Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Elefante Giveaway!

Hi Knitters,
I have been wanting to knit an elefante in left over sock yarn for quite some time now. Yesterday I pulled out my remaining yarntini in the appletini color way and plunged right in. I used US size 3 dpns and it turned out as cute as a button. What a great way to use up the sock yarn remnants sitting in your stash. You should try this, it works like a charm.
This pattern has been such fun to watch. I wrote it up about one year ago and it has taken on a life of its own. As of today there are 231 finished elefantes posted on ravelry and 1185 in people's queues. Elefante is #14 in popular toy patterns on ravelry as well. I love that. Every day this pattern gets tons of hits on my blog and that makes me so happy.
In honor of this stripey friend and the joy this blog brings me, I am having my first giveaway!
Here's what you have to do to win my appletini elefante, knitted by me with love:
Leave a comment on this post, you don't have to say much, even a simple hello is fine. I will accept comments for this contest through Friday, April 11, 12:00pm central time.
On Saturday, April 12th, I will have one of my kids randomly draw (I will take pictures of the process and post them) the winner. I will post the winner by the name left on the comment that same day! The winner will then need to email me with a mailing address (kept private) so I can send elefante to its new home. I can't wait.
**I will include a couple more surprises (having to do with knitting, of course) in the package. They are good surprises having to do with some of my favorite things!**
From my hands and needles to your home this sweet elefante will fly!
I want to sincerely thank you, dear Knitters, for your knitterly support over this past year and a half. I love this blog. It has become a home to me and hopefully to you, too.
Cheers!
best, susie

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Lia Nord said...

A link to your blog was sent to me by a Japanese friend, living in Germany, who doesn't even knit but who knows I do (and who has a 2 yr old)! What a cute elefante! And thank you for the pattern. I will have to make one for her, and for the ever-increasing number of children in my life these days. Very cute!

Judi A. said...

WoW! 200 comments already!! Just goes to show how much your blog and patterns are loved - and how many people would love to have something so cute originally made by you, myself included!....Judi

Knitschmidt said...

That is darling!! It's on my to-do list for my new little guy.

Amanda Kingloff said...

I am your biggest fan! I want to win the elefante so badly!!!

Anonymous said...

What an adorable little guy Elefante is. He will find a wonderful home. I can't wait to see pics of the drawing.

Sandra

amber said...

so cute! I'm going to make one for my friends' baby. arriving in a month or so :)

mama2lilly said...

my lilly would give your ellie a happy home!

Michelle said...

I love the colors...he is so cute!

Carolyn said...

Aw, I've written about Elefante on my blog many times. I myself am knitting one for my kiddo. It is missing a head. I'd love to win your appletini one!

Anonymous said...

Isn't he a cutie! I love reading your blog and the sec I found you I bought up your book... first baby hat went to my neice :) You bring us joy via your blog. Jennie Gift

Aisha A. said...

My daughters have been obsessed with elephants since riding one for the first time at the zoo last weekend. I hope to either knit or win one for them. I am a new knitter and started taking classes after I saw your itty-bitty books. I was overwhelmed when I flipped through them and became desperate about wanting to learn to knit. Thanks for sharing your talents with the world!

stitchin' girl said...

I love your elefanten and cannot wait to make one!! Thanks for the pattern.

Kristi ~ Ohio said...

Hi Susan, Your elefante is so cute!! The stripes came out perfectly. I would love to win. :)

Kristi ~ Ohio

Gail said...

Susan,
Up to now, hats have been my thing to knit.But I can definitly get into knitting elefante!! She is so cute! I just want that I truly admire a creative mind such as yours. I have gotten so many compliments on the your designs that I have knit. Thanks for being you!

Toystory said...

Thank you.... for having a giveaway. Great Elefante!

KnittyBoomBoom said...

What's not to love about an Appletini Elefante?!? Thanks for sharing such clever ideas with us!

Joanne said...

Very cute Elephant...Now I know how I will use some of my left over sock yarn Thanks for the tip.

Joanne said...

Very cute Elephant...Now I know what I will do with some of my left over sock yarn thanks for the tip.

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan. I think that is so awesome of you to give away an elephante. After making one for my son, i know how much work goes into one of those little guys. Thanks again for sharing your great ideas with us fellow knitters.
Jamie - in NJ

Kati said...

Count me in! It is absolutely lovely. I love both of your books and get such compliments on the baby hats that I've passed on to my friends and family. Your patterns are a true inspiration. I so admire your creativity.

Kate said...

Hi Susan,

Wow I wish I had your talent! Thanks for sharing a little piece of it with us!
Kate

Kate said...

Susan,

Thank you for sharing your talent. Your books are great!
Kate

Abi said...

