A few years ago I stumbled upon a beautifully designed book called "Itty Bitty Hats." The concept and design of the spiral bound book was sweet, colorful and very well done. My interest was peaked because I hadn't ever heard of the author - Susan B. Anderson. I had been in the yarn biz for years. How could there be someone out there who was so super talented and who I didn't know? And then the next year, there was another Itty Bitty Book - this one on toys. I was dying to meet the author and as fate would have it, one evening at a TNNA show, Susan and I were seated next to each other at a publisher sponsored dinner with some book wholesalers. We hit it off and have become friends since that dinner, running into each other at different functions and keeping in touch by phone and email.
|Photo Jim Mueller|
Susan writes an incredibly cheerful and popular blog full of wonderful knitting, spinning, crafting and family. She also curates the Spud and Chloe Blog for Blue Sky Alpacas. She is Mom to four beautiful kids and lives with her husband and family in Madison, Wisconsin (knitting country for sure!). In person, Susan is exactly as you would hope - kind, smart, funny, pretty and a fabulous knitter/designer. I feel honored to count her as my friend. When Susan asked me if I would like to be part of her blog book tour for her next book, I was so happy to help her spread the word. Today I present to all of you Susan B. Anderson's uber-cute Spud and Chloe at the Farm.
To say Susan has done it again would be an understatement. The book is based on the adventures of two knitted toys - Spud (a knitted sheep) and his friend Chloe (a little girl with red hair and Mary Jane shoes). Along the way, they meet different knitted farm animals including Mother Hen and Chicks.....
and many more super cute knitted farm inhabitants. The instructions are clearly written, gorgeously photographed by Liz Banfield, and a story weaves its way throughout the entire book. I really think this is the kind of book that many knitters will knit their way through, building an entire farmyard for a special little friend or even to keep for themselves. I think it would be a great project for a group of knitters to make for an expectant friend and to base a baby shower on! I want to point out that these toys are simply shaped and very straight forward. If you are new to toy knitting, Spud and Chloe at the Farm is the place to start. The most difficult thing to me looks to be Spud's wool but even that isn't hard.
Watch the incredibly cute 30 second Spud and Chloe at the Farm book trailer here!
And now for the good news.... I have a copy of Spud and Chloe at the Farm to give to one lucky winner courtesy of Susan's publisher Artisan Books. To enter the contest, answer the following question.....
If you could be any farm animal, what would you choose to be and why?
Contest is over. The winner is Jennifer who wrote: First I thought sheep...because well they are probably my favorite. But then I realized I'd rather be a sheepdog, any variety. They have the fun job and they get to sleep in the house ;) Thanks for yet another awesome giveaway!