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I joined a temperature blanket CAL (short for crochet along) for 2017. It isn't just any CAL, it is being hosted by the fabulously talented Felted Button! She designs the most beautiful blankets. For the CAL you can choose any of her great patterns and there is a huge selection of free and paid. If you choose a paid pattern there is a 25% coupon code you can find in the Facebook CAL group. I've had making a blanket for myself on my list of things to crochet for a while. In fact, I started a king size blanket....and it's sitting unfinished on a shelf in my living room. That's a subject for a future blog post.
What on earth makes me think I can finish this temperature blanket? Clearly I'm not great at following through with big projects. I also started this blog post in January and am finally finishing in March. What attracted me to give it a go in the first place was the small amount you have to do each day if you pick the right pattern. I initially chose the Brighton Blanket, but abandoned it after three days when I realized each day was taking two hours. There was no way I was going to keep that up, and the blanket was going to be HUGE after 365 days. I'm now doing the Happy Harlequin Blanket, and 13 days in when I started this blog post I was sticking to it. Now that it is late March I'm about a month behind. I don't have much down time in near future with all the farm planning and whatnot, but I think I'll get back on it.
Do you want to join the group and get going on your 2017 Temperature Blanket before it becomes too late for real? Here's how I planned mine out:
The first thing I did was choose my colors and temperature range. Jared and I had a date night on January 1st, so we spent the first 30 minutes of it picking out colors at JoAnn's. We decided on a color change every 10 degrees beginning with zero and below through 120 and over. We currently live in Phoenix, which would make for a relatively boring blanket with each color color being 10 degrees since the weather here is relative stable, but as luck would have it we bought our dream home in Ohio and will be fully relocating there early June! It's not likely I'll use the 120 and over color, but I could use the 110 - 119 color. We had a bit of a struggle picking colors out. I really had no idea how much yarn I would need for each color which lead us to pick yarn brands that were easy to get and inexpensive, Red Heart Super Saver and Big Twist. The initial yarn investment was about $35.
Here are the colors I chose and my temperature range:
- Zero & Below - RHSS Medium Purple
- 1 - 9 - BT Cream
- 10 - 19 - BT Soft Gray
- 20 - 29 - BT Medium Gray
- 30 - 39 - BT Medium Denim
- 40 - 49 - BT Dark Denim
- 50 - 59 - RHSS Frosty Green
- 60 - 69 - RHSS Light Sage
- 70 - 79 - RHSS Tea Leaf
- 80 - 89 - RHSS Cornmeal
- 90 - 99 - BT Medium Rose
- 100 -109 - BT Scarlet
- 110 - 119 - BT Dark Rose
- 120 & Over - BT Damsen Purple
If you are having trouble finding inspiration, peruse the Facebook group for the CAL. Many ladies posted their range, colors, and yarn ideas. If we had more weather I would add sparkly white thread for snow days, and maybe something exciting like gold thread for lightening. Maybe next year. Phoenix weather is pretty boring except during monsoon season, which we will miss this year.
The Happy Harlequin blanket are squares that are join as you go. With a bit of algebra I calculated how many squares tall to make the first row so I could end with 365 squares (it's 14, or, at least I'm hoping I calculated that right).
I'll share some advice for staying organized (in case you do decide to start one). I write in a one line a day journal daily (*cough*, weekly). That is where I am recording the high and lows, in the margin. This allows me to go back and make the squares I've missed when I get behind. I have about 10 squares done that I just need to join with the high color for the day, and I strung those in order from oldest to newest on a piece of scrap yarn so I could just pop the top one off as I join without constantly referencing my book or sorting through the colors. Every time I finish a small square, or join it, I check that temp off where I recorded it. Then I will hopefully avoid making duplicates.
If you decide to get going on it now, you can use Weather Underground's calendar function to see your city's historical temperature by day back to January first. I've had to use that a few times when I have forgotten to record it. Another idea is to just start today! Sure it won't be calendar year 2017's temperature blanket. But it will be one year since that day you saw Ross Roost's post about doing a CAL blanket, and that's special in it's own way.
Did you decide to start? Let me know you are joining by commenting on this post or Facebook!