Thursday, 15 August 2019

FAL Finish: Yet More Socks!


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These pair of socks are my third Q3 FAL finish and are item 15 on my Q3 2019 FAL list - I will be linking up to the FAL finishes party when the time comes.  These needed the most work of the three pairs as, at the start of the quarter, I was halfway down the leg on one and at the start of the heel flap on the other.  I love those purple, lime, blue, and pink stripes!



Here they are together, ready for Mam's sock drawer this winter!



Mini Archie announced to the world when all the socks were finished:



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FAL Finish: More Socks!


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My second finish this quarter is this pair of socks, which were fun to knit - I love Opal sock yarn!  These also just needed the toes grafting and the ends darning in and fifteen minutes in front of the telly saw them finished and ready for their photo:



These are item 14 on my Q3 2019 FAL list and I will be linking up to the FAL finishes party when the time comes.


Mini Archie has been practising his 'Teacayking':

I is good at it, isn't I? *modest face*

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FAL Finish: Socks


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It's always nice to be able to record a finish nearer to the start of the quarter than the end, isn't it? This time I have three and I'm going to blog about them separately so they're ready to link up with the FAL finishes party when the time comes.

My first finish is this pair of socks, which, at the start of the quarter, just needed the toe grafting and the ends darning in.  That's now done and I can proudly present my first Q3 finish!

These are item 13 on my Q3 2019 FAL list.

My phone camera hates these socks and refuses to take a completely in-focus of them, no matter how many times I ask it...

Mini Archie was on paw to help free the knitting needles:



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Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Mini Archie's July Furtle Around The Blogosphere


Archie The Wonder Dog

Hello! I have no idea where the months keep going - I thought that writing a blog post at the end of each month would mean that I was more aware of the days/weeks passing, but each month I suddenly realise it's almost the last day of the month and Furtle Day has once again crept up on me. How does it do that?!  Although I can't say that last week passed particularly quickly - all that heat and sun isn't conducive to a pleasant life when you're ginger (well, 'strawberry blonde') with fair freckly skin and an absolute horror of being too warm or getting sunburnt...

I have, however, managed quite a bit of hand piecing this month, mainly because I abandoned sock knitting (I tend to veer between the two but never manage to do both in the same day, for some reason) to give my shoulder and wrists a break.  Up until the end of April, I made an LV scrappy trip block a month and realised that if I could carry on at that rate, I would have made all the blocks by the end of 2022, which was fine by me, but then I got carried away by sock knitting and didn't touch the project for May and June and so was falling behind my already slow schedule. I had ambitions to catch up in July and see if I could make three blocks in one month.  I didn't.  I made four! *does a little jig of joy*

Here they are, not necessarily in the order I made them in:





This is the second time I've taken a photo of this block and both looked fine until I put them on the computer and then I discovered they were, um, odd. I am not attempting a third because it's the evening before this post is published and the light is fading. Oh, and mainly because I can't be ar*ed.



And here are all eight together:



I think my mix of LV backgrounds (sent to me by friends, which means I have a wonderful mix) is going to work and I do enjoy laying them all out each time I've made a batch of four and seeing them all together for their family photo.

I've prepped the next four:

I think I'm going to go back to the silver-grey ink for the next batch as the light tan has shown through some of these a bit more than I'd like.  It's not a problem as it'll be hidden by the ditch, but I'd rather not have to think about it at all!

While I was prepping the pieces (which involves choosing the fabrics and their position in the block and stamping the sewing lines on the back - I've already cut hundreds, if not thousands, of 2.5" squares so the prepping can be done entirely while sitting on the settee, which is my ideal way of prepping anything!), I picked up the socks I've got in progress and knit round and round and round while watching episodes of 'Suits' (I've never seen it before and so am watching from the beginning (on Paramount on Freeview).  I think I'm somewhere near the end of series two.) and have made good progress, going from being at the start of the heel flap on one (and about fifteen rounds behind on the other) to at the start of the toe decreases on one and about twenty rounds behind on the other. And yes, my shoulder, elbows and wrists are complaining!


