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 

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  1. So glad to hear your arm is mending. Love those socks! And that top is great. Love the neck band, wonderful that it all worked out! Hoping you can get some tops done to enjoy soon.

  2. Those are super socks! So glad arm is on the mend

  3. Hope you feel 100% recovered soon. Lovely socks and top!

  4. Pleased your arm is recovering and hope that the physio will help loads. You're still managing to make something and the top looks fab.


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