Creative Friday and my e-Book ‘Knitting Flowers’ has been Published!

'Knitting Flowers' e-Book by Linda Dawkins, Mamma4earth

Dear Friends,

There has been quite a lot of excitement here over the last couple of days. My e-Book, ‘Knitting Flowers’ has been published! I must admit, it feels good to see it ‘out there’ at the online book stores. Thank you for all the encouragement and support that you have offered and given me over the months while I was busy writing, I really do appreciate all your kind words and emails.

The next e-book will be about knitted animals from Africa, I have finished the pattern writing side of the book and just need to compile it.

These are the sellers that are stocking my ‘Knitting Flowers’ e-Book for download:

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,



Seamus the Owl Knitting Pattern and Tutorial

I am writing today from an incredibly icy Johannesburg. Our temperatures have plummeted below 0 C and it’s been freezing cold here over the last few days. I must tell you, I cannot wait for Spring! Today I was inspired to knit up a little owl pattern, I have been thinking of him ever since I made Beans the Cat so here he is…

I would like you to meet Seamus the Owl. He is quite similar to Beans the Cat, but I have changed the body by making him a little larger and adding a sweet little moss stitch to the front of his body to try and give him a slightly speckled / feathered chest.


4mm circular needles

I used hand spun for Seamus but DK wool would be perfect

Sewing up needle

Black fleece and a felting needle to needle felt his eyes and beak

Fleece for stuffing

kfb: knit into the front and back of the stitch to increase
dpns: double pointed needles
knit 2 tog: knit 2 stitches together

You can knit this pattern with the magic loop or just use dpns for knitting him in the round.


Cast on 12 stitches and join for knitting in the round with the magic loop or on dpns
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: kfb into each stitch (24 stitches)
Round 3: kfb into each stitch (48 stitches)

Round 4: Knit

Round 5: Knit 12, (purl 1, knit 1) for 24 stitches, then knit to the end.

Round 6: Knit 12, (knit 1, purl 1) for 24 stitches, knit to the end.

Continue alternating rounds 5 and 6 of the moss stitch, finishing on round 18.
Round 19: (Knit 1, knit 2 tog) across the round (32 stitches)
Rounds 20-31: Knit
Cast off

Finishing Off:
Hold both edges together flat at the cast off edge and sew in and out, closing the top of your owl’s head.


Stuff Seamus, make sure the stuffing is nice and firm. Sew the opening closed at the base of his body.

Take a needle and wool, sew into the base of Seamus, secure the wool and push the needle up through his body and pull it out the top of his head, sew back down again and pull. This is going to make a nice big concave depression that will form his two ears.

Once you have sewn back down, pull the needle and wool out the base of the body, pull tight and sew the wool securely onto the knitting, ensuring the depression remains at the top of the head so that two ears appear on each side.

Wing Pattern: Knit 2

With 4mm needles knit your wings in garter stitch:

Cast on 5 stitches.

Knit first and second row.

Row 3: Cast on 2 stitches at the beginning of the row and 1 stitch at the end of the row.

Row 4: Knit.

Row 5: Cast on 1 stitch at the beginning and knit 2 together at the end of the row.

Row 6: Knit.

Row 7: Cast on 2 stitches at the beginning of the row, knit to the end of the row.

Row 8: Knit.

Cast off.

Sew the wings onto the sides of the body.

Sew a few strands of wool onto the points of the ears and then rub them with your fingers and pull apart the fibres to create the tufts on the owl’s pointed ears.

Eyes and Beak:

Needle felt on the eyes and beak with black fleece and a felting needle, two large circles for the eyes and a triangle for the ears.

Happy knitting.

Please do share you projects on Ravelry if you are a member, I have loved seeing all the different Beans the Cat projects there! I have a little Ravelry group called Mamma4earth where you can share your knitted treasures.

PS If you haven’t entered my giveaway you can enter here.

Have a lovely day,


Joining in with Ginny today for the Yarn Along.

