Since the beginning of October, volunteers were being asked to knit colorful sweaters for Downtown Iowa City’s trees. This undertaking is part of the Downtown District of Iowa City’s Tree Huggers Project. Nearly 100 trees have been measured in the hopes of receiving sweaters by the projects deadline of November 4.
The local store, Home Ec Workshop, 207 N Linn, provided sweater kits tailored to each trees dimensions that volunteers can pick up. Each tree will be wrapped in 5-feet of yarn. The project will cost the Downtown District about 2,000 dollars, according to an article from the OWL. Tomorrow is the deadline for all knitted sweaters to be returned to the Home Ec Workshop.
The plan is for the sweaters to be sewn onto the trees on the 4th, where they will remain all winter. The project is another way for the individuals to get involved with their community and to liven up downtown during the dreary, grey winter. Expertise in knitting was not necessary as Home Ec offered free knitting class to anyone that wanted to participate.
The Iowa City Downtown District is a non-profit organization that aims to create programs that promote and support this city. This project was funded through contributions from property taxes assessed to properties in Downtown Iowa City and the Northside Marketplace and financial support from The University of Iowa.