Heather's Happenings: September 16, 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 at Apricot Yarn & Supply in San Diego, CA

Heather at Apricot Yarn & Supply in San Diego, CA

Great to see friends! Two San Diego Yarn Crawl events

This past weekend I was at two different yarn shops here in San Diego. On Thursday I spent the day at Yarning for You where we released this beachy free crochet hat pattern.

On Saturday I spent the day at Apricot Yarn & Supply and chatted all things yarn and knitting. We had a ton of fun choosing colors for the new Prickly and Shade Shifter hats along with tons of other projects that knitters had in mind.

It’s always great to catch up with my local knitters and see what people are working on!


New to me: Get to Work Book

As a small business owner I am responsible for so many things here at Ewe Ewe Yarns. I do everything from choosing the yarns, designing patterns, shipping product and even all of the accounting. I am constantly on the lookout for a planner to help me keep it all straight and I think I’ve finally found one!

I just bought the Get to Work Book and I love its clean lines and ample room for writing. It has a nice section at the top of each day that encourages me to choose the three most important tasks which has really been helping me get things done on the date they need doing.

Do you have a favorite planner or notebook?

See Get To Work Book


Knitting tip: How to knit jog-less stripes when knitting in the round

Do you hate it when it looks like your knitted stripes don’t line up perfectly? Um, ME TOO.

I just cast on a new pair of Pepperwood Mitts because I want to be prepared when the weather changes since I’ve been taking my new dog on long morning walks. I hate having cold hands! But anyway, I looked up this technique because the Pepperwood Mitts are the perfect project to put it to use so your stripes are always as perfect as they should be.

Read How to knit jog-less stripes


Fresh yarn!

Fresh yarn!

What I’m working on: Counting 9 pallets of yarn!

Phew. Last week was a long week. Before heading out for yarn crawl, I received my fall shipment full of delicious and fresh dye lots of Ewe So Sporty, Wooly Worsted and Baa Baa Bulky yarns.

I’ve been sorting boxes, counting inventory and all around moving heavy things. But I love getting the shipment. There’s nothing quite like the hope of new yarn, think of all the projects we can make!

This big delivery means we’re back to stock on all of our colors so if you’ve been waiting for some Ewe So Sporty in Vanilla now is the time to grab some.

It’s a lot to check in all of this yarn but we do it every year and it’s so worth it. I love the crazy cycle of small business life. If you can’t find me for the next few days, check under the pile of cardboard in the corner… 😆

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: September 9, 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!

Lacey and Heather at Yarning for You

Lacey and Heather at Yarning for You

Heather and Sara at Apricot Yarn & Supply

Heather and Sara at Apricot Yarn & Supply

This week! Two San Diego Yarn Crawl events

Come see me and let's chat about your next project! There are tons of great fall knitting and crochet patterns just waiting to be knit in Ewe Ewe yarns. Find me at Yarning for You on Thursday and Apricot Yarn & Supply on Saturday.


It’s a wild ride around the Ewe Ewe universe this week. Not only is it San Diego Yarn Crawl this week but we’re also expecting our big fall yarn shipment to be delivered today. That’s about 3300 pounds of fresh yarn for ALL the fall knitting. Wish me luck, send strength vibes, extra coffee and give me a day to reply to your email since that’s a lot of yarn to get counted.

PLUS!

I dropped THREE new patterns over the weekend and there are TWO more scheduled for Thursday. What a week!

Tilted Tiles shawl knitting pattern

Tilted Tiles shawl knitting pattern

Pattern 1: Tilted Tiles

This beautiful new shawl by Meaghan Schmaltz is such a stunner! Knit with 2 balls of 5 colors of Wooly Worsted merino yarn, Tilted Tiles is big, lush and fabulous. Grab it today with your subscriber code: NEWSLETTER20

Get the pattern: Tilted Tiles shawl knitting pattern on eweewe.com or Ravelry


Fluffy Stripe Sweater knitting pattern

Fluffy Stripe Sweater knitting pattern

Pattern 2: Fluffy Stripe Sweater

Another incredible design by my friend Meaghan Schmaltz! The Fluffy Stripe Sweater is knit in Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering yarn with a light, loose gauge making it the perfect transition piece for fall. The sweater is knit in one piece from the bottom up with clever short row set-in sleeves. Grab it today with your subscriber code: NEWSLETTER20

Get the pattern: Fluffy Stripe Sweater knitting pattern on eweewe.com or Ravelry


Shade Shifter hat knitting pattern using Wooly Worsted merino yarn

Shade Shifter hat knitting pattern using Wooly Worsted merino yarn

Pattern 3: Shade Shifter

I talked about the Shade Shifter a couple of weeks ago and here it is! This color work beanie is easy and fun to knit. Use 5 colors of Wooly Worsted merino yarn to make your own blend. I have tons of ideas for color combos; what colors will you choose? Grab it today with your subscriber code: NEWSLETTER20

Get the pattern: Shade Shifter hat knitting pattern on eweewe.com or Ravelry


Coming Thursday: Prickly!