He is the cutest thing. I'd love to win him.

Donna B. said...

Aw, I love Elefante! I'm going to knit one of my own once I figure out what leftovers to use.

Grateful Gramma said...

Elefante is SO sweet!

mascanlon said...

Oh my, this adorable toy is way beyond my current knitting skill. But I have a brand new granddaughter, 14 days old, Annika, who is sporitng the sweetest itty bitty little baby hat!

Anonymous said...

I want to knit an elefante, but I don't know how to knit using DPNs. Maybe I'll just have to win one instead.
-Carly

SheridanLeftwich said...

I just love this elephante. It would be perfect for my daughters room so I thought I'd go for it...Give luck a try..Leave a comment.

Kelly said...

I saw you at the Mall of America and I was so inspired. I already had "Itty Bitty Hats", but I went that very day and bought "Itty Bitty Nursery". Awesome!

Liz R. said...

Hi Susan,

Your Elefante is adorable!

Liz

Stine said...

I love the colorway of your packy!
Looks like you will need a very large hat to hold all the names in the elephante giveaway. What fun!! Thanks for all you hard work.

Anonymous said...

Winning elefante would be TOO good! Thanks for all you do, Susan. Your work and blog always brighten my day.

~Brianne Cohen
Redondo Beach, CA

Anonymous said...

Winning elefante would be TOO good! Thank you, Susan, for all that you do. Your work and blog brighten my days. :)

~Brianne Cohen
Redondo Beach CA

Anonymous said...

What a cute little knitted elefante. I have friends who ar having kids during april and I will knit this little cute elefante. Supercute and great to use leftover yarns!
Kati

Anonymous said...

What a cute little elefante! It's on my to-do-list. Great way to use som yarn in the stash

Kati from Sweden

Paula said...

Many thanks for the inspiration that both your books have provided. The kids in my life, my own, and those of friends, cousins, beautician's grandkids, kids of people I meet while knitting in public and on and on all send out a big thanks for the easy, adorable, and fun knitted toys they get from Mister Bluebird.

It would be so nice for me (yes, I an being a tad bit selfish here) to have my very own Susan B knitted toy. Also as a University of Alabama gal...nothing says Alabama like an Elephant! Al Elefante has a nice ring to it...don't ya think?

Anonymous said...

I love this elefante and if I don't will the drawing I will just have to knit my own. I was lucky enough to have a daughter who is just a blessing to knit for. Pour girl, everything I knit these days either goes on her head, around her neck, on her feet or on her back. Hopefully when she looks back at pictures she won't ask me why I made her wear that.

Katie said...

Super-cute! I want that elephante!! Thanks so much for all of your adorable itty bitty knitty contributions to us all!

Anonymous said...

love your books & love the hand knit toys..We need more toys like this for our little ones.G'ma D

Andrea W. said...

Absolutely adorable!

Michelle said...

Thank you for creating this adorable pattern! I have a little one due this summer, and I will be sure to knit him up his own Elefante!

lorenzstudio said...

This would be adorable in my little niece's room!

Anonymous said...

I love the elefante and all of your Itty-Bitty knits.

Regan

frugallm said...

How cute!

elkmeese at yahoo.com

maggiecakes said...

Thank you Susan. You share so much with us. You and your talents are very much loved.
I'm going to use some new sock yarn for Elefante. Then Elefante is going into the big box of knitted baby things, which includes one of your hat designs. The big box will be sent to Colorado to my niece and nephew for their soon-to-appear baby boy.
xxoo
maggiecakes

ikkinlala said...

So cute!

Gaylynn said...

So very cute! I enjoy your blog very much.

Thanks, Gaylynn

Caryn said...

Thank you for your creativity. I have made many of your hats for my son to wear and love the comments I get when he has a new one on. I also have your Itty Bitty Nursery book and just make the fruit look bag - very cute! Looking forward to having another child some day to make the blanket, bunny, and sweater set!

Caryn said...

What a cute toy! I have both your books and a 1 yr. old and wish I had more time to knit! My son has worn many of the itty bitty hats b/c they are so easy to make! Thanks for the creativity!

cmwheeler said...

Originally from Madison, I am now living in Denver and am a new knitter - your blog & books (I have them both, bought at Lakeside Fibers on a recent trip home to visit) have helped me tremendously...in addition to helping me feel a little closer to home! I would love to win this elefante for my beautiful 1 year old goddaughter, and of course the knitting goodies that come along for me! Thanks for the continual entertaining and informational blogs, I am looking forward to the new book!

Anonymous said...

Itty Bitty Hats is wonderful - I am on my 3rd copy. One was given away and one was just plain worn out from use. Keep up the wonderful work!

