Friday, January 08, 2016

Susan B. Anderson's Kids' Knitting Workshop ~ Giveaway!


Cover photo provided by Artisan Books/Photographed by Lauren Volo

Hi, Knitters,
Be sure to read to the end to find out about a huge giveaway opportunity! Also, early registration for Yarnover 2016 in Minneapolis starts Jan. 9th at 8am! It's on April 23rd and it sells out quick. 
Here is the LINK for Yarnover.

A couple of weeks ago my latest book was published, Susan B. Anderson's Kids' Knitting Workshop. Today I am very excited to share a little bit about it with you. I have been teaching kids to knit for many years now. I have taught kids in small groups, individually, and through my daughters' Girl Scout Troops and in a lot of different settings. Do any of you remember these photos from TC's Girl Scout Troop's knitting lessons at my house in 2009?



If you want to see and read more about how I taught the Girl Scouts to knit Click Right Here!

First of all, this book was a labor of love on two topics that are near and dear to my heart, kids and knitting. The book is geared to reach 8-12 year olds but it is a good book for any age person, including adults, wanting to learn how to knit. The book takes you step-by-step through the basics of knitting in the round as the ideal place to start, and lesson-by-lesson techniques are added through tutorials and projects. If the beginning knitter works through the book she/he will come away with a great base of knowledge about knitting,  and could tackle any number of projects out there in the world of patterns. It's exciting to think about.

Click here to see the Kids' Knitting Workshop on Amazon! (I am not an affiliate, by the way.)

Included in the book are 17 do-able, snappy projects that are fun and appealing for a wide age-range but will also hold young attention spans. Most of the projects are fairly quick and are knit on needles ranging from a US size 7 to a US size 13 or so.  There are a couple of slightly bigger projects including a tube scarf and a pillow. 


The photography, by New York City-based photographer Lauren Volo, is fun and bright, and the models are adorable. One aspect of the book that I am especially impressed by is the illustrated tutorials by Alison Kolesar. Alison is a remarkable artist. I would provide a photo of my hands doing a certain technique and then Alison would create the illustrations to show exactly what I intended. It was a really fun and successful aspect of the book. Both of these creative women were wonderful and added so much to the pages of the book.

There have been some generous reviews if you'd like to read or hear more about the book from some other industry people. Here are a few to start:

The Knitting Pipeline

Knitty.com Cool Stuff Reviews

The Knitmore Girls

The Knitgirllls

I have made a couple of supplementary book tutorial videos on my YouTube. One video is on how to do magic loop and the other is on how to use double-pointed needles.

Click here to visit my YouTube Channel, SusanBAnderson.

Okay, here are a few of my favorite projects from the book.....

Copyright 2015 Artisan Books/Photographed by Lauren Volo


Copyright 2015 Artisan Books/Photographed by Lauren Volo


Copyright 2015 Artisan Books/Photographed by Lauren Volo


Copyright 2015 Artisan Books/Photographed by Lauren Volo


Copyright 2015 Artisan Books/Photographed by Lauren Volo


Copyright 2015 Artisan Books/Photographed by Lauren Volo


Copyright 2015 Artisan Books/Photographed by Lauren Volo



I am so excited to be able to offer you all a gigantic giveaway today to celebrate! 

I am offering 10 winners each a prize package. Each winner will receive a signed copy of my book along with 3 skeins of Schachenmayr Leana yarn! Along with the book you will get one skein each of three different colorways (rainbow, blues, pinks and purple all mixed with gray), perfect for many of the projects in the book. Thank you to Artisan Books and to Schachenmayr for the prize packages.

Please leave one comment on this blog post to enter to win. The comment must include either your Ravelry username or your email address so we can get in touch if you win. Tell me about who you might teach to knit or your favorite project if you'd like. I'd love to hear about it.

Please click on the "Publish" button only one time when you are leaving a comment. There is a delay before your comment will appear. 

The Mason-Dixon Knitting blog/website is reviewing Kids' Knitting Workshop soon along with a giveaway so be sure to check them out, too!

And don't forget that StevenBe's has Kids' Knitting Workshop kits (including a bag, yarn, needles, the book and a furry pom-pom) all set to go if you want a gift set for a new knitter.

I'll be back soon with the 10 winners!
Let the comments begin.
xo ~ susan 

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Anonymous said...

My oldest just asked me to teach her to knit. This would be perfect! Thanks for the give away, and thank you for the excellent instructions geared for our next generation of knitters!!

Claire Abel said...

