topsy turvy book giveaway

Update August 30.

Hi Everyone,

Thank you to everyone who left a comment to win Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys!  The competition is now closed.

I’m visiting old friends outside Auckland for the weekend. I’ll be back and will announce the lucky winner on Monday. Stay tuned!

Hey, look who showed up on my doorstep today.

Mrs Squirrel and Mr Penguin are my latest knitting project and they’re from the loveliest book, Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out knit toys, by Susan B Anderson. Susan has such a wonderful sense of fun and this book is just sheer cuteness from cover to cover. All of the toys double as something else. For example, the squirrel transforms into a cute hedgehog (below) and that egg he’s looking at has the penguin inside.

My husband requested the penguin on looking through the book and he laughed out loud when I showed him the finished toy. What joy. I can’t wait to give them to my niece’s children in New Zealand.

Here’s the cover of Susan’s book.

Susan has four kids, and it must be really fun to have her as mom, because she is wonderfully inventive. You can visit her blog here and see her designs on Ravelry here

I want to make so many of these toys! Next comes this dog and doghouse…


and I can’t wait to make this: first it’s an egg…

next it’s an alligator…

The thing I love about these toys is that they’re educational as well as cute.

Here’s how the penguin works as per the illustration in the book. As well as the patterns, the book has clear photos of techniques. Everything is there.

The icebergs in this just tickle me. I happen to love penguins because like me, they’re from the southern hemisphere.

and now for more pics of Squirrel who wants you to see her acorn…

and her tail…

The hedgehog is adorable. For her spikes I learned how to make twisted loops which I’ve never attempted before.

I used different yarns from those Susan recommended. That’s the great thing about these toys. You can use bits and pieces from your stash.

My squirrel/hedgehog is made with Koigu KPM and the penguin/egg with Cascade 220.

So now for the giveaway. If you leave a comment, you’ll be in the drawer to win a copy of this gorgeous book.

[I’m sorry but it’s only available to readers in the USA].  The giveaway will close Friday August 30, at noon Pacific time.

happy knitting, everyone!

xo Mel


97 Responses to “topsy turvy book giveaway”

  1. Ann P Says:

    I love your squirrel! What a wonderful book.

  2. Rene Says:

    Just adorable! The perfect gift project for all the little ones in my life.

  3. Tracy Says:

    I have been enamored with this book since Susan first talked about it on her blog and every time I see another review and more of the toys I am even more smitten. The littles in my life would love these and I know I would love to make them. So sweet! Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Renee Cook Says:

    Oh, I just love Susan’s reversible toys! I follow her blog (and yours) religiously. Have you seen the wonderful little dragon she recently designed? Of course, everything she does is exquisite. Thanks for the opportunity to win this lovely book!

  5. virginia w. Says:

    i love knitted toys and giveaways.

  6. angie s. Says:

    I am a fan of Susan’s patterns and this book looks adorable!

  7. Sheila Says:

    I would love to win a copy of Topsy Turvy! Susan’s toys are just adorable. Like you, I love to knit toys to use up yarn remnants.

  8. Carmen Says:

    I love Susan’s designs. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Susan Says:

    I’m always a fan of Susan’s toys! Cute, well-designed, and fun to knit.

  10. Kathy Hanoch Says:

    I made a few of the reversible toys from Susan’s earlier book – and would love this most clever book.

  11. Karey Says:

    I love Susan books and would love to win this one. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Cindy G Says:

    What a great book! I love the penguin. Thank for the giveaway.

  13. KarenJ Says:

    I love Anderson’s books. Before now I hadn’t had a chance to look at this new one. Love it!

  14. Dot Says:

    They look like so much fun to knit. My grandchildren would love them. Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. jennifer (jenb69 on Rav) Says:

    I love this book and all of Susan’s designs! I love the animals you knit, especially the squirrel. She is adorable!

  16. Erin Says:

    I love the egg-to-alligator toy and would love to try it!

  17. LauraRose Says:

    So cute! I have a pattern for a vampire to bat toy in my queue on ravely. I wonder if it’s hers as well?

  18. EllenM Says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this adorable book!

    I love it that there was even some stuff in the book, you’ve never done before. I’m trying to do that my knitting now, too.

  19. Pat Says:

    What cuteness! They all look so cute. Susan’s other books are so well written. This one must be too.

  20. Jill C. Says:

    Gosh, she keeps designing such cute things for kids…almost makes me want to have another. HAHA!

  21. DianeW Says:

    My friend got this book directly from Susan at the Knitting Pipeline retreat and I am so disappointed that I passed up the chance when I saw how cute the designs are. Thank you for giving away a copy!

  22. Linda Says:

    Adorable! What a clever idea.

  23. Judi A. Says:

    I have seen so many finished projects from this book that I now want one of my own. Susan’s ideas for new toys never end!

