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.
So, here we are home. Well, sort of! It’s been such a busy three weeks, and they aren’t over yet. Three weeks ago I was packing for twelve days in Madeira, last Saturday was a quick turnaround fo Scotland, and now (after less than 12 hours at home) we are preparing for grandchildren sitting overnight. We are tired, but looking forward to seeing them.
Our Scotland trip was a memory trip for my DH. Our daughter came too and shared the driving. Almost 500 miles there, and the same back yesterday.
We stayed just a couple of minutes from the sea in North Berwick, an old fishing village. It’s advertised as the Biarritz of the North, but whomever called it that has obviously never actually visited Biarritz. It is, however a gem in Scotland and deserves its own title rather than the one above. The people are friendly and the town conveniently placed for train or bus trips into the centre of Edinburgh.
I spent a fair bit of time in the back of the car, minding my own business while our daughter and her Dad chatted. I get to see her more than he does so it was good for them to catch up. I took my crochet, but it had to be mindless so I continued with a couple of projects.
This is so nearly finished, but I could only work on it on one evening. I did, however, almost finish this:
More information to come about both once we are on our own again.
The only disappointment about Scotland was the coffee! We had real difficulty finding anything that was drinkable until we visited Paul’s Yard. He recommended Cake who serve this coffee.
As you can see- I brought some back with me.
And now … Grandchildren 😆
I’m really enjoying working on my temperature blanket – even though it’s only a few rounds a day. However, I made a rash decision to work on other related projects at the same time. I began it in December – so that Winter in its entirety would be evident at the beginning.
December was an odd month for temperatures. The first few days were very mild – surprisingly mild – and introduced colours that I wouldn’t have expected until March.
There were also some very very cold days. Using the December colours I made a granny square blanket which I’ve called The Spirit of December. I’ve just realised that I haven’t photographed it – but these squares above are from the project – and you can see how colourful they are.
January brought cold temperatures. In the same way I made granny squares to represent the month as a whole – based on the same temperature colours. Work was delayed on The Spirit of January due to the previoously mentioned shortage of Lobelia, but the final stitch has now been added, and here are most of the squares finished and about to be blocked!
The image below shows some of the colours in more details
I’m now working on The Spirit of February. So far I’ve used 15 colours – there may be more, but I won’t know that until the afternoon of the last day of the month. I’ll update you on the Winter phase of the Temperature blanket at about that time too.
You may remember reading this post, in which I admitted being sidetracked from the tasks in hand due to the absence of Lobelia in my local shops etc. Well, I’ve continued to work on it alongside other projects (these include my temperature blanket and a rainbow blanket, there will be more about these in future posts).
On Thursday I put the final stitch in the blocks and it is now ready to be joined. I photographed a few of the blocks and have collaged them into this just to get a flavour of the blanket. I’m really pleased with the outcome – especially as it was a finger twitching emergency that started the whole thing.
Stylecraft Special DK (the only yarn stocked by my local shop – which I do like to support) in: Storm Blue, Magenta, Silver, Duck Egg, Grape, Parchment, Clematis.
A new ‘temperature fix’ Using the same colour code as December. Here is the first completed square
Photo taken with bad light. The next post will be better.