Graffiti Knitters Attack Neighborhood Tree

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One of the things I like most about Hampden (my neighborhood in downtown Baltimore) is that, despite its transformation over the years, it still continues to surprise me.  It is not every day that you go to grab a cup of coffee and encounter a tree assaulted by a street gang of knitters!

Graffiti_Knitting2A day after I spotted the violated tree, an article appeared in the Baltimore Sun about the incident.  According to the Sun, the ‘tree sweater’ was a composite of several artist’s work and was assembled by a group of Hampden knitters.  Sue Caldwell, owner of Lovelyarns, a Hampden yarn and knitting supply shop said,

“A dozen knitters altogether contributed to it, including a young girl, India Olcheforte, from Washington, who heard about it and sent a piece she had made.  People were free to do anything they wanted. The only thing was they had to use green, white and purple yarn.”

Before the sweater appeared, the tree was a thing that I had grown so accustomed to seeing on a daily basis.  I had forgotten what it looked like.  Now, covered in a strange new texture, color and text assigned to its midriff, it is hard to pass by without stopping and inspecting.  “Hug Me” is sewn around the waist and it is not discernible from any one vantage point, so you are required to encircle the tree to figure it out.  Thank you knitters for taking the winterizing of plants to a whole new level!

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Gardeners Note: Covering a tree for a short period of time is not likely to damage the tree while it is dormant, but the sweaters should be removed by April, so the tree can breathe in the spring air.

For a link to the article in the Baltimore Sun, CLICK HERE.

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Published in: on September 17, 2009 at 10:36 am  Comments (4)  
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4 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. This is so funny! I love the Hug Me sentiment. Maybe I’ll come to Baltimore after all.

  2. What a great story. This is just one example of the great quirkiness of Baltimore – especially Hampden!

    http://www.2greenacres.blogspt.com

  3. Just in time for Fall 😉 Love it!

  4. Awesome! I’m so glad you shared this. Those sneaky knitters!


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