Hi - I've been so swamped in work for several months that knitting had really fallen by the wayside. Now I'm deciding which laid-aside project to finish first.

In an attempt to delay that decision, I knit some acrylic swatches for our local yarn-bombing group. This Saturday we're going to do a tree in Taksim Park, a rare pocket of green space in the very cement-bound center of Istanbul. It's been the object of developer greed for years but laws prevented them from touching it. Now they've found a loophole (to rebuild a building that was torn down in the 1940s in the name of historic "preservation," but it will really be just a big shopping center). The fact that the developing companies have ties with the prime minister have a lot to do with it of course.

The Turkish on the blue and black piece is `AĞAÇ = HAYAT`, or "Trees = Life."

Now it's back to the three socks asking to be finished!

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Good to hear from you, Bob. I feel for the greenery...corporate greed - and cronyism - is becoming a bane of our modern world. Good to know that the people are protesting in some way.

Hope the waiting socks turn out well.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

bobinthebul's picture

Alas, cronyism is more or less "the way things work" here, for both positive and negative things. The other big thing on their "hit list" now is the 100 year-old Emek Cinema. It's in an old building that they also want to gut and turn into a big shopping center. On Sunday there was a protest there and police came in with tear gas and water cannons. A bit of overkill...

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

How sad.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.