I decided to try doing a temperature blanket again this year. My first attempt was last year and I made a few mistakes, that hopefully I learned from. Mistake number one, was that I chose a stitch that was too large. It soon became very apparent that my blanket was going to be humongous! But I was already well into the process before I realized, so I plunged ahead and ended up stopping in May. My second mistake was not realizing that even though we have extreme temperatures here, a lot of the time it hovers in the mid range so I had better like those colors -- a lot! Last year, those colors between 50˚ and 70˚ were yellow and orange, which aren't the worst colors in the world, but there can definitely be too much of them. They're better as highlights -- the center of a flower, for example, is just right.
To solve the first problem I chose the smallest stitch I could find -- the linen stitch, or sometimes called the moss stitch. It is basically smaller than a single crochet because the stitch goes down into the space in the previous row. I also used a 4 mm hook which is smaller than I usually use. My only worry at this point is that it's going to be too stiff! But, we'll just have to see what happens! That's how I like to live anyway. Life is boring with too much certainty. I did start and pull everything out at least twice before I fixed on a good width and hook size. After the second time I even decided to measure and do actual math! There is a first time for everything. It should turn out to be a normal size for a human blanket which will be nice.
For the second problem, I decided to not use any yellow at all! There, that was easy. I still don't have my absolute ideal color palette, because I am trying to use up some excess yarn that is idling around the closet being useless, but it should be more pleasing this time around. I am using Stylecraft DK and crocheting the high temperature that was reached each day.
less than 5˚- lobelia
95˚+- currently undecided
So here is the first month:
New Year's day did not reach 5˚! But we've managed to get above it the rest of the time -- and several days over 50˚! Our weather is all over the place! I can see how this would be a boring exercise in more temperate climes -- a risk I'm willing to take someday (hopefully), but for now, this is making the winter a little more exciting.