Now that Christmas is over I feel like I can breath again. The holidays are always such a jumble of activity that I lose months in a blur. This year we were focused on giving Mary an awesome holiday, it’s going to be her last as an only child and I know next year will be very different. You may have noticed that I’ve been missing from here and my facebook page since fall, I’m 19 weeks pregnant and I’m just so tired. I didn’t realize how much rougher it would be to be pregnant with a super active toddler! I try very hard not to spend all my time around her on the computer, she’s very into parroting everything mommy and daddy do and I’d rather have her pick up some of our better habits… This year for Christmas she got a play kitchen and so far she’s in love! It gives this tired mom a little extra time for
napping cleaning up around the house. It also gives me a little time everyday for my temperature afghan.
We keep out house on the cool side and we can never have enough blankets! I saw an idea on facebook to crochet a blanket one line per day using different colors for different temperatures. It seemed fun and I’m always up for something that involves buying new yarn! Aside from the original inspiration that’s where the similarities end. The more I thought about it the less realistic it seemed to me.
First I changed up the colors to fit my house, I went with 9 muted tones from the Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand line. Mostly because it was on sale, but also because I was able to find 9 cohesive colors. My original plan was to go with a more subtle cream/brown/green color scheme but I couldn’t get enough colors. If you pay attention carefully you might notice that I only have 8 colors, my local store was out of Cranberry so I couldn’t pick one up. I think I’m going to be ok though, it probably won’t reach 86 any time this week although with this crazy non-winter we’ve been having you can never tell.
I decided to abandon the strip idea as well. Figuring out how big to make the blanket and how might it was going to be was more than my coffee-deprived brain could figure and I tend to be slightly obsessive about proportions. Also I was afraid I’d end up with a too-narrow 30 foot long blanket…. Easiest solution? A granny square, working from the center out, treating each side of the square as a different day (true story, I have no idea how big this blanket is going to be but I have a king sized bed…) will yield a square blanket. Granny squares are awesome because the ‘complicated’ part, if you can call it that, is all in the set up. After that you just follow along with what you did before and you don’t even need to count that much! I’m doing a super simple granny square, I think the random color changes will keep it fancy enough and I need to be able to switch colors easily in the corners. I treated the center motif as ‘Day 1’ and from there I’ve been treating each side as it’s own day. We’ve had pretty steady temperatures so far and I’m still on the same color but the forecast looks a little different for the next week so maybe I’ll get to put my dusty blue aside and pick up a new color. If you aren’t familiar with the basic granny square or you just need to brush up on your skills check out this tutorial from Hop Skip Jump.
The only thing that’s a little confusing is the corners if you need to change colors. Traditional granny squares work a whole corner first (3 dc, 3 chain, 3 dc) but since I might have to switch up my colors at a corner you need to cut the yarn at the end of each row instead of carrying it up. When you start a new row you’ll do half the corner, (3dc) continue to the next corner and do half. If you’re sticking with the same color finish the corner and do the next row and half a corner. If you have to change the color it’s not a big deal because you will hide your color change with the next row of colors.
I was going to have this posted on the first but I wanted to have some amount of blanket completed so here we are on the 3rd and you can see two whole days! I’ve been using Weather Underground to keep track of my temperatures, they have an easily accessible history feature that lets you go back to days you’ve missed, not that I’ll ever miss a day…. 😉 Right now I have the colors I see in the immediate future stashed in a tote bag (purple, colonial blue, dusty blue and olive) with the rest in a bag in the closet hidden from tiny fingers and rambunctious felines.
When I’m not carving out a few minutes for crocheting I’ll probably be playing sled dog for this little kid. Do you have any winter projects planned?