Monday, 31 May 2021

Mini Archie’s May Furtle Around The Blogosphere

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

Hello! (To coincide with the sun appearing, my laptop has decided that it’ll hide all text in file explorer so I’m writing this post on my tablet; this post may be a little, um, disheveled as a result…)

This month, I taught myself to use TouchDraw with the help of the instruction pages available and Lynne’s marvellous tutorials and am ready to start prepping my next hand piecing project as soon as I’ve finished ET Phone Home. As machine quilting and prepping hand piecing are both things which I do in the afternoon, I decided that it would be prudent to tackle ET first. That way, I’ll get to have a clear table and will avoid much tutting from the tiny felty fella. I’ve started quilting ET and, as expected, quilting in the ditch with black thread on a black with white dots fabric is hard on the eyes. Just another few hundred metres to go…


As I haven’t got any hand piecing to do in the evenings, I’ve been knitting socks. I finished the pair I started last month:

Yarn is Regia Pairfect Rainbow (01735)

Then I knitted another pair, one from the outside of the ball and one from the inside so they’re ‘fraternal’ socks:

Yarn is WYS Brightside (874)

And another pair:

Yarn is Into The Forest by Mothy And The Squid, a present from Janey at The Tartan Reel

And I got the neatest toes I’ve ever managed by doing tricks one and two in this article 


And then I knitted another pair of fraternal socks:
Self-striping yarn by Stray Cat Socks

And I might have started another pair after buying a grab bag from Made By Penguins
Yarn is Neon Flamingo by Made By Penguins

Let’s just say I’ve been watching quite a lot of NCIS and Law&Order (original and Criminal Intent)! And rewatching Death In Paradise from the start on iPlayer. And putting micropore (at least three layers) on my left index finger before I pick up the needles as I’m sick of knitting holes in it - works a treat!

Mini Archie has been keeping me on my toes:
So, BC, tell I about the progress you has been making wif the ET quilting *hard stare*

As well as looking impossibly cute during his daily Where’s Mini Archie? games:
What is I doing? Hanging round looking handsome!


Linking up to the May Furtle 

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Friday, 30 April 2021

Mini Archie's April Furtle Around The Blogosphere

 

Archie The Wonder Dog

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

Hello! I started the month by casting on a new sock:


but quickly ended up knitting a split/hole in my left index finger (I push the needle back through with the tip of my finger and those needles are sharp so repeatedly doing it ends up being quite painful) so I put down the knitting and picked up the hand piecing.  I joined four blocks together into one big block: 


Then another one, doubling my hand piecing from last month:


And another:

And another:
And another, until all the single blocks were combined into big blocks:
Did I stop there? I did not, I carried on until all the big blocks were joined into one massive piece, which is the lower half of the top:


And then this happened:


Yes, a finished top! I can't quite believe it, I must admit.

I gave the final seam (across the middle) a press before taking this picture but couldn't face pressing the whole quilt again (each block was starched and pressed as it was finished, then again each time it was joined into a bigger block) when it's going to be folded away in a cupboard until I get the backing and wadding sorted. As you can see, there are lots of creases across it and they're from the way I organised the two halves to make them easier to manage when sewing that final seam. I folded each half up, wrong sides in (to protect the raw edges from further fraying), and then clipped them to keep them in place. I then pinned the intersections (and halfway between) on each block as I came to it (pinning the whole seam before starting is unnecessary and increases the risk of being attacked by pins): 


And then for one final hurrah, I traced all the Gnoma Clauses I have left over from making the front of my Winterkist quilt, so that I can attempt to work out what to do with them on the back. I was just going to trace the outline, but they looked a little odd (and were offended that I didn't want to take their whole portrait) so they ended up looking like ghost Gnomas instead:

I have a few more, but they're all repeats of Gnomas I have here (and are all grey) so I'm thinking of just having unique
Gnomas on the back.
 I'll see what I think when I lay them out, which will happen once I've flattened them all.


Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going for a lie down while I recover from the shock of all that hand piecing - I ended up sewing a hole in my other index finger, at least I have a matching pair now!

A lie down?  I doesn't fink so, you has loads of fings which still need doing. 


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Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Mini Archie's March Furtle Around The Blogosphere


Archie The Wonder Dog

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


Hello! Spring has sprung!! At the start of the month, I looked at my photos of the garden from the start of lockdown last year (most of which contain Mini Archie hiding in various spots) and couldn't believe the difference in how much green there was in them.  I looked at the garden and didn't think it would be anywhere near by the time the 24th (one year anniversary of Mini Archie's first Lockdown Hide) came round, but it is almost there and it's lovely to look out of the window and see the fresh spring green. And with the cheery thought of plants springing into life, let's look at what I've made this month:


I finished the pair of socks I was knitting last time:

You may notice that neither sock looks exactly like the finished one I showed last month, and that's because I got halfway down the foot of the second sock and ran out of yarn! So I unpicked the toe of the first one and pulled it back to give me enough yarn to get to the same point on the second sock and then added contrast toes to both. As I couldn't decide which colour to pick, I chose both, one on each sock.  After wearing them, I realised they were too long in the foot (this yarn has knitted up a little larger than the sock wool I've used in the past) so unpicked the toes, ripped them and some of the foot back and then re-knitted them.  It's a good job the main yarn is lovely to knit, I think I've knitted at least four socks to get to two finished ones which fit!  Fortunately, they now fit beautifully so I'm not expecting to be doing any pulling out in the near future. Phew!


I laid out the blocks for my Summersville quilt, months after finishing the final one, and found an arrangement I'm happy with:


I also layered and pinned ET:

And found a space for it in the Cupboard Of Possibilities, where it will live until I deign to quilt it. The thread is on its way, so that might be sooner than I expect.  I doubt it, but it might be!

I finished another pair of socks:

And joined (a measly) four scrappy trip blocks together. Must do better:

As ever, I have my own personal overseer:

I finked you sayed you might get the lower half of Scrappy Trip joined together by Easter?
Best stop loitering out here *points inside* and get cracking *stern face*


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Sunday, 28 February 2021

Mini Archie's February Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog

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

Hello! I thought I hadn't done much sewing or knitting this month, but when I gathered photos together, it seems I've done a lot more than I realised.  This seems to be a recurring theme... 

I got half a quilt top joined!! 


I honestly thought I'd carry on and have the other half at least started, but I haven't picked up a needle since. Maybe it's because it's a new needle and the old one needs time to instruct it and check its training is up to snuff? Here's the old needle, which has pieced all of this quilt so far and which has agreed to accept an emeritus position in the pin cushion:


I finished the pair of socks for a friend:

Yarn is Party Dress by Made By Penguins

And I finished a sock for me, this time I did an extra two sets of p/k for the heel flap to (hopefully) create more toom across the instep and reinforced the heel turn:


I did reinforce the sole as well, but it turns out that the difference in row gauge between the reinforced section and the stocking stitch section makes it turn out like a banana.  Not only that, but the top of the foot was more than a centimetre longer than the sole. Had I kept knitting, I think I could have made a sock foot where the toe touched the back of the heel...

It's a good job I like this wool, as this sock began to feel as though it didn't want to be finished.  I'm now halfway down the cuff of its pair and, with any luck, it'll be finished by the next Furtle. 


The decorator came and painted the sewing room. Once I'd moved back in, I used chalk paint (for the first time) to paint the (previously painted) chest of drawers which live in there. It's safe to say I wasn't at all enamoured after the first two coats, but another two coats later (and having ditched the roller for a brush), I'm much happier with it. Now it's had time to cure, it feels quite sturdy and I'm hoping it lasts as long as the previous paint did. (About thirteen years!)


