Hey knitters! A rising star in the knitting world is headed back to West Michigan. Susan B. Anderson, of Madison, Wisconsin, the author of “ITTY-BITTY HATS” and her latest book “ITTY-BITTY NURSERY” will be speaking in at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Treehouse Books, 37 East Eighth Street, in Holland and at 7 p.m. Thursday at Schuler Books& Music, 3165 Alpine Ave. in Walker.
I met Anderson when she came to West Michigan for her first book tour and I later interviewed her for my CraftSanity podcast. Check out episode 46 to hear the story of how she became a knitwear designer and landed a book deal. By the end of the interview, you’ll feel like you know her and you’ll want to come out and meet her in person.
Anderson’s latest book hit newsstands in October and is loaded with more great patterns to knit for the little people in our lives. I love the plush peas and carrots pillows on page 90, cupcake baby hat on page 113, cupcake tea set on page 120, and the “Three Little Pigs” inspired pattern on page 155.
Anderson’s patterns are great because she knits her experience as a busy mother of four into her designs. For example, on page 107 there’s a pattern for an attractive diaper bag that will serve a hip mama as a fun tote for years after the baby graduates from diapers. And if the “Plug Fairy” had not already made a stop to collect all the pacifiers from my house, I’d be knitting the adorable pacifier clips on page 98 because they’re so much cuter than the ones you can buy in the store.
So if you want to rock the next baby shower you attend, pick up your needles and make a project in this book. You will surely impress the mother-to-be if you show up with a darling, handknit “garden mice mobile” or a patchwork textured blanket. With 40 projects to pick from, there’s likely something to strike the fancy of most every knitter who loves to knit for babes. The only disappointment is that I don’t have time to knit everything I like in the book.
While I’m a huge fan of Anderson’s work and find just about all of her designs absolutely tempting, (Okay, so I’m not going to knit the baby wipe dispenser cover.) I have to say my favorite pattern in this book is the whimsical “clothesline” that includes a tiny knitted sweater, pair of jeans, t-shirt, ruffled skirt and parasol. I’d love to knit one of these lovelies and hang it across a window in my home. It just strikes me as one of those projects that people of all ages can enjoy whether they live with kids or not. Thanks, Susan, for another great book.