Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Mini Archie’s August Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog

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

Hello! I am, once again, unsure about where the month has gone. Scarily, I’m also unsure about how it’s almost September and so putting us two thirds of the way through the year. For many of us, September always feels more like the time of year you get a fresh start (new exercise books, freshly sharpened pencils and all that) and one of our band is getting a fresh start all of their very own: Happy retirement, Sheila!

Compared to starting retired life, what I’ve been up to seems dull by comparison, but I shall plough on. First up is (yet) another Lou Box top, this time in a dachshund cotton jersey from a local sells-everything-from-car-oil-to-fabric emporium. I can’t find it online in this colour, but here it is in black. (Yes, I am tempted, why do you ask?)
And another one, this time in a cotton jersey from Empress Mills 
(And I’m working on a pink version which didn’t want to be photographed déshabillé…)

I’ve knitted a pair of socks (well, more than one but this is the first pair) - these were started last month but missed photo day and were very miffed…
Yarn is from Made By Penguins who are having a mystery skein sale - run!

I knitted up the second of the scrappy sock ‘kits’ I assembled from my sock yarn leftovers in January. I generally have no idea what I’m going to do when I get the bag out of The Cupboard Of Possibilities (other than knit a pair of socks, obviously) unless I left myself a note when I packed it up, it’s mainly decided round by round and is by turns fun and ever so slightly stressful. I started with this:
A mix of Opal and Made By Penguins yarn
And finished with a pair of socks to warm my eyes and my feet this winter!
This time I wove the ends in as I was knitting and I prefer it to the clasped weft join

I turned a leftover from someone else’s sock yarn pantry into these:
A mix of WYS ‘Poppy Seed’ (0600) and an unnamed indie-dyed yarn

And I’ve just started another pair from the CoP:
Opal Navy (9930) and the leftover from the socks in this post

Mini Archie has been keeping me hard at work, as usual:
Just bringing it downstairs doesn’t count as working on it, you knows *hard stare*



Linking up to the August 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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Sunday, 31 July 2022

Mini Archie’s July Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog

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

Hello! It has been a verrrrrry busy month full of projects and it’s only when I gathered together the photos for this post that I realised just how much I’d done and also why I’m so very, very tired! (I have done very little else, as Mini Archie would tell you if I let him…)

Before I get to that (and yes, I have had to come back and add this in as I completely forgot to mention it, how did you know?), a mid-year progress report link up for Fettle Those Finishes is open until 17th August. I’ve written my progress report and also written a new list (thereby rewriting/ignoring the guidelines of my own linkup). The link up and progress report is here and my new list is here. We are a small but merry band and always welcome newcomers, no matter how short the list. (Mine isn’t short. It’s the opposite of short, in fact.) 

I finished a pair of socks for a friend that was well on the way last month but didn’t get shown as I wanted to surprise her with the arrival of them. She knew they were coming at some point (hopefully before winter set in) as she bought the skein  but I’d finished those rainbow stripe socks before I’d put her skein in the cupboard so onto the swift it went. 

Yarn is Coastal Colours in a baby alpaca/silk/cashmere mix - it’s like knitting with a cloud.
(Which is a good thing, just in case you were wondering.)

I then moved onto another pair and Mr Random Number Generator chose this for me:


I’ll admit that my heart sank a little at his choice, this wasn’t my favourite combination when I was assembling scrappy sock ‘kits’ from the leftovers box but then I started knitting them and soon fell in love. (I used the clasped weft join for these as there was no way I’d be darning in all the ends.)

After all, who couldn’t love a pair of spog socks?

What are spogs? These sweets from liquorice allsorts. And yes, I did buy some for this photo. (And also because I’d been craving them the entire time I was knitting the socks.)

In between knitting (which is usually an evening activity unless I find a film I want to watch on an afternoon I’m awake), I’ve been making Lou Box tops. Several of them (I really was desperate for summer tops (I had none) so every time I finished one, I could go a day longer before putting the washer on!  

After making the toile and wearing it for a bit, I dropped the front neck half an inch (and then another quarter after the elephant top) and dropped the sleeve seam half an inch (on each piece so an inch in total) to make a deeper sleeve. These tweaks solved all the issues in the toile bar the bobbling, which has already begun in earnest. 

