Taking the temperature

On January 1st I started a year-long project – a Temperature Blanket. The general idea about a temperature blanket is that you knit or crochet a row or square every day to correspond with the day’s temperature. I love colourful crocheted blankets so this seems like a great way to make one that also serves as a record of the year’s weather.

To start, you need to choose how many colours you want to use and their corresponding temperatures:

 

I have chosen 10 colours in total and am using Stylecraft Special DK in (from bottom to top) Boysonberry, Violet, Petrol, Storm Blue, Duck Egg, Pistachio, Meadow, Saffron, Spice and Claret.

Some people use the temperature at a specific time of day (typically 12 noon) and others use the maximum and minimum temperature each day to add even more variation. I’m keeping it simple with just one temperature each day but I’m adding a slightly random element by not sticking to a set time but just using the temperature that shows when I remember to check it on my phone – daring or what!!

Next you need to choose your pattern. Most people seem to choose knitted or crocheted rows and, I must admit, I was tempted as I think they look amazing. However, I wanted to keep mine portable so have opted for small granny squares. The pattern I am using is Small Granny Squares by  Sue Rivers – you can download the pattern for free from Ravelry

And the blanket begins….

Each square is only two rounds so can be made in just a few minutes. I am sewing the squares as I go (like a good girl) and am planning on a blanket 18 squares by 20 squares and then using the last 5 days of 2018 for the border. After 2 weeks it’s a little bit petrol-heavy so I’m hoping for a change in the weather soon – preferably warmer but I’m not too fussy:

14 squares done..

 

You can start a temperature blanket at any time of year – you don’t need to wait for the 1 January. If you’re tempted to start or, if you’re already making one, join the AIYSO (Association of Independent Yarn Shops) Temperature Blanket Group on Facebook for lots of ideas, inspiration and support. Keeping a track of the weather has never been so much fun.

Julie xx

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