No, I don’t think this will become a regular feature but it seems a good title for today’s post! I don’t think I’ve miscounted, but we’ll see.
I am really enjoying the temperature projects for February. The colours are stimulating despite the chill in the air.
You may remember that as well as making a temperature blanket showing morning and later temperatures, I am also comparing this year and last year in a Spirit of February blanket
Above I’ve shown yesterday’s squares from both, but as I was joining each I put them next to each other by chance.
Below are the four squares. Some of the colours are the same, but together they are inspiring me to make another blanket at some time. The colours are Stylecraft Special DK:
- Storm blue
- Parma Violet and
And yes! That’s seven!!
January has been an interesting month. Unlike last year it has been particularly gloomy for several days. The few that have been sunlit have been such a blessing. Today was such a day, although this evening is wet. Nights have been very dark. The moon isn’t rising until the early hours (this morning it rose after I was up for the day) so the sky is hardly lit. This has not been good for either choosing colours, or for photographs! All crochet has been done during the hours of darkness, so I’ve been waiting to take pictures, and finally here are a few…
This year I’m making the temperature blanket in a slightly different way. Last year’s was made in monthly blocks – and these were joined into the seasons. I used 4 linking colours, but this year I’m only using one – and there will be no seasonal breaks. One long strip of granny blocks is a little boring, so instead, here is a block of nine days (a photo collage)
The colours are as cool as the weather and edged with Parchment. I think it goes very well with the blues and lilacs.
I’m using the same colour to edge the blocks for the Spirit of January. You may remember that I’m comparing the days of last year with those of this – so each square has 4 rounds of colour. Here is a photo collage of nine days.
You can see that so far last year was far more colourful than this year, and in the above no days were the same. However….
that changed at the weekend. You can see that the days were identical as far as temperature was concerned.
How is your blanket coming along? Are you making a Temperature Blanket? They are fun – and worth the long effort of making a square a day.
Yesterday was not the best day of the year, but we had no snow, a little wind and a touch of rain. The sun even managed a little shining at one point, but I was too slow with the camera to catch it! Today is similarly grey at the moment. But there is a brightness that indicates the sun may yet shine – and this time I will try to be ready with the camera. I photograph the above tree every day and have done for a number of years. It’s at the bottom of our garden – and I post a picture here, just as a reminder of the passing seasons.
January 1st was a little damp last year, it’s interesting to compare sometimes.
So, my blanket for December seemed the obvious choice once the main Temperature Blanket was finished. It’s now done with the exception of the last round of the border which will happen later today.
Six squares by five which gives us 30 days for December. However, there are 31! Never fear – the last day is represented in the border.
Silver and Denim represent 2016 and Turquoise and Cloud Blue are for yesterday. I’ll be embarking on a similar exercise later for January. There were colours used last January that don’t appear here, so this will be an interesting exercise.
I’ll be running the above alongside another temperature blanket, I’m ready to go. The first square will have Storm Blue at the centre, it was 6 deg C when I got up this morning – I don’t think it will change much, maybe rise all the way to 7? A few people are joining me on Instagram, and elsewhere too. Let me know if you are. We’re using the hashtag #nuvofelttemperature2018. Want to join in? A few more details here
So, the above won’t take many daily hours of crochet. They certainly won’t satisfy the hooking urge on most days, so I’m spending the rest of my time working through my stash. I have a few projects in mind which I’ll share from time to time, but first it’s a corner to corner exercise.
I’m not halfway yet, so there is a lot of crochet ahead! Joining in? Take a look here.
So here we are at the end of the year. It’s been a year filled with crochet and more. I hope your year has been as good as mine. We have had our ups and downs, but I have tried to always look for the positive, and that has certainly brought me through.
Much of 2017 has been focussed on the Temperature blanket. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the journey, even though I doubted that I’d finish, and also wondered if I’d regret deciding upon Granny Squares for the duration. Well, the last square was made on the last day of November, and now I’m working on the border after a brief gap for Christmas.
It’s so large that it’s difficult to photograph – so I hope the above will give you a rough idea of the outcome. The tags will shortly be removed – they just showed me the top of each element as it was completed so that it all went together the right way around!
I’ve also had fun with the sidelines of Spirit blankets. The penultimate one is on my hook at the moment.
I’m planning on making another blanket for 2018, details here, and also some more Spirit Blankets – in the same vein as above – and you can read about those here. Of course I‘ll need to buy some more yarn for those.
Scraps and Stash are another couple of objects for the coming year! Both must reduce. A metre of yarn is ample for the centre of a granny square, so I think you will see some more small squares appearing, in fact, some have already been made! However, Stash requires rather longer lengths, and I have plenty of those too. Soon I’ll share the first of my Stashbusters. It’s coming along nicely. Stashbusters Anonymous is open for business, so why not pop over and join in?
November is a very busy month here. There is a lot going on, much to do and, frankly, not much time for crochet.
However, I have managed to keep up to date with the temperature blanket (lterally 10 minutes a square) and made a start on the Spirit of November. It’s only a start, especially as we are only halfway through the month.
The colours may result in being very few! The temperature range so far has been minimal. It will be interesting to see what the rest of the month brings – and I don’t feel bad that this blanket will probably go well into December before being finished.
I’m varying the size of the blocks this time, and joining as I go.
It won’t make for such a considered look, but is cutting down on the production time.
I also have a couple of ‘one evening’ projects finished. Here’s a sneaky view of them.
I’ll be doing another after the weekend. It has to be finished before Wednesday!
… quietly waiting in the wings (and in need of a lot more work).
Little did I imagine that a Temperature Blanket would be the gateway to inspiration! It was intended to be a record of the seasons from December to November, but the project has turned into something much bigger.
You will remember that I showed you October at the end of the month, the block finished, but waiting to be incorporated into the blanket with those of the other months. I haven’t started that yet, I’m planning on leaving it until the Spirit of November is finished – and that isn’t even started yet. The above shows the daily spread of temperatures, and some were repeated more than once, as you can imagine, while others only occurred once. This was the pattern for all the months, so I decided that yet another blanket would materialise, showing the temperatures with slightly more emphasis.
I didn’t begin this until just a couple of months ago, so have worked just 5 months so far, but it does give a better idea of how the temperatures have ranged. I’m calling it ‘Sprit of the Seasons’.
These squares are complete, to a degree, but, as you will see from the next photo, they are different sizes.
The colours in the middle represent those temperatures that occurred least during the month with the outside edge showing the one that occurred most. It isn’t very easy to see in the collage above – clicking on individual pictures may help.
I’m already inspired to keep going – but in a different way for next month. It’s a secret for now, but November is already passing so quickly it won’t be long before it’s revealed!
The squares for the Spirit of October are complete – apart from the ends, of course.
The joining has begun, and it won’t be too long before I can start on the border.
I tried to take a photo, but it’s a very dull day! I’ll be working on it again tomorrow.
Come back tomorrow and I’ll tell you about my ‘secret’ project. It won’t be finished any time soon, but I did promise to tell you once October was finshed.