Sandy H.

The Cascio Whirlwind said...

Oh, how I love the pink and greens!! Matches my two year olds room perfectly. I have seen these little guys, but haven't made one yet. I just finished my first frog paci clip and it is DIVINE! I am going to attempt to make some little ears and a tail and knit up the same body and make a brown little monkey out of one! Won't that be cute. Any suggestions for ear patterns would be greatly appreciated. I love you blog and you have wonderful knitting patterns. I have made several things out of the Itty Bitty Nursery book and many more on my project list to complete!

Andrea said...

I'm knitting him now!! He's beautiful

Connie Jean said...

Oh this is such a beautiful elefante! I love it. Please enter me in for this. My dear Mom has been an avid elephant collector for decades. When I was three years old, I knocked over and broke over three quarters of her collection. Since that time (over 25 yrs have passed), I have made it my goal to give her elephant gifts several times a year. I love finding different types, fun colors, etc... she loves receiving them too. Thanks so much!

Angela Norwood said...

Must say, I agree with everyone else, he is adorable! Thank you for parting with him. Angela Norwood

Anonymous said...

What an adorable elephante! Now I want to knit one from sock yarn, too!

Love your blog. Keep up the great work.

Tina

Angela said...

Hi Susan,
I would love a chance to have a new addition to my 12 month old grandchild's room! I enjoyed your class in Plano and hope to see you again this year.
Thanks,
Angela

sophie fox said...

I love, love, love the elefante. I could fill my entire house with these!

Sophie

Robin said...

Oh he is just precious! And the colors are perfect. I'd love to win him for my granddaughter - she would love him! Thanks for the op.
- Robin

Anonymous said...

She's so cute! Now I want to make one with leftover sock yarn, but I'd gladly welcome your little pink & green girl into my home. Thanks for your wonderful patterns, Susan!

Anonymous said...

Oh. my. gosh. This little elefante is beyond cute. And in my favorite colors too =) Thank you so much for the giveaway and I would be so thrilled to win! Please enter me and your blog rocks!

Becky said...

The Elefante is adorable! I found your blog a few months ago and really enjoy popping in. I am a novice knitter, but am thinking about trying some itty bitty things for gifts.

Cynthia in NC said...

Hello Susan, I so enjoy your blog! It is a bright spot and leads me to new ideas. Elefante and Yarntini- what a great combination!Elefante is so cute. Love your books also. Have a great week.

sarah starr said...

THAT IS SO HAPPY.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I really enjoy your blog as well as both of your books. I have knitted several of the hats as baby gifts. They are always a big hit at the shower. I look forward to a new book from you! Thanks!

Tammy
North Carolina

bonnieB said...

Your creative energy is awesome - I admire your ability to run a household of 3 kids and a wonderfully fun and inspiriting business - go girl! You must also have a supportive and loving husband - Bonnie in NC

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan,
What a precious elephant! I have so appreciated your blog and books - even though I only found you a few months ago. The hat pattern I bought from you was great for my son - he loves it and wants another for when he goes off to college. My "little" ones are growing up, but that little elephant reminds me of so many wonderful memories...Blessing to you. Nicole

Sara M. said...

Dear Susie, I truly love your designs. I have had the pleasure of attending two of your book signings and hearing you speak. You are just a joy - so sincere and open to sharing your story. I have knit many of your patterns and have found them to be clear and direct - I've never had a problem figuring them out! ;o) Thank you for sharing with us through your blog. Sincerely, Sara

anne said...

Thank you for your drawing for the elefante. I read your blog everyday and knit the hats from your book all of the time. I have learned so much from you and I appreciate it. I love your work and have just the baby to give the elefante too. Thanks for all of your work and your very special family too.

Sarah's In the Midst of It said...

You know how much I love elefante:) And that one is precious in those colors! Count me in :)

anne said...

Thanks so much for all you do and your special family. I love the elefante and know the special baby to give it too. I have one of your hats going all of the time and I have learned so much from you. I give your Itty Bitty Hat Book as gifts all of the time. Thanks for all of the care and contributions.

Kimberly said...

Elefante is in my ravelry queue! I even have the yarn all ready...just trying to finish up my current project first!

Its going to be a gift for a friend's new baby...so I'm sure my four kiddos would love to welcome your elefante into our house!

alovelyday said...

I LOVE your books! I want to knit this cute little elephante for my soon to be niece or nephew this summer! Thanks for your inspiration and most lovely blog!

Angie K.

Brit said...

That is ridiculously adorable!!!

Yarn Thing said...

WOW, that is a lot of comments!!!

Well,here is my official...I WANT IT! LOL

xoxox
Marly

Rachel said...

