Since the resurgence of DIY and the handmade renaissance, it seems there has been some rebellious crafting happening these days. Knit grafitti to yarnbombing to yarnstorming, it doesn't matter what you call it - the idea is still the same. Simply put, guerrilla knitting is just a way to revitalize urban spaces with knitted pieces.
The sweater tree is located in front of Lovely Yarns in Hampden, and was a collaborative project. Over a dozen knitters contributed, one knitter sending her piece all the way from Washington state. The tree has become somewhat of a local icon - people stop to stare, feel, or take it's picture. Every spring, the sweater comes off so the cherry tree can breathe and in the fall, a new sweater goes up. This time around, the sweater is emblazoned with the words "Hug Me". Now, doesn't that make you want to smile?
For more photos of knit graffiti storming the world, check out the blog, Yarnbombing. Oh, they even have a book out!
(Images: Kimberly Watson)