Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Multi-Patch Novelty Throw





 After frogging my vintage sweater I just didn't have the heart to cast it back on again. I looked through my books to try to find a fun project that I could complete quickly and easily, hoping it would rekindle my desire to knit my sweater.
Nothing took my fancy, so I continued work on my Mitred Blanket for a little while.
Then last weekend it was stormy and raining (due to the Cyclone) and I was looking through one of my chests of yarn (yes, I have a chest, plus various other containers. No, I'm not a yarnaholic) when I rediscovered my stash of novelty yarns and my stack of squares that I had knitted.
A few years ago I went through a stage of buying a ball or two of any novelty yarn that took my fancy and just knitting them into squares to see what the yarn looked like, intending to turn said squares into a blanket. I can't really remember just when or why I abandoned the project, especially considering it was almost finished.

So over the weekend I knitted up the few remaining balls, tucked in the ends on each square and spent 40 minutes arranging the squares until I was satisfied with the way it looked. I find it very peaceful to sew by hand and really enjoyed assembling it.

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To be honest, I didn't think I'd like the blanket at all. Novelty yarns aren't my thing any more. I simply finished it because I thought all that knitting was a waste if I left it sitting there, unassembled.
After arranging the squares I was hopeful that it would look better than I had originally thought, and then as I started to sew the blanket together I began to really like it. I actually love the end result and am so happy that I finally got it finished off. Small as it it, it's a lovely little throw to cuddle up with with a book and a cup of tea.
And after completing it I think I might be ready to return to my sweater.

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I'm joining Ginny for the Yarn Along.

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~

I forgot to photograph my book along side my blanket, but I can tell you that I am happily enjoying reading The Lord of the Rings at the moment.

What are you up to?


I hope you enjoyed the long weekend,
Sarah x




21 comments:

  1. Oh Sarah! I'm in love with your blanket! What a great idea :) I'm so sorry about sweater but your blanket has turned out so well.

    Sophie xo

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  2. Oh it's gorgeous!!! Love it! Well done. I love the addition of the fluffy squares amongst the others. Is there anything more satisfying than garter stitch squares? I'm not doing any big projects at the moment but hoping to get some little things knitted up for Mothers Day while we are on School Holidays....have a lovely week. Mel x

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    1. Thanks so much Mel. I love doing garter stitch squares when I just feel like knitting without doing anything fancy :-)

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  3. I love this novelty throw! Great textures and colours throughout. I hope you've got the momentum now to get back to your sweater. I have a very nice set of the Lord of the Rings books and enjoy reading them again every so often. The books are oversized and the pages are glossy, which makes reading them such a pleasure. Have a great week! Wendy x

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  4. I just love the texture on this! I need to do something similar to use up some of my yarn scraps!

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  5. Love this! Such great color and texture!

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  6. And I love it too!!! How beautiful is that Sarah!!! Wow!! Just looks so pretty and soft!!! Have a great week!!! Nicole xoxo

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  7. Beautiful .. I think these would also make magic cushion covers! Too clever .. :)

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    1. I thought that same thing when I was making it up! :-)

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  8. It looks wonderful! I just love it.

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  9. This is a beautiful blanket and I bet there are so many stories that go with each yarn. It will be something to treasure.

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  10. Love the novelty blanket and I love patchwork knitting it's so much fun!

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  11. Really beautiful. I have such balls and need to do something with them. Great idea. xo Jenny

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  12. I love the combination of different colours and textures, such a great idea.

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  13. This is very clever and fun. I'm glad you finished it so I could see it.

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  14. I like it! I have some novelty yarns I've had no idea what to do with, perhaps a blanket is the answer!

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  15. I love the blanket, anything that is patchwork works for me! xo

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  16. Oooooh! I like all the colors and textures!!!

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  17. What a great idea. Simple but really effective. Jo x

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  18. That looks super! Loving all the colours. Going to check out your tutorial next.

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