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Creative Friday

Spiral-Cut Butternut spaghetti

I’ve had this spiral-cutter for quite some time and I’ve read about how people substitute marrows and butternut for spaghetti but I have never tried it. Well, yesterday Jen said she didn’t want wheat spaghetti so I suggested butternut. I was a little sceptical and really had no idea how this was going to turn out but I must say, it was delicious. We ended up eating a little later than usual because Richard also wanted to try some, so Jen and I baked another batch.

It’s so easy! Peel the butternut, spiral cut it and then spread it out on a baking tray. Drizzle some olive oil over it and some herb salt and bake until it’s cooked. It really is lovely with Bolognese mince or even on its own!

Have a great weekend!

Welcome to Creative Friday,

Please feel free to post your links to anything you have created and would like to share, it can be a recipe, sewing tutorial, knitting tutorial, felting, crochet, crafts, art, spinning, weaving, working with fibre, photography, poetry…etc…

I have added a Creative Friday button on the sidebar of my blog, please feel free to add it to your blog for Creative Friday and link it to so others can find this space and share their creativity too:)

1. I have started a Creative Friday Flickr Group where you can post your beautiful photos that you link to each Creative Friday. To join the group, please go here.

2. If you would be so kind as to link back to Natural Suburbia in your blog post that would be lovely or pin, share on Facebook and Twitter.


Moulin Rouge Cowl Pattern is Live

Moulin Rouge Cowl Collage1

The Moulin Rouge Cowl test knit is finished and these are a few of the cowls that have been knitted up by my wonderful test knitters! Aren’t they lovely? The pattern is available on Ravelry in my shop.

Here’s a little more information about this cowl:

The Moulin Rouge Cowl is knitted in a Nurturing Fibres dk singles yarn. It’s exceptionally soft and luxurious. Any suitable double knitting yarn can be used for this project. If you would like to make a yarn comparison with the NF yarn before you purchase yarn or use yarn from your stash, look here, Another yarn that can be used is the Madelinetosh dk.
I’ve knitted this cowl with a 4mm circular needle and used just over 2,5 x 50 gram skeins. total = 126g

44 inches in circumference, 5.5 inches high
Each pattern repeat (6 rounds) is approx just over half an inch high.

Have a lovely day!


Joining with Nicole today.


Creative Friday

Moulin Rouge Cowl Test Knit

Kate's Moulin Rouge Cowl Test Knit

Lise's Moulin Rouge Cowl Test Knit


The Moulin Rouge Cowl test knit has been going well and such beautiful cowls are being knitted, I just had to share them here with you today! If you would like to follow along or even sign up as a test knitter, you can visit my group here.

I’ve also just finished spinning up my Wensleydale roving for the Tour de Fleece, it’s such an easy fibre to spin.

Do you use coconut oil? I’ve been reading up about it and it sounds truly wonderful, especially regarding dementia, Alzheimers and as a general healing remedy! I’ve started adding it to my coffee and using it on my skin. I’d love to hear any feedback you have if you use it.

Our temperatures have risen slightly here in SA but I believe we are in for another freezing spell!!

Oh yes, I’ve only just started using an e-reader, this is all so new for me:) Anyway Erin is going to read from it too and I just figured out how to download books! Yay! I still love to hold actual books in my hands but occasionally I can simply download one immediately and read straight away! Technology is amazing at times!

Have a lovely weekend, I can’t wait to see your links!


WIP Wednesday and Yarn Along



Kye and Charlie


I’ve been spinning some Wensleydale fibre for the Tour de Fleece, I love the long draw of Wensleydale, it’s so easy to spin up and fast too! Richard returned from Spain and the UK yesterday, it feels like he was away forever and it’s SO good to have him home again, the kids are thrilled to see their dad!

Kye loves to go out into the sun and jump on his trampoline, he goes out at least  five or six times a day to bounce and as soon as Charlie sees him going out, he races out to join him.

Jen’s camel silk gloves are coming along nicely, I chose the Treads, a Tipless Gloves Pattern, isn’t it gorgeous?? It’s a free pattern on Ravelry and I love it.

My Moulin Rouge Cowl test knit is going well, some beautiful yarns being knitted up into cowls!

Hope you are having a wonderful week.

Joining with Ginny.

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