I've seen some urban knitting around Ottawa, usually on trees and road signs, and have always wanted to give it a try. I knit the 'sweater' for this project a while ago (it's actually more of a corset), but hadn't found a suitable object to try it on. This week, I sized up the fire hydrant at the end of my block and decided to give it a try.
The knit piece is just a square, but I left holes about two inches apart on both sides to lace it up.
|Just a knitted square|
I also made a lace out of some red wool so that it would stick out against the black.
|Twelve feet of braided wool roving|
I laced up the sweater all the way at home. Sigmund couldn't have been more happy to help.
With the sweater laced up, all I had to do was slide it over the top of the hydrant and then tighten up the laces. There was far more traffic than usual all of a sudden, and people were slowing down to see what I was doing. Oi!
This time, it all worked out, and the result is a cozy looking hydrant for people to walk by and maybe even talk about. This is the city's property, so I will be removing this project shortly. I'm just glad it turned out to be so cute!
I would also like to reassure everyone that I did make sure the little sweater could in no way interfere with the functionality of the fire hydrant in case of emergency. Compromising the accessibility of an active fire fighting device would be completely unacceptable.
I knit several of these little sweaters in different sizes, so you can look forward to seeing more of my urban knitting installations as the winter progresses.