  24. pistachios Says:

    What a great idea for knitted toys! Love these.

  25. Suzanne Says:

    Thanks for a great review and giveaway. Susan’s designs are wonderful and I appreciate that they give everyone the opportunity to learn a new skill.

  26. Ticia Says:

    I’m a big fan of Susan’s. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of her book. You have a really nice blog…bookmarking!

  27. Renee Says:

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to win this great book. I really want to make some of these awesome knitted toys.

  28. ErikaC Says:

    Yet another great book from Susan! I would love to make these for the kiddos.

  29. Carolyn S. Ritter Says:

    I love Susan’s toys. She is so creative! I would love to make some of these for my great nieces and nephews!

  30. Joyce Hensel Says:

    What a great idea to have two toys in one! I’d love to make one!

  31. DebbieDau Says:

    The book seem to be full of all the interesting toys. I would love to be entered in the drawing…

  32. Kathleen Says:

    Fun toys! What child wouldn’t love turning an egg into a penguin. Magic.

  33. Whitney Says:

    Cutest toys ever!!! Thanks for the great giveaway :)

  34. Michle Says:

    I love all of the toys. Hope I win.

  35. Gale Says:

    I would love to have this book. I have 6 grandchild that would love these. Susan is a wonderful person and designer.

  36. Jean Says:

    I love them all!!!

  37. Sharon Edmondson Says:

    This book is genius! Can’t wait to test out the designs.

  38. Vicki Says:

    I’ve made Susan’s sock yarn bunny and and am intrigued with her inside-out critters. Put me on the list to win a Topsy-Turvy book!

  39. Greg Says:

    I’m a big fan of Susan’s designs and would *love* to win the book. It’s been on my wish list since it came out! I’ve knitted Ribbit and Rabbit of hers before, and it was so much fun. I think my daughter would love interactive toys like this.

    -greg, drmellow on ravelry

  40. Peggy Says:

    I’m smitten with these inside-out toys that Susan has designed. Thanks for the opportunity to win this fabulous new book.

  41. Ellisen Says:

    SBAnderson’s animals are fun to make! Love your Paloma, Mel. Great blog! Thanks.

  42. Penny Bowen Says:

    Love Susan’s books. Two toys in one, my grandchildren would love to play with any and all of them.

  43. Pkb Says:

    Yay for sweet knits and a giveaway!

  44. Tonya Says:

    Love the book!

  45. Lee Says:

    Is it ok to not give the toys to a child, I just want to keep them for myself as they are so cute!

  46. Savannagal Says:

    Susan makes the cutest designs. I would love to win a copy of her book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  47. Sarah Beth Says:

    How cute! I’ve had my eye on this book for awhile!

  48. Hannah Says:

    I love all of Susan Anderson’s books, but her topsy turvy toys are awesome! So fun to knit & great for the little ones.
    Thank you for doing this giveaway!

  49. Mary Jo Says:

    I have been stuck in the house for a month due to surgery and would love to win a book of toys to keep me amused.
    ok just read that over and it sounds like I am sick but no it is my puppy who had ACL surgery and I am taking care of her.
    still this would be great to keep me busy while I am taking care of her.

  50. Pauly Says:

    I love Susan’s creativity and sense of fun, too. I’ve made three of her sock yarn bunnies, and several Itty-Bitty hats, and I’m itching to try some of these adorable inside-out toys. Sure would love to get my hands on that book! :-)

  51. Cassie M Says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love Susan’s designs!

  52. Ellisen Says:

    Success! I finally managed to purchase your Paloma Top on Zinio. It takes a lot of patience to copy it down, but it’s worth it. I’m so excited about knitting Paloma. Have thoroughly enjoyed your posts, which I found from SBAnderson’s email. Thanks ever so much.

  53. Jen Says:

    I so enjoy making Susan’s patterns!
    Johnston4kids on rav

  54. Suzanne Says:

    I love reading Susan’s blog and now yours. Thank you for the great pictures of the topsy tury animals. I need to knit them for my grandkids. I have knit many fairies from Susan’s fairy and flora pattern and my granddaughters adore them.

  55. Amy Says:

    This book is on my wish list!

  56. Joanne Says:

    I am a follower of Susan’s blog….just starting to need to knit for babies and little ones… Would love to win a copy of this book!

  57. Anne Marie Says:

    I’d love a copy of this book! What wonderful gifts these toys would make!

  58. Mary Coultas Says:

    Susan is so creative and I love her books. This book is so whimsical and fun!

  59. Merry Says:

    So cute!

  60. Betsy Says:

    I love your squirrel. Too Cute. The book looks great, too.

  61. Kate Says:

    I have yet to see a Susan B Anderson pattern I don’t just love. This is the only one of her books missing from my bookshelf.

