I’m excited to share an interview with Heather Walpole today, along with a giveaway as part of the blog tour for her new book. Read on for details!
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Heather is a knitting designer, former yarn shop owner, and the founder and owner of Ewe Ewe Yarns, a boutique yarn company specializing in Merino wool. Her patterns have appeared in One+One Wraps, Cowls, and Capelets, One+One Hats, and Creative Knitting magazine. Her first book, Scarves in the Round: 25 Knitted Infinity Scarves, Neck Warmers, Cowls, and Double-Warm Tube Scarves, was recently published by Stackpole Books.
Underground Crafter (UC): How did you first learn to knit?
Heather: My sister taught me when I was in my early 20s. I wasn’t very good at first and kept twisting my stitches. I finally got straightened out and really started enjoying it!
UC: What inspired you to start designing?
Heather: I am a graphic designer by training so merging my love of design with knitting was a no-brainer for me! Once I figured out how the stitches worked with one another I couldn’t help by try knitwear design for myself.
Heather: It really depends on my mood! Sometimes I love the freeform nature or speed of crochet but then other days I love thecalmness of a big swath of stockinette stitch. There’s something so soothing about knitting.
UC: Although you have a lot of variety in your patterns, you definitely have a lot of cowls! What do you enjoy about designing neckwear?
Heather: I love to make scarves and cowls because everybody needs them! Whether you live on the East Coast and have harsh winters or just want a little warmth in the evening on the West Coast, a cowl can be used anywhere all year long. It’s one of the simplest gifts to give and it’s always well-received.
UC: What was the development process like for your book Scarves in the Round?
Heather: I think knitting should be fun and relaxing and I wanted that to be a big part of my book. I focused on having projects for beginners where you just knit in the round or maybe add a few purl stitches. I also included a bunch of little design touches to help beginners or intermediate have the opportunity to try new techniques that they may not have seen other places. I want knitters to enjoy what they’re working on, be able to finish and be proud of what they had just knit! There’s tons of tips and tricks in the back of the book to help if you’re not sure of a stitch.
Heather: I’ve come to the point in my knitting life where resource books are my go-to. I can’t live without Wendy Bernard‘s Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary and I also really love The Knowledgeable Knitter by Margaret Radcliffe. If I need a stitch idea or have a specialized question then those are where I turn!
UC: Do you have any crafty blogs or websites that you visit regularly for community or inspiration?
Heather: My favorite knitting blogs are The Unapologetic Knitter and Hands Occupied
UC: You’re also the founder of Ewe Ewe Yarns, which specializes in Merino wool. What do you love about working with Merino?
Heather: Merino yarn is just the best! It’s the softest wool available and here at Ewe Ewe we make it washable! The long fibers of merino sheep means there’s less ends to poke the skin. Plus, our yarns have a special twist that makes them really bouncy and a pleasure to knit. All of our yarns are bright and happy, too!
Thanks for stopping by, Heather!
Now that you’ve had a chance to get to know Heather, I know you’re ready to check out her new book, Scarves in the Round! You can preview all 25 patterns included in the book on its Ravelry source page here. There are a lot of great designs included, but I think my two favorites are the Color Block Scarf and Pixel Perfect.
The nice folks at Stackpole Books have offered up a copy of the book to one reader. Enter through Monday, August 17, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern using the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win. Good luck!