I’ve been seeing a trend of posts on Pinterest lately of temperature blankets. At first I was confused as to the point of row upon row of changing colors, why and how you would change them. So I did some research and discovered that the outside high temperature of the day is what dictates the color of the yarn.
Obviously this would take some planning and a color chart. I’ve seen a number of these done as one row per day, others as one row per week. Some pick their colors to represent 10 degree ranges, others 5 degree ranges of temperature. In the end the blankets have a look of those beautiful blankets from Mexico, but are a record of the temperatures for that calendar year in your particular area.
I’ve found the photos over at Beneath The Rowan Tree’s blog, her pattern there might help you in deciding what to do for your own temperature blanket. I picked them because the colors are just gorgeous and I love how they played out in her blanket. Just click on the link to check out her post on the blanket (and others as she has a really great blog!).
I was also curious if anyone sold these so I looked over on Etsy and sure enough, a few folks do them made to order. They research the highs in your area and make the blanket for the previous year. That would be a lot of work, in my opinion, researching and then depending on the way it is done, 52 or 365 rows, it could be a really HUGE undertaking.
Now, making one for 2017, even a few of them, adding one row per day or week, then selling them at the beginning of 2018 would be very doable, and once sold that is all until the next year. I’m thinking some would want it simply for the beauty, others in that area might enjoy one for a colorful record of the past year.
Either way I’ve decided to make myself one, and an extra to sell. They are just too pretty not too! Now to decide upon the stitch to use for each row, keeping it the same or changing it? So many decisions. For now I suppose I will just research the first 14 days of this year and get the temperatures recorded in my planner for this project and then plan the yarn colors I will use. Updates will follow!