These drawers started out white, have been various different shades since then and now I've made them white again. They were bought from a shop called Disco, where my  brother (as a tiny tot in arms) once pulled a tin of paint off the shelf and it exploded all over the floor. I wonder if we ever went back?! I don't know if you can make it out, but the walls are painted a very pale pink and when the sun streams in the window, it makes the room lovely and cosy.  The next step is flooring (I've chosen it but the chap is booked until May) and a huge Ikea order (once I can get a delivery slot) and then finding someone to put up shelves.  Then I can move everything out of my bedroom and back in here!

Spring definitely feels like it's about to appear:
Isn't these flowers luffly? Aunty Hazel sended them frough the post a couple
 of years ago and we finks of her each time we sees them *waves at Aunty Hazel*


Linking up to the February Furtle 


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Sunday, 31 January 2021

Mini Archie's January Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog

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


Hello! I think January 2021 has surely been the longest January since records began! However, it's meant I've got a surprising amount of stuff done since the December Furtle - I hadn't realised how much until I came to sort photos for this post because the beginning of January feels so long ago that I thought they'd been done last year.

I finished the socks for Mam:
Pink yarn is WYS Sarsaparilla, patterned is from Made By Penguins

And knitted a pair for me, although I've technically finished these twice as the first time round I'd somehow made the feet a tad short so had to pull back the toes and add a few rounds before redoing the toe. They fit perfectly now, thank goodness.
Yarn is Aqua by Made By Penguins

And I cast on another two socks for me:


I also cast on another sock last night but as they're for a friend and she wants a surprise (she saw the yarn when she bought it, obviously, but has no idea what it'll look like knitted up) so I can't show you until they're finished and on her feet.


I finished the Winterkist top and now need to come up with a plan for the back which uses as many of the spare tomtes as possible - I see a lot of appliqué in my future!


I laid out the scrappy trip blocks, quickly discovered I preferred the 6x8 layout to the 7x8 one I was making for and then spent quite a while laying them all out and deciding which eight blocks I like the least. (I originally planned for 48 blocks but then had enough of the plains to make another eight blocks so I made them without further thought. I should have sketched it out first! The spares will become big cushions for the conservatory so all is not lost.) There's no photo of the blocks laid out because it was too big for the floor in the front room and so too big to get a decent picture. I've labelled all the blocks and am currently sewing them into fours - I've done five so far (but they haven't yet taken themselves to the iron):





And number six is halfway there:

We had a surprise delivery from Just Sew Now which Mini Archie promptly claimed:
These will make spiffing tents and sleeping bags for when we camps out by the sunflowers in the garden
 to protect them from Pirates (and slugs and birds) *beams* Fankoo, Aunty Eleanor!


And, just to round off the month, I've emptied* the sewing room (but, fortunately, not The Cupboard Of Possibilities (previously known as The Cupboard Of Doom)) ready for the decorator coming tomorrow  (I'm going to stay with Mam for a few days to make it safer):

*Well, almost emptied - there are bits, like the drawers, which I can't move until the morning and two bookcases which he'll have to work round because there's nowhere for them to go.

I also need to choose new flooring as the carpet now doesn't fit the floor space (CoP is slightly shorter than CoD so I've been left with a bare strip) and I'm thinking about a patterned lino - I'll see what the chap has when I ring him for a quote. I had been going to book him for the week after next so I didn't have to empty the room (yet) again, but I decided that two different workmen in the house in under a fortnight wasn't sensible given the current infection rates and so I'm waiting.  The upside is that it gives me more time to sand and paint the drawers, which I'll definitely need as I've only got as far as removing the handles, buying the paint and locating the sandpaper!


Phew, no wonder I'm jiggered!

Never mind jiggered, no lying down in the winter sunshine for you until those socks is on feets, those blocks is
all joined together in one big lump and the drawers is painted. Then you can buy the shelfs you has beed
promising I for monfs and find a handyman to put them up. I finks we might need new quilts and beds
 to celebrate our new home...



Linking up to the January 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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