Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Weekly Hodge Podge



Hi Knitters,
Here's a taste of what is happening over at my house....

I am working on the pattern for the Quaker Ridge Shawlette. It should be ready very soon and I'll keep you posted. (Here is the rav link for the shawl.) This morning though, I did do some knitting. I finished the sleeves and button bands for this new top-down seamless baby hoodie design. I have two adorable buttons at the ready as soon as the wool dries. The yarn is the beautiful and yummy Quince & Co. in Lark. Check it out right here!

This is another sample for my Vogue Knitting Live class this Oct. 28th from 2-5pm in Chicago. I have about 7 different options for the basic baby cardigan so far to choose from for the students taking the class. It should be pretty fun. I hope to see you there! I heard from the event coordinator at Vogue that this class is almost sold out now, too.

All of these these new baby patterns will be published and made available at a later date for purchase.


I have started winding the small amounts of handspun yarn leftover from knit projects into tiny balls leaving enough at the end to make a loop and tie a knot. They are like little ornaments. I don't know why but they look larger in the photo than in person. The biggest one is about an inch big.


TC brought home a puppy that belongs to some kids she babysits. The kids came over with her, too, and they played outside for a long time. The puppy is so cute, obviously. TC just loved him. His name is Bucky. I guess the kids named him.



 I am spinning up this gorgeous roving from Sunshine Yarns called Desert Cactus. 


I pre-drafted and wound it into these fluffy roving balls just waiting to be spun. I can't wait to finish this up to see the final outcome but it is taking long because I have 8oz. and it is going to be a three-ply yarn in the end. I'll share when it is finished.


I finally started Laura Linneman's My Hope shawl in Cakewalk Yarns sock yarn in the Smirk colorway. Oh, that yarn is good. It is gray with speckles of beautiful colors thrown in. I love both the yarn and pattern so much. This is a perfect match.


For some reason I am getting bunches of new sign-ups in my Craftsy Wee Ones Seamless Knit Toys online class. I mean hundreds and hundreds of new students over the past week. I am not sure why, but I am certainly happy to see everyone over on Craftsy. I still check in at least several times a week to answer questions and to see new finished projects.  

Anyway, if you are one of the new students, thank you for joining me on Craftsy! The elephant above is included in the class along with the patterns for a hippo and bunny. All three toys are knit from the top-down and are seamless, including the top-down sweater. The class is jam-packed with fun toy knitting techniques and tips. You learn a lot while making some cute little Wee Ones knit toys.




So that's what has been happening around here. What's going on at your house this week? I'd love to hear about it. I have two or three reviews and giveaways coming right up so keep your eyes out if interested.
best, susie

24 comments:

Olof Drofn Eggertsdottir said...

As usual all the things your make are super cute. Love the little sweater. Can´t wait to see the finished yarn and finished project you make with that roving.

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ElishaC said...

I did get an e-mail recently about a craftsy.com sale, and your Wee Ones class was just $4.99! Of course, I had signed up a long time ago, but I told all my knitting friends (and admirers of my finished toys) about the sale. Also, my mom just started the giraffe course, and she LOVES it! Just wanted to pass that along...

Susan B. Anderson said...

Elisha - well that explains that! what a deal! Craftsy is always having sales and deals and keeping things active. How wonderful:) Thanks for letting me know and I am so glad your mom is having fun with the giraffe.
susan

Kepanie said...

All the yarns are wonderful and I SO love the orange and grey together! Can't wait to see that design out.
Okay I need to hide the pic of TC and Bucky. Jojo will bug me about wanting a dog.
We are laying low. School starts Monday. Been waking up the girls early to get them conditioned. Cleaned out old teacher bins; finally giving up my teacher stuff. I loaded five, shopping bags of stuff into my trunk to deliver Friday to my old school.

Linda said...