I love your newest book! I ordered it after hearing a review on The Knitmore Girls Podcast and showed it to our children's knitting teacher. We both fell in love with it and can't wait to knit some of the cute patterns up, we are also stocking it in our store www.inayarnbasket.com and I will use it to teach my grandchildren how to knit too!
Thanks for another great resource!
I am alpacaclaire on ravelry

Unknown said...

Love the book and think my boys would love it too! My boys can knit, but usually only do a row at a time. I think if they had a real project they were working on that they could probably stay more inspired!

Annarga on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

I heard the review on Knitmore Girls podcast. Sounds fantastic! And I loved seeing the photos on the blog.
Lucindaspinster on Ravelry,

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan,
I've taught lots of children to knit, but I think this book would be particularly helpful for an 8 year old girl that takes lessons with me once a week. She is already a bit of a knitting whiz and has made a couple of scarves and a hat, but I think she would absolutely love to go through this book and pick out some new projects! Thanks fro the opportunity!
gardenknittr on ravelry

Jennifer Wetzel said...

Wow! What a fantastic resource and opportunity to win! If I won, I would share the book with the knitting club I sponsor at the elementary school where I teach. The students are currently making baby hats for our local hospital and would love to see other ideas! My favorite project is the fox pillow--so adorable! My Ravelry ID is jasiderius.

Kim said...

I love this book! It looks so fun and I personally want to make everything! I've tried to teach my daughter to knit a few times and now that she's 8, I've been wanting to try again. I just showed her all the projects and she's in love!! I'm kimhibler on Ravelry or kimberlyhibler@gmail.com. Thanks for a cute giveaway!

mamamouse said...

Your book looks like a great resource, with lots of fun projects! Our two granddaughters have expressed interest in learning to knit. I'm not sure where to begin so I'd love to win your book. Thanks for the opportunity. :) Ravelry: mamamouse

Cheryl S said...

What a great book. I purchased this book and really enjoyed reading it. I have 6 daughters my oldest knits already but I have many more to teach. I'd love to get another copy of this book as the one we have is always being absconded by one of my girls. They love flipping through it. This book will get plenty of use. And I'm planning on knitting them cowls from this book.

Lynzee8 on Ravelry

Emily said...

So much fun! I've taught children to knit in our homeschool co-op for the past 3 years, but never using a pattern as cute as these. I love the adorable styling and I'm sure this will be a great resource. Thanks for the giveaway!

Emily
frickerbasket on Ravelry

brenda said...

I have heard great reviews of this book! I would love to use this to teach my daughter to knit. She loves to pick out yarn so she should also know how to knit. :) I'm bgoofy on ravelry.

Anonymous said...

Ilove your patterns, and all of the kids projects look so cute, and worth the the time. I have four kids that all tell me that they are going to be knitters! I think one way or another I will have to acquire this book.
Congratulations on publishing.
kzolner on Ravelry

averagecandy said...

Wow, what a generous giveaway, Susan! Thank you for the opportunity! My email is averagecandy@gmail.com and I'm Nailbunny on Ravelry. The book looks fantastic!

Amanda O'Connor said...

I would love to win this book and it will be very useful. I saw it reviewed on a podcast and I was very impressed 😄 Thank you again for all your patterns ....

Catherine said...

What a generous giveaway! The book looks wonderful- and I agree with others who have said not just for kids. I would knit the snowman first- so charming! Ravelry ID: KnittedinMaine

Anonymous said...

Great book! My GD is a bit young now but this would be a great book for her when she is ready!

Rav: wmclean
Email: mcleanwanda@yahoo.ca

Madame said...

I have two daughters, ten and four, and I would love suggestions for how to teach them to knit. I've tried a few times but nothing has really kept their interests.

RavID: madame

Anonymous said...

I would love to win the Awesome Book. I have a step daughter that would love to learn to knit.

(rav id: greengirl34)

Thank you

Jessica said...

I would teach my 8 year old daughter to knit.
Jpeled on ravelry

ElishaC said...

My daughter is 8, so she's the perfect age to learn how to knit. She loves looking through my books to pick out the next thing she wants me to make her. I'd love for her to have her own book with projects she can tackle herself. Plus, knitting with my daughter just sounds like a dream come true.
Ecram on ravelry

Dawn'l Burns said...

I love the projects shown from your new book! I have so much respect for my late aunt who tried to teach me to knit. I didn't stick with it at the time (8 yrs old), but I remember her so many times as I pick up my projects now. I can't wait to teach my grandkids to knit, or as a minimum, to appreciate the process and the handmade items they will undoubtedly be gifted :)
Rav Dburns

Michelle said...

