March 09, 2006

Photo Friday: Red

Red Sweaters in a tree, Canon Digital Rebel

Photo Friday's theme this week is "Red." Imagine my surprise this week when I came upon all of these tiny, red knitted sweaters strung in a tree like luminous holiday lights... or maybe a special kind of spanish moss.

After further exploration at I discovered that this is a project that knitters from all over are contributing to, and is a tribute to fallen soldiers in Iraq. Sadly, there are 2,220 tiny sweaters in this tree and more to knit.


Posted on March 9, 2006 07:20 PM

Have you seen this website:

If you haven't, I saw it and it made me think of you - someone I don't even know!

Posted by: Hazel at March 12, 2006 02:18 PM

How quickly your reaction can go from "how charming" to "how wrenching." What an amazing visual display of the loss of precious life. Thank you so much!!

Posted by: megg at March 11, 2006 12:07 AM

it is as wonderful to behold as it is heartbreaking to ponder.

Posted by: Alison at March 10, 2006 07:13 PM

The agony of lost lives, those who are left behind. The sweaters that can no longer keep anyone warm are only blood red.
When will war stop and love prevail?

Posted by: Tongue in Cheek at March 10, 2006 04:26 PM

you've taken a beautiful photo, andrea, as always, but this art installation is one of the worst i've seen. i read the artist's purpose on the website, to bring awareness without promoting a specific point of view, but this tree looks like it's draped in garlands of blood. i wonder how it could be interpreted as anything but anti-war. she also says that blood has no politics ... really?
hm. an interesting point of contemplation, if nothing else. you take the most interesting walks of anyone i know/read!

Posted by: c at March 10, 2006 03:24 PM

wow... thanks for sharing this. :)

Posted by: rachael at March 10, 2006 03:14 PM

YUM.MEE, my dear!!!

Posted by: Jennifer at March 10, 2006 03:10 PM

When the page loaded up and I saw only the first picture my first thought was,

"The tree is bleeding?"

It turns out it's kind of apt. That's really poignant, but a wonderful tribute. It's nice to be able to DO something, even when there really is nothing you can do.

Posted by: Hannah at March 10, 2006 12:23 PM

WOW! i must go find this tree. beautiful & heartbreaking.

Posted by: matirose at March 10, 2006 10:07 AM

I just went to the website but couldn't find any mention of the location of the tree? Is it her mailing address on Folsom? I'd love to stop by.

Posted by: Steph at March 10, 2006 08:56 AM

wow...that must have felt so surreal walking up to this (in such a cute neighborhood, i see!).

i will have to pass this onto all my knitter friends.

it is very sad to know of how many there are and how many more there needs to be but what a beautiful tribute to them.

thank you for sharing this with us.

Posted by: bohemiangirl at March 10, 2006 08:24 AM