2022 Temperature Blanket: Final Countdown
This post is for my fellow Temperature Blanket 2022 knitters.
Huddle up, friends. It’s December 8. It’s late in the 4th quarter, and we’re behind. [Insert your favorite sports and/or military analogy here.] Our blankets are heavy, our shade cards are dog-eared, our lungs are filled with Felted Tweed fluff—yet we must battle on.
My message to you is this:
Here we see my own temperature blanket, bogged down in mid-October. With each garter ridge taking 15-20 minutes, and the project no longer suitable for even my envelope-pushing notion of “portable knitting,” I’m on the struggle bus. But I’m not giving up. Here are some tips that are helping me fight the good fight to completion of this glorious beastie by Auld Lang Syne tyme.
Math Is Our Ally
On December 1, I had a flash of helpful insight. I had 3 months of ridges left on my blanket, and just one month left in the year. That meant that to finish, I simply had to knit 3 ridges every day. That’s doable! With a little planning ahead to make up for days when I can’t knit at all, I made a schedule that keeps me on track and hopeful of completion.
So if you’re behind, do a little calculation. Divide the number of ridges, rows, or motifs you have left to knit by the number of days you have left in December. Portioning the work into manageable bites means you can do it!
Set Up For Success
Last month’s travels took a toll on my temperature blanket preparedness. I had balls of yarn all over my desk and various totes, bags, and bedside tables. So I took 10 minutes to gather it all up. Then I went through my bullet journal temperature tables for October and November, and packed just those colors into a bento bag. Knowing that I had the colors I needed, instead of wondering about that in an anxious way, was a relief. I knew I could get to December!
As our temperature blankets get bigger, and as we increase our hours of knitting to try to finish them, they become harder physical work. Don’t make the mistake of knitting until your elbow seizes up or your shoulder gets oochy. Take frequent breaks: run into the kitchen, take a warm shower, do a few jumping jacks. Take care of yourself, and your temperature blanket will take care of itself.
In these final days, there are bound to be unexpected setbacks, such as running out of one of your colors. Do not despair! Do not let the perfect be the enemy of the finished! Phone a friend (a friend with a good stash), double check your own supplies (I found a whole ball of Cumin I didn’t know I had), or tweak your shade card to expand the temperature range for a shade you have in better supply. No one is going to look to these blankets for precise weather data. They will make their point, loud and clear, about the temperature changes and ranges over the course of a year, even if you have to substitute Vaseline Green for Electric Green on a row or two.
In conclusion, you got this. We got this. We will soon be walking the field, covered in mud and blood, dazed and amazed at our victory.
P.S. You’ll never guess my favorite Shakespeare play.