Free Pattern: Snowball Wreath

wreath, knitted, knitting, knit, snowball, christmas, holiday, pompom, pom, Florrie and I have been in the holiday knitting mood lately and I was so inspired by her Double Knit Party Chain that I wanted to get in on the action. I came up with this quick and easy wreath.  I generally prefer wool and natural fibers, but this Shimmer yarn by Red Heart caught my eye at the shop.  I thought it would be so cute as a holiday decoration. Its very hard to capture it in a photograph, but the yarn has a really cute shimmery strand running through the white. Its not super sparkly but its just enough to be merry. The yarn is  snowy and white, so I can leave it up even after the holidays as a little wintertime decoration.

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wreath, knitted, knitting, knit, snowball, christmas, holiday, pompom, pom, I could have knit it flat and seamed it all up the back, but the idea of that much sewing made my skin crawl. Instead I pulled out my tiny Hiya Hiya US7 23cm needles and got to work. Worked in the round this knits up really quick. Most of the rows are knit.  If you can’t find circular needles you can certainly use a set of double pointed needles, but circular are faster in my opinion.

wreath, knitted, knitting, knit, snowball, christmas, holiday, pompom, pom, When you put the knitting on the wreath form, don’t worry about your seam being pretty. You can see in the picture above that my seam was very chunky, I just did a really quick whip stitch. But it was fine because the icord pompom bows covered it all up. In the end I was really happy with it!  I hope you’ll enjoy the pattern! -Marie

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Red Devon

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When I was visiting the Croakery earlier this month, Florrie took me out on a lunch date to Red Devon in Bangall, NY.  Its a sprawling building nestled in a little stand of trees with a sweet little garden.   We were very lucky that the day was warm and there was a lovely cool breeze. The last few weeks of August had been brutally hot and we were finally enjoying a break in the action.  The town of Bangall is nestled in among farms, with acres and acres of rolling fields and dark green woods.  The building used to be home to Jimmy Cagney’s Steakhouse. He had a vacation house just outside of town.  Florrie tells me that Liam Neeson has a country home in the area too. Unfortunately there were no sightings of any tall, handsome Irishmen during our visit.  The new owners have modernized and renovated the building to be as green as possible. Check out Red Devon’s website for more information on their green initiative.  But enough talk about the building, let me get to the good stuff!  The Food!

We sat outside on the long front porch that runs the length of the building. The menu was varied and everything looked wonderful. We kept watching the wait staff pass by with other diner’s food and drooling. We finally settled on the burgers and we were not disappointed.  They were cooked to perfection, charred on the outside, juicy on the inside with a brilliant brioche bun.  The fries had a peppercorn seasoning with a homemade ketchup and were eaten with much gusto! I still think back on those fries and smile…

As much as we love cooking, its always fun to go out on a gastronomical adventure, especially with such good company.