Friday, September 02, 2016

String Along Toys ~ ebook and print book now available!

Note: All photos in this post are provided from Quince & Co. 

Hi, Knitters,
How are you? I hope everyone is doing well and that you are enjoying your last days of summer before school kicks into full swing. We are finally settling down a bit around here after the most hectic, jam-packed summer I can remember. What a whirlwind it has been.

I have a couple of quick announcements to talk about before we talk about my newest ebook and print book. First, I am teaching in Minneapolis at Vogue Knitting Live, November 4-6, 2016. Registration is open for classes and they are filling up nicely. I think one of my classes is sold out and I have raised the numbers a couple of times already to let more students in, but there are still other classes available from me and from many other instructors. I'll be at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC in January 2017 as well coming up here. Anyway, I hope you'll hop on over to check out VK Live in Minneapolis.

Secondly, I'm teaching in Vancouver at Knit City coming up on Oct. 1 and 2, 2016! I am super excited to teach at this venue. I have two classes sold out and I recently let the waiting list join these two workshops. I have a couple of other workshops still available with a few spots left. I hope you'll come and join me. I would love to meet you. Click here to visit the Knit City website and check it out.

Next, I am teaching at A Good Yarn's first big retreat, A Good Retreat, in Orlando, Florida coming up in May 18-21, 2017. I am so excited to be teaching alongside my buddies Ann Budd and Romi Hill. Click here to get all of the details and to sign up to join us!

Now for some exciting news! My brand new pattern collection, String Along Toys, is available through Quince & Co. I am so proud of this little group of toys. Let me tell you a bit about them.

I shared the new ebook here on my Instagram! I'd love to have you follow me over there for more up to the minute information and fun. 

Click here for String Along Toys on Ravelry! The pattern collection/ebook will be available for purchase from my Ravelry pattern shop in November 2016 if you are interested. Now it is only available through Quince & Co. 

I started teaching the String Along Toys workshop in 2013 and I kept promising that the patterns would be available through Quince & Co. since that time. It has finally happened and Quince has done a beautiful job with the patterns. Anyone who has finished their little String Along characters now have a place to post them on Ravelry. I know there are a lot of finished projects already out there. Click here to post your finished String Alongs on Ravelry!

Here is a little information about these adorable friends, monkeys, frogs and mice. They are all worked from the bottom-up and they are all seamlessly worked in one-piece. The body and head are worked in one-piece and then the ears, limbs and tails are simply picked up and knit onto the toy. The monkey and the  If you notice, one of the limbs on each of the toy is finished with a loop. This loop allows the toys to be strung together in any combination. This makes the toys even more fun for little ones.  

Here is the knitty-gritty:

String Along Toys


August 2016

Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?

6 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette stitch

US 5 - 3.75 mm

3½" [9 cm] tall when sitting, 6½" [16.5 cm] body circumference, and 3" [7.5 cm] arm and leg length
  This pattern is available for download for $10.00.
Susan B. Anderson, a knitting name synonymous with sweet, adorable stitched creations, brings us a trio of storybook friends in String Along Toys. Worked in Lark, frogs, mice, and monkeys can be worked with loops for hands or feet so they can be linked together with their buddies.
Print book is available for pre-order at Print books will ship starting September 6, 2016.
lark / 1 skein each in the following colorways:
Frogs: Snap Pea 128, Leek 131, and Parsley 129
Monkeys: Bark 121, Chanterelle 118, Egret 101, Bird’s Egg 106 or Nasturtium 136
Mice: Egret 101, Dogwood 135, Kumlien’s Gull 152
set dpns in size US 5 / 3.75 mm
skills required
Long-tail cast on (link provided), increasing, decreasing, i-cord, bobbles (instructions included), working in the round.

The toys are so sweet and fast to knit in worsted weight yarn. I have my students finish their little toy in one class session which is 3-hours long and that's with a lot of added teaching breaks. 

The monkey and the mouse have a unique construction for the head. I've come up with a really simple way to change the direction of the knitting without doing short rows for these toys and it makes the knitting more enjoyable in my opinion. 

I hope you'll check out this fun set I've designed for Quince & Co. They really are some of the sweetest tiny-sized toys I have ever made. 

The print book is being mailed out starting September 6th, 2016 but you can get the immediate ebook download right now. Click here to find out more on Quince & Co. Quince always does the most beautiful job with their ebooks and print books. I think I have purchased every print book they have ever published, I am such a fan. 

And remember that you can purchase the ebook from my Ravelry pattern shop coming up in November if you'd like to have it in your library over there. I'll be sure to remind you when that is available. I have the Flower Fairy and Leaf Sprite patterns available for download in November, too. 

I've been working so hard on some new designs set for release this fall and I just finished writing a piece for a collaborative book. I am so honored to be included in this book. That took a lot of time and concentration. I need to film a new podcast episode for my YouTube Channel sometime soon. I think when my house settles down a bit I'll be able to do that again. 

Thanks for sticking with me through this summer. I hope to be back with more regularity coming up in the months ahead. 
xo ~ susan