The get-up of the bollard cosy on Sunday night went well – it uses a length of chain threaded through some *1 tr, 1 ch * lacy texture at the pull-in point, so that this narrow bit will go over the top of the bollard. I remember tying it in a strong double bow, so shouldn’t be easy to whip off. When I came in at 8:45 the next morning it was still there, to my pleasure. But when I looked out during a break at 10 am, it had already gone. I was hoping to get some pictures of it in daylight for you, but you can just about see the uncovered bollard in the background.
Now I have various hypotheses for what might have happened:
(1) somebody pulled it off to mess around with and throw away
(2) the official powers saw it and removed it as non-standard (this is unlikely in the given timescale)
(3) someone saw it and loved it and just had to have it (this is the one that friends are trying to persuade me to go for) – or possibly
(4) someone misunderstood what it was doing there, thought a child had lost a hat or something (?), and wanted to ‘save’ it from its fate stuck on a bollard.
If I knew which of these things had happened, I’d be able to judge better whether it was ‘worth it’ or not. Obviously (1) and (2) are quite disappointing, and the best we can hope for is (3). It had a little music note on it and was cute and it’s quite possible that the incoming flood of students that morning contained one person who fancied it as a souvenir.I guess that’s an outcome I could live with, but it’s a disappointing statement on the value of private over public property.
One thing’s for sure, if I’m going to be doing any more bollards or other medium pieces, I’ll use less close work as this was very tight neat double crochet so it took longer than was warranted for the longevity of the piece in its location (that’s how I feel anyway) and a looser piece covers a piece of street furniture just as well (unlike an orphan child or somone wintering in the north-east of England).