Friday, June 21, 2013

Little Dragon has Hatched!

Hi, Knitters,
Little Dragon, my newest pattern, is being released this weekend at TNNA in Columbus, Ohio! Yarn shops can order the printed pattern for their shops starting tomorrow through Unicorn Books. Please ask your local yarn shops about the pattern sold through Unicorn Books if they don't already have it available for you. 

I will be signing books at the Unicorn Booth #109 with knit Little Dragon at my side and of course the toys from Topsy-Turvy Inside Out at 11am on Sunday, June 23rd. I will also be at the R&M booth on Sunday, June 23rd, at 3pm with toys to enjoy in person. I hope to see you there!

In a few months the pattern will be available as a downloadable pdf through my Ravelry Pattern Shop. I'll keep you posted when the pattern becomes available through me.

I have just put up a pattern page for Little Dragon on Ravelry. The dragon is knit all in one-piece, seamlessly, from the bottom up. Little Dragon is knit in Opal Sock Yarn held double throughout on US size 5 dpns. I'm sure you all have some sock yarn you'd like to use up! I know I do. Little Dragon is about 6 1/4 inches tall.

This is one of the best toys I have ever designed. I just love this little guy. He is sort of sweet and innocent looking, demure, friendly and fun, definitely on the young side of life. I especially enjoy his big belly, you can see it from the side angle photos.

I have a partial book list of dragon stories for you today. There were many, many suggestions from my past post on Little Dragon. I love the idea of giving the knit Little Dragon along with a book to a child or young person or even an adult! Adults love the dragons, too.

Also, when looking through dragon books in the kid's section at Barnes & Noble, I couldn't help noticing all of the dragons in different colors in the various illustrations. There were red, green, yellow, orange, blue, and black dragons... something to keep in mind when knitting your own version. Maybe even a striped version? Yes to that!

A few book ideas:
How to Train Your Dragon
Puff the Magic Dragon (there is a new pop-up version!)
Waking Dragons
When a Dragon Moves In
Part-time Princess
Dragons Love Tacos
Dragon Rider
Dragon Keepers
The Knight and the Dragon
My Father's Dragon
A Practical Guide to Dragons
There's No Such Thing as a Dragon

There are so many more.....

Here are some links for you today:

Little Dragon preview video on YouTube! (See what Little Dragon looks like motion.)

Now for some photos to enjoy! Here is Little Dragon from every possible angle......

Wish me luck on my travels this weekend (crossing all fingers for smooth sailing). I will be in and out of TNNA like a flash, less than 24 hours in Ohio for me. I am so glad to be going but also to be able to be home for lots of family events this weekend. It all worked out well.

I'll be back on the other side of the weekend with a full report!
best, susie


Laura said...

He is so adorable. I think every child should have one to unlock their imagination. Fairytales always have dragons!! How fun!!

Erin Kennedy said...

He's so cute it hurts to look at him. And makes my fingers itch to knit!!!!!


ctexas said...

Oh my goodness he is so cute!

Julie said...

I am just about to read a dragon chapter book to the kids at naptime, so this post is perfectly timed. I think I'll have a few of these in my future!

buttercup said...

what a little cutie. Will he be available in the UK?

Kepanie said...

Clever design for this little dragon. Its belly, spine ridges, and wings are awesome details.

by Annie Claire said...

SO cute!

Diane Ebel said...

Good luck at TNNA and so looking forward to when this pattern is available, it really is absolutely adorable! And the turtle too!

Sandra Thomas said...

How lovely. As I'm in Wales, I will make a red one like on our flag :)

Anonymous said...

Cute dragon! I am in love with the snowman... When will it be available? I hate to bug you but would like to know when or I will have to shop elsewhere for a different snowman!!

Ann ;-(

Susan B. Anderson said...

Hi Ann,
The snowman is part of a class curriculum I teach called Build a Toy. I'm not sure how the patterns for this class will eventually be published or when. I am thinking about turning the class into an eBook of sorts.

These things take a lot of time so I am sorry I can't be more exact on a date:)

Kelly said...

I love this! I am a big fan of dragons because I read so many books with dragons as a child, and now that I have my own children I feel like there are dinosaurs everywhere and not enough dragons. Thanks for designing such a great one!

Vernita said...

This is cool!