Ewe and You is your local yarn shop, both in Orange County, Ca. and online! We specialize is beautiful and high quality yarns, needles, and notions. Feel free to call us with any questions you may have- we answer the phone all hours the store is open. Visit our blog for pattern ideas, fun tips, and to see what's going on in the shop.
Thanks for visiting and we hope to see you soon!
Beth & Jill
Happy WIPS! Every week we'll be discussing a WIP (work in progress) we're working on and why we are loving (or potentially less than loving) that project. Hopefully it will give you some insight into some of these great projects, and hopefully it will inspire me to continue finishing projects (since I have more unfinished projects than I would like to admit.)
Our first WIP is an oldie but a goody. We've been working on a hitchhiker. The pattern, written by Martina Behm, is one of my all time favorites. Easy to whip out quickly, simple television knitting, and absolutely stunning in the right yarn.
This week we're making one in a Zauberball. The self striping yarn really lends itself to to this pattern. I'd like to be able to take credit for the idea to use this yarn, but it was one of our genius customers that came up with the idea. The needle size is also upsized from a 2 or 3 all the way to a 5 or 6 (depending on how tight your knitting is) which really creates a beautiful fabric that drapes nicely.
Here's the photo of our WIP ::
and another one for good measure
and here is Sally's finished one that she brought into the store that made me rip a zauberball off the shelf.
I'm really enjoying chipping away at this one. It's the kind of project that I can set down and come back to fairly easily. If you're so inclined we did ours in color 1699 and Sally's is in color 2100...
The pattern is available here::
And the yarn is available here::
I have to start this blog post by apologizing, as it's been a while and I may be a bit rusty at this. When the shop was being conceived, and when we first opened, we had lots of time to blog. Time to write about projects, yarns and our day to day activities. It was in fact this time last year that I was writing about how excited we were to have products like Blue Sky Alpacas coming to our shop, and what it meant for us. These days however time is a precious commodity that we're always trying to make more of, and never seem to find.
Truth be told this has been more of a gift than a curse. No matter how busy we seem to be, we are endlessly thankful. Around this time last year, when we were just about to open, and when we had lots of time, I started googling "yarn store closing" and "yarn shop closing." Not because I'm a particularly morbid or pessimistic person, but because I had questions. Why had these shops failed? We quickly realized that one of the biggest reasons shops fail are their priorities. Just like with any other business, a yarn shop has to prioritize. But unlike any other business, a yarn shop is also a school, an art studio, an idea machine, and a retail business. It's a lot rolled into one. While it's hard to prioritize on a day to day basis sometimes (because we rather be knitting than in quickbooks) we do know what our biggest priority is.
Jill and I work very hard to create a sense of community in the shop. It's something we pride ourselves on and it is without a doubt our biggest priority. Not just knowing our customers names and what project they may be working on, but cultivating a relationship with them. It's been almost a year since we opened and that commitment to community has never wavered. We believe in it now more than ever. Today, as we sat in the shop with every chair full, and laughter and stories all around us we were reminded why we put such an emphasis on community. It's because women (and men) are amazing. It's because the people in the room are not just our customers, they're our friends. And ultimately it's because communities flourish. They create a support system and they're a remarkable catalyst for learning.
So we've decided to expand our community. Because the larger the community the more opportunities we have to learn, and thrive. We're thrilled to have an online presence, not just to sell items, but to share our community with everyone. To share projects, and stories, to enjoy the laughs together, and to hopefully help.
We are so thankful to all of our customers, no matter where they are. To the people that showed up today to support us in our new venture- please know that we appreciate you more than we could ever relay. There are not enough thank you's in the world for the outpouring of love and support we've received not only today, but since the shop's opening.
We look forward to being able to serve all of you for many years to come.