CH 115: With Susan B. Anderson

Helen —  March 9, 2016 — 5 Comments
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Curious Handmade 115

Today’s guest embodies the type of joyful creativity that I love to feature on Curious Handmade. Susan B. Anderson is a gifted knitting designer who has been sharing her playful, fanciful patterns with the world for a decade now, and I’m so excited to be interviewing her on the podcast today. We talk about how she started designing, what it’s like to handle such a prolific and varied schedule, and the joys of teaching new knitters with her new book, Kids’ Knitting Workshop.

Excerpted from Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop by Susan B. Anderson (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Lauren Volo. Illustrations by Alison Kolesar.

Excerpted from Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop by Susan B. Anderson (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Lauren Volo. Illustrations by Alison Kolesar.

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Excerpted from Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop by Susan B. Anderson (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Lauren Volo. Illustrations by Alison Kolesar.

Excerpted from Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop by Susan B. Anderson (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Lauren Volo. Illustrations by Alison Kolesar.

Susan’s wonderful knitting blog

Her brilliant video podcast

Susan’s patterns on Ravelry

Girl Scout blog series

We discuss some of Susan’s wonderful pattern books and a few particularly adorable single patterns which I have in my queue:

Itty Bitty Hats

Itty Bitty Nursery

Itty Bitty Toys

Egg to Owl Reversible Toy Pattern

Mary, Millie, and Morgan Doll Patterns

Excerpted from Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop by Susan B. Anderson (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Lauren Volo. Illustrations by Alison Kolesar.

Excerpted from Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop by Susan B. Anderson (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Lauren Volo. Illustrations by Alison Kolesar.

Susan mentioned a few in-person teaching events that she’ll be doing this spring:

  • March 18-20, 2016, A Good Yarn in Sarasota, FL

  • April 1-3, 2016 ~ DFW Fiber Fest (Texas)

  • April 23, 2016 ~ Yarnover in Minneapolis, MN

  • May 19-21, 2016 Fibre Space in Alexandria, VA

She is a gifted teacher, and if you can’t make it to one of her workshops, you can still learn from her wonderful online lessons: she has just recorded new classes for both Craftsy and Creative Bug which will be released very soon.

Events:

I recently had the interviewing tables turned on me by Squam founder and director Elizabeth Duvivier for her marvellous Morning on The Dock Podcast!

Next week is the Curious Handmade Country House Retreat in Cumbria, and I’m so excited. The podcast schedule will change a bit temporarily. I’m taking a week off during the retreat and releasing the next episode a little early, on Tuesday March 22nd, to avoid conflicting with  Easter weekend.

I’m looking forward to attending The Edinburgh Yarn Festival right after the retreat, from March 18 to 19th. I’ll be at several of the events and spending some time in the Podcaster Lounge which is being sponsored by Blacker Yarn. One place you can be sure to catch me is at the Podcaster meetup from 12:30 to 2pm on Friday the 18th.

5 responses to CH 115: With Susan B. Anderson

  1. I am loving your podcast. Wouldn’t it be great if you could foster a collaboration between Susan B and Lucy of Attic 24? Oh the sweetness.

  2. Always great to hear what is happening. The ceramic glasses holder is gorgeous and would look great on my table.
    ravid – canuckeh

  3. Karen Bochinski March 13, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Love love love your books, craftsy classes and podcasts. You light my day with our creativity and kindness.

  4. Anything knit is gorgeous.

  5. Catherine Reno March 17, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    You probably won’t remember me. I came to your classroom at Vogue Knitting NYC and introduced myself. Anyway. I am a retired teacher also. I would love to get involved in the knitting world and maybe make a little money at it. How do you recommend someone would start? I know you have to get your name out there somehow. I am a knitter and am currently making lots of project bags. I don’t know if I could somehow start with those? I was going to try to sell them at my lys. I can also put them on easy. However, people have to know who I am to even find me there. How did you begin?

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