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Creative Friday and an Autumn Sewing Needle Saver Tutorial

Welcome to Creative Friday.

Today I am posting a craft that I shared on Rhythm of the Home online Magazine previously. It is for a knitted needle saver with an autumn theme. It could be any theme really, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Easter etc… just change the colours and the felt motif on the front and there you go.



DK Merino yarn, I have used a naturally dyed yarn that has been dyed with Peach Bracket Mushrooms.

4mm straight knitting needles.

Wool sewing needle

Embroidery needle




Pinking Shears



Cast on 30 stitches.

Knit 5 rows of garter stitch.

Row 6: Knit 5 stitches, purl 20 stitches, knit 5 stitches.

Row 7: Knit

Alternate rows 6 and 7 twelve times finishing on a purl row.

Knit 5 rows of garter stitch.

Cast off

Sew in all the ends with a wool needle.


 If you would like to make your folder lie flat, just block it on a piece of felt. To block, dampen and pin into position and allow to dry.

Cut a piece of cotton material with a pinking shears to fit just inside of your knitted cover. Cut it slightly smaller.

Sew the liner onto the knitted cover with thread.


Cut a piece of yellow felt to stitch into your sewing book. Sew along the left side to secure into the sewing book.


Draw an Oak Leaf onto a piece of yellow felt and cut it out. Sew along the main vein of the leaf with dark cotton.


Sew the Oak Leaf onto the front of the needle book cover.

Thank you so much to everyone who shares the love and posts their links to their amazing work:) 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.


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,



Butternut Squash Knitting Pattern

Today I have been knitting up butternut squash… It was a suggestion from Caiden, he loves butternut soup:) It’s an easy and simple little pattern I have knitted with the magic loop, but you can easily knit it up with DPNs in the round as well… I think a few of them knitted up and placed in a bowl would look quite fetching and even displayed on an Autumn / Fall nature table would look quite sweet too… We are venturing into Spring here in the southern hemisphere and we have just finished planting these lovely vegetables, so many varieties of pumpkin and squash, I can’t wait to see what they look like…
A few grams of handspun butternut squash yarn
Green yarn for the stalk
4mm circular needles or DPNs
Merino fleece
Wool sewing needle

Cast on 10 stitches and join for knitting in the round
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: Knit into the front and back of each stitch. (20 stitches)
Round 3: Knit
Round 4: (Knit 2 stitches, knit into the front and back of the next stitch) all across the round and knit 2 stitches on the end of the round. (26 stitches)
Round 5: Knit
Round 6: (Knit 2 stitches, knit into the front and facb of the next stitch) all across the round and knit 2 stitches on the end of the round. (34 stitches)
Round 7: Knit
Round 8: (Knit 2 stitches, knit into the fron and fack of the next stitch) all across the round and knit 1 stitch on the end of the round. (45 stitches)
Rounds 9-19: Knit
Round 20: (Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together all across the round) (30 stitches)
Round 21: Knit
Round 22: Knit
Round 23: (Knit 5 stitches, knit 2 stitches together) across the round, knit 2 stitches on the end of the round. (26 stitches)
Round 24: Knit
Round 25: (Knit 5 stitches, knit 2 stitches together across the round) knit 5 stitches on the end of the round. ( 23 stitches)
Rounds 26-31: Knit
Round 32: (Knit 5 stitches, knit 2 stitches together across the round) knit 5 stitches on the end of the round. ( 20 stitches)
Rounds 33-45: Knit
Round 46: (Knit 4 stitches, knit 2 stitches together across the round) knit 2 stitches on the end of the round. (17 stitches)
Round 47: Knit
Round 48: (Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together across the round) knit 2 stitches on the end of the round. (12 stitches)

Break thread and thread yarn onto a wool needle. Thread the wool needle through the stitches, remove the knitting needles, stuff with fleece, shaping as you go to get the butternut shape. When finish, pull tight and finish off. Sew in the thread at the base of your butternut.

Pick up 4 stitches with a double pointed needle and knit an i-cord for an inch or so.
Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, keep knitting together until you have one stitch left and bind off.

Measurements when finished:
7 inches tall to the top of the stalk, knitted in a handspun yarn.

And there you have it, a finished knitted butternut!


Autumn Leaves and a small Giveaway…

I do so appreciate these warm autumn days we are having, each time the wind blows, a myriad of leaves gently glide towards the ground… The sun is shining through the almost bare branches and I sit here and knit… watching the boys rake the leaves into a huge pile and then swing down from the tree landing on a bed of leaves… I love how something as simple as a pile of leaves captures their attention for hours, they laugh and are happy…. and seeing their joy, makes me happy too…

I would love to gift someone with this autumn hand spun, hand painted super wash South African Merino wool. The colourways are vibrant and full of strength… If you would like to enter dear friends, just leave a comment. I will announce the winner in this blog post on Monday evening, please make sure I am able to reach you to let you know that you have won.

Congratulations to Angela! Please would you email me your postal details:)
Angela said…

That is one fabulous tree you have in your garden. We’re having beautiful weather here too but we are coming into Spring rather than Autumn 🙂 That merino wool looks gorgeous, the colours are so vibrant!

April 30, 2011 11:34 AM


Autumn in South Africa

The days have been cooling down here somewhat, our Oak trees are resplendent with orange, yellow and rust shaded falling leaves. We have been having a tremendous amount of rain, resulting in emerald green lawns and beautiful flowers… If this is our start to Autumn, I am most happy…

These Petria flowers are in full bloom…

What a treasure we discovered living on our Naartjie tree, a Citrus Swallowtail Caterpillar, can you see him? Oh he is so beautiful!

Another surprise, as we head into Autumn, our Almond tree is full of blossoms…

We have had a few people sign up for the Shalom Cardigan KAL, we are so excited! If you would like to join in, just leave a comment and I will add your name to the link list. To find out more details, just click on the link above or on the button at the top of the right hand sidebar:)

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