There's a stunning color block knit adorning a leafless tree on Clinton Street in Iowa City, Iowa, my hometown. Outside the Beadology bead shop, there's a striped tree wrap, beaded, of course. A delicate cable and leaf-like lace knit by Lisa Wilcox Case, our very own Master Knitter, graces an equally delicate sapling close to the Home Ec Workshop, a fiber and fabric store that helped organize this amazing art installation. By the power of their needles, and with the contribution of yarn from our downtown business association, a tree care company, and the University of Iowa, over two hundred yarnplayers lent their wonder to one hundred and thirty-two trees spread over our downtown.
In front of the Java House, where coffee and hot chocolate reign, is Amanda's tree. She's my next door neighbor's daughter. Her tree hugger is her first completed knitting project.