Monday, December 17, 2012

Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys!



Hi, Knitters,
The day has finally come where I can share my next book with you! I have never been more excited and proud of a collection of knit toys than the one in Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys. Included in the book are twelve magical two-in-one reversible toys for you to knit. You may remember the Reversibles chapter in Itty-Bitty Toys? This book is a full-blown extension of that chapter. Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out is an entire book of toys that turn upside-down, reverse, flip inside-out and change into something else. The toys included in Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out are clever, memorable, cute, and most of all, plain old fun!

The cover kicks off the book in the perfect way. There is a pull-tab up on the top of the front cover. The text underneath the tab directs you to "pull and smile" and hopefully you will. I sure did! When you pull on the tab you get to see the striped bunny turn into a sweet lamb right before your eyes! It is such an energetic and fun cover and it only scratches the surface of the magical projects you'll find on the pages inside. Adults will love this pull-tab as much as the kids. 

The other great thing about Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out is that it is packed-full with tutorials. The book has step-by-step photographed tutorials where I get to take you through the techniques you need to create your own beautifully-crafted handknit toys. The photographs are of my own hands actually doing the techniques for you. It is like I am sitting right next to you at the kitchen table. My hope is that these tutorials will be incredibly helpful for all toy knitters from beginner to experienced. 

Without further ado, Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys is now up and available for pre-order. To find out more or to pre-order click here and click here. The book will be on the bookshelves of your favorite stores, including yarn shops, in March 2013. I will be previewing the book in much more detail closer to the publication date. I have lots of fun plans in the works, including travel and appearances, so stay tuned!

Now, with great pride and pleasure, I present to you the video book trailer for Topsy-Turvy Inside Out Knit Toys. For email subscribers, if you can't see the video on this post, click here to see the book trailer directly on YouTube.



Isn't that video the best? The toys jump off the screen and come to life. I love it. I hope you are as excited about this new book as I am. 

Please let me know what you think! I'd love to hear from you.
best, susie

80 comments:

Sally said...

This is going to be FUN!!!!! Thanks for the sneak peek and CONGRATULATIONS! And, yes! Love the video!

Kathy H said...

Great video! Gotta get the book! Thanks for such cute knits and wonderful projects!

Kathy H said...

Great video! Such cute toys :) Thanks for dreaming up such wonderful patterns and sharing them with us!

Marta said...

That is the cutest video EVER! I love the new book -- congratulations!

Elaine said...

These are just too adorable!! Must have!

Creative Design said...

Simply can't wait! I love the egg/dinosaur as it is the most unexpected!

Best and Merry Christmas,
Sheila

Vanessa said...

That is just about the cutest video I have ever seen! What a creative and wonderful video and book cover! Ok, I'm on my way to pre-order!!!

Betz White said...

Congratulations! It's adorable!

Anonymous said...

So excited for you! It looks like a wonderfully fun book :) I can't wait to buy it! Susan, you truly are a gifted woman...please continue doing what you are doing!

Merry Christmas,
Andrea

Jennie Kaderabek said...

Congrats, Susan! I hope one of your classes is local so I can attend.
Happy Holidays.
Jennie

Jennie Kaderabek said...

Congrats, Susan! I hope I have to opportunity for a local event.
Happy holidays!
Jennie

kanani said...

The video was really cute! What a clever way to present all the new knits! Congratulations on your new book-can't wait to purchase!

Johnston4kids said...

So looking forward to this. Made the duck to bunny and had such fun with the construction.

hege said...

Well, my New Year's resolution is to try to put an end to my book hoarding - but it looks as if I will have to make an exception...

Mim said...

As usual, you have outdone yourself! Going to preorder my copy now. Congrats!

Flowermouse Design said...

How exciting. I love that video - I just want to knit one of them. Or all of them. Creative knitting - you are so skilled!!!

Knitty said...

wow!

wearefamilyw said...

Love, love, love! Can't wait!!

Anonymous said...

Great video -wonderful toys! Adorable!

whatzitknitz said...

very cute!! can't wait to knit them

Jaime said...

This looks wonderful! I'm already such a fan of the reversible patterns you already had and have made a few. I did mouse-->elephant and a frog-->princess since I can't seem to stick to a pattern as written without changing things up ;)

Rae Lynne said...

