Monday, April 8, 2013

Third Anniversary Giveaway and Interview with Natural Suburbia!

This week I'll be celebrating three years of blogging! Please join me daily for interviews and giveaways!
Linda Dawkins, who blogs at Natural Suburbia, is a knitting, spinning, pattern designing, homeschooling mama who lives in South Africa. I love to visit her blog, where she shares wonderful free patterns, colorful photos of the flora and fauna of her homeland, and her many beautiful works in progress. Linda has a Ravelry group where people can share their creations. She took the time to answer a few of my questions. Enjoy!
Tell us a bit about yourself! What is your favourite book? Music? Food? Where would you love to travel? Anything to help us "know" you better...
I am a homeschooling mom to four beautiful children and married to a lovely mountain biking man called Richard. Next month we will have been married for 17 wonderful years and I love him more each day. I can honestly say that I really love what I do. I never thought when I was younger, that I would be spinning my own wool on a spinning wheel, knitting toy animals and designing my own patterns! What I like most about my ‘job’ is that it doesn’t really feel like work at all because it gives me such joy and allows me to stay at home and be close to my family. I can also work anywhere, if we go away on holiday; my work is easily packed up and taken along with me. My fovourite book is Pride and Prejudice and I love classical music. As far as travel goes, I would love to travel to Alaska and see more of Europe one day.
What aspects of your childhood inspire your art? What did your parents do to foster artistic expression in your home, and to encourage your creativity and talent?
My mother taught me to knit when I was 5 years old. I used to always watch her while she knitted, she knitted all of our school cardigans and also knitted cricket jerseys for her brothers. I asked her to teach me and she did. She was so patient and showed me over and over again until I got it right. She also encouraged me to knit along with her when she was busy with a project and therefore I learnt quite a few complicated techniques at an early age.
 What were your favourite places to dream, read, create? And now?
I love the outdoors; this is where most of my inspiration strikes. Living in South Africa, we have many wide open spaces and plenty of wild life and this helps to fuel my creative process.
 Did you have a teacher/mentor who inspired you?
My grade 10 art teacher was wonderful! While I was at school, I looked forward to each art lesson, learning new techniques and about the history of art and the various artists. She was an inspiration.
 What advice would you give parents about giving their children room to create?
I personally feel that children should be given the freedom and the tools to be creative and parents should allow their children's creativity to develop naturally, gently guiding them along the way, allowing them to flourish in their own individuality.
And now, for today's giveaway:
Linda has generously allowed me to offer a sweet knitted horse (shown above, designed by Linda and handmade by me!) to one lucky winner! In addition, the winner will be able to choose FIVE patterns for the animals of your choice, from Linda's Etsy shop. To enter, simply leave a comment in the comments section below!
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Comments will close at 8 a.m. EST tomorrow. Comments now closed!

And the winner is: Lynne! Congratulations! Please send me an email so I can reach you and send off your little horse, as well as give details as to how to get your patterns!


  1. Great post and congratulations on your third blogiversary! I am NOT entering the give-away as I can only knit washcloths :-) Stioll wished to leave a comment and will share on FB.

  2. Beautiful! I would love to win that horse! Congratulations on your 3 years of wonderful blogging. I've read every post! :)

  3. Ooh, I've been staring at her patterns since I saw your knitted horse on your blog, trying to decide which pattern I should buy. If I won, I wouldn't have to decide on just one! I'd love to knit these patterns for my four month old and a few of his select friends. :)

  4. I've also been a follower for a while - congrats on your anniversary!

  5. I bought the horse pattern after seeing all your beautiful knit horses. The pattern was great, very easy to follow and I'd love to try more of them! Congratulations on your third anniversary :)

  6. Happy blogiversary! Here's to many more wonderful posts! (:

  7. Fantastic giveaway! Congratulations on your blogiversary as well!

  8. Cute little horse--nice job! And congrats! :)

  9. Also a follower of your blog. :)

  10. Congratulations on three years! I'm so glad that you share a bit of your world with us. It is inspiring and comforting.


  11. Three years? Wow! Congratulations. I have loved your blog from the start. That blue horse would be lovely for a little grandchild of mine...and perhaps the patterns would inspire me to pick up the needles again. :)

  12. Wow! Congrats on your blogiversary! I just love those little knitted animals. I'm not sure if I could knit one, but I'd be willing to give it a try and I've been looking at them in envy whenever I see one on your blog. I think I can do it and I'd love to win the chance. In the meantime, I'll share your little giveaways on my blog, facebook, twitter & pinterest. Thanks for such generosity!


  13. Happy Blogiversary!!! What adorable animals! I think I'm gonna have to go out and buy all those patterns... Sharing on Facebook!

  14. I love Linda's patterns! I made the free knit kitty pattern for my baby for Easter. Thanks for the chance!

  15. Congratulations on three years of blogging! I wandered over to your space via a link on SouleMama's 'this moment' only a few months ago and it was like that magical moment in a library where you pick out a book and are instantly smitten. I couldn't put my ipad down. You've been on a wonderful journey and it's been an honour to witness it.

  16. Linda has lovely patterns! Thanks for sharing

  17. Beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity.

  18. Your little home takes me back to mine, so many years ago!

  19. That's great....3 years. I just LOVE your blog. How kind of you to offer this give-a-way.

    Thank you and blessings,

  20. Three years!!!! Sheesh, that went by in a blink. Happy anniversary! And thank you for the chance at your awesome giveaway. I have several of Linda's patterns and I just LOVE them, and I love YOUR hand knits so this giveaway is MASSIVE. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  21. I'm already a happy, happy follower :-)

  22. And I pinned it :-)

    (Too bad I don't do the Facebook thing.)


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