A Temperature Blanket for 2023
I bet it’s just eating you alive, not knowing the answer to the burning question: What Is Kay’s Temperature Blanket This Year?
For a project as long-term as a this—a whole year’s worth of knitting, and weather—a knitter wants to make the right choice. I’ve been blown this way and that in my decision making process.
At the start of my quest, all I knew was that I wanted to use the same yarn (my great love Felted Tweed) and the same shade card that I used for my 2022 blanket. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, I never tired of this palette of juicies and blahs.
I also knew that I wanted a modular project this year. The Garter Stripe Throw I made last year is magnificently seamless, but by late spring it was too large a project to stuff into a go-bag and take with me. And stuffing things into go-bags is an important part of my process, I’ve learned. Snacky, bite-sized knitting is knitting that gets done, in the happiest way.
In the original, aran-weight version of the POP Blanket, the individual circle/squares are 6.25 inches square—which would make for a supersized blanket of 361 squares (close enough to 365 that we’re going to allow it), almost 120 inches long on each side. Amy brilliantly re-gauged the POP Blanket to a 3.5-inch square, which will yield a blanket that is about 66 inches square.
Amy used a consistent cream background for her circles, which really does POP—pun intended! But what’s exciting to me about this circle-in-a-square format is the ability to record both the high and low temperature for each day. I’d use the low temperature for the background and the high temperature for the circle.
My first Pop square in Felted Tweed. The circle is Vaseline Green and the background is Fjord.
I’m currently searching my soul, wondering if I am made of strong enough stuff to work 4 short-row corners on each and every one of these little squares. Amy is doing it with ease, and reports that each one is taking her about 45 minutes to make. She also reports that she has set up a little wet-blocking station near the sink so that she can block her daily square overnight and get it attached immediately. This shows a dedication to best practices that I deeply respect.
But we have to consider the possibility (likelihood! certainty!) that Amy is a whole lot better at short rows, and best practices, than I.
Thinking all this over, I turned to a little pile of abandoned joy: a set of log cabin squares I made in January of 2022. Several knitters made glorious blankets last year using these wee squares. The formula is so familiar and natural to me: each center is 9 stitches and 9 garter ridges, and each framing strip is 3 garter ridges. Beep-bop-boop and it’s a square, and they’re easy to whip-stitch together as you go.
Also at play here: the Sunk Cost Fallacy (which has got to be my favorite fallacy): I’ve already got a whole month’s worth of little log cabins. It would be a shame not to use them!
As Robert Frost famously did not say: Two blanket squares diverged in a wood, and sorry i could not travel both and be one traveller, long I stood.
What would you do, Ann Shayne? I’ll be sitting here knitting short-row corners and interrogating my emotions while I wait.
Are you in? Let’s knit a temperature blanket in 2023!
Check out the temperature project topic in the MDK Lounge, where there is always a wild and wooly (and weather-y) discussion happening.
Share your temperature blankets in the Lounge, and also on Instagram using the hashtag #mdktemperatureblanket, which is a wonderful source of inspiration for all temperature blanketeers.