Knitted Treasures in the Post and Home Maintenance

This is the wooden floor in our school room, it has been perfect up until now and then, last week, it collapsed along the one side. Sadly the reason for this catastrophe is damp. Our builder friends came round to have a look and we all just stood looking at the sagging floor, not knowing how to correct this unbudgeted expense. The options were to remove the entire floor, fill it with concrete and tile or break the floor closest to the wall and attempt to correct where it had given way.

Today was a new day and thankfully they were able to break through the wall underneath the floor from outside, remove the cross beams that were rotting and replace them with new, damp sealed beams. You have no idea how relieved we are. What we thought was going to be a massive undertaking at a huge expense is going to be a fairly simple procedure to remedy! Our builder friends will return tomorrow to replace the damaged pieces and close all the gaps. (Phew, now I can breathe….)

We have had to pack all our school books into spare cupboards to protect them from dust and our dining room has been converted into a learning room for the next 2 weeks while the floor is repaired.

On a more exciting note, I visited the post office today, when I opened my mail box it was choc a block full of post from all over. These are parcels from the amazing people who have knitted squares for the Recovery Blcnket that we will be giving to my mom. I just sat in the car and cried as I opened each envelope, thinking how kind people are in this blogging and Ravelry world. To make a knitted treasure for someone they have never even met and post it off with such love in their hearts. Oh my goodness, I am so humbled by these very generous acts of kindness, I thank you with all my heart:)

Thank you Donna for your beautiful felt piece, we are going to place it in the centre of the blanket and build around it with the knitted squares, it is so beautiful! Unfortunatley this lovely beige square didn’t have a name on the envelope so I don’t know who to thank, if it is yours, please let me know:)  The two squares at the top of the photo are from Christine (Australia), such lovely soft wool indeed, the lovely bright green and turquoise squares are from Kate, thank you so much for your beautiful note:)

The gorgeous pearl square at the bottom left is from Ginny (London), the blue and grey squares in the middle at the bottom are from Carol (South Africa), such soft wool, the mauve square to the right of those is from Clare (South Africa). The wonderful heart and beige squares at the top right are from Nel (Netherlands) next to those on the left on the orange paper are lovely fueshia coloured squares from Camille (USA) (the tea is amazing, thank you) and the squares on the bottom right are from Jeanette (Tasmania) How can I say thank you enough to all of you, my heart is so grateful and happy so Thank You all so much!!!


What a wonderful day, the wooden floor is looking a lot more healthy and my heart is filled with gratitude for all the people who sent hand written letters, gifts and these beautiful squares. I know a few more are still on their way and I will post them here when they arrive.


A Simple knitted Headband / Ear Warmer Pattern and Tutorial

Here is my girl with her chickens… She loves them very much, talks to them and spends so much time with them each day.

I have a little headband pattern I would like to share with you Ravelry notes here, it really is an easy knit. I have used even handspun wool that is a single ply, to give you more of an idea about the weight it has 9 wraps to the inch and I would call it a chunky weight. It has a few rounds of basket weave stitch in the middle to add character…

I have been wearing mine today to keep my hair out of my face and it is very comfy indeed:)

If you would like to knit one, here we go:


5.5mm circular needles

Skein of chunky wool, (it is on the thinner side of chunky)

Needle for sewing in ends

Cast on 60 stitches and join for knitting in the round with Magic Loop technique.

Rounds 1-4: Knit in rib, (knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches across the round)

Rounds 5-7: (Knit 3, purl 3) across the rounds

Rounds 8-10: (Purl 3, knit 3) across the rounds

Rounds 11-14: Knit in rib, (knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches across the round)

Cast off loosely with a larger needle if you wish to give extra stretch.

Sew in ends

Happy knitting and have a super day:)


World Rhino Day 2012

Thulani the Rhino Pattern


Today is World Rhino Day, a very important day for us to remember how wonderful these creatures are and the dangers they face with each new day. I thought I would update you on how Thulani’s pattern has been doing. I designed and knitted this Rhino pattern to help raise awareness and funds for the Stop Rhino Poaching organisation. You can read more about it here.

From Thulani’s pattern sales, I will be donating $ 53.00 / R 440.00 to this organisation today. Every little bit helps and I am so grateful that through these sales I will be able to assist these creatures in a small way. Thank you so much to everyone who has bought this pattern specifically with the purpose that part of their payment will be sent to help these lovely animals.

Thulani’s pattern can be purchased from my Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy stores.

Have a wonderful weekend.



Creative Friday

Christmas Sweater Ornament Pattern

Welcome to Creative Friday

Thank you so much to everyone who shares the love and their beautiful links:) 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 also love to hear from you, so if you have a moment, please leave a comment:) Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with us! Just add the name of your blog to the widget and then add your blog link with the http:// at the beginning of your link address:) 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:)

Have a wonderful day,


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