2018 Temperature Blanket

2018 was not my year!  Due to some big stuff happening in my personal life I found myself drifting away from blogging and this space was, sadly, left neglected.

Through the tough times I did continue my crafting, including my big, year long, project of making a temperature blanket.  You can see all of the information about the start of the project here – Temperature Blanket January.  There are also monthly updates for the beginning of the year if you wanted to explore the archives.

But to recap –  I chose to make my blanket using the midday temperature, as defined by the Met Office app on my phone, at my home location.  I had an alarm set for 12.01pm each day and at this point I checked the app and either recorded the temperature in my bullet journal or screenshot it to record when it was more convenient.  Then I crocheted one row per day using the temperature and the following scale.  These are all colours of Stylecraft Special DK yarn.

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It turns out that the extremes of my scale were a bit optimistic! I didn’t end up using either the hottest two, nor the coldest two in the end and my blanket represents temperatures from -2 up to 26 degrees celsius.  It was both quite a bit colder and quite a lot hotter than that at points through the year but not at midday.  By choosing the middle of the day to record the temperature I gave it chance to warm up from the coldest bit of the day but not yet reach the dizzying highs of the summer time.  This is definitely something I would change the next time I do a blanket, for surely there will be a next time!

So do you want to see it all finished and read the final stats?!

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The finished blanket measures 180cm x 132cm and has used just over 13.5 balls of yarn or 2.5 miles! The perfect size for sofa snuggles, in fact it has a child wrapped up in it most of the time that we are home.  I didn’t keep track of how many balls of each colour I used, obviously some are more prevalent than others, this count is based on the weight of the blanket.

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I added a simple border of trebles (UK terminology) in cream and although the edges are still pretty wonky from where I haven’t kept a proper stitch count or turned with much care it does serve to tidy things up a bit.

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I know each row took roughly around 15 minutes, leaving me plenty of time to fit other creative pursuits in to the year.  I didn’t work on it every day, preferring instead to do a couple of chunks a week but all of those 15 minutes add up!  Factoring in extra time for sewing in ends I think it comes in at around 95 hours or almost 4 days of work!

And all stretched out as a record of the year…. drumroll please…. it looks like……

this!

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I will not be making a temperature blanket in 2019. I have a sketch and plans and even a gauge swatch for how I would like to do it but even at my most optimistic calculations it will take at least twice as much time as this one has and I am choosing to prioritise that crafting time into other endeavours. But I will be keeping the plans safe for the future…

4 thoughts on “2018 Temperature Blanket

  1. I love the whole concept, and the end result. I have no idea from where I ended up on your blog, but you motivated me to make a blanket of this year, my 50th alive. I am also taking the midday temperature, and have been thinking of doing it at my current location rather than always at my house. I have not started the work yet, just recording the numbers. I’d be very interested to hear what you would do differently next time in case it is a consideration I’d like to take into mind. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. I’m so excited for you, I had a lot of fun making my blanket and love the end result.

      The only thing I would do differently on a midday temperatures blanket would be to tailor my scale knowing that the hottest time of the day is later in the afternoon and so make sure all the colours I wanted to feature in the blanket were likely to occur at midday.

      Good luck with it xxx

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  2. That makes sense. I have not yet decided on my colors. I don’t really want a blue-red-blue blanket so was going to collect temps for a while (and finish my other WIPs) and see where I was with numbers before I assigned colors. And I may even go with colors that are not reds and blues. I also think I will take the noon temp where I am, so if I travel there will be anomalies in the design. Thanks again for the idea and motivation!

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