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Mini Archie's October Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog

Hello!  How is it the end of October?!  I mean, really, where does the time go?!  This month I have been very diligent:

I finished the third and fourth pairs of socks from my Made By Penguins lucky dip.  Here they all are together:

Another four LV blocks have been made:

A pair of socks in double knitting yarn (very quick to knit up) have been finished, albeit with a slight adjustment as this is all the yarn I had left after finishing knitting the second sock:
I don't care how good you are at Kitchener stitch, that is not enough yarn to do it!
(There was a grand total of 13" left from the fist ball - one length of 8" and one of 5")

After doing a bit of pondering, I decided to pull back the final 'knit to the end of the third needle' round and the last needle of the previous round (so one whole round just not, technically, the same round!) and that left me with enough yarn to graft the toe closed:
They don't match because, as you've seen, there wasn't enough yarn!

This is item 18 on my Q4 FAL list and I will be linking up when the time comes.
The other thing I've been working on this month, and you might need to sit down for this news, is a long-term resident on my FAL list:
(Those of you with very (very) long memories will already know this!) These are going to become the alternate blocks between the embroidered Summersville blocks (must get back to writing and typing up those remaining block stories...) and will be, after a quite a bit of pressing and lots more sewing, nine patches. This quilt will make it off the list! At some point...

Well that's me done for the month, how did you get on?

Mini Archie got a wonderful parcel this week after apparently placing an order with his chum Pearl Mouse on instagram who assists the very talented Jackie of Brownshandmade:

It's Chriiiiiiiiiiiiiistmas!!!  *does a jig*  *stops*  What does you mean, not yet?!! *tuts*

Linking up to the October Furtle 

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  1. Oh bravo!! You have been most industrious indeed! *claps hands enthusiastically* *pokes Kermit* Yaaaay! *Kermit flail*
    I *love* those socks, and would love to go back to sock knitting but I have glittens to finish (those fingerless gloves that have an extra mitten top you can flip off and on as reqd?) and a hat to knit, well, 2 hats really, but...
    Your 4 LV blocks are all so varied--it's going to be a wonderful quilt, I can tell!
    Ooooo--the pez prints!! Can it be true?? ;-) Magnifico!
    MIni Archie's decorations are splendiferous. I'm wonderng how long the real biccies would last if I tied some onto my (fake) Fir wreath. And if the Mr would get me Sectioned if i did... (Hmm, does he know about Sectioning under the MH Act?)
    I have my post ready to go, once I add MA's linkie. :D xx

  2. I love how festive Mini Archie looks - he must really love Christmas! Love your socks too. Its so easy to think that given the amount left with 4 ply sock yarn after knitting a pair of socks that DK yarn would be able to yield a pair easily but just with a little less to spare you've shown how much less there actually is! I've done DK once but it was a solid colour rather than self striping but the upside is they are quick to knit!

  3. Super productive!! All those socks 😍 I'm surprised mini Archie isn't dressed for Halloween - or maybe he is! 😀

  4. Your socks are fabulous! as are you xxx

  5. Your blocks are so wonderfully pieced. love those socks, they are so soft and pretty! Little Archie looks very festive, but he is a bit early, no? :)


  6. Beautiful socks and well done for managing to finish without enough yard. You'll get this quilt finish in no time now!

  7. Your socks are so attractive. What a great job! *waves pompoms* Great job on the LV blocks and progress on the Summersville alternate blocks!!! Woo hoo!!!

  8. You are a sock making machine! Well done on such a productive month. I am really looking forward to seeing progress on your Summersville quilt.

  9. I'm so pleased you managed to sort out the toe of that naughty sock - good thinking! It worked really well too, and just adds to the uniqueness of the pair. And I'm intrigued by your Summersville quilt; that sounds very interesting so good luck. And all those lovely LV blocks - so many seams to join but so satisfying. They look great. MA looks suitably chuffed with his Christmas gifts; we just hope he doesn't burn himself out too early! 🤣🤣🤣 Happy November xxx

    1. Knitting with bated breath is less fun than when you absolutely know you have enough yarn, but dk socks knit up so quickly that my breath wasn't bated for long!

      I've made Mini Archie put away all the Christmas stuff until it's December...


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