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  • The wreath looks fantastic on your mantel. Thank you for the glimpse into your home.
    I’m so glad you chose those colors. See those blue pom poms? That’s the main color of my home. The red ones? My door, shutters and garage doors. The roof is grey and the porch rails, sills, window trim are all white. I wasn’t sure how all that would go together on a wreath. Now I know. Thanks.
    I was able to find lagging masquerading under the pseudonym pile insulation. Actually, I sent DH after it. He called saying there wasn’t anything as big as I wanted. I think he may need an education in circumference vs diameter. He came home with exactly the right size.
    So, my conclusion. My taupe wreath is destined for the mantle and I’m off to score more bulky yarn.

  • I started knitting my wreath last night πŸ™‚

  • I can only imagine what those tourist are going to tell their friends when they get back home!! But it’s a great picture. I need to buy my pattern!

  • So glad the contributions are accumulating nicely. I wish I could have given more this year but was pleased to be part of it.I love your wreath in its current surroundings -beautiful all the way around.I’ll pretend I could win though it **never** happens with anything. Might go and copy yours anyway. Thanks for the update and lovely giveaway. πŸ™‚

  • Balto looks like he wants you to throw that wreath so he can bring it back.

  • Wonderful post. You can’t be too careful–restrain yourself with the sweet potato pancakes! Snorting! I’ve never understood why a wreath is the domain of xmas celebrants, same with holly boughs and pine branches swagged up. Just a nice way to decorate when everyhting is so dead and brown outside… but there you have it. Just like it’s unfair that red and green only have one meaning. Sigh (or…kvetch)(or grinch)).

  • I love it when you drape/hang things on Balto.

  • I love it when you drape/hang things on Balto.

  • A Hampstead truly in the wild on Balto! We tried putting one around Immy’s neck but she wasn’t having any of it. Anyway, enough of such frivolity. Pompom placement – I think you should get an A*, or possibly a First Class BA (Hons), if I’m dishing out degrees in pompoms.
    And a massive Well Done on your fundraising! Citymeals told me that Sandy put $500,000.00 onto their ‘usual’ bill, which is a huge amount of dosh in anybody’s currency.
    Can’t quite believe you’re giving that Hampstead away…

  • Balto + mantel! I love these little peeks at your life, dear Kay. Beautiful…

  • Glad the fundraising is going well. Was reading about my old neighborhood in the NYT this morning saying that the Seaport may be sinking, very sad.
    That said, as a Jewish girl married to a Catholic guy, I love the idea of a Hannukah wreath, and you really should try sweet potato latkes, they are delicious (and were first introduced by my aunt when our family had not expanded to include those not raised in the faith!!!!!

  • BEAUTIFUL! Thank you, Kay for making the donation process so easy! If I’m lucky enough to win the contest, I don’t think I could bear to re-gift. It would look perfect on MY mantel. I’m eagerly awaiting the recipe for the Bowling Avenue blanket too!

  • You know what might be great on the wreath if you were pomphobic? felted balls.

  • I thought that was Balto! The kids and I read a book about him for school and when I saw the photo it reminded me of what we’d read! πŸ™‚

  • Susan in Katonah – you’re so right!

  • Gorgegous! A lovely idea,coming from one of the most giving people I know. What you can do for a good cause with two sticks and string is amazing! I am half way through mine, it’s in white… so many possiblities and it won’t be packed away for 11 months of the year.

  • “Just another day, hanging knitting on Balto.” I love it, on so many levels. Thank you for being so creative with your philanthropic crafting, and for sharing the love with all of us!

  • Oh, and you may be turning into another NYC tourist attraction. “Let’s see if that lady is hanging knitted things on Balto again today!”
    I think I understand your convert caution, but sweet potatoes used in place of potatoes can be delicious, as I discovered this year at Thanksgiving, with mashed sweet potatoes! Isn’t the oil the whole point of latkes, anyway?

  • Wreath story is great….but what is going on in that mantel???? What are those little beings up to? Grey day way up river from you–until I read your post. Thanks!

  • What?!!! No Hanukkah Bush for you?
    The wreath is great!!

  • What?!!! No Hanukkah Bush for you?
    The wreath is great!!

  • Has anyone mentioned that your wreath looks like it’s done in carved stone–sort of in harmony with your lovely mantelpiece? What is the yarn that looks like stonework? Most beautiful.
    I’ve made my donation for the blanket pattern, but I can’t use the wreath either, for reasons similar to yours (though I’ve made latkes out of everything up to and including 7-Eleven Brand Instant Mashed Potato Mix, and they taste just as authentic as grandma’s.)
    Happy Hanukah! I miss the Upper West Side at this season. Not to mention Balto.

  • What yarn did you use? I can’t decide what to use.

  • What yarn did you use? I can’t decide what to use.

  • What yarn did you use? I can’t decide what to use.

  • You’ve inspired me…I purchased the wreath pattern. And I love knitting the center block squares for the Cornerstone Blanket…they are addictive.

  • this is another holiday we all have spent with you
    tis nice to think after sandy we have a safe place
    to gather and chat and be helpful
    i was born in elizabeth nj long time ago
    i live florida now but my holiday season
    still begins with the lighting of the tree
    in new york city have a loverly

  • thanks for turning me onto Balto and friends….wonderful story we southerners somehow missed….maybe too much “Remember the Alamo” when I was in school.

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