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Mini Archie’s March 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 been a month of a bit more sleeping (hooray!) but still lots of sock knitting. The socks I started in January have been finished:

Here’s what I started with (plus Opal Navy Blue):

Yarn is three different Regia leftovers plus a mini skein (top right) by Vicki Brown Designs 
which was a present from a friend 

And here’s how much was left:

I’m quite happy with how much I managed to use in the making of the socks. Not as satisfied as if I’d used every last metre, but almost.

I started another pair of scrappy socks using these leftovers, two of which are from a friend’s leftovers box:
The orange yarn is ‘Rusting’ and the dark green is ‘Into The Forest’ and
are both by Mothy And The Squid

As the green doesn’t have any nylon content, I just used it in the legs: it wouldn't wear very well on the heels or feet and I’m not spending all that time knitting socks only to be darning them a few months later.

I didn’t want even stripes on the feet so knitted them helically - this is where you knit with two (or more) yarns at once and one chases the other round the needles so you sort of knit two rounds at a time, one on top of the other. It sounds complicated but is actually really easy and would be perfect for things like jumpers where you’re knitting with hand dyed yarn and are advised to alternate skeins so as not to end up with a tide mark where you’ve started a new skein. Find a really good tutorial here and fast forward to about the three minute mark to see how it works.

I ended up running out of the dark green yarn before the orange (which I knew would happen as I didn’t have as much of it) and ran out of the orange before the end of the toe, which was annoying. Fortunately, the same friend who gave me the orange and light green also gave me some lovely red which worked well so these socks have red noses. They gave me a little fright when I washed them this week as they grew considerably. Fortunately, they ungrew after a night in the airing cupboard. 

Then I made another pair (of course I did - I promise I still love sewing, it’s just that I’m not well enough to do any machine sewing at the moment and don’t have any hand piecing prepped, so sock knitting it is) which were a lovely easy knit after two scrappy pairs.

Yarn is a OOAK (One Of A Kind) by Made By Penguins

So that’s three more finishes fettled - my Fettle Those Finishes list is looking a little shorter, but only in the knitting section.

And I’ve started (yet) another pair, this time the whole of the leg and foot are knitted helically as this is a great way to eke out a special ball of sock yarn into a pair of socks. The ball I’m using weighed 49.31g and as this sock used just 12.99g of the rainbow yarn, I’m hoping I’ll eke it into two pairs, although the second set won’t be exactly like these as there’s not enough for that.

Here’s the rainbow ball:

And here’s the first sock in the pair:

Mini Archie has been out finding signs of spring and he didn’t have to look very far at all:

I really does look spiffing in/near yellow *modest face*

 And I looks equally as spiffing in fiery orangey red, especially when Up High

I hope you’ve all had a good month, I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to.

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  1. Yea for more sleeping! That is always good. So many beautiful socks 😊xx

  2. Your socks are incredible! If you have a secret for getting to sleep, let me know!

  3. Lots more sleeping is definitely good! Lots more lovely socks to keep tootsies warm is also verrrrrry good.

  4. I made it just in time this month ;-) good you slept more I am so amazed at how many pair of socks you knit! well done!


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