Today is U.S. Thanksgiving, so we’re hunkering down in New York and Nashville, with plentiful pie and our families. We’re grateful for what we have. We’re also grateful for what we’ve had.
One of the things we’ve shared is the friendship of knitting enthusiasts and bon vivants all over the world, thanks to the internet.
One of those friends was Belinda Boaden. Recently we went looking for Belinda’s patterns (with her partner in True Brit Knits, Wendy Baker), on Ravelry, as you do when you’re missing somebody. Our lower lips began to wobble when we realized that these patterns are no longer available.
There was one in particular that we were looking for in this season of gratitude and warmth:
Belinda and Wendy published this pattern in 2012. At that time, in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, they donated all proceeds to a charity that delivers meals to the elderly in New York City. It was a loving gesture from two Londoners.
The Hampstead Wreath is a cool, quick, project, using fat yarn and chewy cables, with lots of embellishment options. People really had fun with it. The pattern led non-plumbers on this side of the Atlantic to ponder what “pipe lagging” possibly could be, and sent us scurrying to Michael’s for U.S. American styrofoam wreath forms instead. (It took days to get the Yankee Candle smells out of my nostrils!)
Recently we got in touch with Wendy, and asked if we could bring back the Hampstead Wreath pattern. She said yes!
(One of the best doors on Tudor Road, known for its good doors.)
So, here, for your holiday decorating and merry making, is a link for a free download of the Hampstead Wreath pattern. Thank you so much, Wendy.
Here’s the one I made back in 2012:
No false modesty here: it was pretty dang awesome. (Think how many more pom poms it would have had on it if I’d had a Loome Tool back then!)
If you’re doing handmade holiday decorations this year, you might also take a look at the following:
Christmas Jumper Wreaths, by Zoe Michel. A brand-new pattern. Bereft of pom poms, but so beautiful.
Our very own New Ancestral Christmas Stocking. This is your chance to become The Stocking Maker of your generation. There’s still time!
A wreath with no knitting whatsoever. We spied this beaut on the Loome Tool’s Instagram feed. They say you can make one using a wire or styrofoam wreath form, and either tie or hot-glue approximately one million pom poms to it. Isn’t it something? If I had one I’d leave it up all year.
Here’s wishing everyone in the United States a happy Thanksgiving, and a helper to make a production out of checking the turkey while you toss a salad in your lap.
Kay and Ann