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

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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


Ursa KAL: Starting the neckline and working a half-brioche stitch

Welcome to the Ursa sweater knit-along! Today we’re kicking it off by casting on our sweater. Party!

Ursa Sweater Knit-Along: Starting the neckline and working a half-brioche stitch.

Ursa Sweater Knit-Along: Starting the neckline and working a half-brioche stitch.

Starting a new project is a ton of fun. So much hope! So much potential. I love it.

Casting on the Ursa sweater for our latest knit-along!

Casting on the Ursa sweater for our latest knit-along!

We start at the neckline for Ursa by casting on for our specific size. The next row is a wrong side row where we’ll add stitch markers for raglan shaping and start working the half-brioche stitch or HBS.

All the HBS sections at the start of the sweater are over 3 stitches. Jacqueline, the Ursa sweater pattern designer has a great video tutorial about working the HBS sections. Click here to watch the video.

Below I have a photo tutorial of how to work the HBS section. You can click the images to enlarge them.

And now we’ve worked across the setup row, creating brioche, adding markers, woohoo!

You can see the contrasting color stitch markers which signify the middle of the back of the sweater. There is a faux seam here and the added color helps remind us not to increase at those markers.

Working the setup row for the Ursa sweater.

Working the setup row for the Ursa sweater.

On the next row we start increasing for the V-neck and the raglan shaping. We’ll be using m1r and m1l increases which are also called bar increases. I have a great photo tutorial on working these increases here.

How to work an m1R in knitting

Instructions: With left needle pick up the strand between 2 stitches from back to front and knit through the front of the stitch.

How to work an m1L in knitting 

Instructions: With the left needle, pick up the strand between 2 stitches from front to back, and knit through the back of the stitch.

Getting started on the Ursa sweater by Jacqueline Cieslak

Getting started on the Ursa sweater by Jacqueline Cieslak

Keep in mind that we increase at the markers on every right side row and we increase at the neckline every other right side row. It’s good to keep track of your progress with a counter or a notepad.

Knitting the neckline of the Ursa sweater in Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn.

Knitting the neckline of the Ursa sweater in Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn.

I hope you’re off to a good start! Let me know if you have any questions or comments by leaving a note on this blog post or emailing me here.

Keep up with the KAL! Leave a comment on this post, join our Facebook KAL group, Ravelry group, and use hashtags any photos with #eweeweyarns, #BaaBaaUrsa and #ursasweater on Instagram.


What to Make: Dancing Santa 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.

Dancing Santa Hat knitting pattern  by Amber Darling for Ewe Ewe Yarns

Dancing Santa Hat knitting pattern by Amber Darling for Ewe Ewe Yarns

A Santa hat seems like an obvious thing to wear around the holidays but what about a hat FULL of Santa hats? Yes, please!

I love to knit quirky things because they make me happy when I’m making them and they make others laugh when they see them. Dancing Santa Hats fits right in there with its adorable little hats on a hat.

This easy color work hat knitting pattern fun purl bumps for the brim and bobbles as a topper to give the beanie some great texture and dimension.

Knit in Baa Baa Bulky yarn from Ewe Ewe, this hat works up so fast! You can knit in a full festive color combo like Red Poppy, Pistachio and Vanilla or go for the original with a Brushed Silver backdrop.

See all the colors: Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky merino wool yarn.


How much yarn do I need?

Sizes: Kid (Small Adult, Large Adult)

Measurements: 15¾ (18¾, 22)" circumference; 9 (9½, 9½)" high excluding pom pom

Yarn requirements: 3 colors of Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn; 1 skein each.

How to find the pattern, yarn and join the KAL

Pattern: Dancing Santa Hat — on Ewe Ewe Yarns
Dancing Santa Hat — 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.