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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 been a busy month and, for once, the busy hasn’t all been knitting. There has been some knitting, though. I finished the socks I’d started last month:
Yarn is one of the gobstopper range by Easy Knits which I bought in a destash
I knitted a pair for a friend:
Yarn is Purple Nimbus by Made By Penguins and the pattern is the 
soon-to-be released Chestnut Bark Socks by Mrs Moog

And started another pair for a different friend:
Yarn is an alpaca, silk and cashmere mix from Coastal Colours
And I quilted (and quilted and quilted) ET, under the watchful eye of Mini Archie (who soon moved once I pressed the foot pedal!)

But, although it looks fine on the front (just how I hoped, actually), I’m not happy with how the corners look on the back. I quilted three of them using the quilting bar on my walking foot and the third one had nineteen lines rather than eighteen so a tiny misalignment) had added up across the corner. I measured the gaps between the lines on the other two corners and some were spot on and others off (with hindsight, I should have used the quilting bar to quilt lines every 3” and then gone in between rather than quilting every 1.5” as the errors wouldn’t have multiplied quite as much) so I unpicked all three, unpinned the fourth, marked all the 3” and 6” lines using a chalk marker (which kept breaking) and then re pinned and re quilted them. When I turned it over, I saw there were drag marks between the lines, particularly between the longest ones. I unpicked the longest line in three corners and redid them (after polishing my extension table with Mr Sheen to reduce drag) but I’m still not happy. This is the worst corner:

I think that when I re pinned the corners after marking, I didn’t have the back under sufficient tension and now I’m going to have to quilt the dratted things for the third time. After all, what’s another few weeks when you’ve been making the thing since 2016?! 

Let’s just say Mini Archie isn’t going to let me out any time soon:
I will allow you a five minute break but then I wants to see that sharp unpicking Stick
back in your hand. Don’t sigh at I like that, you knows it will be worf it in the end *firm face*

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  1. What a beautiful quilt. I've made a few lap quilts but would love to make a larger one.

  2. Beautiful socks and gorgeous quilt

  3. Oh, look at the amazing progress! So sorry you are having to re-quilt again, but it will totally be worth it!!! Love the gorgeous socks.

    1. Thank you! And yes, those corners are proving to be a right s*d! I’ve now got a different plan so watch this space.

  4. I love all your socks and your quilt really is beautiful. I'm sorry to hear the quilting has been troublesome. It's really annoying when that happens. I hope it goes smoothly now :)


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