Yesterday for the first time in my life I was able to say that I had a bona fide knitting emergency. Heritage Museum and Garden emailed and said that within the copse of trees sporting the bark panels for my installation was a small tree that none of my panels fit. It looked lonely without a bark skin of it’s own and I was asked if I could knit something up quickly that it could wear.
So in a day and a half, I designed and knit a thirteenth panel. Although it is small (10 x 15) it still took a couple days because even a knitting emergency won’t let me skip work. So here it is, a tiny coachwood panel that a mere 12” tree will be able to wear in the exhibition.
Here is some nerdy information about coachwood: Native to the Australian rainforest, coachwood can grow in poor quality soil and sand along creeks. It is called coachwood because its smooth-grained wood was once used to make coaches. Today the wood is used for fine furniture and boat making. The wood has a characteristic caramel odor giving the tree another moniker of scented satinwood.