Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bits of Finished



Sunday night, I finished my tarty cardi. A sleeveless sort-of version of the Tea Leaves. It’s not finished-finished. Not ends-woven in, buttons-sewn-on finished. You know what I’m like at finished-finished.

For the two of you who expressed some concern before Christmas at the in-limbo state of the festive beetle, he is finished. This is a minor miracle because I had a sudden embroidered breakdown (i.e. was overcome by a spontaneous and wanton urge to knit).



Even though I am very much in love with the Cosmo embroidery floss because I had to try very hard for it to split or tangle and the colour range (hundreds of greens!) is pretty spiffy too,



I have not been very in love with the Christmas Beetle. With his wavy unbacked linen, his was a forced finish. I have been pretty much convinced by the resident bug kid that he would make a cool knee patch. I have no doubt that resident bug kid would adore such a knee patch with voracity and vehemence and this, I think, is what matters. Not that hours of stitchery will be crawling through the dirt thirty per cent of any given day.

Last week, Tina sent me a package of goodness. A giveaway win containing the most comfy-looking pair of (organic! upcycled!) baby daks. We grown ups are seriously missing out.



There were bonus pieces of loveliness too.



The framed pedal to the metal print prompted the beginning of another project – of the sewing kind. But that’s a tale of traumatically unfinished for tomorrow day.

26 comments:

Carmel's Closet said...

Your beetle is divine, you are very brave sending him off to the world of knee adventures.
Loving your red yarn too.
Carmel

Stomper Girl said...

Your beetle needs a protective coating surely, ( I want to say laminate him, but that's not right) he is way too lovely for a boy's knee. Or put him on the pocket maybe, less wear and tear there? And the pedal to the metal is genius, I reckon my man would shake his head at it which makes it even better.

JoeyNomad said...

I felt my eyes roll into the back of my head when i saw the words "ends woven in" - I seem to get allergic reactions to the idea... why can't anyone develop some sort of end weaving in machine? Sigh... it all looks glorious!

Kylie said...

This is what's so satisfying about craft (most of the time!)... being able to say I've finished something :) Always makes me smile and I'm smiling at your gorgeousness too, Tania. I love the beetle, as much for all those fabulous greens :) Every time I click on your link to Amite for that floss, though, I can never find it... is there a secret entrance code to a world of wonder floss that I'm missing? Have fun with your sewing. I seem to be stuck at the machine too. Kx

Kate said...

That red is divine! And so very tarty indeed. I've not sewn in the ends of any of my cardis unless they are gifts that leave the house. And safety pins as closures work so well too. And that gorgeous, gorgeous beetle...I still have a placky container with a few dead locusts in it... still want em??

mel @ loved said...

I love the colour of your cardi, I can't wait for the cooler weather to get all snug with wool again, not that we've had much of a summer so far! Your beetle is gorgeous & how sweet's that framed pedal to the metal, love that!

Tas said...

Well, I Like Mr Beetle. Though after hours of embroidering, I may well follow that knee patch around and make sure that it stays bright and clean (Anal? Who? Me?) C'mon, get the tarti cardi finished. We all want to see it.

Lola Nova said...

Lately I have rekindled my life long love of red, your yarn has me a bit flushed really and I do want to see...ends woven in or not!
The beetle really would make a most fantastic patch if you can bear it. And wouldn't it be at home amongst the dirt, leaves and sticks?

As for the tales of the unfinished, I am rather pleased to report that I have just now finished a jacket for the girl that I started a year ago - we are all amazed at the magic that has it still fitting her with room to grow!

Madeline said...

That red is simply delicious! And, the beetle would make such a cool patch...albeit a much labored over one.
I've got a whole pile of nearly finished around right now. The only problem is that nearly finished makes me want to hop to the next project. I'm working on that little personality quirk.

Sandrine said...

Oh what a happy crafty start of your week Tania!
Much treasures made and received...Looking forward to the next project...I wonder what you are cooking :) xx

Andi said...

The beetle is gorgeous!
Looking forward to seeing the tarti cardi on the tart in question.
Andi x

Leonie said...

I'm requesting a flash of the tart red. tease! xx

june at noon said...

The beetle is gorgeous, but perhaps the boy know beetles really belong in the dirt? I would like to see that tarty cardi in its full finishedness, please.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I love the beetle, but are you yet to discover the joy that is thread heaven? its like a thread balm- special for stitching. its rockin'.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Lucky beetle ! He'll get to go to school and play in the mud .
And when he grows up , he , Dead fly and a bull ant or two can go off and become a series of much sought after post cards for the Natural History museum .

CurlyPops said...

I'm completely transfixed by your embroidery skills... and I've never heard of cosmo floss. I feel that there may be some adding to the stash in the near future!

PS - Even ex-Mr CP was impressed with the Ode to Houdini (as he was formerly the half owner of said Houdini dog).

Jenny said...

I like these striking colors. I like your sense of style and I'm truly inspired. More power! By the way, I find your blog so influential and this eco-fashion might interest you in inspiring others to be eco-conscious. Thanks a lot!

Z said...

you've been busy :)

silverpebble said...

Is that Alexander?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYYUqK8qe0Y

Shannon said...

Ah Alexander beetle! silverpebble you just took me to another wonderful place and i have lost my train of thought entirely!

Stunning red, I want a tarty cardi too. possibly one day I will actually make something for myself too - you are my hero.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Oooh greeeenn.

I was just Sleeving and weaving in of ends on a UFO from er...not sure but think 2008. ish. With mere cms of holes left, I have given up for the night.

Cosmo is not available here, probably just as well, I have boxes of Anchor from my xst days to use up!

Ooooh linen.

Sigh. You could make a picture of washing up look good!

Cheers,
AJ

Mel said...

I actually want to witness you knitting sometime because I'm certain that smoke must actually come off the sticks - you're so bloody fast! Hopefully as it is bushfire season you use metal sticks which would be far more safety conscious.

ps. I am not usually a "red" person but man, that red is pretty scrumptious. xx

teddybearswednesday said...

Darn it I want to see the tary cardi being modelled. I just love that colour and I think it would look fab on you.
I love your beetle, what's not to love? I think he's feeling a little sad as being unloved by you, in all his green magnificence. So much so he is thinking of ending it all in the nearest puddle he can find.... xo

Marcus said...

Maybe a bum-patch instead of a knee-patch? That way it would take a bit less abuse? ;-)

Sally said...

Awesome chrissy beetle. Your stitchin' is bitchin! Brilliant.

Fer said...

That beetle is cool! You could do what I did with Tamsyn's knee patches - put some thin clear plastic over them and blanket stitched the whole lot down. Worked a treat!