Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird {Updated!}

I'll be on the Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird! Thursday, June 18th is my day and I'll be chatting with Marly for the entire one hour live podcast. We'll be talking about all of the great designs in my new book, Scarves in the Round, Ewe Ewe Yarns and generally all things knitting.

The Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird is one of the longest-running knitting podcasts on the air. Each week, Marly sits down with some of the top-designers in the knitting industry and talks about new projects and what's going on out there in the world of yarn. There's shows with Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton, Nicky Epstein, Amy Herzog and lots more. I am so excited to have been asked to come on the show. And, Marly has such a great laugh, I'm just looking forward to chatting with her!

Marly Bird and Heather Walpole

The Yarn Thing podcast airs LIVE at 10 am MST and you can call in during the show! Whoh. How fun is that? Call, ask me a question! (347) 539-5589. 

Plus, there's a giveaway! Tune in to find out what we'll be giving away and how to enter.

I had originally posted that the air date would be Thursday, June 11, 2015 but due to a scheduling conflict we have moved the show to Thursday, June 18. Subscribe below!

Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird
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Book Review: Brioche Chic + A Giveaway!

Today I'm excited to show you a new book by our friend Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark. Mercedes has been a happy influence and supporter of Ewe Ewe since she and I first met and her new book Brioche Chic includes some Wooly Worsted yarn! 

Brioche Chic is a beautiful collection of brioche stitch knitting patterns and instructions. Brioche knitting is an interesting technique that is a bit different than a regular knitted or purled stitch. It creates an incredibly bouncy fabric and really shows off the stitch definition. 

Basic Brioche Scarf
Basic Brioche Cowl

Inside, the tutorial instructions and illustrations do a great job of teaching this alternative knitting technique. There are easy get-you-started projects like the Basic Brioche Scarf and Basic Brioche Cowl. Both are so cute! 

Men's Cabled Crewneck
Smocked Blouse

Once you get the hang of brioche knitting you can move right in to some pretty amazing garments. Add regular knitting techniques like cables or make yourself an adorable Smocked Blouse. Want dat! 

Reversible Infinity Scarf

From gorgeous garments and shaping you can move on to brioche colorwork. Look at this amazing Reversible Infinity Cowl! It is knitted with Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn in Aquamarine and Charcoal. The two colors really show the depth and beauty of the brioche stitches. Plus, this cowl doesn't have a right side or a wrong side, it really is reversible! 

Our soft, bouncy merino yarn is only made better by the creative brioche stitches Mercedes designed. This cowl is squishy and super soft and you'll want to wear it all winter long.

And!! I've decided to give two lucky winners the yarn to make the Reversible Infinity Cowl and their own copy of Brioche Chic!

Brioche Chic book and Wooly Worsted yarn giveaway

To enter, simply visit the Brioche Chic page on Ravelry, and then leave a comment here telling me your favorite project from the new book. Be sure to enter your email address in the correct box when it is requested (don't leave it in the actual comment!). Entries must be posted by 10/16/14 at midnight PST and TWO winners will be chosen at random.*

*The giveaway is limited to U.S. readers only. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. The winners will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after. 

One + One: Wraps, Cowls & Capelets: A Giveaway!

I was lucky enough to be a contributing designer in the newest book by Iris Schreier. The new book is One + One: Wraps, Cowls & Capelets: 29 Projects From Just Two Skeins and it's beautiful! 

Spiral Cowl pattern by Heather Walpole

Spiral Cowl pattern by Heather Walpole

This is my design, the Spiral Cowl. It features one skein of Artyarns Beaded Pearl and one skein of Artyarns Cashmere 3. See, that's the whole point, one skein of gorgeous yarn plus one skein of a second to-die-for yarn equals a design. And all of these designs add up to an incredible collection of in this great book.

Here are some of my favorite designs in the book.

Beaded Eyelet Hug by Nell Ziroli

Beaded Eyelet Hug by Nell Ziroli

The Beaded Eyelet Hug by my friend Nell Ziroli is stunning. I love the eyelets and sequin trims.

Lacy Silk Coverlet by Sharon Sorkin

Lacy Silk Coverlet by Sharon Sorkin

I love the drape on the Lacy Silk Coverlet designed by Sharon Sorkin. It's so elegant and the lace is just amazing!

Thick & Thin Wrap by Iris Schreier

Thick & Thin Wrap by Iris Schreier

And last but certainly not least is this stunner by the master of lace knitting design, Iris Schreier. I love his the Thick & Thin Wrap hugs the shoulders then melts into a perfect lace.

So now I get to give you one of these great books! To be entered in the giveaway, take a look at all the patterns on the Ravelry page and leave a comment on this blog post telling me which is your favorite. Comments are now closed. Thank you! 

Book Review: She Makes Hats

My friend Robyn Devine has written a light and inspiring book about her journey as a knitter. Robyn began knitting about 15 years ago and never looked back. She didn't start small because it seems like small is not something she knows. Her second project was a huge blanket with hundreds of stitches. Then more blankets and a few attempts at sweaters.

With a decade of knitting under her belt and a new life settled in Omaha, Robyn was itching for a challenge. She set herself the goal of knitting 100 hats in a year which is pretty lofty. Two hats per week is a lot of knitting and takes a solid dose of perseverance.

She did it.

And she didn't stop there! Robyn turns to her knitting, the simple knits and purls, whenever she gets the chance. Her hats have grown into a lifelong project of charity donations. She's turning yarn into hats and in turn creating tangible love. Follow along on her journey through life, having children and finding new experiences through happy accidents in She Makes Hats

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Visit shemakeshats.com to follow more of Robyn's adventures. 

All the uplifting stories in her book inspired me to join her in her hat-making goals and that's why we partnered for our first Charity Hat-Along. Read more about how you can donate hats to charity.

Teeny-tiny and too cute!

The gang over at NobleKnits.com is at it again! Nancy Queen made these adorable teeny-tiny Mochimochi sea creatures out of our very own Wooly Worsted. The colors of Ewe Ewe Yarns are perfect for a mermaid in a bikini and a goldfish with {giant!} bubbles. I'm in love with these little friends, I may have to knit my own!

The patterns are from Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec and it just came out in August. From the looks of these two little friends it seems like I'm going to have to get the book, too!