I'm so very excited about your new book!! :) It looks so fantastic. :) You continue to come up with such fun and unique toys!

Rae Lynne

Rexanne Baker said...

Congrats on another book! The video was great. I will absolutely buy the book for the tutorials and the dog house/dog toy if for no other reason. Thanks.

Meg said...

Can't wait to get this book!! I love your knitting patterns!

Meg said...

Can't wait to get this book!! I love your knitting patterns!

Ginger said...

Beautiful!! Congrats on the new book and thank you for all your wonderful patterns! Can't wait to knit some up.

RC said...

I pre ordered the book before I even looked at the video and now I CANNOT WAIT! I need to make one of everything!!!!

Kirsten said...

Adorable & inventive. Such fun! One of my daughter's favorites when she was young was a wee tiger which converted to a globe. She named him "Ti-Ti-Glo-Glo" and for at least a year of her life could not go to bed without him. Your designs look like the sort of toy that will be well loved by children and adults alike.

Auntea said...

Oh my gracious, this is awesome! I can't wait for the book, these are the cutest toys of ever. Each time a new one popped up on the video, I thought "That's my favorite". Then a new one came up and I thought "this is my favorite........."

Amber Zona said...

Love the video. Can't wait for the book!

Iva said...

The video is amazing! Going to get the book for sure.

Colleen said...

Yay! I made the bird and egg for my son and he LOVED it. Thanks for the sneak peek! I'll be getting this one! And great video too. I love the alligator crawling away. :)

Patti said...

Having made 4 of your reversible toys from Itty Bitty Toys, 2 of which I created by your instructions helped me do different creatures. They were so much fun to make - I look forward to your new book!

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is fantastic!
Can't wait for the book to come out.
Fun, fun, Fun!
Another sure hit by the fabulous Susan B. Anderson!!!
Carol Knowles
caknowles@mac.com

Luna Grey Fiber Arts said...

Wow, Susan! You never cease to amaze!!! Such a fun collection of patterns. Can't wait to check out the book in person. Very nicely done : ) - - Jackie

Zenitude said...

What a great trailer for your new book. Great toys again! Congrats Susan.

Kelly said...

Susan, your new book looks wonderful! I love the squirrel and the dino! My 2 year old son watched the video with me and was very excited about the toys too. :)

Margo said...

What a fun book!! I can't wait to get it as well. I love the dinosaur/egg toy. I was not expecting a dinosaur to hatch! Super fun.

Susan B. Anderson said...

By the way, that's a baby alligator, not a dinosaur - but you could make yours a dinosaur! I just thought that was funny:)
susan

Alison said...

Amazed as always by your creativity and energy.

Blonde said...

Love them all!!!! When my daughter was small, she was given a little red riding hood doll that reversed into the big bad wolf. She adored playing with it!
Now, I just need to find kids to make these for!

Susan said...

These are SO CUTE! The video is really fun :)

knitster said...

The video makes me wish we could get this now. I know this will be a fun book to knit. Can't wait to get it.

kendraja said...

I'm SO excited!!!! Congrats on your new book!! Can't wait to see it in person!!

Joan and Kevin said...

Adorable! I cannot wait for the book to come out!

Suzette said...

So cute. Come to The Wool Cabin please!

Suzette said...

So cute. Come to The Wool Cabin please!

Deb said...

)h my goodness, love, love love it!!! You are one amazing woman with whimsy and talent galore. Can hardly wait. Now I am just waiting for the baby sweater book:)

Deb said...

)h my goodness, love, love love it!!! You are one amazing woman with whimsy and talent galore. Can hardly wait. Now I am just waiting for the baby sweater book:)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Susan!!You continue to amaze us all with your talent!
(mamagiff on ravelry)

Anonymous said...

Ah, you saved the best for last. I just love the doghouse turned into puppy.

That's a very cute video. And the cover! The book looks very, very interesting.

Evelyn said...

Who could help smiling with that video? Just what my spirits needed. Have already preordered my copy!

knitkimmy said...

Hi,
That is the best video I have ever seen. I like how the toys come to life to switch. Thanks for including toys for boys, so many are just dolls. I will be making all the boy ones for my two precious great nephews. I have already pre ordered my copy. Now I just have to wait until March. The way time has been flying by it won't take long at all. I have all your books and the are all terrific. I know this one will also be terrific. You are so talented and what a great idea for a knitting book.

