Giveaway: Mamma4earth is 4 Years Old

Hello,

This past August was Mamma4earth’s 4th birthday! To celebrate I would like to offer 2 winners my Knitting Flowers E-Book in PDF format and 4 animal or flower patterns of their choice:) If you have a Ravelry account, I can pop them straight into your library for you, if not, they can be emailed to your email address.

To see some of the gorgeous flower projects that have been knitted from my Knitting Flowers book, you can have a look here on Ravelry, there are some wonderful projects!

Here is a link to all the free patterns that are listed on my blog.

Here is a link to my paid and free patterns on Ravelry.

If you would like to enter this Giveaway:

  • Leave a comment in this post

  • To earn more entires share on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter and remember to return here and leave an extra comment each time you share:)

This giveaway will close on Sunday the 28th of October.

Giveaway winners have been announced here.

Have a wonderful day.

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Food and Gardening

Yesterday Richard and I harvested all the leeks and onions that were ready to be picked. We managed to plant most of the other seedlings except for the spring onions. Our backs started to feel sore from all the bending so we decided to call it a day, I will continue planting today though while Rich is at work.

I love seeing garlic and onion braids so I attempted to braid the onions for storage, the stems of our onions are very thick and don’t bend too easily but I tried and they look kinda ok:)

What to have for snack??

We tried salmon, chopped up tomato, cucumber, onion and mixed it all together with mayonnaise, spread it on Crackerbread and oh my word, it was really divine! I think we will be having this simple snack soon in the near future. I need to find a good recipe for healthy mayo though.

Happy day:)

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In the Kitchen with Flowers…

 

 

These 3 photos are all of the same Hibiscus flower taken over a period of approximately 3 hours. While I was cooking lunch this morning I was watching this beautiful bloom open, I could almost see it moving while watching it. They close each evening at dusk and then slowly reopen over the morning, it was beautiful and such a happy colour. (I love yellow) I bought 2 of them at the nursery yesterday, as I was leaving I spotted them out of the corner of my eye and that was it! I don’t quite know where they are going to be planted yet, so I think I will enjoy them on the kitchen windowsill for now.

We have started harvesting onions, they are some of the largest onions we have ever grown, not that it looks big here, but they really are:)

Kye’s beans have been transplanted out into the veggie garden and are doing well.

I am so excited that Caiden’s Pink Bottle Brush tree that he planted for his cub advancement has started to bloom, I love that he chose the pink flowering one because the are so many red ones around.

Richard and I did some night time gardening last night, we bought plenty of organic veggie seedlings home from the nursery and then a terrific storm ensued which left us running for cover. Later on when the weather had calmed down, we went out to plant tomatoes and spinach in semi-darkness. It was so nice spending time together working in the veggie patch. We have decided to really give this area of our garden a go and concentrate on food production for our family and others as well. Food is becoming terribly expensive in the shops and with so much being published in the news about the recession etc… we really do want to become as independent and self-sufficient as possible not out of fear but because it feels right. I have been enjoying stocking up my grocery cupboard with non perishable items to cook our meals from scratch and also items to make house hold cleaners. I am enjoying this journey…

Chat soon:)

PS my lovely friend Carle’ is auctioning some amazing super twist sock yarn on her Ravelry group for Breast Cancer awareness, if you would like to join in go here, the auction closes tonight.

I have also added a sidebar button for my Mamma4earth Ravelry group, you can see it on the right side of my blog, we have been having such fun with the Camel pattern test knit. The group has grown so much during this past week, that I have asked a second wonderful member if she would consider helping me as a moderator on the group! It really is a wonderful space with such incredibly kind and special people, thank you:)

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A Hint of Snow Cowl and Creative Friday

I have just finished designing and knitting ‘A Hint of Snow, Cowl’, I am really enjoying knitting cowsl at the moment, I have knitted this one on a chunky handspun Merino 2 ply. To give you an idea, the yarn gives approximately 6 wraps per inch and I used 7mm circular needles with the longest cable I could find:) It’s a wonderfully warm cowl and is very versatile as it can be worn in so many ways, twisted twice or three times to create a different look.

Here is the pattern:)

Just a quick note: the pattern consists of 4 pattern rows,

  1. knit,
  2. slip slip knit (ssk),
  3. knit 1, make one (or yarn over to make a hole) when you come to the end of this round, make sure you remember to make one (yarn over) at the end of the round and not merely just move the yarn to the front because in the following round you purl, so when ending the 3rd round take the yarn all the way around the needle and back to the front to make a stitch before you begin purling the following round:)
  4. purl.

ok, enough chatting from me here’s the pattern:)

Materials:

300 grams of chunky yarn (approx 6 wraps per inch)

6.5mm / US 10.5 circular needles with a long cable

Sewing needle for ends

8mm needle for cast off edge so that it will be nice and lose

Pattern:

Cast on 190 stitches and join for knitting in the round.

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: (SSK) repeat all around the round. (slip,slip, knit) both stitches are slipped from the left needle to the right needle knitwise and then both stitches on the right needle are knitted with the left needle by placing the left needle through the front of both stitches and knitting them together.

Round 3: (Knit 1, make 1) ( a make one is also called a yarn over) repeat all around the round. See Just a Quick Note above for this round.

Round 4: Purl

Repeat these 4 rounds another 7 times.

Cast off using an 8mm needle to ensure a lose cast off edge.

Sew in all ends.

You are finished!!

Ravelry notes here.

Mamma4earth Ravelry group here where you can share your projects:)

Happy knitting:)

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 http://www.naturalsuburbia.com/ 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,
xo
Linda

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