Heather's Happenings: May 20, 2019

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Hello and good morning! It’s me, Heather, owner of Ewe Ewe Yarns.

Welcome to a new feature on the Ewe Ewe blog about living a creative life and a few things I’ve found that have inspired me lately. I love to knit and crochet but I also enjoy gardening, cooking, photography and a craft cocktail or two. Some of the things you’ll find in these new posts could range from where I’m knitting, what I’m cooking, and maybe some color inspiration.

About Ewe Ewe Yarns

About Ewe Ewe Yarns

What I’m writing: A fresh About Us page

I just updated the Ewe Ewe about us page with some fun facts about how we got here. Hint: Ewe Ewe is still a woman-owned business run by me with a bit of help from my husband. This small business supports our family and we thank you for being here.

Read about us


How to Pack for a Fiber Fest

How to Pack for a Fiber Fest

From around the web: How to Pack for a Fiber Fest

I love this roundup of essentials for spending the day at a fiber festival. PostStitch thinks of everything from the right bag to a portable knitting project and snacks that keep you going and going. She even created a printable Fiber Festival Shopping Guide!

Follow these packing tips to hit the ground running when you’re heading into a giant room full of yarn!

Read How to Pack for a Fiber Fest


Basic , Bang Up Blue Cheese Dressing

Basic , Bang Up Blue Cheese Dressing

What I’m cooking: Basic, Bang Up Blue Cheese Dressing

With all the fresh veggies sprouting up that means we’re heading in to salad season. I like to make a batch of this easy blue cheese salad dressing and just pop it in a mason jar in the fridge. It’s great over any salad or as a quick dip with carrots for a quick snack. I’ve even drizzled it over baked salmon as a delightful sauce. Yum!

Get Basic, Bang Up Blue Cheese Dressing recipe


Ravelry favorites for Ewe So Sporty merino yarn from Ewe Ewe

Ravelry favorites for Ewe So Sporty merino yarn from Ewe Ewe

Knitting inspiration: Ravelry favorites

Ravelry is a massive, magical place for knitting patterns but it can be overwhelming. When I find projects that inspire me and will work for one of the Ewe Ewe yarns I add them to a favorites bundle on my eweeweyarns Ravelry page. This is the one that focuses on the Ewe Ewe sport-weight yarn called Ewe So Sporty.

Find projects like shawls, sweaters, baby items, accessories and more that will work with our yarn!

See my Ewe So Sporty favorites on Ravelry


Finishing up a new sweater design!

Finishing up a new sweater design!

Where I’m knitting: On the sofa!

Last week it was bright and sunny outside but this week we’ve had some big spring weather happening. I’ve been tucked up on the couch finishing a new sweater design in Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering merino yarn. I just have to get those last few ends tucked in and then I’ll show you!

I hope you have had a creative week. Leave me a comment to let me know what you’ve been up to!

💗 Heather

Bonus photo: My incredible, extra crazy weather from this week!

Bonus photo: My incredible, extra crazy weather from this week!


Heather's Happenings: May 13, 2019

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Hello and good morning! It’s me, Heather, owner of Ewe Ewe Yarns.

Welcome to a new feature on the Ewe Ewe blog about living a creative life and a few things I’ve found that have inspired me lately. I love to knit and crochet but I also enjoy gardening, cooking, photography and a craft cocktail or two. Some of the things you’ll find in these new posts could range from where I’m knitting, what I’m cooking, and maybe some color inspiration.

Stitch Scoop knitting newsletter

Stitch Scoop knitting newsletter

What I’m reading: Stitch Scoop!

Ever wondered where to find a roundup of new knitting patterns, upcoming knit-alongs, and just general knitting news? Stitch Scoop is a great new daily newsletter that delivers knitting new right in to your inbox each morning. YES!

Subscribe to Stitch Scoop here


21 Knitting Gadgets under $10 on Amazon

21 Knitting Gadgets under $10 on Amazon

From around the web: 21 Shockingly Useful Knitting Gadgets Under $10 on Amazon.

I love this huge list of helpful knitting tools. There’s everything from locking stitch markers to yarn bags and pattern magnifiers to headlamps. Check it out!

