Hey I bet you’ve been wondering how my 2022 temperature projects are going. I like to keep you in the loop.
It’s a tale of two blankets.
Bottom line: I’m having a fabulous time. I don’t fully know why it’s so fun, but it’s one of the most fun things I’ve ever done in knitting. Remember that summer I made all those dishcloths—that fun.
Blanket Number 1
Blanket number one is chugging along in a soothing daily rhythm. Sometimes I skip a few days, mostly due to Not in the Mood to Spit-Splice, or not having a minute to figure out what the high temperature was yesterday and what color that was.
But the knitting itself is easy, and somehow exciting. I don’t understand why, but it’s wonderful, so I’m going with it.
Each ridge gets me through about half of The Daily podcast, if that’s a useful frame of reference for you.
I loved this cold snap in early March, where I got to knit a bunch of rows in Maritime and Ciel, two blue shades that are so close to each other that I have to check them against my shade card every time. I also love that the wide blue stripe was followed by the two yellow ridges of Cumin and Mineral. Cumin + Mineral = Spring really is happening!
Blanket Number 2
My little log cabins have only 3 more stitches in them than those long garter ridges (507 stitches versus 504) of blanket 1, yet I’m still in January with them! What could be the reason?
The picking-up of stitches?
The ends to weave in?
The seams to sew?
Those are factors, I’m sure, but I think the main slower-downer is that with these squares I am dealing with 2 colors, representing the high and low temperature for the day. That’s 2 temperatures to record for each day, and then 2 colors to locate on the shade card and in the basket. It’s a bit of friction in the process.
It’s also because I can knit long garter ridges in low light or no light, like a critter that lives in a cave. But I like to have good light to pick up stitches for log cabin strips and for seaming, so I tend to save them for later.
Whatever the reason, I’ve got some catching up to do on blanket 2. I’m excited to see all the 2-color combos that emerge in these early spring days of cool lows and warm highs. Cumin and Ciel! Mineral and Fjord!
Sharing is Caring
Thinking about a temperature project of your own? We’ve got a deal for you.
Rowan Felted Tweed is a great option. A magnificent palette of 48 colors + generous yardage. Get 10 percent savings on all Felted Tweed orders with the coupon code TEMPERATURE.