Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Temperature Tuesday III

Happy Temperature Tuesday!

There's really not much to update today.  I've been sick almost the whole week, but have been keeping up with the temperature blanket, at least recording temperatures and catching up the next day.

Last time we chatted it was an unusably warm 70° and then the next day it was in the 30s and it snowed! You can't tell in the picture but there's sparkly thread in the purple hexagon next to the orange one.

And so the week has continued, gradually getting warmer and then going back down again. I'm hoping the weather changes drastically tomorrow as if it remains the same I'll be heading into a large Stonewash blob of blue. The forecast has us in the 60s from Saturday till Thursday, so the temperature at noon will probably be in the 50s (greens) but let's hope for some yellows!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Temperature Wednesday II

Another edition of Temperature Wednesday, because I was too exhausted yesterday from weaving in ends. I decided to dedicate the whole day to weaving *groan* and it took me a looong time, and I still haven't finished! I wove in ends on my temperature blanket, the mandala from Monday's post, the thermometer mandala, and was working on the ends on a pair of fingerless mitts but gave up as my eyes were beginning to cross.  Also it got into the 70s today, so I don't think I'll be wearing them anytime soon, but then again it could snow tomorrow??? Weird weather. It honestly feels more like March or April than February, and the plants are confused and budding, and my body is confused and is throwing more migraines at me than usual.

But this also makes for a colorful temperature blanket and cool breezes on my skin as I crochet so I can't complain too much.

Here she is in all her glory:

It was so hard to take this picture, but I think I finally finagled a way to do it: completely clear off the dining room table, move Pip the Cat, move the chairs on one side, move Pip again, stand on both chairs, stop Pip from jumping on top of the cabinet, stretch my arms up as far as they can reach to the chandelier and try not to get the glare then try and eyeball both ends of the blanket into the camera frame and move Pip! and finally snap.  I might have to try panoramas.

Here's Pip trying to get on the cabinet and the end of the blanket:

I'm really excited I decided to do 5° increments. Maybe I should have done the high for the day, but that would have put me a day behind and I don't mind taking the temperature at noon: it gives me something to look forward to.

It's going to be a real treat to see how this blanket turns out further in the year. When I was weaving in the ends on the thermometer mandala I realized how excited I was to get to shades of red and orange (just the colors, I'm not ready for that summer heat) but there's going to be a big red and orange swath in the middle because it gets hot here, and if this mild winter is any indication we're in for it. 2016 was the hottest year since NOAA has been tracking global temperatures in 1880, and the planet has now had three consecutive years of record-breaking heat (x) so I won't be surprised if 2017 surpasses that.

Winter storm Niko is on its way to the East Coast, however, so it'll be very interesting if we get snow tomorrow, but it looks like it'll just miss Virginia. But the temperature will drop, and even a little snow means I get to use that sparkly yarn. It'll make a great contrast against today's 70°!


Monday, February 6, 2017

Mandala Monday

Mandala Monday! Not sure if this will be a new thing, but I made a mandala on Monday, and we all know how much I love alliteration.

Granny Circle by Haafner Lissen from the book Mandalas to Crochet
Yarn: Lily Sugar 'n Cream in Hot Pink, Hot Orange, Hot Green, Hot Blue, and Denim Indigo (the same color combination I used for my Christmas bauble)
Hook: US H - 8 (5.00)
Notes: I think there's a misprint in the book in round 1, there should be a "ch 1" in the written instructions, but was in the chart. Other than that it was very easy. I've wanted to make a granny circle for a while but could never figure out how to make the granny clusters into a circle. I can do hexagons and triangles just fine, but after doing this, I see where the increases would have to be.

Now the decision is what to do with it. I want to make it into a hot pad, but I feel like one layer isn't enough. So do I:

      A: make another mandala and sew them together?

      B:  sew felt on the back?

      C: sew felt or batting and matching fabric on the back?

There's things I have to think about for each of the options. For Option A would I make it in the same color combination or change color placement? It's not really a problem, just a thing. For Options B and C it's going to depend on what's in my felt and fabric stash. I like the idea of a felt back, but it's a bit bland, so I'm leaning towards fabric. But a regular cotton fabric is thin and I don't want the wrong side of the fabric peeking through, and since it's a hot pad I'd want some padding, so I think a layer of felt in between would be excellent.

After thinking about it, what I think I'm going to do, and hopefully have enough yarn to do, is make 2 more mandalas: one to go on the back of this one, and another that I'll back with felt and fabric. I'm going to Hobby Lobby tomorrow (yay!) with my mom to pick up some yarn for a mini-CAL we're doing, so maybe I can grab a fat quarter that matches.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Temperature Wednesday (?) and Goodbye January

Ack, I missed yesterday.  Hope no one minds a Temperature Wednesday!

Trying to get a picture of my whole temperature blanket without getting my feet, other objects, or curious cats in the picture is becoming difficult!

January is complete!

Here is a better picture so you can see the hexagons closer:

We had a very warm January.  The high (temperatures always recorded at noon) got to 63° and the low was 19°.  We got snow twice, so there are two hexagons with sparkly yarn, one a pink, and one the purple next to the bright yellow one.

Here is my hexagonal graphing paper and colored penciled in graph to give you a better idea

I'll try to take a better picture tomorrow when I finish the second row.  Hopefully it'll be sunny!

I'm surprised to see so much green so early.  I thought there'd be a lot of purples (30s) and blues (40s) and maybe a few greens, but it's been really warm.

I'm excited to see how February is going to turn out and if we get any more snow.  I love using that sparkly yarn.

Is it insane I've already planned and budgeted for my 2018 year long project? 😛


Happy February!

January seemed to go by slowly, it seemed like a year waiting for noon each day to make the next hexagon, but looking back it seemed to go by in a flash.

I finished my PussyHat, and attended the Women's March on Washington.  I mostly worked on my temperature blanket, along with the thermometer mandala, with other projects sprinkled here and there, but those two were the only things I finished.

I'd love to finish Christmas presents in February, but I feel stifled and restrained, and I don't want crafting to be that way so I'm breaking free and doing what I feel like, because knitting and crochet is my stress reliever and escape and I want to enjoy it. Not that I don't enjoy those Christmas projects! It's just...it's hard to explain. But I just want to be free to crochet whatever I want whenever I want, and looking at the yarn I just pulled out of my stash, it appears I'll be starting a new project, so it looks like I'll be going along with the new plan!


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Yarn Along :: The Underground Railroad

~Started in Fall 2010 by Small Things, every Wednesday we share what we're knitting or crocheting and reading on our blog/Instagram (#yarnalong)/Flickr, and link up on her blog.~

❝ The music stopped.  The circle broke.  Sometimes a slave will be lost in a brief eddy of liberation.  In the sway of a sudden reverie among the furrows or while untangling the mysteries of an early-morning dream.  In the middle of a song on a warm Sunday night.  Then it comes, always - the overseer's cry, the call to work, the shadow of the master, the reminder that she is only a human being for a tiny moment across the eternity of servitude. ❞ 

Currently reading: The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead; still working on The Exorcist

Currently working on: A Virus Shawl for my grandmother.  Caron Cakes is perfect for this pattern.  One Cake makes a nice size scarf, the yarn is lovely to work with, and it blocks into a lovely shawl.  After this, I have two more to make.