Seamus Owl Pattern Copyright Linda Dawkins, Mamma4earth


Natural Suburbia Giveaway

Just the other day, I noticed that I’d passed the 900 mark when I was looking at my blog posts in my dashboard. I started blogging in 2008 and it has been a wonderful journey. I initially began my blog, to document our homeschooling journey and compile a visual diary for our family to look back on. I really didn’t realise that I would meet so many amazing people. I have connected with lovely people and made many friends on similar paths along the way. Even though we are separated by great distances across the globe, it is such a joy and comfort to be able to ‘visit’ these spaces of inspiration and have a window into the lives of others so far away.

Thank you so much to everyone who visits here and for all your lovely comments…

To celebrate 900 blog posts on Natural Suburbia, I would like to offer this giveaway to you…



1 Maxwell Williams mug, to sit and sip your tea while you knit.

1 Skein of naturally dyed aran weight Merino wool, dyed with cochineal, (here’s the cochineal dyeing post)

1 Notebook

1 Set of 4 freshwater pearl stitch markers


This giveaway is open to anyone, it is international.

I am giving this away to one blog reader.


To Enter:

If you would like to enter, just leave a comment below the post.

To earn extra entries you can subscribe to my Feedburner reader in the sidebar near the top right of my blog, share on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest and remember to return here and leave separate comments each time you share or follow:)

The winner will be chosen next Saturday and will be announced here in this post, please ensure I have a way of contacting you.

Congratulations to Andrea!

Andrea from ziezo July 15, 2012 at 9:07 pm # Edit

Congrats! 900 entries you have shared with us, and I thank you very much for sharing that journey. It’s always nice to visit and get some inspiration from you. SA was our home for some years and I often feel like coming home when I visit you and your family online. . . Thanks for that as well.

Please remember, if you are reading this post in your email from your reader, you will have to go onto Natural Suburbia to leave a comment so that the random generator can count it there.

Wishing you a peaceful Sunday



Our Week and Chicken Soup

We have had a busy week, Jenna and Erin auditioned for the town play, Robin Hood and we started homeschooling again but alas gastric flu hit us hard and we were all affected by it. Richard and Kye were the worst. Richard actually took two days of sick leave which is unheard of for him, so I knew he was feeling awful. Kye came down with croup yesterday morning and we had to nebulise him to help him breathe. He is looking a lot better and Richard has almost made a full recovery. I am so grateful for our homoeopathic remedies, they have worked wonders for us, healing gently in such a non-invasive way, helping our bodies to heal themselves.

This week my blog also moved to WordPress, thank you for all your words of welcome, I am truly happy to be here and I am enjoying getting to know how everything works AND I have learned so much from Jeni, the amazing blog migration specialist who moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress. She is wonderful at what she does and I will be sharing more about her soon. I am happy to say that Natural Suburbia is still updating in blog lists but if you do notice that it isn’t, the new address for my blog is now,

I have a chicken soup recipe that I would like to share with you, it went down really well during the week with everyone feeling so under the weather.

Chicken Soup:

4 free range organic chicken breasts cut into strips and fried with olive oil

Olive oil

1 Large carrot, 1 celery stalk with leaves, 1 leek, 1 red onion, 1 sweet potato, a few florets of broccoli, 1 turnip, 1 small red cabbage shredded, 1 red pepper

300 ml of vegetable stock


Salt and pepper

  • Saute the onions in a little olive oil in a pot, add the garlic and let this cook for a few minutes until the onions are soft, add a little water if you need to.
  • Cut up all the veggies into cubes, you can add the broccoli whole, slice the leeks and stir for a few minutes.
  • While this is cooking, fry the chicken strips in some olive oil in a separate pan.
  • Add the veggie stock and stir, add some Himalayan rock salt and pepper to taste.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, add it to the soup pot, turn down the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes with the lid half covering the pot.
  • Blend a little with a hand blender.
  • Add more water if necessary, depending on your preference.


Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. Our girls have gone to rowing practice with the Sea Scouts today and tomorrow they are racing, in amongst all of this there are rehearsals for Robin Hood this afternoon and my Mom-in Law is coming for dinner tonight. She is lovely, such a special woman, I am looking forward to seeing her.

What are your plans for the weekend?


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