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« on: April 29, 2013 05:43:17 PM »


This project was conceived in order to rescue my knitted blanket before all hope of salvation was lost.
The original blanket was a simple pattern of knitted squares, made for me while my mum was preggers, by my Great Auntie Olive. I love this blanket. I have, in fact, loved this blanket to the point of death. It has been worn as many a fancy dress outfit. It has been smooshed during many a teenage angst fest. It went to uni with me, and it sat on the first piece of furniture I ever brought for myself.

But in September, I had to admit It was on it's last legs
It had holes where whole squares were missing, and many unravels big and small. It had been badly partially repaired by my non-crafty mum with denim, which actually worsened the problem becasue it weighted so much it pulled everything out of shape and put even more strain on it.

I wanted to repair it, but not necessarily just to restore it to what it was - I wanted to add my own style too. plus, I can't knit, so i couldn't have made replacement squares
so I started by unpicking all the denim.
then I replaced all the missing squares with wool felt - I chose this becasue I like how to two types of wool (knitted and felted) worked together,
I repaired what of the unravles I could, and made sure they were all secured so they won't get worse, then put more felt patches over as necessary.

I backed the whole thing onto linen - to strengthen and support it. I tied it with some randomly placed stitches, then on the reverse (ie the visible linen side), I added more felt patches.

All the felt patches are colourful, and blanket stitched on with mismatched colours of thread by hand - to retain the bright, homespun, traditional look of the original.
I finished the whole thing by turning the linen over and blanket stitching it around the edge- this time in a cotton yarn,

It's way far from perfect - for starts, I couldn't get straight edges! So all the corners are a bit... well... not right angles! But I'm still happy with it - it's warm and bright , and should be safe for another 30 years or so. and the wool / linen has a nice weight to it, it's satisfying to handle. I think My Auntie Olive would have liked it.


Thanks for looking!  (sorry about the cat, I could not get her to leave me alone while I tried to get photos!)
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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2013 07:05:56 PM »

This is great!  such a lovely way to rescue a blanket that's been with you forever!
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2013 07:17:29 PM »

love it! i still mourn the loss of my forever blanket, it was stolen while i was at camp almost 20 years ago!
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2013 09:23:23 PM »

Beautiful!  What a great project.
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2013 11:57:03 PM »

This blanket seems so comfortable and it is beautiful with the felt patches. I like how colorful they are.
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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2013 04:36:23 AM »

You did a great job restoring this! I hope it lasts forever! (Your kitty is darling!)
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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2013 07:15:17 AM »

It looks great! What a clever way to salvage it too!
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2013 09:17:01 AM »

Well, it's kitty approved, so what more needs to be said?  I really like how you have salvaged this piece of your childhood for many more years to come.
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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2013 01:02:46 PM »

Great rescue and I love your cat.   Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2013 10:54:00 AM »

That is an amazing blanket rescue!  I hope it lasts for many, many more years.
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