In the order they were made, may I present the top parade *drum roll*

Fabric is a cotton jersey and was from Pound Fabrics - it was a delight to sew
I added another three inches to the pattern (which made eight extra inches in total) but didn’t need two of them so instead of cutting
it off, I created an extra deep hem with two rows of twin stitching and I love it!
A viscose jersey which is now out of stock. Bit of a pain to cut out, lovely to sew and lovely to wear. I’ve since replaced the neck band as I wasn’t
happy with the way I’d applied it and it’s now grey. (If you’re going to make a change that takes all afternoon, may as well make it one you notice!)
Cotton jersey from Minerva - a pain to cut out*, a joy to sew and wear. (*The printed pattern wasn’t straight at the edges which made
life difficult. As a result, this 
has a 1” hem as I had to shift pieces over to get the print right and so couldn’t quite fit both on without lopping
a bit off the bottom of each one)
Viscose jersey from Minerva
Another viscose jersey from Minerva.
*bows* *acknowledges applause*

That now takes me halfway down the pile of jersey in the Cupboard Of Possibilities so hopefully there’ll be another top parade next month.

Mini Archie and Billy have been patrolling the garden for slugs and snails (although one did get through and munched its way through two pots of sunflowers…) as well as keeping me working hard on sewing tops and knitting socks. 
I doesn’t know why you is sitting out here, you has work to be getting on wif. Get back to it *stern face* *points inside*

Linking up to the July 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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Thursday, 7 July 2022

Fettle Those Finishes! Progress Reports


Hello, and welcome to Fettle Those Finishes! 

For those of you wondering what on earth 'fettle' means, it's one of those words which can mean different things. You can be in fine fettle (good health and feeling perky), you can fettle clay before firing (less of a dialect word, more of a technical one, that) and you can sort out/mend something or get it ready.  You might 'fettle that cupboard once and for all' (give it a good sort out), you might 'fettle the tension on that sewing machine' (fix it) or you might 'give it a fettle' (get it ready). For this, I'm using the 'sort out' definition as we're going to give our project list a good sort out and hopefully get some things crossed off. Flummoxed?  I do hope not!

As promised in the post at the start of the year, this is a progress link up so you can reflect on your progress (note that that doesn’t mean just finishes, it means any and all progress on your Fettling List). I’ve also written a new Fettling List, expanding the waiting list. All of that means that I’ve muddied the waters of my own link party so feel free to link a progress post and then a separate Fettling List if yours has significantly changed or just one type of post or a combined one, whichever of those options works best for you. If you’re new to Fettling, you can absolutely join now, don’t let missing half the year put you off rolling up your sleeves, having a good furtle through your projects and deciding which you want to make progress on by the end of the year.

My Progress Report

I finished ET Phone Home 


I’ve pinned the Summersville blocks into sets of three (and then had to put them away as I needed to make some summer tops and that’s my top priority at the moment as I was desperate (and that’s no exaggeration) for summer tops.

I’ve bought the backing for Winterkist and washed it (and washed it and washed it and…) to get rid of excess dye. I started to straighten the edges, realised I didn’t have a straight edge to work from (it’s fleece) and have put it away until a friend can help point me in the right direction when the weather cools down.

I’ve slightly altered the templates for Pointy Points quilt (waiting list) to remove a seam between blocks. (And I’ve bought a printer cartridge ready for printing templates onto freezer paper when the time comes.)

Verdict: a good start and steady progress. 

Updated Fettling List can be found here (it was very satisfying to be able to delete ET when I copied the list over to the new page!), feel free to goggle at the waiting list! (It’s still a ridiculously long list, even if it isn’t a Finish Along list.)

Now it’s your turn to link up! I’ll keep it open until 17th August as I forgot to mention it in the recent Furtle so you have plenty of time to write your report, make any alterations to your list (if relevant) and assemble photos and links, etc. I look forward to reading them!


Fettling rules:

Be kind. Be encouraging. Be honest.* 

* Don’t put things on your list you’d finished before the year started/your list was written, there’s no fun or honour in that. 

Your list can be as long or as short as you wish. My new list is the same format (everything I have under construction, all of which will remain on the list until they’re finished, and then a waiting list of things planned but not started). Remember that it’s your list, compile and use it as you wish. 

There are no prizes, just the pride of whittling down your list to something which doesn’t keep you awake at night and the sense of achievement which comes from finishing something and crossing it off a list. And also the satisfaction which comes from making progress on something, whether it’ll be finished this year or not.

Try to visit other links to encourage and celebrate, we’re a small group and one of the lovely things about that is that visiting each other, just like the Furtles.


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Thursday, 30 June 2022

Mini Archie’s June Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog

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

Hello! This month I have some actual finishes! My elbow is starting to feel better (still problematic but I’ve been able to knit, hooray!) and just this week I’ve started physio so I’m hoping to see/feel improvements in my arm by the next appointment at the end of July.