  62. stephanie Says:

    Love all of them….want to start on things fory granddaughters!

  63. Teresa Says:

    I love all of the Susan books I have so far . . . sure would love to add this one to my collection!

  64. Carrie Says:

    I would love to win. Such cute toys!!!!

  65. Jill Carick Says:

    So adorable….would love to make these for my great niece and nephews!

  66. Carol Huber Says:

    Love these toys.

  67. Trina Says:

    I love hedgehogs! Knitting one would be fun!

  68. Su Lynn Says:

    I would love this book. I just downloaded one of her Free Patterns last night on Ravelry.

  69. Carol Zarda Says:

    I have 4, soon to be 5, grandkids that would love some of these sweet little creature.

  70. Carol Zarda Says:

    I have 4, soon to be 5, little grandkids that would love some of these sweet creatures.

  71. meppybn Says:

    Too, toooooo cute!! for all ages :) :)

  72. Rachel Says:

    MUST have this book. These toys look amazing. I love Susan’s creative take on animals in her design.

    I agree with above poster–all AGES love these toys. :-)

  73. grammie2maddie Says:

    I adore every single thing in this book – would make the hedgehog first, bec they’re very similar to wombats which my brand new grandson was called while in utero!

  74. Show and Tell Meg Says:

    I just finished making the free reversible duck to bunny pattern Susan wrote for Spud Says and now I have the bug – I can’t wait to make more reversibles! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  75. Patricia McAdams Says:

    Both our small local l library and the city library further away now have the copies of this marvelous, inventive, fun book. I borrowed it last week and have already finished the alligator/crocodile/dragon and 2 eggs and am about to finish the penguin next.
    But the project that I really want to do is the topsy turvy doll. It is just what I want to make for my granddaughters for Christmas. There are other patterns knitted in pieces, knitted flat etc. But none compare with the one is this book. I will make one with scrap yarn but a trip to the yarn store will be necessary for the perfect Christmas dolls.

  76. Sandra Love Says:

    These reversible toys are cool. I look forward to making some for my grandchildren. Good Luck All!

  77. Carrie Says:

    I entered a comment earlier, but it did not show up and more have shown up since I posted….so I am going to try one more time to see if I can enter.

    I would love to win, those are some cute toys!!!!

  78. Sandra Love Says:

    The reversible toys are cool! Good Luck All!

  79. Justine Says:

    These patterns are so cute and clever!

  80. Barbara L. Says:

    I love Susan Anderson’s books. I have several that I use all the time. I would love to win this one.

  81. Barbara L. Says:

    I have several of Susan Anderson’s books which I use all the time. I would love to win this one.

  82. Meghan N. Says:

    I would love to win this book! The toys are so adorable!

  83. Meghan N. Says:

    I would love to win this book. The toys are so adorable!

  84. Jenee Says:

    I have a couple do Susan’s books and I’d love to have this one too. And, I’ve been fortunate to take a couple of her classes, she’s a great teacher.

  85. Laura Says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this wonderful book! These are the cutest toys.

  86. Netta Schwartz Says:

    I have 4 grandchildren who would be thrilled to have these for chanukah. I would love the chance to win your book give away. Thanks!

  87. Tamara Says:

    I’m enamored by the Hedgehog! <3 <3 <3

  88. Linda Says:

    Enjoyed your other books.
    Granddaughter especially
    Liked the giraffe I made from it
    Would enjoy trying this book
    Thanks for your great ideas

  89. Sue Says:

    I remember these being popular back in the dark ages when I was a kid. Maybe Susan can bring them back again.

  90. AnnetteK Says:

    Love this book! So many fabulous toys!

  91. Patty Says:

    I just requested this book from the library, but I’d love a copy of my own.

  92. Andrea Says:

    What a fun give away – 2 in 1 is such a great idea!

  93. Sarah Says:

    Hi there! I moved to Kentucky from NZ a year ago and my whole family are soooooooooo obsessed with squirrels! I would love to knit my girls these! My Mum came to visit last month and brought me an early birthday gift: a Kate Sylvester cardigan with intarsia squirrels on it! Hope you are having a nice time down under – have some fish and chips for me 😉

  94. Shing Says:

    I’m here from Susan’s site – I’m loving your blog and will subscribe here too! You did such a great job on your toys! I’d love to win Susan’s book.

  95. Lori Says:

    Love this book and thanks for the giveaway!

  96. Julia Says:

    Love these designs! I have 3 small grandchildren & I can’t wait to make these for them. Even if I don’t win the book, I’m buying it! Thank you for the opportunity though 😉

  97. Sandy G. Says:

    Mel, that will teach me not to pop in more often – I missed the competition….. but thanks for the lovely intro to this book! I’m going to add it to my wish list for xmas!

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