Cheers to 7 Years! Ewe Ewe Yarns turns 7.

Heather Walpole, owner and founder of Ewe Ewe Yarns

Heather Walpole, owner and founder of Ewe Ewe Yarns

7 years ago I started Ewe Ewe Yarns with 7 colors of Wooly Worsted and a big dream – I wanted to own my own yarn company and build a business that I loved – and somehow here we are! Thank you for your years of support and emails of encouragement. I've enjoyed growing this business more than I ever thought I would!

I'm excited to continue Ewe Ewe for another 7 years or maybe more. We have a lot in store for you this fall but first let's celebrate!

Cheers to 7 years!
💗 Heather

January Events: Speaking + Teaching

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Hello, friends!

It's a fresh new year and I'm getting "out there"! I have two events scheduled for January and I'm really looking forward to them. I'll be speaking at the San Diego North Coast Knitters Guild on the 9th and teaching a color theory class at Yarning for You on the 20th. 

San Diego North Coast Knitters Guild

Meeting: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 1:00 to 3:30 pm

Where: San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas, CA 92024

I will be the guest speaker for the general guild meeting! I'll be talking for about an hour about how I started Ewe Ewe Yarns, we we've come, and looking toward the future. I'll also tie in a project that uses the fun color palette of our yarns.

Membership is required for this guild but the yearly fee is only $25 and they get great speakers through the year! 

See sandiegoknitters.com for more info about this event.

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Hues You Can Use: Choose the Right Colors for Your Knitting Project

Time: Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 9 am to 12 pm.

Where: Yarning for You, 1001 W San Marcos Blvd. Ste 180, San Marcos, CA 92078

What we're up to: As knitters and creative people, we often find ourselves drawn to a specific set of colors, but why? We can use the principles of color theory to explain this and even help choose which color should be the main color of a project and which should play a supporting roll. We’ll apply this new knowledge to a picking the colors for a scarf and swatch our new technique! The pattern is included in the cost of the class and will be provided at the class.

Skill level: Any level welcome!

Fee: $45

Materials: 1-2 balls of 3 colors of Ewe Ewe Yarns Ewe So Sporty yarn. (Picking out your colors is part of the class and will be done during class).
US 8 (4.0 mm) knitting needles

Sign up: See class page for more details and call Yarning for You at 760-744-5648 to register.

I hope to see you!


Staying fit so you can sit and knit

Lately I've been thinking a lot about health and happiness and how the two work together. I know it sounds kind of deep but I think we all need a balance of both. If you are too focused on being fit maybe you don't take enough time to relax and enjoy life. Or maybe you sit down at the end of each day to knit for hours because it makes you happy but then you don't feel so great and neither do your joints.

This happened to me over the summer. I got a bad injury while exercising and I had to stop everything. I couldn't workout, I couldn't really knit, couldn't cook for myself, lots of couldn'ts that made me feel upended and out of sorts.

After a few days I could knit again and so I dove headfirst into knitting. I knit until my fingers hurt! It was the only way I could find some sort of relaxation and start to feel like myself again. But then I lost the balance of fitness as part of my life and my body got achey, I was tired all the time, I was getting upset at silly things. Do you get like that? Ugh! 

So one evening I set my alarm to get up early and go for a walk. Before I went to bed I got my workout clothes ready like I did when I was going to the gym. I set my alarm and decided that even though I wasn't headed to that 6:30 am yoga class anymore, my health was worth the early alarm clock and I had to pretend like a class was still calling my name. 

I started small with just a 1 mile loop around my neighborhood. I was out of breath but I didn't care! My other injury was starting to feel better and I was happier and less tired later in the day. I've been doing this walk 4 times a week now for a couple of weeks and it gets a little longer or a little faster each day.

It really has me thinking about the benefits of being healthy and how that helps you be happy. Knitting and creativity give me a certain amount of happiness and when my body feels good it helps my brain to work better and be more involved in my creativity. Have you found something like this in your life? What do you do to stay fit so that you can sit and knit?

I've been pondering these ideas on Instagram so follow me on there if you want to see daily updates but I'd love a comment here with how you balance this stuff in your life!

Heather talks business on Collage Creative

Ewe Ewe Yarns founder Heather Walpole talks about how she started her business on the Collage Creative Podcast with Amy Small.

Ewe Ewe Yarns founder Heather Walpole talks about how she started her business on the Collage Creative Podcast with Amy Small.

I'm so excited to be on the Collage Creative podcast with Amy Small. Each week Amy interviews a small business owner that is living life on their own terms and trying to create a life we love through a business we've each created on our own. In my episode we talk about how I started Ewe Ewe Yarns, some mistakes I've made along the way, and how I've grown the business from an idea to having three types of yarn and hundreds of patterns. It's a fun conversation!

