Nicky Knitted A Tree Cosy by TonyCrehan

While on a visit to Alice Springs in 2009, I was surprised to see a tree wearing clothes.

For the 2009 Alice Springs Desert Festival, Nicky Shonkala knitted a woolly jumper for the jacaranda tree just outside Adelaide House in the middle of the Todd Mall.

Knit graffiti is probably the most inoffensive type of graffiti around and it’s growing in popularity, but the best thing about this type of art is that it can be done to anything.

“I sort of got inspired to do it last year in Alice Springs, cycling around and seeing a lot of grotty stuff I just wanted to cheer up the space and add a bit of colour,” Nicky said
But this isn’t the first time that Nicky has knitted fashion for inanimate objects around Alice Springs. She has knitted poles, letterboxes, car bumpers and one of her friend’s roof pipes.

Nicky received a lot of positive feedback from the community, with one little girl saying that it looked like a ‘tree cosy’.

(Quotes from ABC Alice Springs web-site story “Tree Fashion” 16 September 2009)

(Taken with Sony Handycam – sorry that’s why the image is so small when resized to 200dpi for printing)

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  • DionNelson
    DionNelsonalmost 4 years ago

    Great story…Love the shot!

  • Thanks Dion. Glad you like it. tony

    – TonyCrehan

  • calvinincalif
    calvinincalifalmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks very much Calvin. A great thrill to have this shot featured. Tony

    – TonyCrehan

  • Cathy Martin
    Cathy Martinalmost 4 years ago

    This is wonderful, I’d love to see the other knitted things :)

  • Thanks for your fave and lovely comment. I only saw this one but maybe there are images of the other knitted items on the web if you try Google. tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

  • kaysharp
    kaysharpalmost 4 years ago

    Hi Tony,
    Great picture,congratulations on your feature and also congrats to the talented knitter.What a clever and witty idea!
    Best Wishes,

  • Thank you Kay. Yes she is a talented lady and very persistent.. I believe it took her every night for about four months to knit this. Tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

  • hootonles
    hootonlesalmost 4 years ago

    An excellent image; congratulations on being featured :O)

  • Thanks Les. I appreciate your viewing and comment. Tony

    – TonyCrehan

    DEB CAMERONalmost 4 years ago

    In Tasmania we have the Knit Militia who do similar things, but I’ve never seen a tree look as colourful as that.

  • Thanks for your comment Deb. I would like to know if the Knit Militia have anything on display in Tassie. I live in Hobart but travel a lot around the state. tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

  • Emilie Trammell
    Emilie Trammellalmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks Emillie

    – TonyCrehan

  • Ruth Durose
    Ruth Durosealmost 4 years ago

    What a cracker!

  • Thanks for looking in and for your comment Ruth. Tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 3 years ago

    How fascinating ~ she must have a lot of patience .. I can’t knit a thing ha ha ~ great find and capture Tony ~ congrats on your feature!

  • Thanks Susie. I did learn to knit as a small boy but 60 years later about all I remember is how to hold a skein of wool for someone to roll into a ball and a bit of the jargon like “Knit One Pearl One” Tony

    – TonyCrehan

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariover 3 years ago

    Wow Tony, this sure is something one doesn’t see everyday. What an absolutely fantastic find. Obviously a real labor of love as each would have to be done for the individual tree. Fantastic. Gave me a big smile. Kathy :)

  • Thanks Kathy. Yes a lot of work. when I first saw it from a distance I thought the trees were painted. Tony

    – TonyCrehan

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