Sweaters for trees – this is not a yarnbomb


Yarnbombing is not big in South Africa for the reason that it’s winter now and there are a lot of cold people who are too poor to afford sweaters.  People need sweaters, bicycle racks don’t need sweaters.

However in an attempt to use up the last of my cheap and nasty wool I decided to make sweaters for my pom pom trees for a good reason.  Black frost.  Black frost won’t destroy your plants like frost frost does.  No, it slithers through your garden like an evil spectre roasting one side of a tree moving on and crisping up another.  Overnight, half of your trees and plants are brown and dead on one side with the other side completely untouched.  You can imagine what a pom pom tree looks like with a great big brown chunk eaten out of one side.  It took almost two years for my topiaries to recover from the last bout of black frost, I’m not going to let it happen again. 

I don’t feel too bad about my tree sweaters in a poor country in winter.  This is wool only by the loosest definition, it’s synthetic crap, it’s not warm at all and no self respecting homeless person would be seen in public in this shade of red.  We do have our pride, you know.



South African writer, crafter and all round animal lover
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