Saturday, January 13, 2018

This Will Take a Year

I have many projects on the go at once. I have so many textile hobbies that even if I do only one project in each area of interest it still adds up to a lot of ongoing projects and to spreading myself pretty thin. At the moment though I actually have 2 knitting projects on the go. One is the cardigan I am knitting for my granddaughter. "Am knitting" -- hmm, sounds so current, so active, doesn't it? Truth is it hasn't been picked up or added to for a while. I really must get back at that!

I have been doing a little knitting each day though. A VERY little. Three rows to be exact. This will be a "Year in Temperatures" scarf. I'll be recording the daily high and low temperatures for my area in what will become a very long scarf.

Temperature Scarf

I have 17 colours chosen, and each colour represents 3 degrees Celsius. The main colour in each 3 row stripe represents the day's high while every 6th stitch in the centre row represents the low recorded for that day. I'll begin and end the scarf with 5 rows of black, and separate the months with 2 rows of black. Because there is a chance I might miss hearing the daily temperature or get a little behind in my knitting I'll be relying on a "past weather" page at


Natalie Hennekam said...

Very cool!

Marlene said...

Thanks Natalie. I tried to get a rainbow like progression to represent the temperatures, but the most extreme ends of the scale might never be realized. "Garnet" red at the hot end, and "Majestic" purple at the cold end of the spectrum.

C said...

Ahhh! That is the COOLEST idea! :D

Sweetsknit said...

I do love watching your projects come to life. The temperature scarf is awesome, but I just wanted to point out one tiny little thing about your granddaughter's cardigan.




Just a little helpful nudge from your friendly, neighborhood procrastinator who may or may not have a bag of yarn that was meant to be a sweater for her oldest daughter, but is now being recycled into one for her smallest son. Just a cautionary tale.

Marlene said...

Thanks C. With a bit more variance in the temperature the last few days the scarf is starting to look more interesting than it did when this photo was taken. I had a stretch there at the beginning where the highs and lows remained within the same colour range for 6 days in a row!

Yes Sweetsknit. That growth factor is exactly why I haven't knit many sweaters for these granddaughters that I adore. But both girls live here in the same community and I see them often. Trial fittings show that the sweaters remain very large on them and I have some time yet. Would you believe I had been aiming for the start of school last September?! Now I'll be lucky if the sweaters are done just in time --- for the heat of summer!