Too hot? Yes! Still too hot!

It’s a joy to look out of the window and see the lightest of rain fall! Mid May was the last time it fell here, and the gardens are parched. We had a heavyish fall overnight, so there is no watering can duty today. Today should have been the last cricket match of the season for our grandson, but it’s rained off! It’s a shame as they have won the County Championship, and it would have been good for them to play that last game – especially when you are only 10.

The odd crocheted square has continued to materialise. Did you read the  previous ‘hot’ post? My project is still on hold, but single small squares haven’t been too much of a problem at times (albeit, not much more than one a day!) You may also have missed the end of Project 100.

As you can imagine, the Temperature Blanket has been interesting! I’m currently playing catchup as I’ve been unexpectedly away (see below). The hot colours have made more than an occasional appearance, as you can see below.

I’m looking forward to seeing them all together – I’ll update you with a few pictures when it’s up to date.

Yes, we’ve been away for a few days. It was a spur of a moment decision to go and stay with family. The weather was perfect for the trip, and we even managed a visit or two to the sea.

We walked along the cliffs, and also visited the surrounding towns. We discovered an amazing bus service and also made a couple of trips by train! Such excitement…! We have promised ourselves another trip soon.

Hello Summer

As far as my temperature blanket is concerned the end of May marks the end of Spring. June is the start of summer regardless of the equinox or anyone else 😉

May was a very busy month. It was partly so due to a holiday which meant little contribution to the temperature blankets until I returned home. I managed to secrete a little crochet in my packing, but also including balls of numerous colours to cover all eventualities would have been very obvious. Consequently the last couple of weeks of the month were spent doing ‘catch up’.

I didn’t make an individual blanket for May, instead I finished the Spring Blankets. Did I tell you that I was making two?

The first one concentrated on the morning temperatures

and the second displays the temperatures at their height for the day.

I’m really suprised at how easy it is to see the progression from March through April and into the heat of May. It was a surprisingly warm month, although we always do have good weather during this time – that’s why we have taken our UK holiday then for over 30 years.

These are both now on the back burner as far as the border is concerned. I have begun a Very Important Blanket which is a secret (I love secret blankets). It’s going well so far, but it’s larger than anything I’ve made before so we’ll have to see how it goes!

I’m also keeping up to date with my Scrap Busting 100 days project! There’ll be more about that another day. I have so many ideas – but so little time! I bet you are the same……

Happy crocheting.

February, not quite over!

Well, the month may be over, but in truth some of the deadlines haven’t been met, crochet-wise, I’m almost there, but here’s the story.

In fact, none of the ‘deadlines’ matter, but I won’t put them to one side – I’ll carry on until they are finished. Firstly, let me tell you about the ‘Spirit of February’ blanket.

This is the one that’s really running behindhand! I miscounted the squares, and began to add the border before adding the final strip! My next step is to take out the border and add the strip before redoing the border. You may remember that this blanket is a comparison between last year and this year – it’s been interesting to see the differences in the temperatures, especially the last few days of the month. Of course, 28 days would make a strange shape, so I determined 5 x 5 blocks with the last three days in the border.

I like the border, but it will have to be redone, and that may be slow!

Inspiration strikes when it will, and it was probably inspiration for the next project that took my concentration from the above.

Have you ever wondered what winter looks like? This blanket, which I’m calling ‘Spirit of Winter’ gives an idea. The centre squares are the high later day temperatures for December, January and February. The border illustrates the morning temperatures, and there are a couple more rounds to go. I didn’t start it until 21st February, and it’s just about finished. I’ll press on and finish this first, then go back to the ‘Spirit of February’.

The temperature blanket is up to date, apart from today’s square which will be made later. Will there be a Spirit of March? Yes, and it’s already on the hook, but more of that later in the month. This is the second post today, if you missed the first you can find it here.

Seven Colour Saturday!

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:

  • Sherbet
  • Storm blue
  • Violet
  • Bluebell
  • Wisteria
  • Parma Violet and
  • Parchment

And yes! That’s seven!!

Temperature update

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.

Happy New Year

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.

Oops!

For some reason the link to the Stashbuster didn’t work in the last post. It’s now fixed and you can find it here.

I’ll be posting more about the #nuvofelttemperature2018 later today. If you aren’t a crocheter you can adapt the idea to another technique – for example, patchwork, canvaswork or knitting.

If you have lots of small quantities that you wish to use up you may like this idea.