First four days

December is under way. Are you ready for the festivities? I’m not.

The main temperature blanket is put away until I’ve finished the many pressing chores that I have to do in a short space of time. I’m allowing myself the luxury of one crocheted square a day for the time being.

Comparing last December with this month is proving to be rather interesting.

The first four days show similarities – but differences too. All these are joined with the ends dutifully sewn in, and later I’ll spend a little time with number 5.

Now it’s time to cook dinner.

Three down, one to go

I’m so glad I kept records! I wanted to choose a linking colour to join the four seasonal elements that have been finished with different colours – Parchment, Stone, Camel and Gold. I have no idea yet how the final blanket will be finished ( as far as the final edging is concerned) because once this current stage is over it will go into hibernation until next year, but the linking is essential at this stage.

Looking back through the list of days and temperatures I found that there were two that occurred in every month! Just two!!!

10 deg C represented by Lobelia and

11 deg C represented by Empire.

Guess which one I chose?

Empire, I have more in my stash!

So far I have edged and joined three strips. Tomorrow I’ll finish adding the last – and then it will be carefully popped into a paper bag until the festivities and more are over.

I have more to crochet, though, so I won’t abandon the blog for a while yet!

It’s coming together

This is a quick post, just to show you the progress on the Temperature Blanket. Here is November joined to it’s Autumn fellows. It wasn’t easy to photograph, and this line wasn’t really the best place, but it will have to do

It’s actually upside down, but the little taggy things kept getting blown by the wind and interfered with the pegging process. Stand on your head if you want to see it the right way up.

The next task is to see if my idea for joining it all together will in fact work.

Here’s hoping!

Here we go with December

December is a very busy month, and not just because there are celebrations at the end. I may not be around much, but we’ll see what we can do! I’m certainly planning something for tomorrow if I can have a little crochet time later today.

Do you remember this? It’s the completed square from December 2016, the square that started the whole Temperature Blanket thing. I started in December so that I could have the seasons in single strips. I’ll show you the progress on that another day, but today’s post is about December.

For some time I have taken a daily photo of the sky and also of the view from our back door. When the weather is cold, damp and grey it’s a useful resource to prove to myself that the weather is not always like that. In fact, it has proved time and time again that we have more blue skies than grey ones – and hopefully that will shatter your illusions about the UK.

It occurred to me that to complete 2017 in crochet would be a good opportunity to make a comparison, so the December Blanket is just that – a comparison between 2016 and 2017. Here’s the first square

I’ve chosen Parchment as the linking colour as that was the link for winter. the inner square represents last year, and the outer colours are obviously those for yesterday. Below is part of my record for December 2016, so you will already know what the inner squares will look like for several days. It shouldn’t take long to catch up if I get behind in my production.

There won’t be a Spirit of December blanket. I’ve made 13 and this month will be a break. I have decided that I will make another Temperature Blanket for 2018, but at the moment I’m not sure about the Spirit Blankets, I may do something else, the thoughts are still whizzing around my head. The Temp Blanket will start on Jan 1 – at the same time as the stashbusting blanket. They can happily run along together as they will be similar……. I think 😉

If you would like to see a list of the colours used in the whole blanket you will find it here. There will be a section dedicated to this enterprise as and when I can find time to do it. I may change the colours slightly for next year now that Stylecraft have introduced some new shades. That remains to be decided.

Done, but not yet dusted!

So, here we are – November is over!

The final Temperature square is done, and has been slotted into its space.

It’s almost offscreen – but there it is, bottom right.

The next step is to join it to the other autumn blocks, and then to assemble the blanket.

As for December? Watch this space.

The penultimate!

It doesn’t look much, does it?

Wisteria and Storm Blue edged with Gold. It’s almost, but not quite, the last square of the Temperature Blanket. I can tell you that today’s starts with Lavender in the Centre, and it too will be edged with Gold, but the intervening colour is yet to be determined by the temperature later today. I’ll be making that square tonight, then the whole thing can be brought together. Eleven months and twenty nine days down:

One to go!

I wonder how it will look?

December? Well, it would be a shame not to document the whole year in some way so I do have a plan, but more about that next month. The November Spirit blanket also needs completing, all this may not happen until the New Year. It will all fit in beautifully with the stash busting blanket. Are you joining in?