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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

This month, I’ve done a bit of different knitting: dishcloths and tiny faffy things!

A friend sent me these balls of cotton yarn as she didn’t need them:

And I turned them into dishcloths: 

She also sent me this little knitting kit which I thought I’d knit in the round rather than flat:

For some reason, when I came to start, I followed the instructions and knitted it flat and then had the detested task of sewing it up. This is him with a head, legs and arms and as I said to a (different) friend, unless he’s very very cute, I will not be using the spare yarn to make him a chum.
I was even more determined once I’d spent what felt like hours faffing with his ears to get them where they looked nice (and re knitted one of them as the pattern has them made identically but I felt that looked wrong so I pulled one out and knit it in the mirror image of the other one):

And then he got his face and, oh bother, he really was very very cute.

I started on his chum (still somehow, despite the hours it took me to go from casting off body one to finishing chum one, forgetting that knitting in the round would have been better) but there wasn’t enough blue yarn so he had to have a stripy jumper. And there was something wrong because he was oddly high waisted:

Fortunately, it was just that I’d sewn his legs too high up rather than there being an issue with the jumper (which was what I feared), so some (tense) unpicking and snipping of leg yarn and he looked a lot better.
After a bit more faffing, they were both finished:

That’s two more things from my Fettling List now fettled!

Once they were finished, I settled down with some scrappy sock knitting using these leftovers/mini skeins from Made By Penguins:

The plan was to use the two pinks at the bottom for contrast and also some as one yarn in the helical knitting with the purple/grey/pink as the other and then swap to the other two yarns while keeping the purple/grey/pink for as long as it lasted. So, when the smaller ball of pink ran out, I added in the pale grey and pink yarn and got this far:

before deciding I wasn’t keen (it looks better in the photo than it did in person) and pulling them back to where I’d added the pale grey and using the other ball of the same pink. They now look like this:

Mini Archie is enjoying the sunshine and finding bits of the garden where he matches the flowers.

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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  1. I spy panda 🐼 markers! Great finishes and those bears 🐻 soooooo cute

  2. What an adorable month's progress!!! Adorable Panda markers & cute makes. *waves pompoms*

    1. I started crocheting with cotton yarn to learn and love it. I love your collection of cotton things!

  3. I love your mini teddies and those colourful dishcloths. This post made me smile with all your cheerful colours :)


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