Tonia said...

Susan...what a ray of sunshine on such a dismal day! Love it & can't wait for my copy to arrive.

Cynthiacc said...

The video is adorable, and brought a smile to my face! can't wait for the book!!!!

Cynthiacc said...

The video is adorable and brought a smile to my face! can't wait for the book!!!

Leslie said...

That looks amazing, Susan!!

Cindy said...

I just gave your book a big shout out on Greer Knits on Face book. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Greer-Knits-Spins-Crochets-Weaves/220159534732979?ref=ts&fref=ts

sally said...

The video is great and the animals are amazing. They remind me of a Little Red Riding Hood/Big Bad Wolf doll I had as a child.

Karen said...

Squeal!!! Congratulations Susie ~ you are amazingly talented! I cannot wait to get this book and make every single thing for the littles in my life!

Hind DP said...

Love the video, can't wait to see the book!

Jaya said...

Lovely! Cant wait to have it! BTW are many/some of these one-piece/seamless? I struggle with the many small pieces that toys demand!

Susan B. Anderson said...

Jaya - yes, many of the toys are seamless! i made a special effort to make things as easy and streamlined as possible. The dolls, for example, are completely seamless, top-down in the round, in one piece!

thanks for asking.

Jeannie D said...

Wonderful, Susan! Can't wait to purchase... and that video is so clever and charming!

BListello said...

Fantastic - can't wait to start. Your video is so cute - this is a great challenge for the new year - so excited to start. Video lessons on the horizon?
Regards, Betty

Anonymous said...

I can't wait. Looks so adorable. Jenny

grammynan said...

Innovative (as usual) and absolutely darling!!! Congratulations, again.

barb said...

I can't wait to get this book. FANTASTIC!!!!! I think I am going to go make one of the Topsy-Turvys from "itty bitty toys".

phaedra96 said...

Love it!!

thewoolshop said...

Susan! I think it's great and the video is exciting!!!! How can I buy your book fro Italy? Retailers you mentioned in your posts will deliver also abroad US?
Thanx and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Kepanie said...

That video was clever and terrific! Ho'omaka'i on that wonderful introduction to your newest book!
Also, hooray on such lovely ohana time in the last post and awesome spinning in the one before.

Cora Shaw said...

I love the book and will be pre-ordering it!

Cora Shaw said...

I loved the chapter in your Itty-Bitty Toys book and I actually knitted the Squirrel/Hedgehog that was in Simply Knitting :) So excited that you decided to devote a whole book to topsy-turvey toys :D

Willow said...

This is a wonderful book. Any chance anybody knows the song that is associated with the Youtube video of the book?

LcoyoteS said...

There, I just asked my local library to purchase this book. I sure hope they do, because I'm broke.

The projects look great! Very unique and creative!

Susan Christiansen said...

I am working on the bunny & lamb project and I am having trouble following the pattern for starting the lamb's body. Is something missing? Please help! Thanks.

Susan B. Anderson said...

Hi, Susan,
I don't think there is anything missing, I just checked. You are picking up the stitches to get started.
susan

Peg Cherre said...

Susan - Your inventiveness is terrific! I recently bought the book and I'm making the snowman & Christmas tree. I admit I'm a bit confused by something that I didn't see explained anywhere in the book...

As directed, I've knit the snowman. The directions say, "Stuff the head with fiberfill." But it doesn't tell me do draw anything tight around the neck, now or with the scarf, so what will hold that fiberfill in place? Once I start with the tree I won't have access to make changes/fixes, so I don't want to screw this up.

Thanks for helping me!

Susan B. Anderson said...

Peg,
The other side, the tree, will be pushed up inside the snowman and will hold the fiberfill in place. I didn't do anything further to secure the stuffing and mine has been heavily used as I teach and tour and it has stayed in place perfectly.

If you are uncomfortable you could take a length of yarn and sort of string it across the opening a couple of times to add a barrier.

Thanks for the email.
Susan

Peg Cherre said...

Thanks so much for your clear - and QUICK - reply, Susan. I'm glad to get back to making this toy for my grandson! I'm planning to make the fox & hen, too. :-)