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!

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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