I'm Heather Walpole and this is my yarn company. I created Ewe Ewe Yarns to be about color and happiness. The projects here are fun, bright and just the right amount of knitting. I want my hobby to be relaxing so that's what I design!
Ewe Ewe is full of soft yarns and playful patterns. My designs add just a touch of technique without being too overwhelming so give them a try.
I started my career as a graphic designer. After graduating from Philadelphia University I worked in the newspaper industry, at a small ad agency and also had a fun job designing for IKEA.
I did every handcraft under the sun, drawing, painting, sewing, woodworking and even a little car maintenance! My sister was a knitter and crochet book author and knew I would love the hobby too. One night she sat me down with a hook and a ball of yarn; my stitches were so tight that I couldn't work the second row! A year went by and she tried again but this time with a hat pattern and big circular knitting needles. I was hooked!
I think it was all part of her masterplan because shortly thereafter she asked me to open a brick and mortar yarn store for her growing retail company. I quit my job at IKEA and never looked back!
Knitting was my new career. I fell in love with the fibers, the colors, the ideas and most of all the community. Knitters are happy, friendly people who want to share their abilities so you can do it too. So you can share in the love of the craft. I ran that little yarn store for three years, learned tons of knitting skills and made lifelong friends.
Then the recession hit and everything changed for small businesses and my sister decided to move her company totally online. I went back to my graphic design roots and did freelance marketing and branding for local businesses and even some yarn companies. I was still knitting and I really missed the yarn world.
One cold day in January someone made an off-the-cuff comment that I should create my own yarn. It was something I never thought of doing but it made total sense! I did marketing for all these other companies; why not do it for myself?!
I knew a mill, I had a savings, my husband said yes and here we are! Ewe Ewe Yarns is honestly everything I love about yarn. There's even a heart in the logo! I designed the fiber, the twist, the bounce and best of all, the color palette.
Now I am lucky enough to work full time for myself at my little yarn company. I love it and I hope you will too!
In 2015 I had the amazing opportunity to write and photograph a book called Scarves in the Round with Stackpole Books. I live in sunny Southern California with my husband and big, crazy dogs. I still love to draw and paint and now I garden, cook and try new craft beers.