There was also great excitement this month as Mini Archie turned three and one of his chums Mini Edward organised a surprise party for him.  Here he is discovering that I hadn't forgotten after all:

A box of Teacayks for every year I has beed alive AND birthday parcels to open!!!
And here he is with one of his presents, this one is from Lock:

Isn't mine pin banner and bee pin from Lock magnificent?


To see more birthday party pictures, see #miniarchie3 (you don't need to have an instagram account to see them).



Linking up to the July Furtle

If you're linking up, please add a link (one per person, please) to your blog post, which could contain: a mosaic of all you've made in the month, something you've made/started/worked on, a goal which you'd like to achieve in the next month (and then in next month's post you can reflect on that goal and set yourself another one - I find this particularly handy if I'm in the midst of a big project and finding the making of hundreds of blocks to be interminable), anything crafty you'd like to share.  This isn't just for sewing or quilting, but is for all crafts so if you knit, make lace, make clothes, do anything which could come under the heading of 'craft', then please link up.

Please visit the link immediately before and after you and leave an encouraging comment, and more if you can manage it - we all know that comments create joy, so let's spread some around. Also, please treat all the linked posts and their authors with respect - I want this to be an inclusive space for all crafters and crafts and all are welcome.  If you're not sure if you're welcome or you belong, you do - this is by no means a closed space and if you want to join, then you are most welcome. If you need help linking up, please leave a comment and I will do my best to help.

Please add the Furtling button to your blog post, please copy the code below and paste it into your blog post - it should then magically appear when you publish your blog post (I'll do my best to help if you have any problems) and it will help people find the Furtling page with all the details of the link up.


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To link up, go to the link at the bottom of this page and click on 'link up' (it's a blue button) and then add your link (website URL), a title (this could be your blog name but could also be something interesting to draw people to it (keep it clean!) if you prefer), and your email.  This last one doesn't appear on the link (I will have access to it - I won't use it unless there's a problem and I need to contact you) so don't worry that you're about to share your email address with the world (or the handful of people who find this link), you're not! The link will remain open until 11pm (GMT) on 8th August; if you're seeing this post after this date, I'm afraid you can't link up to the July Furtle, but you can link next month if you like.



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Sunday, 30 June 2019

Mini Archie's June Furtle Around The Blogosphere


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*rushes in* Sorry I'm late!  I clean forgot that yesterday was Saturday and that I needed to sort the Furtling post and link up ready for this morning.  Needless to say, I've had a stern talking to and received a very sharp prod  *rubs side*

This month, I have ticked another two items off my Q2 FAL list which is just as well as the end of the quarter is fast approaching (tomorrow, in fact) and up until now I'd only finished two things.

On my list, I said I'd like to make two Lola pouches from an old coat of mine and a shirt from a charity shop and I hoped that they would both be the large version.  I didn't quite manage that as there wasn't enough fabric without piecing bits together (there were a lot of seams in that coat), but I did manage a large one:


and a small one:





And even eked out a small Bloem Basket to become a travelling pouch for one of Mini Archie's chums, Mini Edward:


Here they are all together:


 I have to say that working with both the checked fabrics was a bit of a nightmare as the fabric was very 'shifty' and so it became impossible to have checks which ran true both vertically and horizontally so I had to pick one and do my best to ignore the other. It doesn't particularly show in the finished items, but if you pick one up and have a good peer, you'd perhaps notice it.

All three pouches are made with the coat outer and lining fabric on the outside, the shirt check on the inside, and Oakshott for the binding (which was supposed to be one of the checks cut on the bias but there was no way there was enough fabric for even one length of bias and matching the checks might have pushed me over the edge I was teetering on, so plain binding it was.):

What you can't see in this photo (or at all unless you delve into it) is that both lining pieces in the large Lola had to have an extension piece added after quilting because the fabric had shifted so much during the (minimal) quilting, despite all the pins I put in to try to keep it square! Fortunately, they're right in the corner and so don't spoil the pouch.

