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Hampstead Wreath in the Wild

Dear Ann,
It’s late Sunday night and after a busy weekend, I am spending it like anybody would, checking Ravelry to see if there are any finished Hampstead Wreaths posted there yet.
Here is the very first one:
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Isn’t it lovely? It’s by our own, by which I mean Nashville’s own, Mary Sue Taylor, mtaylormusic on Ravelry. A dear heart and a great knitter and also a person who, I was not the slightest bit surprised to learn, already had 2 blank wreath forms in the closet. You know, in case she needed to make a wreath.
It is educational to note that Mary Sue used 2 strands of worsted weight yarn held together, on US 13 needles. In lieu of pom poms, Mary Sue went ultra-classic with Nicky Epstein’s knitted leaves and berries. The yarn was hand-dyed years ago by Mary Frances Davidson who, Mary Sue reports, “grew up in the Smokies and taught school in Oak Ridge. She and Jim Lyle wrote a book on natural dyeing that is a text book treatment on the subject.”
Thank you thank you, Mary Sue. And thanks also to the lovely commenters on the Hampstead Wreath post, and to all who have purchased the pattern and sent much-appreciated contributions to Citymeals-on-Wheels.
Love,
Kay

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24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. That is so pretty! And with holly leaves and berries, too…just what I’m hoping to do :)
    I’m going to have to break my Yarn Embargo of 2012 for this project, so I’m keeping an eye on rav to see what other knitters use.

  2. I love that one! I bought the patter but wasn’t crazy about the pom pons. What a great alternative!

  3. Of COURSE that yarn was hand-dyed in the Smokies! It is beautiful, as is the holly, as is the whole. Oooh! Yay, holidays!

  4. Okay, I don’t have wreath forms in my closet, and am not a big fan of green so don’t have any appropriate yarn in my stash, but I WILL buy the pattern at any rate, for such a good cause!

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  6. Oh! I love the classic look of this. The holly leaves make my heart go pitter-pat. Well done.

  7. Clearly I have no vision. The berries and leaves make me want to knit one. The pompoms gave me a sort of 70s twitch. I know that’s all back now, but once you’ve done the 70’s there’s no need to revisit, IMO.

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  10. Hello : )
    Goodness I would have never thought of a knitted Chrissy wreath. Very nice : )

  11. Isn’t it lovely? I’m away from the main computer this week and struggling to keep up (and certainly can’t really blog with ease from this tablet) but I did see this on Rav. Love it.
    And to add, we’re well over the $500 mark to go to City meals already, which is brilliant news! Thank you everybody. Post on TBk blog as soon as I can.
    B x x

  12. LOVE this adaptation, as I especially love holly. Riffing on this…a way to honor the pattern’s True Brit origins would be to make a “Holly and Ivy” wreath, with ivy twining around the wreath form.

  13. And I also loved,
    “It’s late Sunday night and after a busy weekend, I am spending it like anybody would, checking Ravelry.”
    It’s funny because it’s true—for this crowd, anyway! ;)

  14. I love it. I’ve bought the pattern. And I just placed an order with Knit Picks for their new Biggo yarn. They have a promotion this week for a free skein with your order. This is just what I needed to prompt me to put an order together (luckily I already had items in my shopping cart). I ordered two skeins of the Green Tea Heather and only paid for one ($8.49).
    I’m pretty sick of my old Christmas wreath so it will be fun to create a new one. I’m thinking about adding mini knitted sweaters, socks, hats etc.
    My mom is moving into a new (old – 1930’s) house between Thanksgiving and Christmas and I think I will surprise her with a new knitted wreath for her front door.

  15. I love Francie’s idea for decorating the wreath :) Gosh, I need to make up my mind about the yarn…this pattern is already bought, on the laptop, and ready to go!

  16. What a lovely pattern, and for such a good cause.
    I’m thinking pale blueish-grey wreath (think winter sky) with white fluffy knitted snowflakes sticking to it.
    This may become my excuse to buy some of that weird stainless steel yarn. Can’t have flabby, wilting snowflakes.

  17. Okay, the knitted leaves and berries may have just suckered me in… Very nice!

  18. Lovely project… the drak green yarn is really lovely

  19. Loved the original and LOVE this one more. – Must get busy – and check Home Depot for the plumber foam stuff -(I will know it when I see it. Had teh pleasure of meeting Mary Frances Davidson years ago and yes she did “write the book” on dyeing. Nice to hear her memory stands strong.

  20. Beautiful! Mary Sue is my knitting hero

  21. JN Lyle’s natural dyeing book is the best. The indigo recipe is unparalleled for minimal crocking. Just saying. And now I know there are only three degrees of separation between me and that genius! Hmmm…this is making me think that those hanks of ice-blue Cascade Magnum for my Hampstead Wreath will be going in the indigo vat with the clearance sale Boden cardi (in lilac, no thanks). Happy Thanksgiving! xoc

  22. That’s beautiful!

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