…and in with the new

In yesterday’s post I talked about two 2017 projects that are still in progress (and I didn’t even mention the numerous lonely single socks waiting for me to knit the matching mate!). But having those projects on the go hasn’t stopped me starting a new project today and this is a year long project as I have embarked on a temperature blanket.

If you haven’t come across them before, the general idea of temperature blankets is that, every day, you knit or crochet a row or square that reflects the day’s temperature. You decide in advance how many colours to use and how they relate to the temperature so, by the end of the year, you have a lovely, colourful blanket and a record of the year’s weather. Some variations include adding colours or textures to show when it has rained or snowed but I’ve decided to keep mine simple. I have chosen ten shades in Stylecraft Special DK. From left to right the shades are Boysonberry, Violet, Petrol, Storm Blue, Duck Egg, Pistachio, Meadow, Saffron, Spice and Claret.

I’ve decided to crochet a mini solid granny square each day. This will make the project more portable although I’m sure I’ll come to regret my decision when I have to sew them all together. I plan to be disciplined and sew them as I go but, if past experience is anything to go by, that is aspirational rather than realistic. The pattern I am using is from Crochet Again. I intend to make 360 small squares and then use the remaking 5 days of the year to crochet the border.

Today we were in Norfolk because we saw in the New Year at the Green Man Inn in Little Snoring near Fakenham and stayed overnight in our trusty campervan. When I checked the temperature it was 5 degrees (although I must admit that it felt a lot colder)

so my first square is in Petrol.

The first of many

If you’d like to have a go on your own temperature blanket, you can join the AIYSO (Association of Independent Yarn Shops) Temperature Blanket Group on Facebook and get lots of advice, support and encouragement. Whatever you’ve got in mind for 2018 let me take this opportunity to wish you a very happy New Year. I hope your woolly delights are many and your troubles are few xx