Scarves in the Round author, Heather Walpole, came to visit the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird today. Heather Walpole is a first-time guest, so we have lots to learn!
Heather blames her sister, who owned a yarn store, and got her to crochet. She still has that swatch, which got tighter the more she worked on it. Later she taught Heather to knit, and the colors began to fascinate her. Heather went with her to attend TNNA and, with her background as a graphic designer, one day she got the idea to start her own line of yarns. This was the beginning of Ewe Ewe Yarns!
She began with offering 7 colors of worsted weight yarn. Heather finds worsted is most comfortable for her to knit, and designing with it, her best. Starting out, she ordered the minimum number of colors, and a couple of great yarn stores right from the beginning have carried her entire line. Wooly Worsted is now (after only three years!) available in 20 colors and she has another line, Ewe So Sporty. Click here to find a store near you, or where you can order online. Hope you’ll tell them you heard it on Yarn Thing!
Heather has great pattern support, herself. You can see from her Ravelry Designer profile that her take on knitting is wide and varied. You can also find her pattern lists at her website, grouped by topics, such as Babies & Kids or Hats & Mitts.
One day she was standing in line at the Post Office checking her phone, and she received an e-mail from Stackpole Books. They actually suggested a book of scarves in the round, Heather liked accessories so the fit felt good. They suggested 25 patterns, Heather divided it into sections, Basics, Lace, Textures and Colorwork. The yarns she’s chosen were based on it being the best the project could look, aside from her own from Ewe Ewe. She took a few friends and they modeled (herself included) in her little California beach town, which gave her the ability to portray the scarves the way she wanted them to appear.
Heather Walpole can be found at her website, her designer page Ravelry (and there is a group for fans of Ewe Ewe!) The book can be purchased at Amazon, so go and put it on your wishlist, like I did, at least! Marly says she’s off to a local yarn store, Find Your Stash in Castle Rock, Colorado, to check out the Ewe Ewe Yarns there!
If you missed getting to listen LIVE, you may hear it as an archived episode at: https://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/06/18/scarves-in-the-round-author-heather-walpole or in iTunes.