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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.

<p style="text-align:center"><a href=""><img src="" 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 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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  1. What a lot of socks! and i adore your penguin hot water bottle covers. This will be my only link party now the FAL is no longer linking! so many thanks for hosting. And a very happy 2020 when it comes xx

  2. Your 2019 projects are wonderful!!! Love the variety. It takes a lot of work to hand-sew! 2019 was the first time I ever hand pieced anything and I love it, but it does take me a long time. I will figure out how I want to Furtle in the next 2 days with only 1-Jan off from work. So proud of you for getting both Penguin hot water bottle covers done. So glad your niece was more impressed when she found out you made the bag for her and her new knitting needles, it's awesome!!! I, too, am shocked that it's the end of December, 2019, and another decade today. Wishing you a Happy New Year and looking forward to continuing the Furtle with you and the gang next year!!!

    1. Hand piecing is slow, but that’s one of the reasons I love it - it’s a bit like a drive along country lanes rather than on the motorway. Both hand piecing and machine piecing are both sewing, but one is, for me, a more enjoyable and relaxed journey!

  3. You have had such a productive year Helen, and with a great variety of projects too.
    Wishing you well for 2020 and look forward to seeing more of your makes. xx

  4. Happy New Year! Nearly missed the link up... You've done so well with your hand sewn blocks. Well done. Love the penguins too :-)


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