Yarn Along

I have 2 of these little portal windows in my lounge and I love looking out of them this time of year because our grape vine has started to fruit and the green leaves shine through the window, oh my, it’s a wonderful green, the green that sends your heart racing…

My yarn has arrived from Nurturing Fibres for me to knit my Warthog pattern. I just love the subtle colour variations that just say warthog to me. The test knit will be opening soon for this pattern over on my Mamma4earth Raverly group.

As soon as this pattern goes live, once it has been test knitted, I will be offering a giveaway for the yarn and the pattern to a few readers, I am so excited to do this:) I will keep you updated.

 

Two other yarns arrived last Friday, there is that green again, I bought it from Betwixt, such gorgeous yarn, it’s a handpainited Merino / Silk / Kid Mohair. These skeins are going to be knitted into cowls, I can’t wait!

Joining today with Ginny.

What are you busy working on?

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Escaping the Heat…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are experiencing a heat wave here at the moment, it’s almost 30 degrees C inside our home, it’s hot! This morning began with early swimming, the pool was so warm and Kye spent his time outside running between the trampoline and the pool.

I am almost over all the damage and destruction from the freak hail storm, our plants have started to recover and the poor little raspberries and loganberries have given us a small show of fruit. Our pumpkin seedlings went into the ground right before the storm but survived and because they grew so well on the veg garden roof last year, this year we have placed them in small, deep beds next to our flatlet in the garden. The flatlet has a flat roof and we are going to let them sprawl all over up there. I think they will do well. Our potatoes are almost ready to be dug up and I will keep you updated about the ones we grew in pots.

Charlie, Erin’s cat, the ginger giant in the above photos, loves water, he will lie down in shallow puddles, so, naturally when the lawn sprinklers were switched off this morning, he rushed over to walk and play in the water…

We are back into the full swing of making veggie and fruit juices, Kye LOVES helping me with this activity and enjoys drinking the juice, he is a very picky eater, so I am incredibly grateful he will drink this juice.

PS If you haven’t entered the giveaway from Steph for a pair of lovely children’s potty training pants, go here

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Sponsor Giveaway from Super Skivvies

Today I would like to introduce you to the lovely Steph of Super Skivvies

This is her story…

Linda: How did your business come to be?

Steph:

Super Skivvies was conceived by accident! Originally, I was sewing decorated bamboo velour and bamboo fleece prefolds, and knitting and crocheting wool longies (pants) and diaper covers. The prefold diaper market where I was selling was over saturated, and knitting for other people was not my cup of tea, no matter how much I was being paid. I had a friend ask for someone to make her daughter potty training pants for overnight, and I, wanting to try something new, jumped all over the opportunity. I’m insanely frugal, so I wanted to somehow figure out a way to make them last beyond potty training, and this is where I had the idea to make them convertible. My friend loved them, so I tried selling them in my shop…they were a HUGE hit! I left the prefold and wool diaper cover business in the dust and never looked back!

Linda: What is your inspiration?

Steph:

My daughter. I want to show my daughter what a good work ethic looks like, both for money and work in the home, and that she doesn’t have to work a 9-5 in a cubicle if she doesn’t want to. My line of work and this business gives me the opportunity to stay home with her and to teach her how to be a creative, free thinking, contributing member of society.

Linda: Tell us about the materials that you use.

Steph:

Sustainability and avoidance of toxic chemicals is a priority for me. Super Skivvies are made of cotton (sometimes organic or Oeko-Tex certified), and bamboo (naturally organic).  I chose bamboo over several other absorbent materials for the following reasons:

  • Rapid growing crop grown without the use of pesticides or fertilizers.
  • Produced in a “closed loop system” that re-circulates and captures agents used to convert the plant into fiber.
  • Biodegradable
  • Anti-microbial
  • Breathable
  • Moisture wicking
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • 300% more absorbent than cotton
  • Anti-static

Linda: Tell us about any exciting products that you are adding to your range.