I cast on Laura Linneman's My Hope shawl while on vacation in a beautiful sunshine varigated yarn that I haven't a clue what brand it is ... was a bargin bin lace-weight something. I am loving the pattern too!

Diane Ebel said...

Love the baby cardigan! Can't wait to be able to get the patterns when they are available...

Diane Ebel said...

Love the baby cardigans, look forward to being able to get the patterns when they are available. Maybe by then i'll have my wee ones done!

Creative Design said...

Can't wait for your new shawl pattern! I must say, I love it on your daughter.

I look forward to your post on your yarn spinning. Someday I'm going to give it a shot. In the meantime, I just dyed my first skein of cotton worsted.....in a long run in rainbow! Can't wait for the 6-8 hours to go buy to rinse! I used a Tulip Tie Dye kit! If it works out, grey and yellow or grey and orange are next!

Best,
Sheila

Anonymous said...

The baby cardigan is so sweet! I am thinking about making cardigans for my 11 month old and 3 1/2 year old, but I have only made the wee ones sweater and a cell phone sweater (really!) so I'm a little intimidated... I took my finished texture blanket to the local knitting guild meeting, and they loved your pattern- of course!

Jula said...

I spent the day in teacher staff developments and working late in my classroom! School starts next week here in Myrtle Beach. I miss summer and knitting the days away! Your blog post was just what this tired teacher needed to see! :)

Sandra said...

Uau!
It is a lot of things you are doing at same time!
I am just knitting a new cardigan of carol feller's classes on craftsy, just it.
I want to do your class too, maybe next year, maybe....
I have not much free time..

Ana said...

Wow. I didn't get that Craftsy sale email! What a deal!

Lucy Chen said...

Oh Susan, I'd love to be in one of your live classes in the future. 7 different cardigans to choose from, wow!

And how lovely is TC, babysitting younger kids. She's such a lovely and beautiful girl!

Brandi Schoch said...

You have been so productive lately just wow!

googoocreations said...

Yup, your wee ones class went on sale, and I recommended it on ravelry to folks as well. I am yet to make a toy, but I watched a lot of the class and I really liked it! Just loved your enthusiasm.

Susan B. Anderson said...

googoocreations: thank you for doing that! i hope you enjoy the class and your new knit toys. Craftsy does the best promotions and sales. What a great company they are .

ypsiknitti said...

Summer is winding down for me and next week is back to school. Fortunately, the first 3 days are mostly meetings, which means, in-service project(!!) a small project, not fancy, so that I can pay attention to the meeting AND not distract those sitting next to me. (Most faculty hate faculty meetings. I love them, for the knitting time) I just started the/your "pumpkin hat" and sovunless I finish it over the weekend, I will take that. Otherwise, I am trying to finish my "summer project" list and sew a couple of project bags.

knitterlydesigns said...

Love the cardigan. Baby knits are so fun and satisfying. Yep, I got in a great Craftsy deal too. My kids just love knit toys and so does the eternal little girl inside me.

cockney blonde said...

Love all your new creations. I would say the elephant is super cute but I'm afraid the puppy wins paws down. No wonder TC brought him home.

Sunrise Knitter said...

Craftsy had a booth at Stitches Midwest this past weekend. It drew alot of attention which may be why you are seeing alot of folks registering.

Kate (KnitsInClass) said...

When I saw the picture of TC with the dog, I first thought you guys had gotten a puppy - he's a cutie!
Love the Cakewalk Yarns - I love her dye technique with all the color speckles.

Anonymous said...

I am one who signed up for your Craftsy class. I have had a lot of fun with it and am on my second wee one. I wanted to take it before I start the sock yarn bunny which I have pattern and yarn all ready for a Christmas gift for my granddaughter. You are so inspiring. Love your blog.

Murphy said...

I really love that baby cardigan!

juliblue said...

I think there was an article about the online communities, and Craftsy was mentioned in Spin Off I saw at my friends house on Saturday, maybe the issue just came out and they have had more traffic!