Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Mini Archie’s November Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog

Furtle (v): to have a rummage or delve into the contents of something

Hello! November feels like it’s lasted sixty days rather than thirty and, upon looking in my Furtling photo album (I add photos in across the month in an attempt to remember everything and make writing this post a little easier), I find I have squeezed in a lot of knitting and sewing so perhaps it really has been twice as long as usual?

I finished the scrappy socks I started last month:
Isn’t it amazing how you can take small balls of left over yarn 

and turn them into a pair of socks which look deliberate?! 

Speaking of deliberate, the fleece backing for my Winterkist quilt continues to be deliberately (and impressively) obstreperous but I got it pieced into the right size and shape for the top towards the end of last month and then tacked down all the seams (so they didn’t flip over during layering) and have, with the help of the same friend who’s been helping me fleece wrestle throughout this process, managed to layer the quilt. It took us an entire afternoon! And that was just to get enough pins in for us to be able to move it and check the top was straight on the back. (Although it didn’t go down without a fight and I had to herringbone stitch a slither of spare fleece to one corner as somehow, despite loads (and loads) of measuring, it couldn’t resist another bit of mischief and the top ran off at that point.)
It now has all the pins in to (hopefully) help it behave during quilting. I have yet to quilt the first line, but I’m prepared for it to go badly, if I’m honest.
If you’ve been here a while, you may remember me making a penguin hot water bottle cover for me and then another, almost identical one, for my eldest niece. The one I made for me was a bit tight, particularly around the top, and so getting the bottle filled/emptied was a bit of a pain. 

I bought a mini hot water bottle (from Vinted) and decided to cut down my cover and make it in the same pouch style as I did for my niece. (I’ll make other covers for my two standard-sized hot water bottles at some point, I’ve edited the waiting list portion of my Fettle Those Finishes list to add them.)

As the inside of my old cover was completely hidden, I used (part of) an old mattress protector as the backing/lining fabric, which explains why you can see curved quilting (theirs) as well as straight line quilting (mine). I’d had quite a few pieces of quilted fabric left over from the original cover as I used quilted rectangular pieces rather than attempting to shape them before quilting and had kept them thinking they could be made into small pouches or something. Turns out what I needed them for was remaking the cover as I couldn’t get the new mini cover out of the pieces from the larger one (which seems counterintuitive, but there we are). I top stitched each seam twice to hold down the (bulky because they’d already been quilted) seams and that’s worked well but I think I’ll also bind them to stop them getting tatty from taking the bottle in and out. I have some of that pink gingham ready-made bias binding left so I’ll use that. 
Here is it complete with hot water bottle. It’s the perfect size to sit on your lap and I’m filling it with the (often lime-scaly) dregs of the kettle after making a pot of tea as even 50ml can provide a surprising amount of warmth. The cover measures 26cm x 17cm.
After seeing an idea for an Advent calendar, I got my yarn and needles out to create a pattern and, after a fair few attempts, I’ve got a pattern I’m happy with and have found yarn which felts and fluffs up nicely. My aim is to knit at least two trees each month next year so that they’re ready for next Advent - hopefully you’ll be seeing these throughout 2023.
I’ve been knitting a pair of scrappy socks for a friend. These are the sock leftovers:
And these are the socks so far:

Finally, I’ve done a quick bit of dressmaking and will soon have another long-sleeved Lou Box top to wear this winter, this time one from French terry which should be lovely and cosy. This just needs the hems pinning, tacking and twin stitching.

I call this the sling it on the floor and hope for the best style of
photography. I think it’ll take off. (It looks like it’s mid shrug, somehow.)

Mini Archie is keeping me on task:

I hopes you isn’t finking of avoiding this *hard stare* Shall I set up the machine for you so it is ready to go?


Linking up to the November 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: 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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Monday, 31 October 2022

Mini Archie’s October Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog

 Furtle (v): to have a rummage or delve into the contents of something

Hello! It’s finally woolly sock weather, hooray! And it’s almost long sleeves weather, which is my favourite type. I’ve finished the two tops I’d started last month and have been able to wear them rather than them going in my wardrobe for next summer, which is nice. Again, both are the Lou Box top (with alterations):

Fabric is from Pound Fabrics but it’s out of stock

Fabric is from ByGraziela

I’ve also finished the socks I was knitting for a friend and they fit. Phew!
Yarn is Opal Red (5180)

And knitted a pair for another friend:
Yarn is ‘Unicorn’ from Made By Penguins mystery skein sale

In September, I drafted a long sleeve for the tops I’ve been making and I’ve made a wearable (and very warm) toile out of some sweatshirt fabric from The Cupboard Of Possibilities:


And as the sleeves are fine, I can get started on these two now:
Yes, I did cave and get the dachshunds in black (from here), I couldn’t resist!
Penguin French Terry is from Pound Fabrics

I’ve started a new pair of scrappy socks. I started with these leftovers:

Added some orange and pink left over leftovers from my previous orange scrappy socks and got started:

And now I’m approaching the halfway point of the foot:


Some faffing has taken place around working out a pattern for some wee Advent trees to make for next Christmas. No photo of that yet as I haven’t actually finished a sample I’m happy with, although I’m almost there. Maybe. Just need to get those socks finished so I can use the needles to hopefully make a final test tree.