Coming Thursday: Prickly!

What I’m working on: Prickly!

I teased this photo out on my Instagram account this week. What do you think of this new hat?

I named it Prickly and it’s a fun choose-your-own adventure type of pattern. Each cacti has its own little chart so you can pick your favorites and build your own succulent garden!

Watch for this new pattern on Thursday!

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: August 19, 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!

Ron and Heather at The Twisted Skein

Ron and Heather at The Twisted Skein

Fun event: Visiting The Twisted Skein

This weekend I went on a little California adventure up past Los Angeles to Bakersfield. I had never been to this part of the state before but I’m so happy that I went because I had a blast!

On Saturday I was lucky enough to do a super fun event at The Twisted Skein. Ron and his team rolled out the welcome wagon like no other store has ever done! They had 3 huge tables covered in Ewe Ewe yarn with garments and ideas galore.

I had a great time chatting yarn, looking through patterns and planning new projects with lots and lots of knitters! If you’re ever near Bakersfield make sure you stop by this awesome yarn shop and be sure to pick up a skein of Ewe Ewe while you’re there!


Crochet retro appliances

Crochet retro appliances

Around the web: Crochet Artist Trevor Smith Crafts Retro-Domestic Appliances from Wool

If the headline of this article isn’t enough for you to click it, take a look at that adorable crochet toaster oven! Crochet artist Trevor Smith crocheted a huge collection of household items including a blender, cassette deck and even bonsai trees.

Read Crochet Artist Trevor Smith Crafts Retro-Domestic Appliances from Wool


Cute dog doodles!

Cute dog doodles!

Keeping it creative: How to Draw Cute Dogs

Since adopting a new dog I’ve become obsessed with all things puppy all over again! I came across this blog post about how to create adorable doggy doodles when you need a moment of creativity.

Running my own business means I always have a planner at hand. Rather than just filling those pages with endless tasks and to-dos it’s fun to stop and doodle for a few minutes.

Having some prompts about what to draw is a great way to unlock a little part of your brain you didn’t know you had, plus when I look back through my planner I can find a page to smile about!

Read How to Draw Cute Dogs


Pattern of the week: Ghosts + Widows Halloween hats using Wooly Worsted merino yarn

Pattern of the week: Ghosts + Widows Halloween hats using Wooly Worsted merino yarn

Pattern of the week: Ghosts + Widows

We’re heading to fall and that means it’s time for Halloween knits! I think the Ghosts + Widows beanies is one of best patterns on the entire Ewe Ewe line. Look at those adorable ghouls!

Ghosts + Widows features these cute ghosts along with a creepy spider color chart, too. Make one, make both, knit a bunch of them!

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As a thank you to you, my loyal newsletter readers, I’m have a permanent discount code for patterns! Use code: NEWSLETTER20 on Ghosts + Widows or any Ewe Ewe patterns.

Shop Ghosts + Widows knitting pattern

Shop all Ewe Ewe Halloween patterns!


Coming soon: Shade Shifter beanie knitting pattern

Coming soon: Shade Shifter beanie knitting pattern

What I’m working on: New patterns for fall!

Here’s a sneak peek at a NEW beanie called the Shade Shifter! Now that I offer 25 colors of Wooly Worsted yarn I have lots of new color play patterns coming. I hope to release this one later this week so keep an eye on our emails!

We’re eagerly awaiting our big fall yarn shipment which will be arriving in the next week or two. That means a lot of carrying boxes and counting inventory but it also means we’ll be FULLY stocked for fall knitting!

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

💗 Heather


Event: Heather at The Twisted Skein in Bakersfield, CA

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Who’s that coming to The Twisted Skein? Me!

Join me, Heather Walpole for a meet and greet at The Twisted Skein on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

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Want to know a bit more about me? Check out my bio on the Ewe Ewe Yarns about us page and then come to this fun one-day event. We can talk all things yarn! Maybe you have a pattern question, maybe you want to ask questions about starting a business in the yarn world. Whatever it is, I think we can have a fun day hanging out, get insprired for some fall knitting and just celebrate some all-around good vibes. I hope to see you there!

Here are the event details:

Yarn Shop: The Twisted Skein

When: Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 12-4 pm.

