We know that we go on a bit about being British and based in our beloved East End of London, but we also love New York very much too. We were horrified when we heard about the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and how so, so many people were without power, had flooded houses, had lost most of everything they owned. Presumably if people were without power then many people would also be without clean water, too. Not nice. Not nice at all.
What could we do, 3000 miles away?
We asked a pal, Kay, from Mason Dixon Knitting (she has form with charity knitting). What charity might we be able to help? She said, without hesitation, Citymeals, who work year-round delivering hot meals and companionship to housebound, older New Yorkers and who had worked desperately hard to help other New Yorkers in the aftermath of Sandy. We are not going to say more than this, you can go and read about what they did here.
Christmas is coming, or Yuletide, Saturnalia or Hannukah depending on your faith or general bent (other faiths and midwinter celebrations are, no doubt, available – these just came to mind immediately). A time supposed to be full of good cheer, good things and looking forward to brighter, warmer days. Wreaths on doors are traditional.
So here is our very handsome Hampstead Wreath (a play on Hampstead Heath, the space beloved by many Londoners) for you to knit after a small donation to Citymeals. We will give ALL of the income after PayPal fees from this pattern to Citymeals until 01.01.13.
The Hampstead Wreath is quick and easy to knit. It has pompoms (always a plus), although you could be terribly tasteful and decorate it with pine cones for the natural look. You could put baubles on it for more bling. You could knit it in shocking pink and twine tinsel round it for all we care, we just want you to buy the pattern and help Citymeals continue to do fabulous work with older people in New York. We know that times are hard and purse strings tight, but please, if you can, buy this and really help to bring warmth and a small bit of companionship to people who might not be quite so fortunate.
The Hampstead Wreath pattern and info are here, this is now a page on TBk with the option to buy via our site, but the link to add to your Ravelry cart is there too if you still want to buy via Ravelry (and why wouldn’t you?). We’ll also have a ‘how to’ to show you how we made the form we wrapped the knitting around, and if you buy the pattern and knit one we’d love you to send us a photo of it so we can have a little gallery (VisionOn-esq, if any of you remember that fabulous TV programme).
Thank you, Belinda and Wendy x x
Just to add – here are some pics of the pipe lagging used as we’ve had a few people ask about it. It’s remarkably difficult to get a decent photo of the stuff…