Of course, Mini Archie had to test the effectiveness and cosiness of the travelling pouch he was sending to Mini Edward:


As well as check that there was sufficient room for Mini Edward's chums (Margaret, Steve, and Gabriel) to accompany him:

So we is all agreed that this provides excellent protection and comfort for our chums, yes? Good.


I will be linking up this finish to the Finish-Along finishes link up when it opens, and this is the link for item 17, the large Lola pouch.  I will link up the small one (item 18) from my Instagram account.



Linking up to the June Furtle

If you're linking up, please add a link (one per person, please) to your blog post, which could contain: a mosaic of all you've made in the month, something you've made/started/worked on, a goal which you'd like to achieve in the next month (and then in next month's post you can reflect on that goal and set yourself another one - I find this particularly handy if I'm in the midst of a big project and finding the making of hundreds of blocks to be interminable), anything crafty you'd like to share.  This isn't just for sewing or quilting, but is for all crafts so if you knit, make lace, make clothes, do anything which could come under the heading of 'craft', then please link up.

Please visit the link immediately before and after you and leave an encouraging comment, and more if you can manage it - we all know that comments create joy, so let's spread some around. Also, please treat all the linked posts and their authors with respect - I want this to be an inclusive space for all crafters and crafts and all are welcome.  If you're not sure if you're welcome or you belong, you do - this is by no means a closed space and if you want to join, then you are most welcome. If you need help linking up, please leave a comment and I will do my best to help.

Please add the Furtling button to your blog post, please copy the code below and paste it into your blog post - it should then magically appear when you publish your blog post (I'll do my best to help if you have any problems) and it will help people find the Furtling page with all the details of the link up.


<p style="text-align:center"><a href="https://archiethewonderdog.blogspot.com/p/furtling.html"><img src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fJ7oo6tyMM0/XFF5HxcQW1I/AAAAAAAAEJU/BZnZPfse8k0BXwjt6KAOJIMwySjnfDHbQCLcBGAs/s200/textgram_1548790799.png" alt="Archie The Wonder Dog" /></a></p>


To link up, go to the link at the bottom of this page and click on 'link up' (it's a blue button) and then add your link (website URL), a title (this could be your blog name but could also be something interesting to draw people to it (keep it clean!) if you prefer), and your email.  This last one doesn't appear on the link (I will have access to it - I won't use it unless there's a problem and I need to contact you) so don't worry that you're about to share your email address with the world (or the handful of people who find this link), you're not! The link will remain open until 11pm (GMT) on 7th July; if you're seeing this post after this date, I'm afraid you can't link up to the June Furtle, but you can link next month if you like.




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Friday, 31 May 2019

Mini Archie's May Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog

Hello!  Can you believe it's Furtling time again?!  I must apologise to last month's Furtlers - I try to visit and comment on each linked post, but May got away from me. I'll try harder this time...  (I did manage a mid-month blog post, but it seems that was at the expense of Furtler visiting. Something to remember for the future!)


This month I finished two pairs of socks!  The first, which I posted about here, were for a friend and this second pair were for her boyfriend who has, apparently, being hankering after a pair of hand knit socks for a while now. It's always harder knitting for a pair of feet which aren't available for fittings, but these apparently fit beautifully, which is a huge relief as I was worried I'd have to have them sent back for alterations!  They're knitted from Opal yarn using a plain sock pattern (the one which comes free with Regia sock yarn) and I knitted the next size up from the feet they're for but kept to the foot length of the size down.  I have to say that my Socker's Rule was very, very handy for these socks!

Here are the socks, which are item 16 on my Q2 FAL list. I'll link them up when the time comes.


Slightly fuzzy close up of the colours
One day, as I was getting towards the end of the socks, I accompanied Mam to the local yarn shop (she's going through a knitted dishcloth phase at the moment and had run out of cotton yarn) and these accompanied me home.  They'll be for Mam for next winter so I've plenty of time to knit them!  All I need to do is decide which to knit first...


I have managed some other knitting this month, too:

Billy needed a jacket to go with his dungas...