First up is this pair of socks which has been a long time in the knitting: 

Yarn is Fireworks by Must Stash, a present from a lovely friend

And I’ve finished the stripy top I was almost finished last month. Turns out I wasn’t as almost finished as I thought as I hemmed it and it was horribly fluted (and I mean horribly) so after a lot of unpicking, I added a band instead. As it turns out, this was a good thing as I love how it looks and I think it would have been too short without it, which is quite something given that I added 5” to the length! 
Pattern is Lou Box top by Sew DIY 

I’ve made some more adjustments to the pattern and got some jersey to make more (mostly stripes but with a couple of prints thrown in). I’m currently washing and drying them and need to iron at least one so I can get making the next as this one has barely been off my back!

As ever, Mini Archie has been prodding me into action:
I has time to smell the roses. You doesn’t. Back inside and get cracking *stern face*


Linking up to the June 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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Tuesday, 31 May 2022

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! This month has seen a slight improvement in my arm (and I have a physio appointment for the end of next month) so I’ve not only managed a bit of knitting on the slowest socks ever, but I’ve also been doing some dressmaking. 

This is how the socks look now (I’m at the heel):


As I mentioned, I’ve slowly been making a very simple summer top to see if it’s possible to whip up a few for this summer. Yes, summer is virtually here but at least I’ve made a start! Since the only shop I’ve found which sells tops properly designed for tall people closed, I’ve not managed to buy any summer tops and the few I do have are well past their best. So this summer is the one where I actually make some tops rather than just plan to. 

The pattern I chose from my pattern box is the Lou Box Top. (I have the old version with just a few size bands which was a gift from a friend but decided I didn’t need to buy the updated version as I could spend that money (and the cost of having it printed) on jersey for more tops.) I chose this pattern as it’s really simple and so would be faster to make: fewer pieces to cut out (three if, like me, you don’t want the pocket) and no sleeves to set in (which I know isn’t hard but it all takes time and therefore more of my limited energy). Plus, it looked like it might need less altering to get a good fit and it can be made in either woven or jersey which is handy. (Sew DIY now focus on designing patterns for tall people, just in case you’re also tall or sew for someone who is.)

I need to hem the sleeve and body and then I can lay it on the pattern pieces to trace the alterations I’ve made so the next one will (hopefully) need less faffing. 



Please feel free to admire the neckband, which went on perfectly at the first attempt. And the twin needle behaved. And the overlocker needed no adjustment to either the threading up or the tension and I had four cones of the same colour thread. Truly, a miracle has occurred. (And they’re probably saving up all their mischief for the next top, I know that and will try to accept it with grace when it happens...)


Mini Archie has been keeping me out of mischief, here he is admiring the progress of Mouse with his chum Billy:
Mouse has beed verrrrrry busy, why isn’t you doing the same? *stern face*


Linking up to the May 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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Thursday, 5 May 2022

ET Phone Home, Fettled!

Long, long (long) ago, I started a hand piecing project that I knew would be a long-term project. I had no idea just how long it would actually take.

It started when I saw a blog post by Lynne of Lily’s Quilts of her new block and I fell in love with it. Her blog is undergoing some renovation, so this follow up post to the initial one is only post I can find. And on that post, I left this comment:

Notice the date - such optimism!

I started (not long after Lynne’s post) by making a test block

(It was made into a mini quilt in June 2015)

I bought background fabric and furtled through my fabric boxes to find suitable prints and plains (and a lovely friend bought me some bright tone on tone fabrics at FOQ (or maybe the first Fat Quarterly retreat?) to supplement what I had) and by April 2013, I had this:


And by the start of June, I had my first block:


It took me eighteen months to finish the next block (isn’t it amazing how long things take to make when you’re not working on them? It’s a constant surprise) and by June 2015 I had a box of coloured triangles cut and marked, ready to piece. 

By April 2018, I had nine blocks so I was obviously getting into my stride (cutting the background into strips for each round of shapes and batch prepping the pieces made a huge difference to how quickly I could prep a block, which meant I was more likely to do it) and by June 2018, I had sixteen blocks which were sashed and joined. The original plan had been for thirty-five blocks but by 2018 (if not earlier), I knew that I wasn’t going to make all those so changed the plan - once I got to sixteen, I thought about whether I wanted to make another nine to get to twenty-five and the answer was no!

By late spring 2019, I had a finished top:


And then that summer I decided that I didn’t like the backing I’d bought for it a year or so before (it was pink and white and I realised I wanted to quilt in the ditches on the front and didn’t want to have to faff with black thread on the front and bright pink on the back), so in April 2020, I bought the backing from Olive + Flo Handcraft and by July I’d pieced the back (all those Zoom chats were ideal for hand sewing the two long seams):




And then I layered it and things sped up a little. Only kidding - stitching in the ditch round all those triangles took ages and I thought I’d never finish. All that turning and stuffing of a big quilt through a small harp space was warm work and, in the end, I had to wait for cooler weather. 

