So it’s been nearly a month since I started my first temperature blanket and I just wanted to give an update on how it’s going and share some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way. You can find my previous post about how I set it up and got started here.
I’ve been using the daily high temperature to determine the color for each particular row, and I get that from my weather app on my phone.
I’m crocheting it in moss stitch, which is super easy (and looks great) and it really doesn’t take much time to get the day’s row done, maybe 10-15 minutes. I usually do it while watching TV with hubby at night before bed. I think it would be harder if I got more than a couple days behind but honestly so far it’s just been a nice meditative moment to look forward to at the end of my day.
Hubby and my stepkids have also had fun asking what color it’s gonna be for today, so I think this would be a fun project to do with a group - like with family or friends who all live in different places. You could post pics on your favorite social media to stay in touch and keep up with each other. (ooh, future KAL/CAL idea, hey!)
I’m really enjoying how the colors are shaping up. It’s fun not knowing exactly how it’s going to turn out. I put my least favorite color at the bottom/lowest temperature range of my chart, thinking I wouldn’t use it much because of our climate here, but there have been times when I was wishing it would warm up about 5 degrees so I could use a different color!
Here are my tips for making it fun and easy:
Choose your stitch pattern and whether it will be done in knit or crochet before you start and make a chart with your colors so you know what you know what you’re doing from day to day. You can see how I set up my chart here. I kept it super simple. I wrote the temp. ranges down on a piece of paper, punched a hole on the edge of the paper next to each range, then looped the corresponding yarn through the hole. Many have done 10 degree temperature ranges but you can adjust it to your climate and your desires for your colors. I did mine in 5 degree ranges because our temps tend to stay within 50 degrees or so the whole year and I wanted more colors than just 5.
Keep all your materials with your project in one place so you’re not hunting it all down every time you want to work on it. I keep my hook, yarns, chart, scissors and my blanket-in-progress in one of those little fabric boxes that are made to go inside a cube shelf. It’s easy to tuck away in my studio and then pull out when I’m ready to work.
Track your temps on your phone app. Use your phone notes or a paper notebook to track them each day if you’re getting behind and will need to look back at them when you have time to sit down and catch up.
Make each day’s row a meditation or just a quiet moment to relax. Have some tea or whatever, put on a favorite show or podcast, and make it an excuse to sit and relax and unwind. Or use it as a quiet moment to get your morning started off in a positive way.
Get others involved. Show your family how it works and let them help find the temps and color for the day or work on it with friends, each making your own, and use social media to show off your blankies and chat about charts and colors.
Overall, it’s been a good experience so far. I’m really enjoying it and can’t wait to see how it turns out at the end of this year! The anticipation is as much fun as the daily process itself. Are you working on a temperature blanket too? Or have in the past? What tips or tricks can you share?