Hampstead Wreath in the Wild
November 18, 2012
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:
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.