Do you know Susan Anderson? Of course you do. She is an incredibly prolific author and designer and all around fabulous woman. And Susan has a new book coming out this month. I have a copy for one of you! Susan's new book is called Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys. That's a mouthful! But a very cute mouthful.
What you can't tell about the book is that it has an interactive cover. You'll have to trust me on this. You pull a tab and the cover photo changes. Those pull tab books were always Julia's favorites. Adults obviously like them too.
Susan's specialty has been designing for kids. She is a mom to four kids and she makes the cutest things. She has a huge fan base and a blog that is very popular. She is great at social media and marketing. She has a very active Ravelry Group called Itty Bitty Knits. I just don't know how she does it all. I can't do it as well as Susan and I only have one child.
All the projects in the book have a theme - they are reversible. There are two different sides to each toy. That's where the genius it. Each project is made in two parts and then sewn together. The toy becomes interactive for kids but let's face it..... these are the kinds of toys lots of adults will love to play with - to tell stories to their children or grandchildren while playing with the toys. And I can see many adult knitters just making them for fun - because they are so darn cute, clever and fun!
There are many levels of difficulty. From an easy "Happy Mouse, Sad Mouse" to the Fox and the Hen - There are lovely photos of kids playing with each of the toys -
Each product shot is accompanied by an "action shot" of the toy flipping. Here is the Fox and the Hen.
I love this little "flower fairy." My niece Olivia would be all over this one.
How about the Chrysalis that turns into a Monarch Butterfly?
For Christmas Toy Knitting - look at the Snowman that turns into a Christmas tree -
I would have loved the two sided doll when I was a kid -
So as you can see, there is tons to experiment with in this book. Just by knitting any of these projects, you would learn so much.
The photography in this book is stunning. But the best thing is they haven't forgotten about the knitter who is going to want to make these projects. They are a bit fiddly. For everyone, there are all kinds of detail step by step photos and explanations of how to put the toys together. This really works. That alone will make you the knitter feel confident that you can make these super cute projects.
There are a total of 12 complete projects which means Susan designed 24 different sides of toys and then sewed them together so they reverse. There are 17 step by step tutorials and there are a total of 225 color photos. All for $17.95. What a great value.
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So here is what I have for you today - one lucky winner will win a copy of Topsy Turvy Inside Out Knit Toys.
To enter, answer the following question in the Comments Section:
As a kid, my favorite toy was..... This can be a handmade toy or just something you remember that was special about your childhood.
Contest is closed - I'll pick a winner later on in the day today. Thanks everyone for entering.
The winner is Debbie who wrote: My favorite toys as a child were always "real life" baby dolls -- the Madame Alexander ones, and Thumbelina! I think this love fed my desire for a big family, which I'm happy to say has been met -- if you count four kids as a big family!
I would love this book! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.
I have emailed her and the book will go out when I receive her mailing address.