Thursday, March 11, 2010

My Creative Space: Tree Cosy



Actually it’s just a whole great load of silly. The eldest kid and I had been talking collaborative knitting project. Then I was happening by blogland and saw this, which reminded me of this and also this. With a wild and woolly, declaration-of-Autumn, long weekend stretching before us, we embarked on a guerilla jumper for one of the maple trees on our street.

The purl rows were my remit and most of the knit rows were the responsibility of the kid, aka Speedy Gonzales. So knitty is she, her hands are but a blur:



Using chunkiest, pink-est stash wool, we had finished two sleeve-lets by the start of school Tuesday. The after-school installation involved the ladder-holding Mr (who refrained from eyelid batting throughout the entire process) and prompted neighbourly emails inquiring as to the rationale behind the ‘knitted jiggers in the tree’. Love it. Love silly. Love just-passing-by, walking-the-dog bemusement. The kid and I are plotting. This lady is one bad influence.



Make that second cuppa, mosey on over to Kirsty’s and see what all those creative, crafty types are playing at...

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38 comments:

Becky said...

Love yarn bombing! But I knit too slowly to make it easy :(

Lauren said...

I love a good collaboration. Love making the neighbours talk too. Brilliant. x

Kirsty said...

Just super work.

I think you should knit that knitty girl some pink straight hair...my curly girl would LOVE that.

Nikki Cardigan said...

You make me smile, for lots of reasons. What a fab project but mostly just because you did it with yoru girl.

Fer said...

I love these random acts of knitting!

Andi said...

Love your project with your girl!! Fabulous work ladies.
I recently bought the 'yarn bombing' book. Have you got a copy? Want me to bring mine along tonight?
Andi x

Stephanie and Carlos said...

Family projects are the best projects ever!! So sweet!!

xo Steph

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

absolutely fabulous. made my day, made me smile and made me laugh! how good is that! thanks!

One Flew Over said...

Look at those sticks flyyyy, I wonder where your mini got that from??

Maple looks fab in pink.

Leonie Guld said...

Awww...this is FANTASTIC I bet the 2 of you had a ball doing it!! I wonder what the neighborhood chit chat will be!!

Trudi - Me and Ewe said...

I have seen a couple of these around about - love it! And what a lovely bright colour!

Kristi said...

I am so inspired by your creative space. Love. Love. Love.

Cute as Buttons said...

I think you two need a road trip to the Jumpers and Jazz festival in Warwick. I saw it for the first time last year and ran into several poles while I was busy gawping at the trees. You would fit right in. Lisa x

Drewzel said...

Oh I SO LOVE a great load of silly!!

74 Lime Lane said...

first, this is just so fun but second, it's wonderful you can share it with the eldest. what a lovely, and delightfully silly, time you must have had

Madeline said...

You officially rank as the top mama! How awesome is that!!

Little Ted Canvas said...

Love It!

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

In the 1980s I wore leg warmers and was told my legs looked like tree trunks. Its taken 25 years, but finally I can see what trees in leg-warmers really look like. (And I can safely say my legs never looked quite so bark-ish).

Love them!

crzylady said...

perfect. I'm sure the tree is very thankful :)

june at noon said...

I just love it! What a fun way to involve a kiddo's creative talents and let them feel a little subversive at the same time. I'd love to walk past a tree like that. Hmmm....

brownhairblueribbon said...

That is just perfectly awesome. I want to do this with my Mum too!
She is 66 now, I think a perfect age to start yarn bombing!

As always thanks for the inspiration!

Chasing Purple Dreams said...

fantastic, I'd love to happen across something like that!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Bloody brilliant! i saw some Grrrl anddog work in Sydney amazing- they had coverd a whole public toilet in knitting. I was beside myself- there was squealing and clapping and jumping...it would make my day to happen upon such a thing. i cannot wait until Busy gets big enough to do this!!
those steiner kids sure know how to knit!!!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Just as well Friesland doesn't have a lot of trees , if they're all going to expect cosy knitted bits by next Autumn . I knit at a snail's pace .
Sonata

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

Love your tutorials, thanks. Have you checked out mine? they are on the right hand side of my blog. Enjoy.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Wonderful silly nonsense. What a lucky girl to have a mum to help knit and a dad who helps with the ladder!

Bet the tree is standing a bit taller for all the attention too.

Michelle said...

You are a gem!

Kylie said...

Oh Tania... you make my day. That's about the sum of it really. It's decided - I want to be you.... or at least live in your street ;)
K x

Kate said...

Brilliant! Love it so much! There is a tree next to our farm stall that has been begging us to knit her up but I just love the public aspect of yours.

yardage girl said...

Most excellent work! Now for some pom poms ...?!

Cindy said...

So if I stand really still with my arms out - what are the chances I could end up with some of that fab knitting

Carolyn said...

I will never look at a tree the same way again. I'm sure you have put a smile on a lot of faces that walk down your street. What a fun idea.

Lola Nova said...

Mad love!

Melanie said...

now i will be forever looking for trees in my area with knitted whatsits because to stumble upon one would be so fun.

craftschmaft said...

Tree cosies rock!

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Di said...

Outrageously fun! Love your work (again)

sue said...

How cool is the yarn bombing, and a joint project too! Fantastic knitting by your daughter too!

kellyi said...

Nice to see another mental person :)

We have an apple tree in the garden that is permanently decorated in some way, as well having seven bird feeders hung in it. I like to think of it as a tame tree.