I know I don't stand a chance at winning that, but I'll throw my name into the hat anyway... maybe I'll get lucky ;)

Anonymous said...

This elephant is too cute.

dolls123[at]gmail[dot]com

Inspired Tokens said...

Totally count me in. A Susan B. Anderson giveaway! What a delight. With any luck at all...maybe I'll win. I adore your work and your blog is so inspiring to me. Your little elefante is so adorable. Imagine having a piece of work from the master herself.

Luvmeowers said...

I found your blog because of the Grumpy Old Bear at the beginning of the Itty Bitty Hats book. Elefante was the star of the first post I read. I fell in love with him the minute I saw him. He is on my to do list but I want to give socks a try first (I'm ordering Getting Started by Ann Budd today).

Thanks for the inspiration!
Jessica

Ingrid said...

Hi Susan,
Your adorable elefante would be so loved by my grand daughter! The colors are just beautiful!
Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

Anonymous said...

Well, I guess since there are just a couple other entries here, I must have a great chance of winning! LOL. I've just finished Elephante for a great niece. Sure would be cute to add yours to her collection. Can't wait for your next book to come out.

Kathy in Circleville, OH

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan
My big kids gifted me with both your Itty Bitty books and I love the patterns. I seem to have a thing for knitted elephant toys as I have collected several different patterns for them. My little daughter has also asked for an elephant motif on her new vest.
Thank you for all your wonderful designs that you so willingly share with other knitters.
PS I would love that little elephant to fly down under to us in Australia.
Jeanette

MamaMouse in Minnesota said...

Ohhhhhh, Elefante is just the cutest little pachyderm I've ever seen! Winning one knit by you would be an honor :) I enjoy reading your blog and appreciate the knitting inspiration; thank you. Oh, and my copy of Itty-Bitty Hats is tattered from use...I've become a baby-hat-knitting-fiend!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and your books!!

Anonymous said...

So cute! I have to admit that since my Grandma only ever knitted/crocheted sweaters, hats, and blankets, I didn't ever realize you could knit such adorable toys!! I'm so glad I'm learning to knit!

Natalie said...

I love your book and your blog!! Elefante is also on my que to knit!

Julie Bonello said...

YOU ROCK!!
I LOVE Elephante....

Thanks for all that you do Susan. You are so inspiring to me.

I am a mom of 5 kids, and we all came to Treehouse books in Holland to see you for your last book signing.

Can't wait to see who wins..........

HOW FUN.

Julie Bonello

Julie Bonello said...

YOU ROCK!!
I LOVE Elephante....

Thanks for all that you do Susan. You are so inspiring to me.

I am a mom of 5 kids, and we all came to Treehouse books in Holland to see you for your last book signing.

Can't wait to see who wins..........

HOW FUN.

Julie Bonello

Belle said...

Love Elephante! I've got yarn picked out for one --- and I had picked out sock yarn!! I can't wait to start it! Haven't started it because honestly I hate working on DPNs. Any way at all to work this on circulars?

Thanks!
Jody

scoochiesmom said...

I love that little guy!!! He has been in my queue for a while now... I've been inspired to give it a go:)

Adoption said...

love this! SOOO cute!

Timster said...

Thank you for this adorable pattern!

Frieda said...

I would love to win your cute elefante.

Patricia said...

Hi, great blog. Found you through Betz's blog roll. Hope I'm not to late.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the drawing, I have been coveting your elefantes for a while ;c)
Michelle
recogirl@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Oh Susie, I know I don't have a snow balls chance, but I certainly would love to have him for my new grandson to be due in mid July. I've not tried the pattern yet as my life is so busy with keeping my 2-1/2 years old grand daughter 3 days a week and then helping my mom as we just put my dad in the nursing home. So kniting has been put to the side and now w/ the new baby coming. I'll be keeping him along with his big sister. So I guess ife will get busier for me for a while. I love your blog though. Thanks for sharing your life with us!!
Deb Page
Kingskid2
Blog spot Mimi & me
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ThisOldHenHouse said...

Oh he (or she!) is absolutly adorable and the colors are fantastic!

I'm a beginning knitter, and I cant begin to tell you how much your books have both helped and me and inspired me!

I'm half way through the patch baby blanket and couldnt be any more thrilled with how wonderfully its turning out!

And now I need that little elephante to go with it :-)

Anonymous said...

I didn't know itty Bitty hats was your book. I've got it, got it when my grand daughter was born!!!! Love the book. Gosh I might have to send it to you to autograph for me!!!!! Didn't know I knew someone famous!
Deb In Little Rock
Blog: http://mimis-knitting-corner.blogspot.com/
Ravelry Name: cutiepie2u
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