Steph:

We actually just launched our new boxer brief style of Super Skivvies! They are SO cute and double up as bloomers for the girls. In 2013, I hope to add a line of panties/underwear and hopefully dip my toes in the overnight/bed wetting area of absorbent pants.

Linda: How you balance family and work?

Steph:

I think all of us are continually trying to figure out how to balance the two! As Super Skivvies grows, our family life seems to keep right up. I have had a huge amount of growth over the last two years, and thankfully, my daughter has entered “school age” during that time. She attends a local Waldorf school then comes home and naps for a couple of hours, and I use that time to get most of my work done. It is also common for me to be at the computer or filling orders after she has gone to bed. I try to avoid working from after nap until bedtime so that I am fully available to her.

Linda: What you do to recharge?

Steph:

Every other Friday, I go to a women’s only naked spa with my friend. I also barely lift a finger on Sunday’s! I’m the type of person who is always “go-go-go!” so it doesn’t take much for me to feel like I have more to give again.

Social Network Links for Super Skivvies:

Website

Blog

Facebook

Twitter

Giveaway:

Steph will be giving TWO winners one pair of Super Skivvies training pants, their choice of size, style and print.

This giveaway is open worldwide.

To enter, please leave a comment in this post and for additional entries please share on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and remember to return here and leave extra comments for each extra share.

The winners will be chosen on Wednesday the 21st of November.

Steph is also offering 20% off purchases to Natural Suburbia readers until January 15, 2013.

Thank you so much Steph for sharing your journey with us here today!

Congratulations to:

Victoria L. Brennan November 18, 2012 at 9:28 pm # Edit

Adorable! I would love to try those for our little boy!

AND

Sarah in the woods November 18, 2012 at 4:59 pm # Edit

These are just adorable. I would love to win a pair.

Well done! Please could you both email your details through to me at lindadawkins@mweb.co.za and I will send them off to Steph:)

Christmas Santa Boot Ornament Pattern ©

I have been knitting Christmas ornaments for our tree this year, each year I knit a few more and like to share them here with you:) I have knitted this Santa Boot in a thick worsted yarn, I added a little black sole for the boot and a fluffy top. This boot is knit in the round with circular needles and I have used a 3 needle cast off, I have added a small tutorial for that.

Materials:

Oddments of beige brushed mohair yarn for the top of the boot.

Oddments of worsted red yarn for the boot.

Worsted black yarn for the sole of the boot

4mm circular needles

4mm straight needle for 3 needle cast off

Sewing needle

Scissors

Stuffing

Christmas Santa Boot Ornament Pattern ©:

Cast on 12 stitches in brushed mohair, join for knitting in the round for the magic loop technique, divide the stitches to have 6 stitches on each needle and knit 3 rounds.

Join the red worsted yarn

Knit 10 rows in the round

Rounds 11-17: Knit and kfb (knit into the front and back of the stitch to increase) into the stitch before and after the 2 middle stitches, knit to end. (26 stitches)

Rounds 18-20: Knit

Join the black worsted yarn and knit 2 rounds for the sole of the boot.

Turn the boot inside out keeping the stitches on the needles and cast off with three needle cast off.

For the 3 needle cast off you will need a straight 4mm needle.

Bring the stitches to the ends of both circular needles as seen in the above photo. Take the straight needle and knit into both the end stitches together on the 2 circular needles like you would normally knit a regular stitch resulting with one stitch on the 3rd needle (right straight needle).

Once again, knit together into the first stitches on the circular needles with the 3rd needle and a second stitch will end up on the straight needle. Pass the back stitch on the straight needle over the first stitch and you will have one stitch remaining.

Continue knitting the first stitches on the circular needles together with the straight needle and passing the back stitch over the first stitch of the extra and eventually you will have 1 stitch remaining. Bind this stitch off.

Here is a link to a You Tube video showing the 3 needle cast off.

Turn the boot onto the right side and sew in all the ends.

Add some stuffing inside the boot to make it fill out.

Add a little loop to your hanging ornament and you are finished!

Happy knitting!

Linda

Join us for a Christmas KAL over on my Mamma4earth Ravelry group

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