And, *drum roll* I’ve finally got the back of my Winterkist quilt fettled and ready to assemble. I love this (organic) cotton fleece but it’s been a right sod so far - it needed washing thirteen times to get all the excess dye out, then it took two of us about 40 minutes to get it folded in half evenly so that it didn’t ripple, and then it took (the same two of) us (on a different day) almost an entire afternoon to measure and mark and cut it into five pieces. She’s promised that if I ever mention ‘fleece backing’ for something which isn’t a baby quilt being backed by a blanket, she’s going to come round and slap me*. In short, if you want fleece backing for a quilt, don’t buy yardage, use a blanket! Just to add insult to injury, I joined the two sets of narrow strips and stretched the seam so had to cut them off and start again (it’s okay, we didn’t cut those to length so I had spare). I’m going to put a note on the reel of thread (and then again on the machine when I start to quilt it) reminding me to go at an elderly snail’s pace. 

*I am allowed to consider buying some more to make into a cosy jumper. Or maybe not.
I think you’ll agree that this is the best photo in the whole post…

Mini Archie is gearing up for the Sticky ProdAlong and is testing his prodding stamina by being extra ruthless with the snoopervising of the destash parcelling up:
First we chooses a box or envelope from BC’s extensive collection
Then we puts the fings inside the box or envelope and weighs it.
(We uses this tin to lift up biggerer Parcels so we can see the display and a
box lid on top of that for big floppy Parcels)
And then we tapes it shut, writes the label and puts some clear tape over the top to
stop both the rain getting in and the label coming off.


Linking up to the October 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: 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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Friday, 30 September 2022

Mini Archie’s September Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog

 Furtle (v): to have a rummage or delve into the contents of something

Hello! This month has been surprisingly busy (although I could have done with some of that busyness being in the garden and with the hoover/duster/mop) or perhaps surprisingly productive would be more accurate? I think part of it is the change in weather - it’s finally cooled down and I can spend time in the workroom without being mafted within a few minutes!

I’ve finished the top I’d started last month:
Fabric is this pink stripe from Empress Mills

And finished the leftovers socks (a mix of an indie-dyed rainbow stripe and Opal navy (9930) I’d started last month; I think these might be my favourite so far. 
I’ve knitted a pair for someone else’s feet
Yarn is Opal Memories 11004 from The Sock Yarn Shop

And immediately cast on another pair for a different someone else’s feet to knit while I caught up on three weeks of Bake Off
Yarn is Opal Red (5180)

I’ve also cut out my final short-sleeved tops and am getting on with sewing them up. So far, they each have a shoulder seam and a neckband and they might be finished while it’s warm enough to wear them.
Fabric on the left is Doodle Stripes from byGraziela. Fabric on the right is out of stock.

Oh, and I’ve prepped for a destash so I’ll be trying to time that to happen between postal strikes, I’ll post (on Instagram) when it’s imminent so if you’re interested, keep an eye out. (No wonder not a jot of gardening has been done!) Mini Archie will be prodding me about the plants which need to go in any moment now. I can only hope the rainbows distract him.

Look what has comed to visit I, isn’t I lucky to be the choosed one? *beams* 

Linking up to the September Furtle 

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Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Mini Archie’s August Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog

Furtle (v): to have a rummage or delve into the contents of something

Hello! I am, once again, unsure about where the month has gone. Scarily, I’m also unsure about how it’s almost September and so putting us two thirds of the way through the year. For many of us, September always feels more like the time of year you get a fresh start (new exercise books, freshly sharpened pencils and all that) and one of our band is getting a fresh start all of their very own: Happy retirement, Sheila!

Compared to starting retired life, what I’ve been up to seems dull by comparison, but I shall plough on. First up is (yet) another Lou Box top, this time in a dachshund cotton jersey from a local sells-everything-from-car-oil-to-fabric emporium. I can’t find it online in this colour, but here it is in black. (Yes, I am tempted, why do you ask?)
And another one, this time in a cotton jersey from Empress Mills 
(And I’m working on a pink version which didn’t want to be photographed déshabillé…)

I’ve knitted a pair of socks (well, more than one but this is the first pair) - these were started last month but missed photo day and were very miffed…
Yarn is from Made By Penguins who are having a mystery skein sale - run!

