Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Mini Archie's December Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog

Hello!  Welcome to the December Furtle, which is also acting as (if you wish and only if you wish) a 2019 Round Up Furtle - a dual purpose Furtle, if you like.

This month has been an odd one for making, but let's see what I can pull out of the archives. (Is it just me who can't quite believe that the beginning of December was only 30 days ago? It feels more like it might have been 90 days ago but, at the same time, I don't know where December has gone...)

I've already blogged about the penguin hot water bottle cover and two rope baskets (haven't quite managed the third one of those I was hoping, but there's still time left in the quarter, even if there isn't time left in the year!) I've made this month (which feels like it happened last month, at the very least), but I made a last-minute Christmas present for my niece:

I bought the fabric from here, the zip from my usual place, and used a combination of this tutorial for straight-sided pouches (which means you know exactly how long the base will be before you start as well as having straight sides (they're straight when the zip is fully open)) and the zip and binding method from Lola pouch to make this knitting project pouch, which will fit 30cm straight needles.  My niece loved it!  She opened it and admired it and then set it aside to open something else (although she did keep putting small presents in it to keep them safe).  Later, I said something about it being designed to fit her knitting needles and she asked how I knew.  I replied that her daddy had sent me a link to the pair he'd bought her and she said 'Wait! You MADE this?!! Wow!'  Mission accomplished!

I've also made two more LV blocks:

I promise these are the same plain fabrics as the other blocks! Different camera and little to no daylight does odd things...

And that's the extent of my December making! 

It does mean, though, that in 2019 I've:

Hand pieced twenty-three LV blocks
Spot the two taken with a different camera!

Knitted eleven pairs of socks, one hat, and one scarf

Made six pouches, assorted

Made two penguin hot water bottle covers

Hand pieced (and machine quilted) one runner

Machined two rope baskets

And re-quilted one quilt

I'll be honest, I thought quite a few of those had been done last year!

Linking up to the December Furtle 

If you're linking up, please add a link (one per person, please, unless you wish to split your Furtling into separate December and 2019 Reviewed posts) 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/year (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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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 11th January; if you're seeing this post after this date, I'm afraid you can't link up to the December Furtle, but you can link next month if you like.

Happy New Year!  Thank you for all the Furtling through the year (we will be back as usual in January), I hope 2020 is a wonderful year for you and yours xx

We hopes 2020 is a year full of luffly spiffingness and SNOW!

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019

FAL Finish: Medium Rope Basket

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Item sixteen on my Q4 FAL list was a medium-sized rope basket to keep a pair of shoes/boots in - it's a tiny porch and I'm sick of tripping over my shoes on the doormat!

As you can see, it's a bit mis-shapen and coggly, but the fact that it's rope and so doesn't hold its shape* works in my favour, I think. Also, it's never seen from the side (the porch is too small for that unless you touch your toes and look three inches in front of your nose) and it looks less coggly in real life, I think.

Here it is with the small one, where the shape (or lack of it) is much more obvious.  (As is the fact that one hank of rope was clearly a slightly different shade!)  It has 80m of rope in it, about 1000m of thread (I lost count!) and took quite a while to make.  It also involved lots of wrestling and sewing with my head (or half of it) in the basket so I could actually see the foot. 

All I need to do now is turn the remaining hanks into a basket to store quilts in in the front room.  That one will be seen from the side (and from across the room), so I'm going to have to work harder on getting the shape even.  I have a couple of ideas and am going to try them on a small one first so I don't waste thread, electricity, energy and time on an idea which doesn't work. I may be some time!

Mini Archie thought you might need an idea of scale (like the size 8 Docs weren't enough to show you how large it it!) so here he is posing:

Just fink about how many Teacayks you could fit in there...

Thanks for popping in!

*It does stand up by itself, whether empty or full, it's just that because the sides aren't rigid (by choice), the shape is slightly altered each time, say, a full shopping bag leans against it and I think that allows me to get away with the coggle. Or so I tell myself because there's no way I'm unpicking it and starting again!

FAL Finish: Small Rope Basket

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Item fifteen on my Q4 FAL list was a small rope basket to keep my keys in.  This is the first rope basket/bowl I've made and although it's not perfect (and that's one of the appeals of them, I think), I'm quite pleased with how it looks. I used a piece of navy leather to hide the end and it's definitely something I'd do again, probably with a bit more finesse!

It's the perfect size for my keys - small enough to be unobtrusive, but large enough to fit a couple of sets of keys in and not have to fish around.
Aurifil spool for scale

I had enough rope left from the (20m) hank (this one, from Yorkshire Trading) to make a small mat for the porch windowsill - these elephants (made from recycled pop tins) have always lived on it, but their feet leave grey marks on the paint, so it was either make something for them to stand on or paint their feet with varnish (probably the nail rather than wood variety!).  However, someone has spotted its potential as a summer wigwam mat:
We finks this would be most acceptable for lying and sitting on in summer so we will claim it in May.

Thanks for popping in!  I hope your FAL list finishes are going well?

Saturday, 7 December 2019

FAL Finish: Penguin Hot Water Bottle Cover

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Item fourteen on my Q4 FAL list was a hot water bottle cover for my niece.  I made one for myself earlier in the year which my niece saw and fell in love with.  Here's mine:

For hers, I decided on a slightly different approach as mine is quite difficult to get the bottle in and out of (I should have added more than 1.5" all round when drawing round the hot water bottle, particularly round the neck!) so I thought a pouch style would be easier.

Here's the penguin:

Here he is with the background added:

Here he is with the echo quilting (five rounds was more than enough for me so I embroidered over some of the background stars with dark blue coton a broder but that's in the next picture, not this one):

And here he is finished:

I added poppers to the flap to made it easy to open/close and now want to add them to everything!  

Here's how it looks with a(n empty) hot water bottle in it:

All in all, I'm really pleased with it and would definitely make a cover like this again, it was much easier than all that shaping round the neck and, after quite a lot of dithering and measuring of empty and full hot water bottles, it fits really well - snug enough to not wibble-wobble about in it, but roomy enough to be easy to get in and out.  In case you want to make one (and in case I lose my piece of paper with the measurements on it!), here are the dimensions I cut the front and back panels after quilting:

Front panel: 10.25" x 14"

Back panel: 10.25" x 18.25"

Binding (double fold (like on a quilt) cut on the bias): 2.625", but I'd cut it at 2.75" in future as four layers of wadding (two in each panel) and four layers of fabric end up being quite bulky and an extra 1/8" of an inch would have been useful when sewing down on the back.

Someone was convinced the cover was for them:
This is a verrrrrry cosy sleeping bag, fanks for making it for us.  What does you mean, it's not for us? *tuts*

Thanks for popping in!

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