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 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