Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Good News Tuesday

Hi, Knitters,
I have randomly selected 6 lucky winners from hundreds of entries from the Pete hat pattern purchasers this morning. Each winner is receiving 5 balls of the beautiful Rowan Fine Tweed in Pete-like colorways. Thank you to Rowan Yarns for the generous prizes. The lucky winners are (rav usernames): Margostitches, tinkbell, kentuckygirl1961, Murphknits, Charr, and thecraftypetite! Congratulations to all. I've contacted all of the winners via Ravelry with instructions to receive their prizes.

Thank you to all involved. The Pete hat has been a huge hit of a pattern and I hope you all enjoy knitting your understated man-hats this season and in the future. Very fun!

As a little side note, I was interviewed for the Yorkshire, UK-based shop Baa Ram Ewe's newsletter. It is a very sweet interview and photos. The photo of me teaching was taken by Gale Zucker (the credit was omitted). Click here to read the short interview!

Okay, there is so much going on around here concerning knitting, as always. I have a lot of fun stuff to share. I'll start with some book news. My new book, Susan B. Anderson's Kids' Knitting Workshop, is being released in a matter of days and there are some fun promotions going on to celebrate. 

First off, one of my favorite shops, StevenBe's in Minneapolis, MN, has pulled together a fantastic kit as part of a gift bundle idea. It is fantastic. They've thought of everything you need to make a beautifully fun and inspiring gift for any new knitter! You even get to choose your hat and pom-pom color! I love it. It's a great deal and a simple gift idea for any new or aspiring knitter you have on your gift list and a great way to support a terrific local yarn shop.

Here are some details about the gift bundle:


Beloved knitting instructor Susan B. Anderson presents her first book targeted at a young audience. This accessible introduction to knitting in the round includes easy-to-follow illustrated tutorials on techniques from casting on and binding off to joining colors to make stripes, and 17 progressively challenging knitting projects—beginning with simple infinity scarves and hats and building to supersweet toys and decor. Step-by-step text and photographs that kids can read and follow on their own mean they will be knitting independently in no time! Also included is a chapter on stocking your toolbox and sourcing yarn; plus advice on starting a knitting group, connecting with local knitting communities, charity knitting, and more.
Your gift wrapped bundle includes everything your recipient needs to create theHat with a Rib in Susan's book.
 - Susan B. Anderson's Kids' Knitting Workshop book
 - 1 ball of reflective super bulky Lumio from Schachenmayr in your choice of color
 - 1 decorative pom-pom in your choice of color
 - US13 16" bamboo circular needle
 - A special note from StevenBe to encourage your new knitter.
Choose Your Hat Color:
Choose Your Pom Pom:

I was informed by my publicist that Amazon selected Susan B. Anderson's Kids' Knitting Workshop for their Best Books of the Month in 2 categories: Nonfiction for Kids, and in Crafts, Hobbies, and Home. What an honor. It is such a good feeling to get such positive feedback as the book is coming out. 

Also, my publisher has selected Kids' Knitting Workshop as part of their holiday promotion! Here is the information on that:
Artisan’s parent company, Workman, has selected SUSAN B. ANDERSON’S KIDS’ KNITTING WORKSHOP for the company’s digital holiday promotion.

This means that from now through December 15, anyone who orders books through the following link (http://goo.gl/RD4bFA) can use the promo code HOLIDAY to receive 20% off the list price. As an added bonus, anyone who places their order specifically on December 8 (today) will ALSO receive free shipping.

In other book news, I am thrilled that Topsy-Turvy, Inside-Out Knit Toys has been released in paperback in Korean! I received a copy and I have enjoyed looking through it and marveling at the beautiful letters and writing of this language. 

In teaching news, I have a couple of classes left that aren't sold out for Vogue Knitting Live in NYC! I'll be there from January 15-17th, 2016. My other four classes have already sold out but you can always contact them to see if things have shifted at all, you never know!

I'll be teaching at A Good Yarn in Sarasota, Florida from March 19-21st, 2016. Click here to contact the store for more information!

The DFW Fiber Fest in Dallas, Texas, has its registration open. I'm teaching a bunch of workshops at this event. This is on April 1-3rd, 2016. Click here for more info!

Yarnover in Minneapolis is coming up! I'll be there on April 24th, 2016. Click here for the information! Last year my 2 workshops sold out so fast so be sure to jump in if you are interested in attending.

I am going to Fibre Space in Alexandria, Virginia, from May 19th-21st where I'll be teaching workshops and having a book signing. Please contact the shop, Fibre Space, to find out more!

I am doing some new filming for a couple of different things coming up this late winter/spring, too. I'm so excited about this! New online things are coming to the internets soon which I haven't done for a few years now.

It's going to be a whirlwind of knitting coming up! I hope to see you at my classes and events. I would really love that. Let me know if you can attend anything.

Now for a couple of quick knitting projects I have been working on......

The talented yarn designer/owner Amy from Knit Collage sent me some lovely skeins of her art yarn to play with recently. I quickly dove in because these yarns are irresistible. I just made up the pattern for the hat using the Daisy Chain yarn in the Chili Pepper colorway. I used US size 11 needles and cast on 56 stitches and went to town. It is an adult-sized hat and used 2 skeins of Daisy Chain yarn. I love it.

I put a Bernat Faux Fur pompom on the top. It works! The yarn not only has little fabric daisies but also there are bits of lace and fabric spun into the wool. The yarn is handspun in India and you can read all about it on the Knit Collage website.

Next up, I will knit mittens out of two skeins of Knit Collage's Castaway in the Prism colorway. I can't wait to see how these work up. I have been eyeing Amy's mittens (click here to look!) and they are incredibly fun. Amy's mitts look like they are purl side out. I think I'll knit mine and then turn them inside out. That's the plan Stan! I'll keep you posted on my progress.

My shoes are Birkenstock Berns in wool. And the yarn for my socks is String Theory in the Kinetic Energy colorway. Click here for the sock yarn.

I hope you are all doing well. We are having a mild December here in Madison without a stitch of snow or even any cold weather. It's very strange.

I'll be back soon with more....
xo ~ susan