Then Mini Archie decided he needed a matching one...

Then Peter decided he needed a matching one...

And then Alf decided that he wasn't going to be left out and that he wanted a jumper because a jacket wouldn't keep his tummy warm.

All the jackets have been knitted using Locknits pattern for Wooliamgang mice, which can be found here on Ravelry. It's a lovely knit and easy to adapt for different sizes of tiny creatures.  Alf's jumper was knitted without a pattern and I just fitted it as I went.  If I knit him one again, I'll add some short rows to the back to cover his kidneys.


Linking up to the May Furtle

If you're linking up, please add a link (one per person, please) to your blog post, which could contain: a mosaic of all you've made in the month, something you've made/started/worked on, a goal which you'd like to achieve in the next month (and then in next month's post you can reflect on that goal and set yourself another one - I find this particularly handy if I'm in the midst of a big project and finding the making of hundreds of blocks to be interminable), anything crafty you'd like to share.  This isn't just for sewing or quilting, but is for all crafts so if you knit, make lace, make clothes, do anything which could come under the heading of 'craft', then please link up.

Please visit the link immediately before and after you and leave an encouraging comment, and more if you can manage it - we all know that comments create joy, so let's spread some around. Also, please treat all the linked posts and their authors with respect - I want this to be an inclusive space for all crafters and crafts and all are welcome.  If you're not sure if you're welcome or you belong, you do - this is by no means a closed space and if you want to join, then you are most welcome. If you need help linking up, please leave a comment and I will do my best to help.

Please add the Furtling button to your blog post, please copy the code below and paste it into your blog post - it should then magically appear when you publish your blog post (I'll do my best to help if you have any problems) and it will help people find the Furtling page with all the details of the link up.


<p style="text-align:center"><a href="https://archiethewonderdog.blogspot.com/p/furtling.html"><img src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fJ7oo6tyMM0/XFF5HxcQW1I/AAAAAAAAEJU/BZnZPfse8k0BXwjt6KAOJIMwySjnfDHbQCLcBGAs/s200/textgram_1548790799.png" alt="Archie The Wonder Dog" /></a></p>


To link up, go to the link at the bottom of this page and click on 'link up' (it's a blue button) and then add your link (website URL), a title (this could be your blog name but could also be something interesting to draw people to it (keep it clean!) if you prefer), and your email.  This last one doesn't appear on the link (I will have access to it - I won't use it unless there's a problem and I need to contact you) so don't worry that you're about to share your email address with the world (or the handful of people who find this link), you're not! The link will remain open until 11pm (GMT) on 14th June; if you're seeing this post after this date, I'm afraid you can't link up to the May Furtle, but you can link next month if you like.


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Friday, 17 May 2019

A Finish: Sunrise Socks


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I have two pairs of socks on this quarter's FAL list and I've finished the first pair!  They're for a friend who likes tailor-made knitted socks which fit just how she prefers so I consulted my copious notes from the previous 4 ply pair I made for her and knitted these, but with a little bit more room (two extra stitches) across the top of the foot. Aren't they a glorious colour?  Like having a sunrise at the end of your legs!



This is item 15 on my Q2 list and my first finish of this quarter, which I'll be linking up when the time comes.

Mini Archie has a new friend, Billy Fishermouse:

Ahoy there!!
A 'Mystery Luffly Person' arranged with Sue @wool.i.am to send Billy to live with us - you can see the pictures of his arrival on my Instagram feed here and here (you don't need an instagram account to view them).  His arrival caused a flurry of measuring to see where he fitted in the family:

From left: Alf, Mini Archie, Billy, Peter, The Squeaks

And then some clothes arrived, again courtesy of MLP, this time conspiring with Debbie @themousetailor so that his undercarriage was covered.  As he's a fishermouse (and Pirate Hunter), she made him an outfit suitable for fishing and they all set out on a test run:


That's all for now (I'm attempting to write shorter posts so that I can, eventually, post slightly more often and not feel as though I've got loads to catch up on) - thanks for popping in!


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