Heather Walpole and Amy Small

Heather Walpole and Amy Small

Amy and I met in 2010 at a TNNA trade show. It was her first show and she was still living in Hong Kong. I was fascinated by her yarns and the fact that she had just started her own yarn company! I was working as a freelance graphic designer and dabbling in knitting pattern design and after I met Amy that all changed. I started thinking about starting something new. I started thinking about my own yarn line and how I could do things differently than the old guard. One day let into another and things kept pointing towards it and as it turned out I opened Ewe Ewe Yarns BECAUSE of Amy!

Because I saw a fearless woman my age starting her own business.

Because I realized I didn't need to know everything about an industry to get started.

Because I wanted to own my own business and build the life that I wanted.

Now here I am, 6 years later. I started a business. I've written a book. I work at it every day. Those yarns that were just an idea are now in hundreds of yarn stores and thousands of knitters hands. It is exciting and it makes me realize that we are all just here trying to live our lives in the best way we can. I hope that if you are a Ewe Ewe knitter that my grain of an idea has brought you some level of happiness.

If you're a small business owner (or a solo entrepreneur like me!) you'll love Collage Creative. Listen on knitcollage.com or listen on iTunes >

Thoughtfulness abounds

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Have you ever instantly made a connection with someone? I met Jen at A Little Knitty (on instagram @alittleknitty) right around the time that my mom passed and we ended up chatting on the phone for almost an hour about our moms and their cancer journeys. Last week I got this note in my mailbox and inside was a bracelet that Jen’s mom had made. Her mom had left behind a collection of these handmade bracelets and Jen thought I might like to have one. I love it, Jen, so thoughtful. Thank you!

2016 Recap: 15 NEW Knitting + Crochet Patterns!

2016 Recap of Knitting Patterns

I like the New Year because it's a good time to look back and see what you've accomplished. Maybe there's a little, maybe there's a lot, maybe it will help you focus for what you want the New Year to bring!

To me, 2016 felt like a rollercoaster. My best friend moved away, my mom was diagnosed with cancer, again, my dog died and I got a super gross spider bite that has left a huge scar! Those are just the lowlights that I can remember off the top of my head. But I am a happy person and a positive thinker and I find that I can't help but be happy when I look at Ewe Ewe! I love when Ewe Ewe looks like the fun and happiness we all need so each yarn color has a purpose and each pattern is pretty, quirky or just plain silly.

This year we added 15 new patterns for Ewe So Sporty and Wooly Worsted yarns. There is a little bit of everything from a baby blanket to cozy socks, scarves and cowls, and a whole bunch of fun hats. We have guest designs from Sarah Jo Burch who once worked at Vogue Knitting and the clever stylings of Amber Darling with her hilarious message hats.

Here's the big list of what was new new at Ewe Ewe in 2016!

  1. BUZZ OFF Beanie in Wooly Worsted yarn.
  2. Serenity Slouch Socks in Ewe So Sporty yarn.
  3. Wild Fiber brioche cowl in Wooly Worsted yarn.
  4. Frontside Flip hat in Ewe So Sporty yarn.
  5. Nectar Scarf in Ewe So Sporty yarn.
  6. Rush lace cowl in Ewe So Sporty yarn.
  7. Knit Hard banner free pattern in Wooly Worsted yarn.
  8. Head to the Sleigh! hat in Ewe So Sporty yarn.
  9. Bohemian Grove crochet fringed cowl in Ewe So Sporty yarn.
  10. Stacks children's sweater in Ewe So Sporty yarn.
  11. Hatstraction in Wooly Worsted yarn.
  12. Bibbidi Bobbidi Blanket in Ewe So Sporty yarn.
  13. Turkey Says What? hat in Wooly Worsted yarn.
  14. Me and the Tree Scarf Set in Wooly Worsted yarn.
  15. Positive Vibes hat in Wooly Worsted yarn.

Use code: BESTOF2016 to get 25% OFF these and any Ewe Ewe patterns on eweewe.com or Ravelry through 1/7/17.

And this long list doesn't even include our exiting and hugely successful Baa Baa Bulky yarn and pattern range that debuted this year! 

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I want to say thank you for being a part of the joy that Ewe Ewe is about. It may seem like there's a team here but there really isn't. It's me, Heather, back here typing, planning, photographing, shipping orders and posting messages. That's all! This business is as small as a small business can be and I really do appreciate you stopping by to see what's new. Hello!

I hope you have a happy and healthy 2017 and that knitting will continue to bring you endless hours of delight and relaxation. Cheers to a bright New Year!