A Temperature Project

December 20, 2021

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  • I made a temperature quilt for my new grand daughter for her 1st birthday gift. I used the high and low for each day of her first year of life in her hometown. It was so fun and pretty when finished.

  • I love this. All in for this project in 2022.

  • Beautiful! What pattern and yarn are you using?

    • Thanks so much! I used Knitted Wit DK yarn and the pattern is just a crochet circle (12 dc stitches, 24 dc stitches, 36 dc stitches each round) turned into a heaxagon. And I joined as I went. Thank you!

    • I don’t know that I have the commitment to do a temperature blanket, but I have thought about doing a football score scarf…each stripe represents the scoring by each team in the games all season. That seems a little more manageable to me, LOL! Kudos to you for completing the marathon project!

    • The photo up top is gorgeous.

  • Cara! I followed your progress on IG this year, and love seeing your inspiring project here too! There’s a bag of yarn for this project tucked away, and now I have some new thoughts on how to arrange it – to begin in January (on your birthday) xo

    • Thank you so much!!

      • What is your IG name? I’d love to follow you, too

  • Because January One is coming!! Nice to see you, Cara Davis, I used to love following your blog. Prettttttty blankets, thanks for sharing all those resources.

    • Thank you so much!!!!

  • Hi Cara, nice post. Hope you continue to contribute to the blog.

    • Thank you!!

  • I began a garter stitch temperature blanket in August 2020. I lived in Minnesota but visited Florida twice. I used the high and low for each day in each location. At the end of every week I used 4 rows of black. I worked from a color-coded EXcel spreadsheet that I created. While Minnesota is bitter cold all winter, the other seasonal transitions are short but easy to see. All together the blanket is king sized. I had a great time changing colors and making a one of a kind masterpiece. (I had to bind off every two & a half months and cast on for a new section because she was so heavy.)

  • I love this idea and your blankets are beautiful. I have been trying to get back into some type of yarn work. I have many unfinished projects. Maybe this will be my inspiration.

  • This site will give more data to your weather obsession.

    • Very cool site!

  • I have to admit, seeing your blanket from this year makes me verrrrry tempted.

  • Wow! I’ve seen a lot of blankets but these are certainly among the most beautiful – and inspiring! Maybe even enough to make this knitter take on a mammoth crochet project. But all those temperatures (three per day times 365!) make my head spin. On the other hand I love spreadsheets so it might be right up my alley. Thank you so much!

    • Thank you!!!

  • How did I not know about this?! OMGosh, I’ve been looking for an excuse to learn how to crochet… Thank you!!!

  • As a loyal follower of Cara, I’ve been very tempted to dive into a temperature blanket. Cara is so inspirational and her work is so beautiful! But I have so.many.projects…. This article may have thrown me over the edge.

    • Thanks so much!!!

  • I highly encourage you to follow Cara’s advice! I got excited last year and dove right in. I started a temperature scarf, but my temperature ranges were too wide. I was using leftover yarn and started to run out of one color! Then I figured out that my scarf would eventually be way too big to wear! Needless to say, it now sits in its project bag untouched. The cool part was the random rows, and like Cara, I learned a lot more about the weather!

  • I’ve been meaning to start a Color Explosion Throw, and now I’m thinking of incorporating the temperature concept. High and low of a given day or week could help with the planning, which is where I’m stalled.

    • I love this idea!

  • I made one in 2020, using a modified African Flower granny square. I used the recorded lows and highs for the day, and black as the last round. I sewed every three blocks together into a strip, then sewed that strip to the main body. I had to add 12 extra squares to get a full rectangle when I was done. Those squares were black and white, and were filler squares after every month of blocks.

  • fund project

  • I’d like to have the instructions for that particular hexagonal motif. Understated and chic – the most pleasing motif I’ve seen in ages!

    • Hi! Thanks! You can check out my Instagram account – I posted some videos about how I make the circles and hexagons and the patterns. Thank you!

  • Dangit! How many times have I told y’all that it’s a really bad idea to dangle something shiny in front of me! Actually, this is a brilliant idea for my job. We focus on creating climate resilience in underserved communities so we focus a lot (A LOT) on extreme weather. This will be a great auction prize at our 2022 gala. I just did the math on Kaffe Fassett’s striped blanket to see what the right cast on for would be for 377 for ridges (I added a ridge at the end of each month which will symbolize the return of the light), started a spreadsheet, and pulled out the bag of felted tweed. As much as my little punk rocker heard wants to just free grab a color for each temperature category, this one needs some intention so I’ve pulled out the color card as well and will figure out how to supplement my modest stash. I know I’m going to need to add “rage” for the days that go over 100 degrees. I’m going to do actual high temperature every day so will be casting on January 2nd. I’ll weigh the ball when I do the second ridge and then weigh it when I’m done to help with yarn management and I’ll order more as I need it.

