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Gorgeous new Knitting Book and a Giveaway

Today, I’ve been given a lovely opportunity to review and offer a giveaway for Sally-Jane Cameron’s new and exciting knitting pattern e-book, Mzansi, South Africa on my Needles. You may also know her as Pinkhairgirl. Her book includes 15 gorgeous patterns which have a distinct South African flavour to them.

I love how Sally has included breathtaking photos of the areas in S A that drove her passion and inspiration for coming up with these designs and she has also added her own story to each piece which is portrayed in her knitting throughout the book.

In Sally’s words:

I love South Africa. I have lived abroad a few times and always return with a sense of being home. There is nothing like the smell of rain on African soil, or the diversity of people and scenery that takes your breath away.

When I first met Andre on a trip to Cape Town many years ago he showed me around the city and I got to glimpse the world through a photographers eye. What struck me was the time it took to ‘get’ the perfect shot. Most of all it takes stopping and looking at the world in a different way. I now live in this beautiful city and am often reminded how easy it is to rush past the beauty that surrounds us. Photographer stop, plan the time and light, and then wait, looking to find the perfect shot.

Andre’s pictures inspired me to combine my love of knitting and his beautiful images to show case our country in a new way.

Come with us on a Journey from Cape Town and around South Africa, ending in the far North of the country. We show you magnificent scenery combined with knitting patterns inspired by the places and people.

Mzansi means south or down in Zulu and Xhosa, as in the South in South Africa.
15 Patterns inspired by South Africa. More details of print book here.

These are a few of the designs from Sally’s book, to see the full range please visit here.

Cape Point Shawl

Cape Point Shawl

Forest Cardigan Sally Cameron

Forest Cardigan

Cape Point Cowl and Hat Sally Cameron

Cape Point Cowl and Hat

Thandi African Fingerless Gloves Sally Cameron

Thandi African Fingerless Gloves


Jacaranda Shawl

Table Mountain Sally Cameron

Table Mountain

Baobab Sally Cameron


CApe African Fingerless Gloves

Cape African Fingerless Gloves

The eBook is $20 on Ravelry
All patterns are also available as individual downloads too and range from $3 – $6
The print book can be ordered from

Other Places you can find Sally:

Ravelry ID: pinkhairgirl
Ravelry Group: Pink Hair Girl Designs
Twitter: Pinkhairgirl
Instagram: Pinkhairgirlknits


Sally is offering one e-book of Mzansi, South Africa on my Needles to one Natural Suburbia reader, if you’d like to win, please leave a comment, for extra entries, please share about this giveaway on your Twitter, Facebook page, Pintrest, Instragram etc… and remember to comment here again for each additional share.

The winner will be chosen on Monday the 1st of December.



May your day be inspiring.

If you are releasing a new craft, knitting, crochet book etc… and would like to have it reviewed on Natural Suburbia, please contact me at


Creative Friday

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The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook Giveaway, go here to enter.

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.


The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook and a Giveaway

Waldorf Handbook

When Valarie from Audrey Press contacted me about Donna’s blog tour for her new book, The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook, I was thrilled and honored to be a part of it! I have always loved the Waldorf philosophy of education and have used it in homeschooling our children and still use aspects of it today. When we began our Waldorf homeschooling journey a few years ago, there was so much information out there. I thought that if we had a few curriculums to choose from, it would give me a great source of information and would inspire me to build wonderful lessons. However, I soon discovered that too much information from different sources only caused confusion and I became overwhelmed.

What I like about Donna’s handbook, is that it’s clear and simple, it guides you through the planning process for your schooling with wonderful suggestions and her own experience and this will ensure that you don’t become trapped under a mountain of different curriculums unable to navigate your way back to shore.

Even though we have been homeschooling for a while now, I have found reading this Waldorf book very refreshing and I will be looking at our homeschooling from a different angle and  implementing a few of the suggestions offered. I feel that this book is such a gem not only for those new to Waldorf homeschooling but also for those who have been moving along the Waldorf path of a few years already.

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Once you have read through this publication, you will have a clearer idea of what will work for you as a mother and teacher and what will work for your children. I also love that Donna has included a section about how important it is, that we as parents take time for ourselves each day to recharge and by doing this, be the best we can be for our families and ourselves.

Thank you Donna for offering us this guidance and for mentoring us on our journey…

Here is a little more information about the book:

Homeschooling can be complicated and frustrating, especially if you are overloaded with
information. The good news is that you don’t have to figure it out alone. Donna Ashton’s
TheWaldorf Home School Handbook is a simple and step-by-step guide to creating and
understanding a Waldorf-inspired homeschool plan. Within the pages of this all-in-one
homeschooling guide parents will find information, lesson plans, curriculum, helpful hints and
the secrets behind the three Areas for Optimum Learning. Join Donna as she guides you through
the Waldorf method and reveals how to educate your children in a nurturing and creative environment.
This Book Features:
-Tailored curriculum
-Teaching methods and materials
-How to Plan
-Meal planning
-Daily Rhythm Maps

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Audrey Press is offering a copy of this beautiful book as a giveaway to one of my readers!

If you would like to win a copy of the book, please leave a comment below.

To gain extra entries please post about this giveaway on YOUR Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or your blog and remember to leave extra comments each time you share about the giveaway.

I will draw a winner on Friday the 14th of February.

Congratulations to:

treebee February 6, 2014 at 8:51 pm

fingers crossed!

You can also buy copies of the book from Audrey Press.


Nori the Narwhal Pattern and a Giveaway

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Nori the Narwhal’s pattern is available on Ravelry for sale from today, to buy his pattern, go here.

Here are a few of the test knitted Narwhal’s:

Nori the Narwhal Test Knit

Knitted by GPKnitwit on Ravelry


Knitted by Spotdogabby on Ravelry


Knitted by Matureknitter on Ravelry


Knitted by Melsparks on Ravelry


Knitted by Dawnstorm on Ravelry


Knitted by Feelgr8 on Ravelry


Knitted by Melosa on Ravelry

They are looking so lovely and there are still a few more to come from the test knit over the next few days.


I am offering 2 Nori the Narwhal patterns as a giveaway, if you would like to enter, please leave a comment and to earn extra entries, please share about this giveaway on your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest feeds and remember to let me know here each time you share.

I will announce a winner on Sunday:)

Chat soon,


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