Our yarnbombing was a great success. Here's a link to photos I took there:
The local TV station ATV also came and talked with us.
Our section is at just about 1:00 on the clip.
The reporter says "These people are dressing the trees to send the message that the trees should not be cut. It's a lot of work, so both women and men are knitting and contributing. Özlem, the woman in the tree says, "We're covering the tree to protest the cutting of the trees."
Reporter: It's hard to knit those, isn't it?
Özlem: It's actually not that hard, and it's a lot of fun. We meet every week and everyone knits what he or she can. (We have several guys in the group.)
She asked me what we were doing, I said "We're going to dress the tree..."
-Where are you from?
-I'm American. I come from a really green part of the U.S., so in the rather cement-bound city of Istanbul I do miss the green...
She then went to an older and fairly traditional woman who had come by and joined in, and asked "so what do you think about a man knitting?" The woman answered "I think it's perfectly normal, why shouldn't he?" The reporter answered "But he's knitting well, what do you think about that?" (It was almost like she was trying to get some sort of "that's weird" response out of her. But she said, "There are no 'men can't do it' jobs. Men and women can do anything if they have the will to do it."
For me, the best part was how local people of all ages came and got involved. The area just down from the park has a large population of poor Roma (Gypsies) and Kurds and they have no other green place available to them and their kids. Middle-aged upper class housewives and Kurdish ladies from villages in the east both came by and helped out; four or five of them even got into a knitting competition together.