I knitted up the second of the scrappy sock ‘kits’ I assembled from my sock yarn leftovers in January. I generally have no idea what I’m going to do when I get the bag out of The Cupboard Of Possibilities (other than knit a pair of socks, obviously) unless I left myself a note when I packed it up, it’s mainly decided round by round and is by turns fun and ever so slightly stressful. I started with this:
A mix of Opal and Made By Penguins yarn
And finished with a pair of socks to warm my eyes and my feet this winter!
This time I wove the ends in as I was knitting and I prefer it to the clasped weft join

I turned a leftover from someone else’s sock yarn pantry into these:
A mix of WYS ‘Poppy Seed’ (0600) and an unnamed indie-dyed yarn

And I’ve just started another pair from the CoP:
Opal Navy (9930) and the leftover from the socks in this post

Mini Archie has been keeping me hard at work, as usual:
Just bringing it downstairs doesn’t count as working on it, you knows *hard stare*



Linking up to the August Furtle 

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Sunday, 31 July 2022

Mini Archie’s July Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog

Furtle (v): to have a rummage or delve into the contents of something

Hello! It has been a verrrrrry busy month full of projects and it’s only when I gathered together the photos for this post that I realised just how much I’d done and also why I’m so very, very tired! (I have done very little else, as Mini Archie would tell you if I let him…)

Before I get to that (and yes, I have had to come back and add this in as I completely forgot to mention it, how did you know?), a mid-year progress report link up for Fettle Those Finishes is open until 17th August. I’ve written my progress report and also written a new list (thereby rewriting/ignoring the guidelines of my own linkup). The link up and progress report is here and my new list is here. We are a small but merry band and always welcome newcomers, no matter how short the list. (Mine isn’t short. It’s the opposite of short, in fact.) 

I finished a pair of socks for a friend that was well on the way last month but didn’t get shown as I wanted to surprise her with the arrival of them. She knew they were coming at some point (hopefully before winter set in) as she bought the skein  but I’d finished those rainbow stripe socks before I’d put her skein in the cupboard so onto the swift it went. 

Yarn is Coastal Colours in a baby alpaca/silk/cashmere mix - it’s like knitting with a cloud.
(Which is a good thing, just in case you were wondering.)

I then moved onto another pair and Mr Random Number Generator chose this for me:


I’ll admit that my heart sank a little at his choice, this wasn’t my favourite combination when I was assembling scrappy sock ‘kits’ from the leftovers box but then I started knitting them and soon fell in love. (I used the clasped weft join for these as there was no way I’d be darning in all the ends.)

After all, who couldn’t love a pair of spog socks?

What are spogs? These sweets from liquorice allsorts. And yes, I did buy some for this photo. (And also because I’d been craving them the entire time I was knitting the socks.)

In between knitting (which is usually an evening activity unless I find a film I want to watch on an afternoon I’m awake), I’ve been making Lou Box tops. Several of them (I really was desperate for summer tops (I had none) so every time I finished one, I could go a day longer before putting the washer on!  

After making the toile and wearing it for a bit, I dropped the front neck half an inch (and then another quarter after the elephant top) and dropped the sleeve seam half an inch (on each piece so an inch in total) to make a deeper sleeve. These tweaks solved all the issues in the toile bar the bobbling, which has already begun in earnest. 

In the order they were made, may I present the top parade *drum roll*

Fabric is a cotton jersey and was from Pound Fabrics - it was a delight to sew
I added another three inches to the pattern (which made eight extra inches in total) but didn’t need two of them so instead of cutting
it off, I created an extra deep hem with two rows of twin stitching and I love it!
A viscose jersey which is now out of stock. Bit of a pain to cut out, lovely to sew and lovely to wear. I’ve since replaced the neck band as I wasn’t
happy with the way I’d applied it and it’s now grey. (If you’re going to make a change that takes all afternoon, may as well make it one you notice!)
Cotton jersey from Minerva - a pain to cut out*, a joy to sew and wear. (*The printed pattern wasn’t straight at the edges which made
life difficult. As a result, this 
has a 1” hem as I had to shift pieces over to get the print right and so couldn’t quite fit both on without lopping
a bit off the bottom of each one)
Viscose jersey from Minerva
Another viscose jersey from Minerva.
*bows* *acknowledges applause*

That now takes me halfway down the pile of jersey in the Cupboard Of Possibilities so hopefully there’ll be another top parade next month.

Mini Archie and Billy have been patrolling the garden for slugs and snails (although one did get through and munched its way through two pots of sunflowers…) as well as keeping me working hard on sewing tops and knitting socks. 
I doesn’t know why you is sitting out here, you has work to be getting on wif. Get back to it *stern face* *points inside*

Linking up to the July Furtle 

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