The knitter is tired of nice. She's had it with "keep calm and carry yarn." She's gone guerrilla. Have you seen the attacks? The city bus snuggled, bumper to bumper, into a tight cardigan. The street sign done up in crochet. Best of all: the knit tree.
Maple and oak. Big and small. Each fitted, root to branch, in the striped or argyle or Fair Isle tree-cozy. Adorable. Stylish. Radical.
The guerrilla knitter packs sharp needles; she strikes at night. She stitches the tree right into its trunk warmer, leaving the urban forest done up in soft graffiti. Graffiti most approve. It's cute, cozy and easily unraveled. Even the victim seems pleased to try on stripes, ribbing or cable knit.
Why not celebrate the knit-stalker? Fill the teapot and slip on its tea-cozy, surely the tree-hugger's inspiration for this movement. Trim a few tea sandwiches, settle under a tree — knit or not — and enjoy the pleasure of handicraft.
Spring onion tea sandwiches
Makes: As many as you have patience for
Thinly sliced dense, white bread, such as Pepperidge Farm "Very Thin"
Green onion, very thinly sliced
Parsley, finely chopped
Lemon zest, finely grated
Spread bread slices with mayonnaise. Sprinkle half the slices lightly with onion, parsley, zest and salt. Top with remaining bread. Press gently.
Use a serrated knife to trim away crusts. Slice each sandwich into 3 long, narrow sandwiches.
If it bothers you to toss the crusts, grind them to crumbs in the food processor. Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet, slide into a 400-degree oven and toast golden, about 5 minutes. Save as delicious, ready-made breadcrumbs.
Radish dot sandwiches