Creative Friday and a Giveaway

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Happy Friday!

I’ve just finished my Knitted Animals from Africa e-book and I can’t wait to tell you more about it! This pattern e-book consists of ten African animal knitting patterns and includes a tutorial explaining exactly how to sew up, stuff and finish off your knitted toy. There is an index at the front of the book with links that you can click on to take you straight to the pattern you would like to work on.

The cost of this e-book is $25.00 for the ten patterns, including a tutorial and is available for sale on




Patterns included in this book are:

Alexandra the Aardvark, Humphrey the Camel, Ella the Elephant, Gerry the Giraffe, Harriet the Hippo, Frederick the Warthog, Leonard the Lion, Meg the Guinea Fowl, Thulani the Rhino, Isabel the Meerkat and a comprehensive tutorial.


I am offering one of these e-books to one Natural Suburbia reader.

To enter, please leave a message in the comments of this post and if you would share about this giveaway to get the word out about this new pattern book, I would be most grateful.

Have a lovely weekend.

Welcome to Creative Friday,

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 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 or pin, share on Facebook and Twitter.

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68 Responses to Creative Friday and a Giveaway

  1. Susan October 3, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    definitely letting everyone I know KNOW about your book!!
    animals are among my BEST friends!!
    especially the STUFFED ones!!
    that come off MY needles and
    travel with LOVE to my fellow HEART throbs!!
    totally TY!!

  2. SherryG. October 3, 2014 at 10:11 pm #


    Love to win. Oh what fun to make all these wonderful animals.

    sherryglover1 on RAV

  3. Nancy October 3, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    Publication of your amazing patterns is long overdue! You have a gift that is rare — all of your animals are works of beauty and grace.

  4. Kristina and Millie October 3, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

    How totally awesome that you have published your own pattern book! The elephant is totally adorable! Shared on G+. I want everyone to have a chance to win 🙂 Thanks for sharing the book with us and for hosting the party 🙂

  5. Julie October 3, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    I would love to win this.

  6. Elizabeth October 3, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

    what fun! You make such beautiful animals & it’s nice to see some not-so regular ones like aardvarks !

  7. Lee October 3, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

    Oh how sweet! Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. Carmen N October 3, 2014 at 11:04 pm #

    If I win, my daughter and my sister will have to fight as to who gets the first African animal! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway

  9. Shirlee October 3, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    Oh my your e-book looks just gorgeous!! Your patterns are always so realistic. Love it.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

  10. Kaylene October 4, 2014 at 12:26 am #

    Thank you for the chance to in this e book! Love Ella the Elephant!

  11. beth j October 4, 2014 at 12:51 am #

    At 2 1/2 my grandson is in love with elephants and giraffe s this would be wonderful!
    Thank you

  12. laminitagirl October 4, 2014 at 2:07 am #

    What a great idea! My fingers are crossed that I am the lucky one!! I have a couple of your patterns and they are extremely well written and the pictures are fantastic. Thank you for this opportunity. 🙂

  13. Maureen Smith October 4, 2014 at 2:50 am #

    What great patterns – would love to win!!!

  14. Barbara October 4, 2014 at 3:27 am #

    What a wonderful offer. Thanks Linda

  15. Sheila October 4, 2014 at 4:22 am #

    I would love to win a copy of this ebook. Your animals are all so cute, I could knit them all.

  16. Lisa October 4, 2014 at 4:25 am #

    I would love to receive a copy of your book. It would be fun to knit Animals from Africa in Arizona. I retired from teaching after 28 years and I am trying different knitting techniques. Have a happy day.

  17. lori October 4, 2014 at 5:00 am #

    hi linda! i hope all is well with you and your sweet family. this is wonderful and a great idea! i am just getting ready to cast on for the rhino, he’s been promised to a business (friends) in cape town, for way too long now!

  18. Anne Marie October 4, 2014 at 5:31 am #

    What fun! Looks like some great gift knitting for my kids … Christmas is coming!

  19. SandraR October 4, 2014 at 7:35 am #

    Great book to win. Thanks for the chance.

  20. Sarah Punderson October 4, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    I love your new ebook. I’m not really a toy knitter, but these patterns could definitely tempt me. I have posted your etsy listing it to my facebook page and to pinterest.

  21. asteride October 4, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

    Lovely! I knew your blog from a long time but didn’t visit for a while and then I found your giveaway and your new book. Congratulations!

  22. Nance October 4, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

    Love your patterns and am working on one right now – a cowl. The animals would make the great grand kids the happiest kids in town! I’m especially partial to Isabel MeerKat. You bet I will be telling people about your new book.

  23. Karen October 5, 2014 at 12:04 am #

    I’m very excited it’s ready love your animals!

  24. Sue October 5, 2014 at 3:25 am #

    love the elephant…would knit for my great grandson. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

  25. Merry October 5, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    I’ve made your kitty toy so would love to win the book to make these animals.
    wahoomerryf on Ravelry

  26. Margie Wood October 5, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    I would love to win!

  27. Linda October 5, 2014 at 10:49 pm #

    My husband once took my son to Africa and I would love to knit something from this book… it would be a nice reminder for them. Thanks for the chance to win!

  28. Suzie October 6, 2014 at 12:27 am #

    Oh, how lovely! Congratulations on your publication!

  29. Joanne Thomas October 6, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

    The Animals of Africa book is going to sell well!!

    You know how much I love your patterns. This is going to great.

    The very, very best! xo 🙂

  30. Shana October 7, 2014 at 12:38 am #

    I so enjoy looking at your knitted creations here. This would be a fabulous book to work through…and the kiddos would have a menagerie at the end!

  31. Brittany Huston October 7, 2014 at 5:04 am #

    Oh! I would to win this! I’ve made two of your rabbit pattern for my daughter. She loves them so much! I am sure this book will sell really well.

