for the second year running, the yarn group I belong to, Yarn Corner, has worked on a project to brighten the City of Melbourne. The trees in City Square, and along Swanston Street are covered with knitting and crochet for a few weeks. This is done in co operation with the City of Melbourne, and is always during the month they promote awareness of urban trees, thru their Urban Forest Strategy .
I love this particular project, we used the Colours of the Rainbow, with all the trees in the Square in Rainbow stripes, and the trees in the Street each in a colour of the Rainbow.
My Granddaughter, LJ, is on holidays in Melbourne in January, so she always comes along to help out too.
My piece this year was just 3m long, and I shared a tree with another knitter. The Group hires a couple of scissor lifts and it takes a whole day to install.
I start out on a small ladder.....
and LJ does the hard bit, kneeling down to sew the bottom 1m in place.
When all the trees in the square are completed it looks like this....
Isn't that just amazing?
There are 14 more trees in Swanston Street, and each one looked spectacular, here are a few photos LJ took of them.
I love my Yarn Bombing, and my Yarn Corner friends, we meet regularly to chat, knit, crochet and exchange patterns and ideas. Currently working on something HUGE for 2013 Royal Melbourne Show, and a lovely ongoing project with the Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Center at the Austin Hospital.
All our members also do a lot of charity knitting and crochet too, including baby blankets for KOGO.
[that's Knit One, Give One]
If you are in Melbourne before February 17th, pop down to City Square and have a look.
*most photos taken by LJ, others courtesy of members of the Yarn Corner