So last year I came across a post on Pinterest where a woman made a “Temperature Blanket.” She crocheted one row a day for a year, choosing the yarn according to the weather. It turned out really neat, but I didn’t think much of it. I came across it again on Facebook right around New Years, and thought it would be a fun project. I haven’t actually crocheted anything in a long time, so it was a nice way to ease into it.
I did a bit of research, and realized that 365 rows (or 366 this leap year) is a LOT of rows for a typical blanket, so any double crochet pattern won’t work – it would be 15 feet long! I checked a few single crochet patterns, and settled on this really neat pattern called Groovy-Ghan (or Apache Tears). I thought it would look neat with the temperature changes.
I chose Red Heart Super Saver yarn from Walmart, because there is no dye lot, and it is relatively cheap. I made up a scale, chose some colours, and here it is! I started with a white edge, and I think it will become a white border when I’m done.
I was surprised to have this much grey (+1 to +6 celsius) in winter.
I’m pretty happy with the way it looks. I really like the idea of having art inspired by nature, and it almost feels pioneer-like to incorporate weather and events into crafting. My kids are also excited to watch it change every day! I’ll try to post updates from time to time!