Read 21 Shockingly Useful Knitting Gadgets Under $10 on Amazon


Cauliflower risotto recipe

Cauliflower risotto recipe

What I’m cooking: Cauliflower Risotto.

I love real risotto with the thick, rich rice and cream but that’s not always manageable on a week night so I’ve been substituting this cauliflower risotto for a side dish lately. It’s made from riced cauliflower with garlic and bacon and it’s rounded out with some cream and parmesan to make it extra tasty! I’ve been making it about once a week.

Get the cauliflower risotto recipe


Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks by Marie Greene

Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks by Marie Greene

Knitting inspiration: Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks (affiliate links shared)

Knitting a sweater can seem like a daunting task if you have to sew all of those pieces together, but Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks by Marie Greene blows that fear right out the water! The sweaters in this book are all made in one piece and can really be knit in a reasonable amount of time like the author says.

There’s 20 patterns and each one features a simple twist on a classic style. You’ll want to knit at least 5 from this book alone; I know I do!

20 Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks on Amazon

Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks   by Marie Greene of Olive Knits

Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks by Marie Greene of Olive Knits


Where I’m knitting: In my garden with pretty spring blossoms.

Where I’m knitting: In my garden with pretty spring blossoms.

Where I’m knitting: In my garden!

I’m loving the fresh spring blossoms that pop up every day. Being in Southern California has led me to become a succulent gardener but I can’t say I mind because these drought tolerant plants are amazing!

Thanks for checking in with me this week. Leave me a comment to let me know if you’ve tried some of these or anything else lately! I hope you’ve found some inspiration for your knitting and creative life.

💗 Heather


Cheers to 7 Years! Ewe Ewe Yarns turns 7.

Heather Walpole, owner and founder of Ewe Ewe Yarns

Heather Walpole, owner and founder of Ewe Ewe Yarns

7 years ago I started Ewe Ewe Yarns with 7 colors of Wooly Worsted and a big dream – I wanted to own my own yarn company and build a business that I loved – and somehow here we are! Thank you for your years of support and emails of encouragement. I've enjoyed growing this business more than I ever thought I would!

I'm excited to continue Ewe Ewe for another 7 years or maybe more. We have a lot in store for you this fall but first let's celebrate!

Cheers to 7 years!
💗 Heather

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!


Staying fit so you can sit and knit

Lately I've been thinking a lot about health and happiness and how the two work together. I know it sounds kind of deep but I think we all need a balance of both. If you are too focused on being fit maybe you don't take enough time to relax and enjoy life. Or maybe you sit down at the end of each day to knit for hours because it makes you happy but then you don't feel so great and neither do your joints.

This happened to me over the summer. I got a bad injury while exercising and I had to stop everything. I couldn't workout, I couldn't really knit, couldn't cook for myself, lots of couldn'ts that made me feel upended and out of sorts.

After a few days I could knit again and so I dove headfirst into knitting. I knit until my fingers hurt! It was the only way I could find some sort of relaxation and start to feel like myself again. But then I lost the balance of fitness as part of my life and my body got achey, I was tired all the time, I was getting upset at silly things. Do you get like that? Ugh! 

So one evening I set my alarm to get up early and go for a walk. Before I went to bed I got my workout clothes ready like I did when I was going to the gym. I set my alarm and decided that even though I wasn't headed to that 6:30 am yoga class anymore, my health was worth the early alarm clock and I had to pretend like a class was still calling my name. 

I started small with just a 1 mile loop around my neighborhood. I was out of breath but I didn't care! My other injury was starting to feel better and I was happier and less tired later in the day. I've been doing this walk 4 times a week now for a couple of weeks and it gets a little longer or a little faster each day.

It really has me thinking about the benefits of being healthy and how that helps you be happy. Knitting and creativity give me a certain amount of happiness and when my body feels good it helps my brain to work better and be more involved in my creativity. Have you found something like this in your life? What do you do to stay fit so that you can sit and knit?

I've been pondering these ideas on Instagram so follow me on there if you want to see daily updates but I'd love a comment here with how you balance this stuff in your life!

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 >