  32. Gillian October 7, 2014 at 6:43 am #

    Congratulations on getting published. I would love to make these for my grandson so he gets to enjoy his South African heritage. I have been knitting some little finger puppets and really enjoy doing them. I will link up to this if you are still hosting it by the time i get around to doing the tutorial.

  33. Michelle October 7, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

    How wonderful to have your own book! I would love to learn to knit these beautiful creatures! Thanks so much.

  34. Kristi October 7, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    This looks LOVELY!! I’d love to win this!

  35. Sheetal walke October 7, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    I have always admired your knitting patterns Linda and so happy to see this ebook. How I wish I can win this ebook, my 3rd grader loves knitting and what an awesome Christmas gift this would make.
    Thank you for giving us a chance to win your lovely creation.
    In gratitude, Sheetal

  36. Brenda October 8, 2014 at 11:09 pm #

    Linda, your patterns are always stunning, I have people in my life who are expecting at the moment and knitted toys are always, I think beautiful gifts. I’m always steering people in the direction of your wonderful talent.
    Have a happy day,

  37. Deb. Mathenia October 9, 2014 at 5:49 am #

    Someday, I would love to create patterns equal to yours! In the meanwhile, I enjoy duplicating and sharing your tutorials and talents. Thank-you 🙂

  38. Carle F Dehning October 9, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    oh I would love to win xx

  39. Marina October 9, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

    Love your patterns! I will share for sure!!!!! Thanks,

  40. Melissa Hart October 9, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    Thank you for the chance to win the patterns! My girls love African animals! I will share this on FB. 🙂

  41. Becky Noll October 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    I am learning how to knit and read patterns. Was hoping to make animals soon, and this would be perfect!

  42. Sung October 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    oh my god I didn’t know about your blog before and not only am I DESPERATE for these patterns, I am subscribing via email to read your future posts. sharing this link and perusing archives now

  43. Tam Totter October 9, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    I love your knitting patterns.

  44. robin phillips-knotts October 9, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    oh how fun! 25 patterns in one place is perfect. Ty for the giveaway – your patterns are just awesome {I have several}. Good luck everyone!
    cokelush at gmail

  45. lisa alexander October 9, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    Would love to win it! Just learning how to knit and this would be great motivation! 🙂

  46. Brenda Baggs October 9, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    I have purchased two of your patterns in the past. They are wonderful! I love how authentic the animals look when completed. I also LOVE how they are mostly knitted in one piece!!!!

  47. Regina October 9, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    I Love knitting toys! Just found your patterns via fb. Thanks!!

  48. Rhonda Tenderholt October 9, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

    Your creations are so adorable. Thank you for the giveaway. Spreading the word on facebook:

  49. Kathryn October 9, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

    My sister Helen would love this! She has been knitting toys for her 2 year old step-granddaughter who just loves her & her toys 🙂 I think an African animal would be wonderful!

  50. Rebecca October 9, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    Thank you!!! Awesome giveaway!!!

  51. Lee Jolliffe October 9, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

    Hello and thanks for offering the wonderful prize! I’ve just learnt that I’m to be a great Aunt – my new grand nephew/niece will be born in the UK but I will make sure he/she knows of his African heritage. Would love to knit all the African animals as a welcome! Will share also. Fab!

  52. Corrie October 9, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

    This is so generous! I’m super excited, especially as I am a from Zim and missing it like anything.

  53. October 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    Me! Me! I hope I win this wonderful book! We used your gorgeous vegetable/fruit knitting patterns for our Stone Soup knitted vegetables project for our March 2014 Waldorf School of Orange County Gala and Auction and it was a big hit. Thanks so much for your awesome patterns and beautiful blog! – Jzin, CastleofCostaMesa.Com

    Our stone soup project…

  54. Brava Crafts October 10, 2014 at 12:11 am #

    Hop I am not too late to enter???

  55. Brava Crafts October 10, 2014 at 12:11 am #

    Should have read hope!!!

  56. Linda Carey October 10, 2014 at 12:15 am #

    I have made serveral of your African animals for friends and they loved them. They were easy to make. I also made the unicon and my niece loved it. I really do like your patterns.

  57. Kim October 10, 2014 at 2:27 am #

    Love your patterns! Will definitely share. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

  58. alexis October 10, 2014 at 3:32 am #

    Love you patterns Linda! Best wishes with the new book!

  59. MaryJo October 10, 2014 at 3:54 am #

    What a wonderful set of patterns! I’ll share right now.

  60. Jennifer October 10, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    Brilliant….will certainly spread the news…love your designs…and would love to win your delightful book…

  61. Linda Rumsey October 10, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    What a cute book of animals. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  62. Michelle Hutchinson October 10, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    Thank you for this wonderful competition. Your patterns look wonderful

  63. Kirsten K October 10, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    Thanks for the chance! Great book.

  64. Regine October 10, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

    Your animals look so real! Incredible you made them just with wool! Thank you for the opportunity!

  65. kelly October 11, 2014 at 12:03 am #

    A very special, long-awaited collection, Linda! A treasure. I have knitted several of your patterns – elephant, hippo, rhino, horse, giraffe.. and my littlest boy has a very, very special hippo knitted with your pattern. Your patterns have warmed and delighted the hearts of many little ones and big people as well. Such a gift and thank you for the chance to win such a collection. Many blessings and thank you for your creations.

  66. Kristin Vien October 13, 2014 at 12:41 am #

    I love these! I have such a difficult time learning how to crochet so I am super happy when I see knit patterns like these! So cu’re and I would be actually able to make them!

  67. Mag October 18, 2014 at 12:36 am #

    Your craft is art. I love the animals you knitted very much. Look forward to reading your new book!


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