Whole 9 Yarns: Heather Walpole of Ewe Ewe

Color is one of the best parts about knitting. With it you can be fun, neutral, wild, or trendy, and it’s what makes your knit uniquely yours. When it comes to vibrant and fun color, no one does it better than Ewe Ewe Yarns. Featuring three workhorse bases – Ewe So Sporty, Wooly Worsted, and Baa Baa Bulky – in a full spectrum of color options, Ewe Ewe Yarns is an always dependable, go-to choice for shawls, scarves, hats, and sweaters.
Color is the driving force behind Ewe Ewe Yarn’s make-you-smile line of yarn, and Heather Walpole is the driving force behind the color. Her excitement for all things color (and wool!) is contagious and we are inspired every time we chat with her. Especially when she’s wearing her Ewe So Sporty leggings. Seriously…she has a pair…and they are amazing.
With a great eye for color pairing, we were thrilled when Heather said she would design a scarf using her brand new Baa Baa Bulky. The two-color design – Blue Raspberry Jam – invites knitters to explore color with strategic stripes and colorwork sections. Since it uses Baa Baa Bulky, the scarf is a super quick knit, allowing you to knit one in every color palate: monochromatic, neutral, trendy, or otherwise!
Want to know more about Heather?! You’re in luck – we caught up with her to ask her our 9 favorite questions!
How long have you been knitting?
I started knitting in 2003. I am a life-long crafter and artist but I didn’t start knitting until I was in my mid-20s. Then I got a job in a yarn store the following year and never looked back!
Who taught you how to knit?
I learned to knit from my left-handed sister. This did not go well. She and my mom both knit true lefty and their stitches move from the right needle to the left instead of the way the ENTIRE rest of the world knits. So when I started knitting I didn’t quite get it right (pun intended!). I learned later that I was twisting my stitches by wrapping my yarn the wrong way around the needle. It was an easy adjustment once I found a few righty knitters.
What is currently on your needles?
I am designing a shawl in Ewe So Sporty merino that plays off of the idea of complementary colors and how choosing the main color of your work can affect the outcome. We’ll see how it goes!
I’m also working on a Penguono which is a crazy oversized sweater by Stephen West. I’m using a mix of Ewe Ewe yarns and tons of yarns from my stash so every time I pick it up it’s like a trip down memory lane.
Where is the strangest place you have ever knitted?
I tried knitting in the bathtub one time and quickly learned that two forms of relaxation do not necessarily work together. Now I have a knitting group at a brewery because beer and knitting DEFINITELY go together!
Where is your favorite place to knit?
Out in the backyard with my feet up!
What is your favorite thing in your notions bag?
I have a pair of leopard print Gingher scissors that I adore. I never mind weaving in ends when I have those with me!
What do you do when you’re not knitting?
When I’m not knitting I sell knitting. As the owner of a Ewe Ewe Yarns I spend my days talking to yarn stores, designing new knitting patterns, and shipping yarn across the country. Plus, I like to cook, garden, and I may dabble in the craft beer scene here or there.
What is on your knitting bucket list?
Oh my, so many things! I’m going to make the Ranger sweater by Jared Flood for my husband using Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn. He’s supported my crazy yarn business adventure and I’ve never made him anything. I think it’s time!
Who is your favorite knitting buddy?
Meaghan Schmaltz of The Unapologetic Knitter and masterful designer of the Cuddle Toes pattern in the December SockStitch kit! We met on the San Diego Yarn Crawl many years ago and just hit it off. We exchanged phone numbers and met a few times to knit together. It was the first time in my yarn life that I ever had a friend that liked to knit the same type of projects I did. We also enjoyed cooking and good beers so it was a match made in heaven. But now Meaghan moved to Portland so we can’t knit together but we still chat about what we’re knitting and send a ridiculous amount of photos back and forth.
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