I would love to use the prize to teach my 9 year old daughter to knit.

Rav: 524mlt

Anonymous said...

I am looking forward to teaching my granddaughters to knit... Have the needles and yarn ready to go when they show interest. It's a great skill for creativity, math, and goals. Always love reading your blog, and your books.
jml275@yahoo.com. YarnTaxiDriver on Ravelry

Suzanne said...

I am so tickled to see your book and would love to use it to teach just about anyone. I have boys who have dabbled in knitting but honestly I would like this book to further my skills for teaching adults. It seems like there are so many who want to knit but feel intimidated. This book would be a great gateway for me. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

Adrienne said...

This is great! I took knitting classes with my 9-year-old when she was 7 and I would love to reinspire her. And I think I woukd donate my copy to my children's school. Knitting is an elective and about half of them take it. Thanks!

Taine Hatch-Rymer said...

Fun! Rav ID is Taine.

Anonymous said...

I am currently working on knitting one of the dolls from your book (Mary, Millie, & Morgan). It is my first toy project and I'm hooked! It is so much fun and your patterns are thorough, detailed, and very well-written. Well done! My daughter is 5 and I am looking forward to teaching her to knit. Your new book looks like a winner!
Joyful Knitting to you!
holakitty on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

I am planning on teaching twin sisters how to knit and your book would be fun for them!
Thanks!
Nancy
Snapdat4 on ravelry

NorCalNapTime Blog said...

I have a little one who will grow into this book! My Rav ID is norcalnaptime

Susan Deyo said...

such cute ideas, thank you for the inspiration you provide for all of us novices! And of course for the wonderful giveaways!
Susan
pstlsu on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

masteinbach@hotmail.com
I would teach my 10 year old son and maybe some of the girls at church.

Cindy said...

I just found your blog today and am so excited to see your new book! I am a piano teacher and several of my students are very interested in my knitting projects that they see from week to week when they come for their lessons. One student made me an "arm knit" scarf for a Christmas gift and another visited our LYS and chose two skeins of lovely Ultra Alpaca yarn as a gift for me. I know these girls would love to learn to knit and I would love to teach them! I am fairly new to knitting (I am trublues on Ravelry) so would love some experienced help with teaching kids to knit. What fun!

Sally Campbell said...

I teach kids ages 8-15 how to knit at a summer creative arts camp. Knitting has become super popular among a certain group of girls and boys and they love interesting projects that aren't too difficult to follow. I am really looking forward to using your tutorials, especially the double pointed needles one. I find teaching the dpns difficult. Can't wait for this book!!!!

Anonymous said...

I will be teaching a small group of kids how to knit this spring and this book will be perfect. I would love to gift a copy to one of the kids if I win it or to have for "check out" for the group. Thanks for your generous give-away!!
nigellafoxy at gmail dot com

Carla Delgado said...

My son is showing interest in learning but I think this book is still to advanced for his tiny hands. Nevertheless I will keep it in the in the future books list.

rav:moriko

Sally Campbell said...

I teach 8-15 year olds how to knit at a creative arts program in the summer. Knitting has become super popular among a certain set of wonderful girls and boys and they love interesting patterns that aren't too hard to follow. I am REALLY looking forward to your dpn tutorial, a skill I find hard to teach. Thanks for writing this book!

Good Times and Chaos said...

I am 10 years old and my aunt is teaching me to knit. I have made myself a hat.

Vera

kearaleslie @ yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I need this book! One of my daughters (almost 10) is a knitter-in-training...and I can see these projects would definitely interest her. I'm salmonarmrose on rav.

Melanie said...

Would love to win a copy of your newest book! Love all that you've published.
rav id: greenemel

Anonymous said...

I've recently been approached by some adult friends who are interested in learning how to knit. I'm glad you mentioned this book could be useful to teaching the basics of knitting, plus some cute projects, to kids of all ages!
RavID: bookishsarah

Megan said...

I love all of your books and I know this one will be a wonderful addition :) I would love to teach my cousin's daughters how to knit. They always ask me, but I always struggle to find projects I think they can handle that they would also find fun (it's hard for a kid to get excited about a wash cloth, lol). Rav id: showandtellmeg

Sarah (3trees) said...

I already gave one copy to my daughter, but there are several other people I'd love to share this with! Thanks for sharing! (3trees on Rav)

I just started knitting & am 10, would love to win! said...
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I just started knitting & am 10, would love to win! said...

