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!

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!

Let's talk yarn with YarnTalk!

What's more fun to a knitter than talking about yarn? Not much!

My good friend Leah Coccari-Swift (designer of the fabulous Double Deco shawl and many other Ewe Ewe patterns) has started a great YouTube show with two other knitting designers, Allyson and Heidi

Here in episode five they talk about brioche knitting and show off Ewe Ewe's new Wander Which Way brioche scarf designed by Meaghan Schmaltz. Check out this episode and then subscribe to the YarnTalk YouTube channel watch the first four episodes and keep up to date with the new ones!

Wasn't that fun?! I really like the show and I love the knitting inspiration that each episode packs. Good job yarniacs! 

Casual Conversions Wrap in Creative Knitting Magazine

Casual Conversions

The new special issue of Creative Knitting Magazine features a stunning wrap in our Wooly Worsted merino yarn. Casual Conversions is just that! A light wrap with beautiful drape and a convertible form. 

Beginning from the center out, the gentle lace really shines in the pure versatility of the wearing options. You're going to have fun with this one.
Casual Conversions

Designed by Theressa Silver, Casusal Conversions is worked from the center of the back out to the edges. The buttons are attached at the end and can be worn through any eyelet you'd like. I think you would have fun with this one!

Check out the newest special issue of Creative Knitting here or on newsstands August 19. And Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn at Annie's.

Striped Transition Scarf in Knit Simple Winter 2013

I am beyond excited to show off my newest design in Knit Simple magazine! The Winter 2013 issue hits newsstands on December 10th. And inside you'll find this big, warm color-changing scarf. 

Knit Simple Winter 2013, photo by Jack Deutsch

Knit Simple Winter 2013, photo by Jack Deutsch

The Striped Transition Scarf has three color block sections that transition from yellow to light green to green all while alternating with stripes of a warm orange. In Wooly Worsted yarn that translates to Lemon Chiffon, Soft Sage and Pistachio color blocks with stripes of Saffron. 

Photo by Heather Walpole

Photo by Heather Walpole

The Striped Transition Scarf is also knit in the round so it works up quickly and you can carry all those color transitions up on the inside so they're hidden and there's not a million ends to weave in when you're done. Here's a photo of the design just before I mailed it to the magazine. It's big and lovely especially in Wooly Worsted merino

Here is the magazine and the pattern details: 

Knit Simple Winter 2013, photo by Jack Deutsch

Knit Simple Winter 2013, photo by Jack Deutsch

Knit Simple, Winter 2013

Striped Transition Scarf

Designer: Heather Walpole

Yarn Information: Ewe Ewe Yarns Wooly Worsted Washable

For Sizes: 8" x 62"

Amounts: 3 skeins in #30 saffron (A); 2 skeins each in #40 lemon chiffon (B), #45 soft sage (C), #50 pistachio (D)

Visit KnitSimple Magazine.