The Return of Susan B Anderson

The Return of Susan B Anderson to the Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird …. er, TODAY was with Tammy as last minute substitute while Marly travels. Susan can roll with LIVE podcast so professionally, she makes for a SEAMLESS episode, don’t you think? (Intentional Pun!)

Susan B Anderson profile picSusan began knitting in college, from a book. Her family was crafty so a little curiosity carried her a VERY Long Way. She looked for those patterns at the back of magazines to knit while she pursued a career was as a teacher. Susan is a mother of four so after a time she put teaching aside. Her knitting continued to fill her free time she created pieces to be auctioned, designing hats for the little heads around her and working in her friends yarn shop. When the shop closed, she opened a favorite book ‘Knitting in America‘ by Melanie Falick, and wrote the publisher and wishing to write a book which became ‘Itty Bitty Hats‘ in 2006. She’s just written her SIXTH book, more to come on that in a moment…

From 2014 event at Loopy Ewe, (L to R) Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Ann Budd, Susan and Marly.
From 2014 event with Loopy Ewe, (L to R) Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Ann Budd, Susan and Marly.

Having been a teacher it seems natural that she would continue sharing her love of knitting by teaching. She has had many wonderful opportunities such as recently at VKLive in NYC, upcoming events include Yarnover (celebrating their 30th anniversary this April) and DFW Fiber Fest. The internet brings her closer to us no matter where we are also, she has Craftsy Classes, Wee Ones: Seamless Knit Toys and The (Not So) Itty Bitty Giraffe. (She let a little secret out that she will be filming a new Craftsy Class soon so we’ve asked her to come back and share it with us when she’s ready!) PLUS she has a YouTube Channel and a wonderful Podcast, here’s the link to the most recent episode of the Susan B Anderson Podcast.

SBA Kids Knitting WorkshopHer wonderful new book was just released the middle of January, Kid’s Knitting Workshop (Link to view patterns in Ravelry). The patterns range from bracelets to hats, scarves and pillows all design for FUN. This is a wonderful book that kids may want to pick up and knit from for themselves or a new knitter may wish to pick up to knit for a young recipient.

Susan B Anderson is easy to find and follow online, her website is SusanBAnderson.blogspot.com she also has an active Ravelry Group , Facebook page, TwitterPinterest and Instagram pages, too!

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  1. Vicki says:

    Great job today Tami- way to step in! I think Susan’s book is just what I need to bring knitting to the kids at the school where I’m a teacher. I’ve contemplated starting a knitting/crochet club, but haven’t yet. This would be a good book to read through before committing to it.

  2. Suzanne says:

    Susan’s truly a gifted knitter and teacher but I also love how she dotes on her kids. She never fails to build them up whenever she speaks of them. Loved the chat you had.

  3. Lori Biamonte says:

    I have four grand-KIDS that I love to knit for. When my grandson was born, I knit him Susan’s sock monkey. It’s adorable and now sits in his baby sister’s room. Very nice job Tammy. I especially liked when you chose my comment to win! I hope I’m lucky again.

  4. Thekla says:

    Just realized that I have only knit for kids one time…I need to look for this book to see what else I can do! Just want to knit all the things. Thank you for coming on to the show, Susan.

  5. Lisa Nixon says:

    Even though Marly was away on travel this is once again a great podcast thanks to Tami – aka Social Medusa. Susan’s designs for kids are awesome…..I would love to have a copy of her book to teach knitting to a young friend.

  6. Audrey says:

    I have taught many kids to knit but my most enthusiastic student is my 7 year old granddaughter. Can’t wait to get this book for her.

  7. Missy Schmidt says:

    Omg! What a great episode! Susan B is one of my yarnie heroes!!! (Marly is totally another!!!) I love to knit and crochet and sew and anything else for kids! Especially my own rugrat!!!

  8. Deb says:

    Tammy, you make a great stand-in host for Marly! This was such a great interview. 🙂 Susan, I learned so much about your family that I didn’t know before. Thanks for sharing that with us, and for letting us know that you were interviewed so we could catch the show. 🙂

    I have a few nieces and nephews who have expressed an interest in knitting, and I’m never quite sure how best to teach younger kids to knit, so I’d love to win a copy of the new book. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  9. Cindy says:

    My grandchildren are learning to knit and I would love to give my grand daughter a knitting book for her birthday in March. Kids love the one-on-one time while learning to knit….thank you!

  10. Mary Anne says:

    I love to knit for kids and I also have several kids in my circle who are just the right age to learn. Susan’s book would be a perfect resource for teaching my grandkids to knit.

  11. Michelle says:

    I love knitting baby socks. I am a crocheter at heart and only knit to make socks. Well Susan’s book is getting me interested in knitting other things for kids and maybe trying to teach my granddaughter! Could be fun.

  12. Ashleigh Eden says:

    Really enjoyed the podcast! Susan’s book for kids sounds great, and I’m very thankful that I had a grandmother who took the time to teach me how to crochet from a very young age, it certainly inspired me to start knitting when I got a little older (which I happened to pick up from a book written specifically for teen knitters, so not too far off topic!)

  13. amy says:

    I have two of your books and have enjoyed knitting from them for the kids in my life. I especially love the reversible toys, such a clever idea.

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