Chicken Love

Our garden is almost back to normal, we have emptied so many bags of leaves onto the compost heap since the storm. I went down to our little orchard to check on the fruit and it looks like every piece has been hit by hail, the only survivors are the raspberries and of course our veggies as they were under cover, thank goodness! Even though our garden has been shredded by this storm, we have so much to be grateful for.

Our sweet feathered girls greeted us when we returned home from grocery shopping this morning, aren’t they just the sweetest?

Have a wonderful weekend:)


Mamma4earth Christmas KAL and Creative Friday


Today I have opened the Mamma4earth Christmas KAL over on my Ravelry group, it’s going to be such fun!

It will be open from today until the 25 of December.

I am offering 30% off all my animal, gnome and mushroom knitting patterns to those who join the KAL. All you have to do to redeem this discount is add a coupon code in the checkout when you purchase your patterns.

Mamma4earth Pattern Store

Coupon Code for discount: Mamma4earth KAL

If you would like to join the KAL, just leave a message on the group Christmas KAL thread and keep us updated on your projects and of course share photos with us so we can see all your knitted treasures. Feel free to chat etc…:)

Please do join in the KAL if you have already purchased Mamma4earth patterns that you will be knitting for Christmas and share your progress with us there, we would love to see how you are doing:)

This is going to be such fun!!

I also have free patterns on my blog that you might be interested in knitting as Christmas gifts too, you are welcome to share those projects on the KAL too. I have added a few free patterns in my sidebar and will add more over the weekend:)

Happy Knitting!!

and now for Creative Friday!

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,



And the Hail Came Down!






The skylight in my wool room.

I must apologise for the poor photo quality, all these photos were taken with my phone today, it was raining and hailing way too much to take my Canon out into this weather!

Today started out like any other lovely day, sunny, warm with just a few clouds in the sky. I have an amazing weather app on my phone called Weather SA, that sends me a weather update each morning and today it mentioned a storm but I was expecting it to rain a little. The kids swam and then we went inside to begin our schoolwork. It started to darken outside and we noticed a few snow flakes, yes, I said snowflakes (it’s late Spring here by the way) falling to the ground! A few minutes later, hail started pelting our house. Not small pieces of hail, hail the size of golf balls! I have never experienced anything like this in my life!! It was scary!

I scrambled for the car keys, trying to get the car into the safety of the garage, I actually have bruises on my arms from running around in the hail to park the car, each hailstone stung like a bee sting when it hit my skin. The sound echoing inside our home from the hail was deafening and it was difficult to hear each other speak. All the pets and chickens were safe and out of the storm.

My mom’s bedroom had water streaming down the walls and our veggie garden mesh roof collapsed but it’s still protecting our veggies, it’s actually full of hail that hasn’t melted yet. I need to go out there and sort it out. Our garden is in shreds, leaves and branches everywhere… (At least our veggies are safe!!)

How’s your day going? I must go and find something to knit, that was way too much excitement for one day:)

Giveaway Winner:

The winner of the Nurturing Fibres yarn giveaway is lovely Lori, congratulations!!! I will send Carle’ your details:)

lori November 5, 2012 at 3:29 am

everything is so beautiful it’s hard to choose. i love the charcoal colors and forest glade, but the pinks and chocolates are gorgeous too…
i’ve never joined a club before, but now i’m very interested! nice to meet you carle! thank you and linda for offering this giveaway!

See you all tomorrow for Creative Friday xo


Royal Purple Cowl and Yarn Along


I have knitted and finished the cowl just in time for my friend Joan’s birthday today!! I am so happy, I started it on Sunday, frogged some of it on Monday and then continued with two yarns instead of one. This is a luxurious cowl that I have knitted with Merino and kid Mohair. It is very soft indeed. This lighter colour actually has hints on purple in it and purple is Joan’s favourite colour. I really enjoy giving handmade presents to my friends, it’s lovely to knit a gift with someone in mind.

If you would like to knit a cowl too here is the pattern:


The pattern is knitted in multiples of two, so if you would like to make it smaller or bigger as long as you have an even amount of stitches you will be fine.

The pattern is repeated twice for each colourway, until you have 5 stripes of colour, this will total 10 pattern repeats altogether.


50 grams of DK purple yarn

50 grams of DK Kid Mohair yarn

5mm circular needles

6mm needle for a loose cast off

sewing needle

stitch marker


In the Merino yarn, cast on 200 stitches and join for knitting in the round, place your stitch marker.

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: Purl

Round 3: (Make one (take yarn around the needle), purl 2 together) across the round.

Round 4: (Make one (take yarn around the needle), purl 2 together) across the round.

Repeat the above pattern again in the same yarn.

Change to the Kid Mohair and knit 2 pattern repeats.

Remember to carry the different yarns up the inside of the knitting while alternating the colours so that you won’t need to join the yarn each time.

Continue alternating the different yarns after 2 repeats of the pattern until you have 5 colour bands or continue if you wish:)

Cast off with a 6mm knitting needle for a loose bind off.

Sew in all the ends

You are finished!

Thank you to my lovely Erin for modelling the cowl today.

Joining with Ginny today for the Yarn Along.

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