Thursday, July 11, 2013

Teacher Teacher

Edited to add 7/12/13: Thank you for the great response to the VK Live Chicago classes! The classes quickly sold out and I contacted Vogue and we've added more openings in both Sunday classes so you can still register. Hope to see you in Chicago!

Hi, Knitters,
I want to pop in to let you know about a couple of teaching events I have coming up. Next week I am off to Nashville for the Super Summer Knitaway or SSK with The Knit Girllls! I can't wait. I am teaching two of each of the Fair Isle Hat classes and the Baby Cardigan classes. Both classes are wonderful and fun. I have stacks of handouts with loads of patterns and tips and techniques on their way to Laura's house right now for the retreat. Each class gets a mini-book to take home with them. I can't wait to see the knitters in Nashville.

I have the Vogue Knitting Live Chicago extravaganza coming this November 3, 2013. I am only on the schedule for the Sunday of the event due to my family's schedule. Registration is now open for VK Live in Chicago so if you are coming please go register for any and all of the classes you are planning to take. It is important to do this as soon as possible because the class list will be culled.  

Also coming up September 28th and 29th, 2013, is the KnitEast retreat in New Brunswick, Canada. Two of my classes on Saturday are full but there are still some openings for the Sock Yarn Bunny Workshop on Sunday! 

I am teaching the Sock Yarn Bunny Workshop at both VKLive in Chicago and KnitEast. We will delve into seamless bunny knitting with our sock yarn, a very serious topic (really it's pure fun), but I want you to know that I am also bringing my new Little Dragon pattern (for free!) for my students at both of these venues! The Little Dragon is also knit out of sock or fingering weight yarn but it is held doubled throughout.  I'm really excited to be able to offer 3 patterns (original bunny, mini bunny and little dragon) to my students.

Here are the links for you:

For the Sock Yarn Bunny classes I have designed a Mini-Sock Yarn Bunny to work on in class. It uses the exact same seamless top-down construction that the larger version uses. You'll get the patterns for both bunnies at the class. The workshop is packed-full with toy knitting techniques, demonstrations and tips that can be applied to all toy knitting in general. The construction of the bunny is unusual and you'll learn how this top-down technique can be applied to other toy patterns as well. 

(Build a Toy Workshop class samples)

The other class I am teaching besides the Sock Yarn Bunny at Vogue Knitting Live Chicago is my Build a Toy Workshop. I love this class for so many reasons but mostly because it gives the students endless opportunities to create knit toys of their choice. The class gives you the patterns, options and tools to create characters like a bear, bunny, puppy, snowman, owl, sheep, cat, etc. It's a great class once again packed full of tips and tricks and demonstrations for toy knitting. It's a fun workshop to teach for sure.

I hope to see as many of you as possible in Chicago and in New Brunswick.

As a side note, the Build a Toy Workshop is going to be published and available for everyone. I am working on that now with a company. I don't know when it will be ready, not even a guess at this point, all I can say is eventually it will happen. I am only sharing some of the class samples in the photo above so people can get an idea of what the content of the class involves.

I'll leave you today with a quick view of the alphabet sampler I am embroidering. I am making it up as I go. Have any of you been embroidering this summer? I'd love to hear about it. 

I'd also love to hear if you are coming to SSK, KnitEast or Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago! Let me know.
best, susie


Anonymous said...

Well after reading your blog, it reminded me of embroidering an old tablecloth of my grandmothers, so I am now embroidering a panel with sheep and flowers which I am going to make into a knitting bag. Anita in the UK

Anonymous said...

Susan - I have rediscovered embroidery this summer, too - there's something about sitting outside under a shady tree and hand stitching that makes it the perfect summer activity! I was working on garden-themed blocks and just completed them and assembled them into a quilt - you can see them here:

I love your sampler - it's beautiful, and it takes such skill to make up your own designs and patterns!

grahamcrackerzz said...

I LOVE everything you create! Will you be coming to the Los Angeles area anytime soon? I would love to take any of your classes, especially the Little Dragon. Keep producing so I can keep knitting!

fezabel said...

I can't wait to meet you next week at SSK!

BListello said...

Ooooh, how I wish I could attend one of your classes, but I content myself with your books, Ravelry patterns. Eagerly awaiting the release of the Dragon!

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lulu said...

Thank you for showing your embroidery...I learned last year and need inspiration. Tell me about your Channing DIY skirt when it is completed. It looks beautiful and I am going to buy their book. I also was thrilled about your bunny class, but both of your classes are now sold out, boo. Is there any way to be put on a waiting list?

Zenitude said...

I'll be at Knit East also! I hope to have the opportunity to meet you then.
I've been embellishing some of my felted items with embroidery. It is wonderful to re-discover this again.

Susan B. Anderson said...

I just opened up more spots in both of my VK Live Chicago classes! Jump back over to check and sign up!

Thank you for asking!!!!
See you in Chicago?

Unknown said...

I'm so excited to meet you and take your class at SSK! I am the luckiest woman on earth. I'll be coming to SSK after spending two weeks in Paris (my 60th birthday is Bastille Day). The perfect vacation: Paris and knitting! See you soon.

Tricia U. said...

I'd love to get my hands on that snowman pattern! All of your toys are just too cute!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see you at SSK. I am taking Gale's class but hope to see you there. It's so close, I can't wait. Jenny

Leanne said...

I checked out the KnitGirlls but didn't see anything about the SSK...all the dates on the events page are for 2012. What are the exact dates of this event and is it still open for registration?

Susan B. Anderson said...

Leanne -
Here is the website:

I think it is closed registration at this time.