Rhubarb!

All right, all right, you lot. I can see how titling a post ‘Finished Object’ might have given the teeniest impression that I’d finally finished that project. Sorry. But your comments have also nudged me to get on with final push towards completion, so thank you. Though when I do weave in the last end, I’ll be posting under a considerably more hysterical title than ‘Finished Object’. Look out for a post titled OMG, OMG, IT’S DONE, IT’S DONE, IT’S DONE! SQUEEEEE!!!!!!!! Unless the finished job looks a bit rubbish, in which case you’ll find me sitting on the floor in the corner, nursing a bottle of gin.

crochet embroidered cottage house

A detail…

Anyway, thank you for stirring me back into yarny horticultural action. In case you’re new to this ludicrous thing, it’s… hard to explain. Far too long ago (I’m not even sure that Europeans had arrived in the Americas yet) I had one of those ridiculous ideas that really should have been taken out back and throttled immediately. But instead of thinking Nope, that’s a stupid idea, I decided to go ahead. You see, after designing/making this bag in the shape of a cottage, I started dreaming a little bigger. Because if you can make a small bag look like a cottage, why can’t you do the same to a large piece of furniture?

crochet embroidered cottage house

With a bit of manic effort, I got the cottage part done fairly speedily, but as many of you will know, I got a bit lost in the garden, for a while. No longer! Look, I’ve finished another flower bed!

crochet garden knitted

And just to add to the veg patch, I’m rather pleased with this rhubarb. (Stylecraft Batik ‘Raspberry’ is pleasingly perfect for the stems.)

crochet rhubarb

The problem is – and it’s a big problem – that as I finish each section, I look at previous sections and think Hmm, that could be better. So I started crocheting lily leaves for the pond, instead of the messy embroidered ones.

knitting crochet pond garden

And now I’m thinking, Hmm, I never really have been happy with the water. So I’m wondering about crocheting something in a colour that’s a little more murky. Meanwhile, I can’t leave this thing around without some small child parking their toy cars on it or moving diggers in to begin building work. Sigh.

But I have a target: it shall be done and shown here by the end of this month. There, I’ve said it out loud. I have a confession, though: there’s an even more ambitious idea swilling around in the fevered backwaters of my brain.

crochet garden knitted flowers

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19 Responses to Rhubarb!

  1. I’m sooooo looking forward to it!!

  2. Incredible! looking forward to that post…no pressure though!

  3. Sheryl

    Oh how I love the flower beds – especially those begonias and the veg patch! Wonderful work!!

  4. Kelly Paquet

    You are amazingly skilled and artistic! How do you find the time!?

  5. I am blown away by your attention to detail

  6. I REALLY want to see this finished…

  7. There is nothing wrong with ambitious projects…but my favorite words of advice came when I learned stained glass, “Make peace with your project,” my instructor told me. She was right;-). I think the rhubarb is lovely, (don’t add too much crochet….I’ll have to figure out how to knit it…perhaps garter stitch…even if I hate garter stitch).

  8. Is this masterpiece going to be a wall hanging, a play rug for small boy’s toy cars, or a lap blanket? It is so detailed and totally amazing… can’t wait to see a photo of the whole thing finished.

  9. Sue

    Oooh I can’t wait – amazing talent – your blog’ s good too 😉 !

  10. hawthorn-livelovecraft

    Wow – How big is the finished (I mean soon to be finished) project? I love all the detailing and can’t wait to see it 🙂

  11. It’s in my diary for the end of the month. Watch out for twisted yarns big garden project. Of course that links in nicely with the big garden bird count. I trust you have birds and frogs , insects etc?

  12. Charlotte

    Every image looks beautiful! The tiny detail in each section is so lovely. Keep going! It’s an inspiration, that’s for sure 🙂

  13. The suspense is still killing me, looking forward to the big reveal of craziness

  14. Chris Scholes

    You have created something truly amazing. I iove it.

  15. I just want to say that as long as YOU enjoy the process it doesn’t matter when it’s finished! Yes, I know you want it finished so that you can justify starting something new and so that you can show all of us and we can gasp in owe at your amazing creative talent but don’t beat yourself up if it takes a little longer until you are satisfied with what you have made. We are all loving the small areas that you share and I think that perhaps you could consider opening your garden for the National Garden Scheme Yellow Book next year so that we can all visit and raise oodles of money for charity/bottles of wine for you?!?!?!

  16. “Even more ambitious…” o_O. Is it even possible to be even more ambitious than this gloriously fecund opus of a project?! It’s like watching the last episode of the season of one of your absolutely, positively FAVOURITE television series and them dropping a completely unexpected cliff hanger into the equation and you have that plot line swirling around in the back of your mind until the next season starts. Love the rhubarb by the way. Mine decided not to come back this year for some reason. I think it drowned. Is it possible to drown rhubarb? Nice teasers with the secret project Ms T. Enough to pique our interest but not enough for us to actually see what it is. We will make a script writer out of you yet!

  17. I am so in love with this project. The garden makes my heart sing. You’re amazing.

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