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Mamma4earth’s Second Birthday Giveaway!

This week my Etsy shop, Mamma4earth has been open for 2 years! To celebrate I am having a GIVEAWAY! My Etsy shop has brought me so much joy, I have met the most wonderful people from all over the world, kindred spirits, that I never would have encountered, so I am very grateful for my little shop:) I also enjoy the creative outlet that I have gained from it, designing new patterns, dyeing yarn, knitting and sewing and sending  treasures out into the universe with love…
And now for the giveaway:

The items below are what you can win;) I am giving away:

An Autumn Horse:
He has been knitted in Camel Silk yarn that I handspun on my Ashford Traditional spinningwheel. I have added handspun Mohair yarn to his mane and tail. He has been filled with soft Merino fleece. He is exceptionally soft because of the camel silk:)
White Lion of the Timbavati Region in South Africa:
These lions are the most beautiful creatures, I just had to make one. I have knitted him in an undyed, natural Merino handspun yarn and he is filled with soft Merino fleece.
Two Ply Merino Yarn:
I hand dyed this soft Merino yarn into the most vibrant pink shade…

To enter this giveaway:

Please would you follow my blog.
Please leave a comment:)
For 3 more entries to win, share the giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or blog about it and remember to let me know in the comments so I can enter you 3 more times:)

The winner will be chosen next Thursday evening South African time:)

It is such a joy to share this giveaway with all of you:)
Much  love


My Mamma4earth Patterns Featured…

It was so exciting to see my patterns in print for the first time in the Stitches and Bears publication this month! Just wanted to share it here:)
(Try as I might, this photo refuses to rotate… oh my…)

Wishing you all a wonderful week;)
I will be blogging a pattern for a Harvest Mouse this week…


Knitted Mamma4earth Ladybug / Ladybird Pattern

As promised, here is the Mamma4earth Ladybug / Ladybird knitting pattern:) She is a sweet little bug that will be perfect as a stocking filler at Christmas time or for a Waldorf nature table creature etc… I have knitted her in the round using the Magic Loop technique. Picked up stitches to knit her wings and then picked stitches again and knitted her antennae with I-cords.
Circular needles, I used size 4 mm needles
Black and red Merino yarn, I used left over bits and pieces.
Fleece for stuffing.
Felting needle
Black and white fleece.
Wool needle for sewing up.
Knitted Ladybug / Ladybird Pattern:
Cast on 6 stitches and join in the round using the Magic Loop technique.
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: Knit into the front and back of each stitch (12 stitches)
Round 3: Knit
Round 4: Knit into the front and back of every alternate stitch. (18 stitches)
Rounds 5 to 8: Knit
Round 9: Knit 1, increase into next stitch, knit 5, increase into next stitch, finish round (20 stitches)
Rounds 10 and 11: Knit
Round 12: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 5 stitches, knit 2 together, knit to the end of the round (18 stitches)
Rounds 13 and 14: Knit
Round 15: (Knit 1, knit 2 together) across the round
Rounds 16 and 17: Change to black yarn, knit 2 rounds
Round 18: Knit 2 together across the round
Take your wool sewing needle and thread it through the remaining stitches and pull tight once you have stuffed your ladybug.
With the ladybug’s face facing you, pick up 6 stitches just behind the black yarn to the left side for the first wing, (see photo further down) 
Knit in stocking stitch for the first wing for 10 rows, on the purl rows, knit the first and the last stitch to stop curling.
Row 11: Cast off 1 stitch at the end of the knit row.
Row 12: Cast off 1 stitch at the beginning of the purl row.
Cast off.
For the right wing, do the same making sure your shaping is on the outside of the wing to make it rounded.
Finishing Off:
First left wing.
Pick up stitches for the right wing.
Sew both wings onto the body.
With a felting needle and some black fleece, add your ladybug’s spots.
Whith white fleece, needlefelt a white circle for each eye and then with black fleece, needlefelt the pupil of each eye.
Pick up 2 stitches and attach your black yarn to knit your I-cords for your antennas.
Knit both of your I-cords and sew in your ends.
Sew up any openings and finish off.

Take care

Please note, this pattern is for personal use only, and not for resale, items knitted from this pattern may not be sold for commercial purposes, thank you.


Mamma 4 Earth Featured on Today!

Just wanted to share some exciting news… My Mamma4earth Etsy shop has been featured on today!! Mamma4earth has been listed amongst the 50 Best Etsy Moms Shops:) I feel very honoured and blessed:)
Thanks to everyone who supports my Mamma4earth:)


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