Welcome to Crafty Mom on the Road! I’m Marissa, the self-proclaimed crafty mom. I actually don’t consider myself overly creative, but I love finding stuff on Pinterest and making it work. I also love to crochet, knit, cross stitch, cook and bake. This blog will be a compilation of all the fun stuff I want to share.
My goal is to post twice a week, one craft and one cooking project. It seems like a lot of work, but since I’m a self-employed book seller I think I’ll have the time. My main time consumer is my new baby! I’m a proud new mommy to a sweet little boy named Sam. I will admit right now I didn’t know how much a person could love until I had him.
I’ll be sure to share lots of fun updates as he grows and learns new things, but for now I want to jump right into a project I learned about exactly a year ago, a Temperature Afghan.
On the left is the picture you’ve probably seen floating around Facebook or Pinterest. The blanket in said picture is not a good indication of how your blanket will look. Below is a picture of my blanket as of August 23, the last day I got to work on it before Sam was born. As you can see, not a lot like the picture. However, still pretty beautiful!
Just to forewarn you, this is a HUGE project, both timewise and size-wise. As the year wrapped up the ladies in my Facebook group were saying their Afghans were measuring up to 15 feet long depending on what kind of pattern or stitch they were using. I don’t usually care about gauge, but measuring your work and determining your length per row can be helpful, if only so you know how big it’s going to get.
And timewise, it takes the whole year. Or longer if, like me, you have distractions that stop you from working on it every day. Either way it is a fun project and one that has a great story at the end.
The idea is that every day you crochet one row with the colour relating to the temperature outside. You can choose the high that day, or the temperature at a specific time, and then match that to your colour chart and go!
I haven’t finished my 2016 blanket because Sam doesn’t nap long enough for me to get much done. It’s a slow process in that regard, but I’m hoping to finish mine soon and get the one I started for my mom done by Mother’s Day. I’ll let you know how it goes!
If you want to make one for yourself, or a loved one, let me tell you how to get started and give you some insight from my experience.
First, pick your colours and make your chart. Consider the kind of weather you get in your part of the world. Where I am it goes from -15 Celsius to 40 Celsius over the course of the year so I chose to use 12 colours and have each colour represent approximately a 5 degree range. I used Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn.
|-15 – -10
|-10 – -5
|-5 – 0
|0 – 5
|5 – 10
|10 – 15
|15 – 20
|20 – 25
|25 – 30
|30 – 35
|35 – 40
Hold all your colours up next to each other so you know they match and that you like how they look together. For this project nothing would be worse than getting three months in and discovering you don’t like one of your colours, or that it clashes with another colour close by.
So now that I have a chart I can get started. I used an G hook (5.0 mm) and worked entirely in single crochet. Next time I would probably do a moss or linen stitch because it ends up being lighter and smaller, but whatever you feel comfortable with works. Just remember to consider length since you’ll be doing 365 rows.
So now you can get started. January 1 2016 was -10 so I chained 250 stitches in Amethyst and then did one row. The next day was -8 so I did a row of single crochet in Amethyst. I actually started with half double crochet, but figured out after a few days that my blanket would likely be about 20 feet long if I continued that way. In single crochet it’s still going to be about 8 feet.
It can be easy to fall behind so I recommend making yourself a temperature chart and recording the temperature as you go, either pen and paper, on a calendar, or as an excel file. If you forget I recommend using a site like Accuweather to look up missed days.
If you don’t feel like doing rows, you can also do granny squares! Lots of ladies in the group did a square a day and you can have a lot of fun with different patterns. Either do the entire square in one colour, or do it with the high in the center and the low around the edge. I want to do one for my sister (eventually, when I have more time) with the square in the high and an appliqué elephant in the low. You could also do larger granny squares for each week or even month.
For weeks, start with the temperature on Monday in the center, each round would be a day. 52 weeks doesn’t divide up nicely, but 56 does, so make the square in each corner different, either by doing a rainbow square, or all one colour. Then your blanket will be 7 squares by 8 squares. Months would be the same idea, but 3 squares by 4 without the extra corner squares, or 4 by 4 with them.
Once you have the idea you can also take it and do other things with it. For a simple and quick daily project you could make a scarf. You could also knit your blanket doing 2 or 3 rows a day, or get fabric and make a quilt. If you feel like doing a bit of research you can make historical blankets for years of significance. You can look up the temperatures online using sites like climate.weather.gc.ca in Canada or wunderground. Both sites allow you to look up information from past years.
So now you’re set! It’s a great project and is sure to keep you busy this year. Make sure to get some coupons for your favourite craft store because you’re going to need a lot of yarn.