Temperature Roundup

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Winter, Spring and Summer – a collage

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Here we are at the start of Autumn – and only 3 more months to go to complete this exercise. I’m loving doing the small square each day. The colours are a bit odd as all photos were taken with the iPhone. Once joined and finished I’ll take a proper picture.

Yarns purchased mostly from Deramores. I love the special offers they give – well worth a try.

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C’est finis!

Another month is over! August has begun!!

I'm a little behind with the Spirit of the Month blankets – but that's fine. I chose not to start July until the month was finished because I didn't want to be as frustrated with quantities as I was with the Spirit of April! So, now that I'm about to start July,  here is June!

I'm really pleased with how it's turned out. Twelve squares and 22 colours.

The last colour to be added was Copper, so that's what I used for  joining.

What do you think?

It's the first one I've made with squares that match! Like the May blanket, it only has a very simple border. I'll post the colours another day.

July, here we come!

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Change of plan

 

I have another blanket on the hook. It’s an ’emergency’ response to a late request. I only started it yesterday, and hope I can get it finished by Christmas. I’m not sure how much time I will have so we’ll wait and see. It needs to be finished by the end of the first week on January…… I’d better get hooking

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Watch this space for progress updates.

In my last post I was thinking about a temperature blanket. Well, I’ve made up my mind – and here is the plan.

The more I thought about a large blanket that would take a year to complete, the less I wanted to make one!

However….. there was another idea that had been festering – and as a result I’ve already made a start!!

I’ve decided to make FOUR blankets! Each one will reflect the temperatures of the SEASON! I feel that these will give me a much better idea of the actual year, and will be more fun to complete (always presuming I finish them, that is).

So, here’s the plan

Blanket 1 – Winter – December to February

Blanket 2 – Spring – March to May

Blanket 3 – Summer – June to August

Blanket 4 – Autumn – September to November

Blanket 1 is already underway. I began on December 1 – and, of course, it’s a C2C!

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Obligingly we had a very cold spell – which has resulted in colours I wouldn’t have expected quite yet. My list of colours might  change as I consider the forthcoming seasons, but ‘Winter’ is now set in stone – and will be revealed little by little as I might have to nip out and buy a ball or two of extra colours 😉

Anyone fancy doing something similar? Let me know if you do.

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Nearly there!

Well, even though I was cross about the short weight of the yarn I have to say that the Marble Chunky is making up into a lovely fabric. Today I managed to catch it in the light of the morning sun, and this gives you a much better idea of the mix of colours.

It will be really warm and cosy. I’ve adjusted the size so I’m pretty sure I can finish it. I’d like to say that I’ll use the yarn again – but probably only if I can buy it over the counter. I need to know that I will have enough for the project in mind. I’m well into the decreasing now, a good session of crochet should finish the square, and then I can start on the border.

Of course, finishing a project always brings to mind the next one! I love planning a project, don’t you? I’m thinking about a couple, actually, but I’ll share one with you this morning – very much still in the planning stage.

Over the last couple of years there has been a lot of talk about Temperature Blankets. I have so far resisted the temptation to join in for a couple of reasons – but mainly because I didn’t want to commit to long rows of daily crochet – in the knowledge that on many days I wouldn’t even get one stitch hooked. So this idea has been mulling around in my mind for some time, and I now have a couple of possible ideas.

1 Granny Squares

Well, these aren’t my favourite and although I might start off with enthusiasm, I know I will be bored quite quickly. I have a feeling I will also be bothered by the layout if I join as I go (which will be the only way to keep an accurate record) as there will obviously be no plan to follow. However, there is a way that it might work – and so, on to …..

2 My probable version

Each year has 12 months (I guess you already knew that), so if I started a new block each month I would have  a blanket made from 12 by the end of the year(ish). To this end I’ve been reading a lot of blog posts about temperature blankets and, taking into consideration the apparent pitfalls and my level of boredom, I’ve come up with a plan.

A planned project always starts with samples, and therefore this is no exception. Firstly, the colours will be many! I’m not going to just stick with one shade of each colour to avoid enormous blocks of the same shade. This may not make sense at the moment, but once I actually start on the project it will become clear. Secondly, I think I’ve decided to work in Double Crochet (UK) – that’s Single Crochet to those of you in the USA and more.

Working on a base of 100 chain takes not much more than 10 minutes per row. I can commit to that on a daily basis, it won’t be difficult to catch up. I already record the weather each day on a couple of other sites (here and here)  so it won’t be hard to add the temperature to my records. I don’t mind if the blanket is small, in fact I’d rather it wasn’t too big.

I’d be interested to know if any of you have made one over the last couple of years. What pitfalls did you discover? Are you glad it’s over? Have you seen one that you absolutely love but not tried it yourself? If you have any thoughts on this I’d love to hear – and in the meantime I’ll carry on with my experiments! (And I might still decide to make it a C2C 😉 )

 

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