Heather's Happenings: October 14, 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 in her  Pop Top!

Heather in her Pop Top!

News at Ewe Ewe: Thank you!

Last week’s launch of Pop Top was a lot of fun! Thank you for all your support and kind messages about this new pattern. It had been years since I released a big new design like this and the fact that it was well-received was really nice.

As a thank you, I decided to extend the introductory sale for one more day so you can still grab Pop Top for just $4 through tonight! Use code: NEWSLETTER20 (our secret subscriber-only code!)

I also rephotographed all the colors of Baa Baa Bulky merino wool yarn this week so they look truer and it’s easier to pick which color you want to knit your sweater in. Take a look!

Make: Pop Top (available for $4 with secret newsletter subscriber code: NEWSLETTER20

Yarn: Baa Baa Bulky merino wool yarn from Ewe Ewe Yarns. Available in 17 beautiful colors.


Chicken and Leek Pasta by The Splendid Table

Chicken and Leek Pasta by The Splendid Table

What I’m cooking: Chicken and Leek Pasta

Do you have those days where you don’t want to go to the grocery store but you have no idea what to make with what you have?

This was one of those “google what’s in my fridge” recipes and it was so tasty it’s one I plan to make again! The leeks were sweet and creamy but the mustard gave the whole thing just the right balance.

It also hit my favorite points of using ingredients I normally have on hand and being easy to throw together at the end of a long work day.

Make: Chicken and Leek Pasta


Collage Creative podcast by Amy Small

Collage Creative podcast by Amy Small

What inspired me: Collage Creative podcast

As a small business owner I pretty much think about small business 24/7. I love knitting and all things fiber but sometimes I think that geeking out on small business might be my real hobby. I even had serious conversations this week with two friends about starting their own small businesses!

On the Collage Creative podcast Amy Small interviews creative business owners and dives into how and why they opened up shop. It’s so inspiring listening to how Julie Weisenberger got started with Cocoknits or how Erin Barrett created her perfectly Instagram-worthy weaving business called Sunwoven Studios.

If you’re into the stories behind creative small businesses like I am then the Collage Creative podcast is a must. You can even listen to my episode where I tell Amy that SHE was the one that inspired me to start this small business, Ewe Ewe Yarns!

Have a listen: Collage Creative podcast


Heather and Kuma

Heather and Kuma

What’s coming up: Quick beanie?

Do you have a tried-and-true hat that you always turn to? I had this blue beanie that I knit about 15 years ago as a shop sample that I always just grabbed when I went out on a cool morning.

This was hat on Saturday morning. By Saturday evening the blue beanie was slightly chewed and completely ruined with tufts of yarn spread around the house.

I guess my new pup Kuma decided I needed a fresh hat for our walks!

I wanted a new hat quickly since the mornings are pretty chilly now that it’s October. I grabbed a skein of Baa Baa Bulky, pulled a strand from each end and rewound it so the yarn was held double.

Quick crochet hat using Baa Baa Bulky merino wool yarn held double

Quick crochet hat using Baa Baa Bulky merino wool yarn held double

I whipped up this cute Berry beanie in a few short minutes and I love it! You might have seen my Instagram story about it on Sunday.

I took it for a test walk this morning and it’s much softer and not scratchy like the blue beanie was so that’s a huge bonus! I think I might whip it up in a few colors with some odds and ends that I have around the studio.

Would you like a free pattern for this quick crochet hat? It worked up in about a half an hour!

New quick hat pattern?

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: October 7, 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 in her  Pop Top!

Heather in her Pop Top!

News at Ewe Ewe: Pop Top!

If you saw my email on Friday you might have caught my new design called Pop Top. This is the first sweater I have designed in many years and I’m very happy with how it turned out!

We launched it in 9 sizes thanks to the help of my amazing technical editor, friend and photographer, Meaghan Schmaltz. I think this is one of the best and most poured over patterns on the Ewe Ewe line.

Pop Top is a great basic sweater that can be dressed up or worn daily like a reliable sweatshirt. Knit in Baa Baa Bulky merino wool yarn it can be washed, loved and just gets better with time.

I’m about to cast on another one in Indigo. My friend Midori said she wants one in Brushed Silver. What color will you choose?!

Make: Pop Top (available this week only for $4 with secret newsletter subscriber code: NEWSLETTER20

Yarn: Baa Baa Bulky merino wool yarn from Ewe Ewe Yarns. Available in 17 beautiful colors.


Mushroom Soup with Bacon by Anne Burrell

Mushroom Soup with Bacon by Anne Burrell

What I’m cooking: Mushroom Soup with Bacon

The weather has definitely turned to fall here in San Diego. The days are still warm but the nights are chilly and that has me cooking soup again.

My husband loves cream of mushroom soup and when searching for a new recipe I found this one with bacon. We all know everything’s better with bacon and this was no exception!

This recipe came together easily and used ingredients I had on hand. That makes it a win and one I’d make again and again!

Make: Mushroom Soup with Bacon


What to Wear in 60 degree Weather

What to Wear in 60 degree Weather

How I’m dressing: What to Wear in 60 Degree Weather

The change of seasons always confuses me about what to wear. I don't look at a lot of my fall clothes during the other months so I kinda forget what I need to wear and even what I have!

To realign my wardrobe for the cooler weather, I found this blog post on Shopping on Champagne about what to wear in 60 degree weather — which is most of my life here in San Diego!

I think it’s all about transitioning from shorts and flip flops to jeans and cute shoes. Add a pair of earrings, a good leather tote and instead of a blazer I’ll be choosing my favorite hand-knit sweater for layering. Probably my new Foxtrot Cardigan!

Think about: What to Wear in 60 Degree Weather


Wärme Mitts designed by Heather Walpole for  The Knit Vibe by Vickie Howell

Wärme Mitts designed by Heather Walpole for The Knit Vibe by Vickie Howell

What’s coming up: New pattern with Vickie Howell.

I am SO excited to be a part of Vickie Howell’s newest book called, The Knit Vibe! This beautiful book is a coffee-table-worthy compendium for the love of needle craft and it launches tomorrow!

The Knit Vibe has a lot of everything tucked inside. There are chapters with everything from bringing creativity into your daily life to stories about makers, knitting and crochet patterns (including the Wärme Mitts log cabin wrist warmers designed by me!) and of course and amazing tutorials section because Vickie is a master at teaching her craft!

We’re having Vickie as a guest on our blog on Wednesday so stay tuned!

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 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


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