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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 finally woolly sock weather, hooray! And it’s almost long sleeves weather, which is my favourite type. I’ve finished the two tops I’d started last month and have been able to wear them rather than them going in my wardrobe for next summer, which is nice. Again, both are the Lou Box top (with alterations):

Fabric is from Pound Fabrics but it’s out of stock

Fabric is from ByGraziela

I’ve also finished the socks I was knitting for a friend and they fit. Phew!
Yarn is Opal Red (5180)

And knitted a pair for another friend:
Yarn is ‘Unicorn’ from Made By Penguins mystery skein sale

In September, I drafted a long sleeve for the tops I’ve been making and I’ve made a wearable (and very warm) toile out of some sweatshirt fabric from The Cupboard Of Possibilities:

And as the sleeves are fine, I can get started on these two now:
Yes, I did cave and get the dachshunds in black (from here), I couldn’t resist!
Penguin French Terry is from Pound Fabrics

I’ve started a new pair of scrappy socks. I started with these leftovers:

Added some orange and pink left over leftovers from my previous orange scrappy socks and got started:

And now I’m approaching the halfway point of the foot:

Some faffing has taken place around working out a pattern for some wee Advent trees to make for next Christmas. No photo of that yet as I haven’t actually finished a sample I’m happy with, although I’m almost there. Maybe. Just need to get those socks finished so I can use the needles to hopefully make a final test tree.

And, *drum roll* I’ve finally got the back of my Winterkist quilt fettled and ready to assemble. I love this (organic) cotton fleece but it’s been a right sod so far - it needed washing thirteen times to get all the excess dye out, then it took two of us about 40 minutes to get it folded in half evenly so that it didn’t ripple, and then it took (the same two of) us (on a different day) almost an entire afternoon to measure and mark and cut it into five pieces. She’s promised that if I ever mention ‘fleece backing’ for something which isn’t a baby quilt being backed by a blanket, she’s going to come round and slap me*. In short, if you want fleece backing for a quilt, don’t buy yardage, use a blanket! Just to add insult to injury, I joined the two sets of narrow strips and stretched the seam so had to cut them off and start again (it’s okay, we didn’t cut those to length so I had spare). I’m going to put a note on the reel of thread (and then again on the machine when I start to quilt it) reminding me to go at an elderly snail’s pace. 

*I am allowed to consider buying some more to make into a cosy jumper. Or maybe not.
I think you’ll agree that this is the best photo in the whole post…

Mini Archie is gearing up for the Sticky ProdAlong and is testing his prodding stamina by being extra ruthless with the snoopervising of the destash parcelling up:
First we chooses a box or envelope from BC’s extensive collection
Then we puts the fings inside the box or envelope and weighs it.
(We uses this tin to lift up biggerer Parcels so we can see the display and a
box lid on top of that for big floppy Parcels)
And then we tapes it shut, writes the label and puts some clear tape over the top to
stop both the rain getting in and the label coming off.

Linking up to the October 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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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 November; if you're seeing this post after this date, I'm afraid you can't link up to the October Furtle, but you can link next month if you like.

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  1. Oh, so fabulous!!! Every single item is so wonderful. Well done. *waves pompoms* You have been very busy this month.

    1. Also, MA looks really inviting and huggable in these photos!!!

  2. Well done on all your makes. That quilt backing story is epic. Good luck finishing it.


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