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!


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!

Some fun knitting just for me

I don't knit for myself very often -- in fact I can't remember the last thing I knit just to knit. Most of my projects are new designs for Ewe Ewe which is fun but I think I need a crazy creative project every now and then to remind myself why I love to knit. 

After sneaking a cuddle with Amy Small's Penguono at TNNA I decided I need one of my own. Have you seen the Penguono by Stephen West? It's a huge oversized open cardigan that uses different yarns and mixes stash to make a crazy sweater that you can wear either way up. Yes!

Today I obsessively dug through my stash and landed on this mad mix of Baa Baa Bulky and many years of other yarns. I also talked Meaghan into making one with me!

Spontaneous #penguonokal FTW. Do you want to join us on our #penguonobandwagon? Come on!

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!

International Women's Day: Meet Heather

Today is International Women's Day and I wanted to pop in and say, "Hi!" I'm Heather Walpole and I created Ewe Ewe Yarns.

The company began from my savings account and is still owned and run soley by me. If you call I answer. Need an order? That's me! Shipping, receiving, photography, design, accounting, all me. Being a small business owner is the most exciting thing I've ever done. It's a true roller coaster ride of high and low emotions but there's nothing else I'd rather do. I love the yarn shop owners and pattern designers that I am lucky enough to work with. The knitting community is strong and it's women that make it that way! Take a minute today and think about the women who have built something in your life. Happy International Women's Day and thank you for all of your support.

3 ways to avoid the Super Bowl as a knitter

How to Avoid the Super Bowl

It's Super Bowl Sunday and if you're anything like me you are so unexcited by this event you could cry. Football is not your thing. People wildly screaming at a television set is not your thing. Nacho cheese dip and endless pizza are not your thing (ok, those can be our thing, ssshhh.)

This Sunday leaves people like us feeling alone and alienated and not wanting to leave the house but we are knitters. We can entertain ourselves!

Here's 3 ways you can avoid the Super Bowl and enjoy a normal Sunday!

1. Pearl Fiber Arts in Portland is hosting a Super-Sportsball-Free Zone Day! Heck yes! I wish I was going to be there. There's going to be endless knitting, snacks and fun all in a yarn store. Now, that's a party! Check your local yarn store's schedule because they may be having something fun today, too.

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2. Watch the Law & Order: SVU marathon on USA because Sergeant Benson is a badass. And! You can knit until your fingers are sore and she will fight crime for all of us.

3. Go see Wild Card. It's new this weekend. Take your knitting but you may not get much done because, you know, STATHAM. Anyway... Take your knitting at least. 

You can do it! Enjoy your Sunday with your knitting and without all the hype. Have a great day!