heather Walpole in her Foxtrot Cardigan

Heather Walpole in her Foxtrot Cardigan

Finished Object! Foxtrot Cardigan

As a "yarnie" I was able to start my Foxtrot Cardigan a few weeks ago and I am thrilled with the result! I knit my sweater using Ewe Ewe Yarns Wooly Worsted merino in color Midnight Blue.

This sweater designed by Marie Greene of Olive Knits was a blast to knit. I don’t often get to work from another designer’s pattern and so this was a fun adventure of dancing lace, wavy necklines and a great finished piece!

I chose to make a size close to my actual measurements for a more fitted finished sweater and I love the result. I know I'll be wearing this cardigan for years to come.

Take a look at all my photos on my Ravelry project page.

If you’d like to knit your own Foxtrot Cardigan in Wooly Worsted merino yarn — check out our kits!


Knitting help: Fixing Mistakes Down a Column of Stitches

We all make mistakes in our knitting and I found this great tutorial by Ellen at The Chilly Dog. Instead of ripping out rows and rows of knitting, this tutorial guides you through how to drop a column of stitches to fix a mistake!

If you’re new to knitting or just need a quick refresher on fixing a stitch, watch this video.

Watch Fixing Mistakes Down a Column of Stitches


Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumber and Feta

Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumber and Feta

What I’m cooking: Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumber and Feta

Summer is definitely here so cold, fresh salads are the name of the game. I love this combination of crunchy, salty, citrusy goodness. Cucumbers are always a seasonal favorite and add a little starchy orzo to the mix and you have a real winner! This salad whips up in no time and can travel or just be eaten from a big bowl on the couch with the fan pointed right at you.

Make Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumber and Feta


What’s new: Bounding Blitzen!

I think holiday knits are the most fun and July is a great time to get started on those projects because they’re small and they’ll be done in time to wear for the season!

I just launched the new Bounding Blitzen beanie which is knit using 2 colors of Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn from Ewe Ewe. This quick color work hat will work up before Santa has time to pack his sleigh!

This weekend’s event! To kick off Christmas in July, I’ll be at Yarning for You in San Marcos, CA on Saturday, July 13. We’ll be talking all things holiday knits and screening Hallmark Christmas movies! See the event details.

I hope you have had a creative week. Leave me a comment to let me know what you’ve been up to!

💗 Heather


Heather's Happenings: July 1, 2019

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Hello! It’s me, Heather, owner of Ewe Ewe Yarns.

Welcome to a new feature on the Ewe Ewe blog about living a creative life and a few things I’ve found that have inspired me lately. I love to knit and crochet but I also enjoy gardening, cooking, photography and a craft cocktail or two. Some of the things you’ll find in these new posts could range from where I’m knitting, what I’m cooking, and maybe some color inspiration.

Designer Meaghan Schmaltz and Ewe Ewe Yarns owner Heather Walpole at the TNNA Trade Show in Cleveland, OH.

Designer Meaghan Schmaltz and Ewe Ewe Yarns owner Heather Walpole at the TNNA Trade Show in Cleveland, OH.

Where I’ve been: Wholesale trade show time!

Have you ever wondered where your local yarn shop finds such amazing products to stock in their store? They find them at TNNA, the National Needle Arts annual trade show.

I, as a wholesale yarn company, go and exhibit in a booth for a three day yarn-filled weekend where I get to meet shop owners and introduce them to Ewe Ewe Yarns.

Last week we were in Cleveland, OH and we had a blast. I got to see old and new friends, interface with designers, shop owners, other yarn companies and just generally get excited and inspired about what’s coming for fall.

Designer Meaghan Schmaltz was on the floor with me talking up (and wearing!) Ewe Ewe Yarns. Look at her amazing Shifty sweater she knit using Fluffy Fingering yarn! I’m wearing her stunning Ewe So Summer shawl.

Here’s a little gallery of the Ewe Ewe Yarns booth. Can you spot any new patterns? I bet you can! We have so many new patterns coming for fall.


From around the web: Good Enough Creative podcast

Are you looking for a dose of creativity with a side of sunshine? Because that’s what you’ll find in Marie Greene’s new podcast, Good Enough Creative. Each week Marie cheerily presents excellent topics about bringing more creativity into your life and how to keep it there. She has awesome ideas about organizing your creative space and even how to give your creative juices a boost. I highly recommend adding this 15 minute podcast to your weekly routine!

Listen to Good Enough Creative


Gruyere, Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Bites

Gruyere, Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Bites

What I’m cooking: Gruyere, Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Bites

Do you need an easy recipe for a potluck this week? I have made these little tarts over and over again and they are always a hit. I even had a woman tell me to try them as I moved through the line one time!

Sautéed mushrooms combine with caramelized onions to make a rich flavor. A bit of gooey gruyere and thyme rounds out the flavor into a perfect little bite! I like to cut my puff pastry a little uneven like the photo for a nice rustic look.

Let me know if you decide to make these!

Get Gruyere, Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Bites recipe


What I’m knitting: Foxtrot Cardigan by Marie Greene using Wooly Worsted merino yarn

The 4 Day KAL with Marie Greene starts this week!

Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn is perfect for this sweater. I am using color 73 Midnight Blue and loving every stitch of it! If you’d like more info about joining the KAL read the details here. You can also get a kit to make the sweater here!

I hope you have had a creative week. Leave me a comment to let me know what you’ve been up to!

💗 Heather


Socks on Saturday: Starry Night Socks

Each Socks on Saturday highlights an inspirational sock pattern that can be knit with Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering yarn.

Starry Night Socks  by Linda Fridholm

Starry Night Socks by Linda Fridholm

Twinkle, twinkle, little toes. I am smitten with these Starry Night Socks designed by Linda Fridholm! Inspired by the twinkling stars on a cold winter night, these socks use three colors to create tiny stars and different patterns.

Morslillaylle’s amazing Starry Night Socks project on  Ravelry

Morslillaylle’s amazing Starry Night Socks project on Ravelry

I love the colors that this sock has. Fluffy Fingering merino yarn comes in Charcoal, Saffron and Vanilla and you could make a similar look!

See all the yarn colors: Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn.


How much yarn do I need?

Sizes: 7” (8”) 9.25” foot circumference  

You’ll need: Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn
Main Color: 2 balls (98 Charcoal)
CC1: 1 ball (30 Saffron or 70 Aquamarine)
CC2: 1 ball (90 Vanilla)

How to find the pattern and yarn

Pattern: Starry Night Socks – on Ravelry.

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering merino sock yarn.

Locate: Find the yarn here or find a local yarn shop that carries Ewe Ewe Yarns.

Happy Socks on Saturday!


See all the Socks on Saturday posts

See all of the posts in one place and find one that inspires you!