Saturday, February 21
You may have been watching all the colorful fun stuff that happens over here on Denise's blog. I know I have. In fact, it was seeing all of that cool knitting that inspired me to blow the dust off of my own knitting needles.And yes, the first thing I knitted after 25 years of knitting nothing was a sweater for a tree.I made lots of mistakes. One of them is evident in this photo. But, the tree didn't seem to mind.I finished my knit-up several days ago, but I wasn't sure where to put it. I was worried that store owners on main street might not want a sweater for the trees in front of their businesses. I was afraid that my knitting might be removed immediately. In fact, I was afraid that the local authorities might catch me in the act, and ask me to remove it before I got it up. And then, I learned that a friend was having a tailgate party at her son's college basketball game. His last home basketball game, as he is a senior. How fun to leave a knit-up on one of the trees where they had celebrated Ben's basketball games for four years. I arrived early to choose the tree and apply it's sweater.I was able to watch as folks arrived for the tailgate and noticed my knit-up. I heard one man comment that it was "the ultimate in tree-hugging."Everyone wanted to touch it.Everyone seemed to get a kick out of it.Being able to watch from a distance as folks experienced my tree's sweater has inspired me to knit again. To knit more sweaters for cold, eastern U.S. trees.I think this tree is standing a little taller tonight, a little prouder. After all, she is the the only tree with a sweater on the entire campus.