Hi Susan, I was told about the contest by Sasha, from "KnottyKniture". At the age of 10 years old, I was surrounded by knitting and sewing, as my mom was a crafty-mom. My mother had knit and sewn clothes for all five children! Now that was a big task. This is where my love of knitting and sewing was born! Now that my own daughter is 10, I thought it was the perfect age for her to know how to knit. She has knit quite a bit of pieces in the last little while and she is loving it!! We have such a fun bonding time. We have our own club called, "Motherdaughterknittnclub" In fact some of my daughters friends have come and joined the club, where young girls are learning together to knit! Its a blast - sit have tea, listen to music and knit! Many have encouraged my daughter to sell her pieces of knitwear. She is so excited to create, design her own knitwear. She is in the process of opening her own "etsy shop". She definitely takes after her mother, the young inspired entrepreneur she is! It would have been so nice for her grandmother to see her accomplishments in knitting and carrying on the family tradition. Her grandmother passed away few years ago, to ovarian cancer. I know my daughter would be tremendously appreciative to win this contest! Thank you kindly for the possibility of winning. roopyeliuk@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hello I did leave a comment but now sure if it went thru or not??

Janell Sullivan said...

Such beautiful yarn!!
Rav. Id - Jabella

Annette said...

Wow! What a great giveaway! Fingers crossed. :)

rav id - yarnaddict

Allison Kufro said...

Having recently taught my 11yr old niece and my 8yr old granddaughter to knit, I can't wait to give them this book for their birthdays.

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan,

I'm so excited for your new book! Even though I know how to knit, I want to master your techniques for some of the basics. The snowmen are just precious.

Congratulations!

Sarah
SarahLiz82@aol.com

Kea said...

Such a beautiful book and fun fast looking projects. I'd definitely teach my son to knit with the book and maybe some of his friends.

Kea (rav id)

Debra Cherry said...

I've recently started a MakerSpace in my elementary school library. Once a week students get to come in and work on whatever they like. They work on everything from origami to computer coding, moviemaking, word games, electronics...it is amazing what kids will do when they are allowed to be creative.
Anyway, I'm always taking suggestions about what they want to try, and last week two young men asked about knitting! I've recruited a couple of other teachers to help, but I think your book will help most of all! I especially needed some project ideas - and now I've got them!
Thank you!

Deb
RavID: Debknit

nest full of eggs said...

I would love to teach my 8 year old daughter how to knit. I'm saganaga on Ravelry.

julia27 said...

I think my 11 year old would love this book it looks fantastic
juliaknitsjeff on ravelry

Anonymous said...

Your book looks amazing and this is such an awesome giveaway! I would love to share the gift of learning to knit with a young person. What a lovely opportunity to do that. Thanks, Heather A. Ravelry ID: hmandrade

Amanda said...

Those are some beautiful sick blanks!
Beaniest17 on Ravelry

Mimi3814 said...

Hi Susan, I preordered your book as soon as it was announced and have it in my possession! But, I DO NO have a signed copy of your book 😍 Would love to win ! I am sleekymom on ravelry.

Monkeymama said...

I would love to win this book, although I'm sure I'll buy it if I don't! My 11 year old is a beginning knitter and I think she'd enjoy it. My 8 year old son has shown some interest. I think my 5 year old would want one of each knitwear for her own. But, I really enjoy your books and I want to check it out! :)

Sarah (mnbadger2003 @ yahoo.com)

Karey said...

I would love to win this book, as I already a child in mind to give it to . karclockATgmailDOTcom

Anonymous said...

Hello Susan! Thanks for all your lovely patterns and for your generosity on Ravelry, not only with so many free patterns, but also with your group and your blog, for sharing so much with the community. I'm so excited about this new book giveaway...I've taught my niece to knit and she really enjoys it. Of course, I'd love to give her this gift, too. Again, I always keep an eye on your designs, thank you so much!

Priscilla
pmo124 AT psu DOT edu

DEAN FAMILY said...

I can't wait to gift this to my soon 8 year old for his birthday and hoping he enjoys it as much as I do! Thanks.
RhianneD on ravelry

Jturnrich said...

My youngest granddaughter always asks if she can "try it" when she sees me knitting. I'd love some tips on how to teach her to knit, plus I've seen some projects in the book that I'd like to make as well. Your book would be a great gift to the two of us.

Susan F said...

I have 4 daughters and would love to teach them to knit.
Susan

Nancy said...

I have a seven year old granddaughter and I'm considering starting a knitting group. I'd love to give the children these choices of things to make. Receiving this would give me the impetus to get going on my idea.
nancyswerner on ravelry
nancyswerner@gmail.com

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