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 >

The Knit Show Season 1 Teaser is here!

The Knit Show with Vickie Howell is coming soon! I'm so excited to see how the episodes come together and to watch the whole series with a big bowl of popcorn. The entire season drops on October 5th so you can binge, binge, binge on ALL the knitting and crochet! 

Watch the Season 1 teaser video below – you'll see my name scroll by as an "amazing superstar guest!" 

Doesn't it look like it's going to be a great show!? Be sure to head over to YouTube and SUBSCRIBE to The Knit Show channel. That way you'll get updates about when the season launches. Woohoo!

A Basket Full of Posies Children's Sweater

A Basket Full of Posies kids' sweater from TKGA.

A Basket Full of Posies kids' sweater from TKGA.

Cast On Magazine used our Ewe So Sporty merino yarn to create this adorable children's sweater! The feature of the Fall 2017 issue is basket weave and designer Katharine Seaman added a diagonal basket weave border on all the edges of this sweet little sweater. 

A Basket Full of Posies sweater by Katharine Seaman of TKGA.

A Basket Full of Posies sweater by Katharine Seaman of TKGA.

A Basket Full of Posies is the first machine knit sweater pattern using Ewe So Sporty that I have seen. The instructions are written for single bed machines and for knitters on the PASSAP e-6000 and Duomatic. (There's also a hand-knit version here!)

Plus, it sounds like our yarns have the right stuff for knitting with a machine! Katharine makes the point, "Knitting machines tend to be fussier about the yarn that is used than the yarn used for a hand knit. Ewe So Sporty took on the challenge and produced a basket weave design that would have conquered some other yarns."

The adorable flowers are embroidered on after and use several shades of Ewe So Sporty and a variety of stitches and French knots.

A Basket Full of Posies sweater from Cast On Magazine.

A Basket Full of Posies sweater from Cast On Magazine.

Pattern Specs:

Sizes: Children’s 2 (3, 4, 5)

Finished Measurements: Chest: 21 (23, 24, 25)”
Back Neck Length: 13 (14, 15.5, 16.5)”
Sleeve Length from underarm: 8 (9, 10, 12.5)”

DESIGNER NOTES—The length of the garment can easily be adjusted by measuring the child from underarm to desired finished length of garment.

This pattern requires cable crosses that need the extra spring of wool.

Materials: Ewe Ewe Yarns EWE SO SPORTY (50g/1.76oz, 145yds/133m, 100% Merino superwash wool): 4 (4, 5, 5) skeins #50 Pistachio for sweater; 1 skein each #10 Berry, #20 Red Poppy, #05 Cotton Candy, #40 Lemon Chiffon, #60 Teal, #45 Soft Sage for flowers
Waste yarn
Tapestry needle
4 (4, 4, 5) 5/8” butterfly shaped buttons

Machine Tools:
2 double prong transfer tools or 1 double prong transfer tool and 1 single prong transfer tool
1×1 Needle Pusher
Crochet Hook
Latch Hook
Double-ended Bodkin

Tension: Main Tension 5.5
Stitch Size 8

Gauge: In St st, 24 sts & 36 rows = 4”/10cm. To save time, take time to check gauge.

Get the pattern + yarn

Find the machine knitting pattern at TKGA.org in Cast On Magazine (membership required).
Find the hand knitting pattern by Katharine Seaman on Ravelry.

Get Ewe So Sporty yarn at a shop near you or here.

Behind the scenes: The Knit Show with Vickie Howell

This week I got to film my segment on The Knit Show with Vickie Howell. You may remember that Vickie ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to get this new web series into production and now the time was here for all the lights, cameras, and action. It was so fun and amazing!

The show is being filmed in Austin, TX so I got to take my first trip to there and it did not disappoint. I stayed in this crazy little spot called The Highlander Hotel. It's kind of a redone motel with a fresh coat of wild paint on it but the beds were clean, staff was nice, and they have these adorable hot pink sheep all over the hotel!

hahaha. How could hot pink sheep not make any hotel a thousand times better? 

The Knit Show was filmed in this really awesome restored auto mechanic shop. It was a huge building that has been made amazing with exposed beams and reclaimed wood from old schools. As a guest on the show I got to hang out in the green room which was full of snacks, gift bags, and the show's makeup artists and all of her goodies. Hello!

I got to relax for a while, have some coffee, and a breakfast burrito – an Austin staple! – then it was time to shoot my segment. I am part of Episode 10 which is all about holiday knitting and gifting. The project I designed for the show is an awesome concept that will make you go, WOW! Hint: It uses the same number of stitches but you can make something fun for you to wear or change the yarn and the needle size and make something for your home. Any ideas? Leave a comment below!

The crew set up my yarns and projects in such a cute way. They have cameras set from three or four different angles including one overhead! You'll be able to follow along as I demonstrate how to make the project so you can make it yourself. Hello, tutorial!

Here's the crew getting all the lights and rigging set just right. They were great.

Here's a wider shot of the set. Vickie was all set and ready to film the exit clip for Episode 10. I stayed around so I could watch. It's not every day you get to be on a film set, you know?

And that was it! My segment went by so fast but I think it will be great. I can't wait to show it to you!

Here I am with Vickie and some of the crew. We had to stop to take a photo of the ginger brigade. Redheads for life.

The Knit Show with Vickie Howell drops all in one binge-watching-extravaganza on YouTube October 5th. Go to theknitshow.com to subscribe!

See me on The Knit Show with Vickie Howell

Vickie Howell in the Ewe Ewe Yarns booth with me at TNNA.

Vickie Howell in the Ewe Ewe Yarns booth with me at TNNA.

Ok, it's a little ways away but I am so excited to be a part of The Knit Show with Vickie Howell! In October this new TV-quality knitting and crochet show will launch on YouTube and I want you to be there. I will be a guest on the show (I get to fly to Austin this month to film in studio!) and be working on some great projects with Vickie.

I can't share too much just yet but I want you to go over to theknitshow.com and subscribe. That way you'll get updates about when the show will air and details about all the FREE patterns that go along with the program!

Vickie Howell can show you how it's done!

Vickie Howell worked up a great class for our new Doodle Stitch Beanie! This hat features an alternating stitch pattern that is interesting to both knit and look at. Take a peek:

The Doodle Stitch Beanie uses two balls of Ewe So Sporty yarn in your favorite colors. Plus, Vickie teaches a free tutorial right on her Facebook page. Awesome! 

You can get the pattern here or on Ravelry and find Ewe So Sporty yarn at your favorite yarn store or online.

Watch the video with Vickie Howell below and then use those same steps to knit your own Doodle Stitch Beanie!

Tell us what you thought of Vickie's class in the comments below!