Address: 4609 New Horizon Blvd, #3, Bakersfield, CA 93313

Fun Stuff with Ewe Ewe Yarns

What to Make: Sand + Sea Hat

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.

Sand + Sea Hat knitting pattern by Heather Walpole for Ewe Ewe Yarns

Sand + Sea Hat knitting pattern by Heather Walpole for Ewe Ewe Yarns

The Sand + Sea Hat is one of the first patterns I designed for Ewe Ewe Yarns and it’s still one of my favorites and an all-time bestseller!

It’s a simple color work hat that makes it easy to get started with a new technique and it’s just a fun project.

Sand & Sea Hat Knitting Kit using Wooly Worsted merino yarn from Ewe Ewe Yarns

Sand & Sea Hat Knitting Kit using Wooly Worsted merino yarn from Ewe Ewe Yarns

I put together some other fun color combinations for this hat that can be purchased as a Sand & Sea Hat kit. Take a look:

Any 3 shades of Wooly Worsted merino yarn would work, though. Choose colors for your favorite team, knit it in school colors, match your eyes or your winter coat. Whatever!

See all the colors: Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted merino wool yarn.


How much yarn do I need?

Sizes: Small (Medium, Large)

Measurements: 18 (20, 22)" circumference

Yarn requirements: 3 colors of Wooly Worsted merino yarn; 1 skein each.

How to find the pattern and yarn

Pattern: Sand + Sea Hat — on Ewe Ewe Yarns
Sand + Sea Hat — on Ravelry.

Yarn + Pattern Kit: Ewe Ewe Yarns Sand + Sea Hat Knitting Kit.

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


Heather's Happenings: August 5, 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!

Thomas, Heather and Kuma

Thomas, Heather and Kuma

New to love: We got a dog!

Thomas and I adopted a new dog! We welcomed Kuma, a three year old Belgian Malinois into our family. She came to us from a great local rescue group and I think we’re all happy to have found each other.

She’s making herself at home by figuring where to store her toys and what time we go for walks. This morning I found her watching me to open my eyes so we could wake up for the day!

Our previous dog passed away about nine months ago at the age of 15 so we’re happy to have a sprightly young pup adding some silliness to our home!


Use a yoga mat to block large knitting projects

Use a yoga mat to block large knitting projects

Around the web: Use a yoga mat to block large knitting and crochet projects

I mentioned to my sister that I don’t have blocking mats and I really need to invest in some after all these years. A minute later she sends back this great blog post about blocking larger knits on a yoga mat. (She also made the snarky comment that she knows I have a few unused mats but we’ll let that slide 😜).

Anyway, this post has some good tips about blocking knitting and crochet projects especially shawls with a large wingspan. It’s a good alternative to using towels and I’m definitely going to try it out!

Read What to do when you don’t have a blocking board


Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini

What I’m drinking: Espresso Martini

An espresso martini seems so rich and hard to make but it’s surprisingly fast and easy with only a couple of ingredients! You just need an ounce of espresso or strong coffee, vodka and coffee liquor. Shake it up and voila!

The recipe calls for a half ounce of Kahlua and a half ounce of simple syrup but I just did one ounce of Kahlua and called it good. I also added a cream float to the top because, why not?!

Make Espresso Martini


Pattern of the week: Neonpolitan easy shawl knitting pattern in Fluffy Fingering merino yarn

Pattern of the week: Neonpolitan easy shawl knitting pattern in Fluffy Fingering merino yarn

Pattern of the week: Neonpolitan

I love this easy no-think shawl pattern! Neonpolitan gradually grows and you just switch to a new color when one ends which means there’s no leftover yarn at the end. Plus, it adds a fun pop of color to any outfit and it’s light and airy when knit in Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering merino yarn. Just grab your 3 favorite shades and go!

As a thank you to you, my loyal newsletter readers, I’m adding a permanent discount code for patterns. Use code: NEWSLETTER20 on Neonpolitan or any Ewe Ewe patterns!

Shop Neonpolitan knitting pattern

Shop all Ewe Ewe patterns


Working on my Ursa sweater in Soft Sage Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn

Working on my Ursa sweater in Soft Sage Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn

What I’m working on: Ursa Knit-Along

I’m loving knitting the Ursa sweater in Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn. The pattern is really well-written and it’s nice to go on an adventure through another designer’s knitting pattern!

It’s a busy time here at Ewe Ewe Yarns as we prepare for fall. We have new stores coming on board, a fun event at The Twisted Skein in Bakersfield, CA, our big fall yarn shipment will be arriving and I’m dreaming up new patterns for the San Diego Yarn Crawl. Phew!

If you’d like to join the Ursa sweater knit-along, check out the supply list here.

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

💗 Heather