That Winter Chill

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Don’t you just love the New Year? 

My distaste for monotony thrills to the idea of a fresh start.

I’ve tidied, purged, sorted and organized to my heart’s content these last few weeks. In between all my usual tasks, of course!

I had heard about the project I am sharing with you today before, but hadn’t considered making one, for several reasons. As you know, I have plenty of WIPs (work-in-progress) as it is!

But after I saw all the fun links and ideas in one of my many crochet Facebook groups, I had to make one too. 🙂

The basic premise of a temperature blanket is this: you crochet a row a day, basing the color of the row on that day’s temperature.

You can immediately see my issue: I’m not the sort of person that can do ANYTHING once a day for a year…Goodness! And only one row at a time? No, thanks! And how to remember to record the daily temperature? And do you write the high or low? And which color chart should I choose?

So how do you plan a project when the rules don’t work for you? Why, you break the rules, of course. 🙂

First, I needed a color chart. A quick Google image search revealed many options. I surveyed a few and created my own color/temperature key.

Then I chose my pallette. That’s my favorite part!

There are some fun websites available to help you with temperature readings. I used this one:

http://weatherghansite.azurewebsites.net

At first I thought it didn’t work…You have to click on “see more”, or something like that…After you enter your country and date range. The neat thing about this site is you can make a blanket for any year! Several people were making the a “birth year temperature” afghan for a child. What a lovely idea. 

There are also plenty of patterns to choose from. I fell in love with this one, from the Crochet Crowd:

http://thecrochetcrowd.com/spectrum-afghan-pattern/
Now, where to start? Since I began on the 4th day of January, I was in a quandary. I wanted to crochet a lot of my blanket! Not just four rows…

I thought back over the past year. We had an especially nice November, lots of lovely warm days. Cheery yellow would be just the color to start my blanket. And so I did!

I was eager to see how the first few rows came along. I crocheted six weeks in one sitting.

You can see how quickly the chill moved in! Lots of purple in my future, with a bit of blue.

I have no illusions about completion. One oft-mentioned issue with these blankets is that they become very skinny and long! 

I went with  starting chain of 153. When it is as long as I like, I’ll stop. 🙂 I’m quite curious how many months that will be!

I’ve several orders to finish in the next few days, but I eagerly look forward to making more progress on this one.

Happy hooking!