Sunday, September 26, 2010

close knit finale

After what felt like an impossibly long wait the Brisbane festivals Close Knit program finished up in a big way this Saturday with a cherry picker reaching to the high limbs of this gum tree to create the most spectacular sight- a knitted tree!

The Close Knit project has been a beautiful community project-life affirming,
joy giving and funI know a few people who think yarn bombing is a waste of resources and time but for me it's a way of elevating the status of both womens work and yarn work.
And I just love the way the colours work, it's such fun to see people noticing, seeing, stopping and examining something familiar because it's been wrapped up in wool.
I love yarn bombing!

It was amazing to look up and see all the individuals work joined together to form a whole.
Knitting and crochet were the traditional skills which provided for the various communities involved in the Close Knit project to come together, to share conversation, create, learn and reach out.
The tree is a perfect symbol to me of the beauty of healthy close knit communities-they are well grounded but also extending, growing and a part of larger systems.

Who(hoooo?) would think yarn could be so useful? ;o)


Cath @ chunkychooky said...

That tree makes my heart SOAR!!!!

Maxabella said...

That is quite simply amaaaaazing. I would have missed this wonderful sight if it wasn't for your lovely blog. Thank you!! x

Crochet with Raymond said...

That tree is just amazing!!!!! So cool for you to be a part of it!!!!!A few years ago an artist covered a tree in the botanical gardens in second hand doilies, it was just incredible....
As for wasting resources....... it's not like you're covering the whole forest???!!! And time spent having fun is spent no better way! What you going to get up to now this is finished???!!!

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Beautiful Kate!! I am planning in getting in first for the bikini tree at Yungaburra for the Folk Festival at the end of October...I'm going for a sneaky measure later this week :-)

Wendy said...

Oh, wow. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!