    This is also really great for me personally. Both work and life have been pretty crazy and I don’t see it letting up any time soon so my knitting time has suffered. But I have a few morning rituals to keep me grounded (I watch Murder She Wrote every morning–don’t laugh at me) so I will just add the ridge in there for some additional “me” time.

    Am I the only one who see’s a Temperature thread in the lounge soon? Cara? Cara?

    • We must have been typing at the same time, Karen, I’ve added a topic to the lounge AND jinx! The idea to use Kaffe’s Garter Stripe Shawl as the template. I love your idea for separator ridges between the months, and I also love the idea of doing a row of eyelets between the months. Although I may not do either because I might feel like it needs to be all temperatures. Right now I’m trying to work out how narrow my temperature range for each color can be. I want to use THE MOST COLORS and think it will be amazing to have a kind of shimmer from slight differences in shades.

      • I ended up with 23 Comoros and even that doesn’t seem to be enough! I added the monthly divider simply to use more colors. Because that’s how I roll.

  • The temperature blankets out there are so inspiring, and I love your crochet motif.

    • Thank you!

  • The Tempestry Project in Anacortes WA sells kits for a scarf that tracks annual global temperatures from the 1880s to the present. At one point they had similar kits for some of the national parks. I made several of them for kids and grandkids and they were a big hit!

  • Oh you temptress!

  • What a great addition to the MDK team! I’ve been following Cara since before Ravelry. This was a great read. Hoping for many more!

    • Thank you so much!!! I really appreciate it!

  • I love this pattern. Is it available to purchase?

    • Hi! Thank you!!! I sort of cobbled it together so no real pattern. But I just posted some videos on my Instagram showing how I do the circles and hexagons and attach them as I go with the pattern written out in the caption. Thank you!

  • Officially inspired to learn crochet! Beautiful!

  • Cara’s January One was one of the first blogs I ever read way back when, along with Wendy knits and ChicKnits. So much fun to see you here! Your work has always been inspiring to me.

    I made a temperature scarf last year using Holstgarn Coast that I based on the Baktus pattern. All garter rows with eyelet rows to mark the change of month. Not very exciting but great TV knitting.

    I highly recommend swatching and planning ahead instead of just diving in like I did. I had saved the vivid colors for extreme temps, of which we had relatively few. I ended up with a scarf that is mostly brown and moss green representing moderate temps. Very blah… But I did finish it and am thinking of another. Maybe in 2023!

    • Thank you so much!!

  • Wonderful idea that has my brain already working on color and structure for a scarf. Living in the mountains in BC we have snow on the ground 6 months of the year and snowfall every month of the year. Our temperatures go from -20 to 95 so there will be plenty of color play.
    Thanks for all the information on gathering weather data.

  • @Cara, so nice to see you here! Slowly you are pulling me in!

    • Ha! DO IT! Thank you!

  • Such an interesting, intriguing project. Thank you for sharing this. And so nice to be reading you again (was a blog reader from the way before times!).

    • Thank you so much!!! Appreciate it!

  • I made a temperature scarf one year as a KAL with a friend. Even though we only lived about 20 miles apart, our high temps for the day were often different enough to cause our stripes not to coincide. She also carried a fluffy white mohair on any day with snow (even flurries) and again, our days were weirdly different in that respect, too. I had so much fun doing it that I looked for another way to use this idea and ended up knitting the San Diego Padres season wins and losses as a scarf for my daughter (a big fan): https://www.ravelry.com/projects/amyvong/my-year-in-temperatures–scarf–2

  • What a treat to see Cara’s name!

    • Thank you!!!

  • Hey Cara!! I have been following you on IG and am so happy to find you here in my very favorite spot — MDK! Welcome, welcome and as you know I love, love, love your temperature blankets. I live in Houston. I think mine will be mostly orange and red — but who knows?

    • Thank you so much!!! Very happy to be here! ❤️

  • I’m horrible at crochet, but I can make a granny square! Love this idea.

  • i made a temperature COAT as i wanted to be able to wear it out and about. it’s an adult surprise jacket whose colorful palette was set by the highs and lows of my 4 month covid lockdown (a REAL lockdown as i live in the country, don’t have a car, and was urged not to use public transit). once we emerged from the lockdown and i switched to a hybrid schedule, i continued to track certain days up until i got the vaccine. i call it the covid coat.