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Mini Archie’s November Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog

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

Hello! ET has led me on a merry dance this month (there was a very brief moment where I wondered whether I should just set fire to it, such was the feeling) but I think we’ve come to an understanding. More of that in a moment.

I finished the soft-as-a-cloud socks for my friend Trudi and they fit, which is always a bit of relief. Particularly with a sock yarn with such a different row gauge from my usual sock yarns. She wanted double length cuffs so she could fold them over, which is why they look so much longer than other cuffs.

Yarn is a 4ply alpaca, silk and cashmere from Coastal Colours

I made another pair, this time for me, and had a bit of a needle disaster mid round:

Yarn is seaglass tonal (high twist) from Mothy & The Squid

And started some for presents (I have four pairs to knit, two of which need to be finished by the end of the year)
Yarn is Opal Rainforest 17 colour way 11095 ‘Referee’

And ET and I made friends and agreed that hand quilting was the answer. Before we reached this agreement, I took it to a friend’s (after I’d unpicked all the lines, then pressed and starched and re pressed each side of each layer of each corner on my wobbly ironing board) and she helped me to pin the hell out of one corner, but when we turned it over to check the wrinkles wouldn’t happen again (we ran our finger along where the line would be quilted), we found that it was going to wrinkle, so my pinning/backing tension hadn’t been at fault last month). We spent the next few hours trying to come up with a different quilting plan which didn’t run along the bias of the front and backing (which is what we think might be causing the problem) and eventually found one we liked. I came home, marked out one corner and…it didn’t work. For some reason, I couldn’t get things to line up and be even right across. I marked out a few other plans and didn’t like them either. Then it hit me that hand quilting might be the answer. After spending quite a while tacking each corner (closer together than usual to help mitigate any residual shift), I did the first two lines and there weren’t  any wrinkles between them on the back. Hooray! I’ve now done six lines so am about a third of the way there on the first corner. I’ve had to let go of any expectation that ET will be finished by the end of the year (hand quilting through Warm&White in black thread on a black fabric isn’t the fastest way to hand quilt), but at least now I know it will be finished at some point, and not by being transformed into ash. 

(Any wrinkles are from it being in the hoop and are temporary.)

Mini Archie has been enjoying the autumn colours as well as bossing me around:

Linking up to the November Furtle 

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  1. Oh, what a brilliant idea to hand quilt! Hope MA is providing treats to keep you nourished and making progress. Love all the socks!!! They sound wonderful and soft. Waves warmed pompoms!!!

    1. Why didn’t I think of it sooner, though?! Although I do get to stay cosy while doing it, so that’s a bonus. I’m not getting many treats but I am getting plenty of prods and ‘encouragement’ and I’m hoping for an illicit pompom wave when each corner is finished. Thanks for the pompoms *admiring face*

    2. For hand quilting, you should definitely get a milestone pompom wave for each corner!!! Staying cozy is good! Great job!!!

    3. I’m pleased you said that, Mini Archie might listen now!

    4. Oh, I do hope he does listen. Hand sewing takes so much more concentration and focus. It's a big deal to finish a large area!!! We have pompoms ready here when you reach those milestones! *rustles pompoms*


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