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 >

Free Knitting Pattern: Willow Street Infinity Scarf

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I'm in love with this new fast knit cowl pattern by NobleKnits! It features Wooly Worsted in Chocolate and Vanilla along with Knit Collage Cast Away yarn in Sunrise. The Wooly Worsted fills in the gaps between the thick and thin Cast Away to make a really awesome chunky cowl. And did I mention it's knit on size 50 needles? You'll be done before you know it! 

Click here to get the free knitting pattern >

 

Knitting pattern designer of the day

Hi, I'm Heather Walpole and I'm a knitting pattern designer. How fun is that? Even though I have Ewe Ewe Yarns I still do knitting patterns with OPY, Other People's Yarn! Awesome yarn. Maybe it should be OPAY? Ha.

One of the projects I had the pleasure of working on was the Gypsy Garden Pattern Booklet for Knit Collage. Did you hear me? Knit Collage. I love Amy and her yarn. Here we are at TNNA in January.

I designed the six knitting patterns in the booklet, the cowl I'm wearing up there is one of them! I also designed the layout of the booklet because I'm really a graphic designer by nature. Here's some photos of more of the Gypsy Garden goodies. Be sure to order a pattern booklet for yourself. I've seen it pop up at Purl Soho!