I finished quilting the middle and started the edges in October 2021 and that was when I really had to grit my teeth and concentrate on getting to the end: I quilted the corners and wasn’t happy with the spacing because three had eighteen lines quilted and the fourth had nineteen marked. So I pulled out three corners, re-marked all of them, quilted them and then turned the quilt over and saw the drag lines:

So I pulled them out again! I then misted and pressed all three layers of every corner and took it to a friend’s house so we could have a go at getting the back under enough tension so that I could re re quilt the lines. That didn’t work (fortunately, we decided to check it would work after tacking the first corner), and we spent the rest of the afternoon playing with lengths of thread trying to find a quilting design we liked. We found a couple so I spent the next couple of weeks marking them, discovering they didn’t work on all four corners (no idea why and I wasn’t in the mood to find out) and I didn’t like them anyway. Just as I was teetering on the edge of the pit of (project) despair and contemplating setting fire to the bl**dy thing, it occurred to me that hand quilting was an option and that the original straight lines might work as it’s a gentler process than machine quilting. So I tacked a corner, marked a few lines and got to work. I can’t tell you how relieved I was when I turned it over after those lines were done and didn’t see drag lines! 



Finally, in January 2022, I trimmed it

and attached the binding to the front. And then, by the middle of February, it was finished. You may be wondering why it’s taken until now to post about it? So am I, to be honest! But, when it’s taken nigh on a decade to make, why rush the blog post?! On a windy March day, I went to a friend’s house (the same friend who helped with the quilting plan when all felt lost) and pegged it on her line (I didn’t have anywhere big enough unless I laid it on the front lawn and leant out of the upstairs window to take photos. Given that I live on a windy street, I decided that wasn’t something to be undertaken without an assistant/weight so a friend’s washing line it was, which was much better all round) and tried to take photos in the split seconds between gusts of wind.





Quilt stats

(It’s been a loooooong time since I’ve done one of these!)

Name: ET Phone Home

Block designer: Lynne Goldsworthy 

Fabrics: Garden Dot (white on black) plus various plains, prints and Oakshott cottons

Pieced: by hand

Quilted: by machine and hand

Thread:  pieced in black Coats cotton, quilted in King Tut in ebony

Wadding: Warm & White

Backing: AGF from Olive + Flo Handcraft’s backing section (always worth a look!)

Block size: ~12”

Quilt size: ~78.5”

Started: May 2013

Finished: February 2022


Needless to say, Mini Archie has already lined up the next Fettling List project to concentrate on…

I finks it’s going to be Summersville until your arm is betterer
and then Winterkist once it’s up to doing quilting *benevolent face* 

Well done for getting to the end, even if you did scroll down to the finished quilt photos/video and then straight on to see Mini Archie!

Saturday, 30 April 2022

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’ve made some progress on my socks since last I furtled, I’m a way off a finished pair of socks, but I’m just glad I can do some knitting some days, even if it is only for a few minutes each time. My elbow and shoulder are still sore, but I think my elbow is a bit better than it was, which is nice.

After putting up with watching telly and only watching telly (that’s harder than you think - what do other people do while watching telly if they don’t sew or knit? Eat sweets?!), I decided to see if I could do some pinning so fetched the Summersville blocks down and over about a fortnight, I pinned them in sets of three. Then, over the next week and a bit, I (machine) sewed the seams - I can only do four (that’s seams, not rows) before I have to stop, but all progress is welcome and I now have lots of seams to press. I suspect that will have to be done a (very) little at a time, too, so I’ll set the ironing board up upstairs (once my elbow and shoulder have forgiven me for the machine sewing) and see if I can do a strip each day or similar. Slow and steady and all that.

Mini Archie has been hiding each day and decided to see if he looked as good in purple as he thought he would…
Just as I finked: spiffing! I finks I needs some purple dungas next.


Linking up to the April 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.

<p style="text-align:center"><a href="https://archiethewonderdog.blogspot.com/p/furtling.html"><img src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fJ7oo6tyMM0/XFF5HxcQW1I/AAAAAAAAEJU/BZnZPfse8k0BXwjt6KAOJIMwySjnfDHbQCLcBGAs/s200/textgram_1548790799.png" 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 17th May; if you're seeing this post after this date, I'm afraid you can't link up to the April Furtle, but you can link next month if you like.

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