Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Tree Sweater Coming Off

NEWBURY, Ohio (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – After three years on display, an Ohio-based artist is taking off her huge sweater.

In 2005, Carol Hummel, with the help of her two daughters and 82-year-old mother, spent 500 hours knitting a sweater for a 600- foot tree in Cleveland, Ohio, calling the piece “Tree Cozy.”

Now she’s saying goodbye to her treasured sweater, and reminiscing on the plush project.

She says, “It was the happiest project I’ve ever done in my entire art career, but it’s getting really sad- looking now. So in the Spring, when it warms up, we’re taking the knitting off.”

Though she does worry about the tree being a little chilly after its sweater is removed, she says “It’s still a living tree bound by this sweater.”

But Hummel is still in the “knitty gritty” of various projects, creating large macrame doilies and laying them out in patterns in various areas of the dessert in Wendover, Utah.

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