Temperature Blanket 28 day update

I ran into a couple problems with my blanket early on because I couldn’t get the yarn colors in the brand that I need and I lost track of my temperature chart. I went online a found a monthly temperature report for our region. I began ordering/shopping for yarn. I’ve finally got my stock ready to match whatever temperature Mother Nature Mood is.

I raveled the first rectangles out and started my blanket over again.

I couldn’t find a color chart I was happy with, so I made my own. I chose each color in the way I think it reflects the world, such at 50°F the plants start trying to sprout so I think ‘Spring Green’ fits its quite well. I may make a post later on and explain each color. I just wanted to give you the general idea.

I think the blanket will be pretty interesting when it’s finished. It isn’t going to be very large maybe about 38″x44″ (inches).
I designed the pattern myself. It’s rectangles for 364 days, then on the 365th day I’ll do a double crochet row of the color for that day’s temperature. Then I’ll crochet a border around it and call it finished.

Without further ado, here’s how the temperatures of the first 28 days of January 2019 look:
The Degrees are Fahrenheit.
Each color changes with the range of tens: 30° to 39° is blue, 60° to 69° is lemon and such as that
Yarn is Red Heart 4 ply
I’m joining the rows with ‘Aran’. I plan to do the border in it too.
0° & under, white
10°& teens, Amethyst (it’s more purple than in the photo)
20° Orchid
30° Blue
40° Light Blue
50° Spring Green
60° Lemon
70° Saffron
80° Pumpkin
90° Cherry Red
100° & above, Burgundy

 

I hope you all have a lovely week of sunshine and blue skies.

 

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Wednesday – nailed it

It’s 52°F rainy and dreary.
I don’t have anything much to post about, so I thought I’d share a photo that I took way-back in 2008.
I’ve always liked this photo, I don’t know why though, perhaps because it’s simple and rustic looking to me.

 

I wish you all a nice rest of the week.

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1-20-2019 Super Blood Wolf Moon

I know some folks think it’s corny if you pay attention to anything to do with eclipses or a super moon. I personally think it’s a bit of extra fun. Plus it gives this old gal a chance to try and take a photo of it to post on my blog. 😉

It was a cold 20°F and the wind was blowing like mad. I’d go outside to try for a photo and then dash back in the house for a few minutes and repeated doing this for about an hour. My camera refused to take a photo of the full eclipse. Here’s the best of the photos that I took last night.

I hope your week is a Happy one!

 

 

 


 

PVC Pipe Knitting Loom Stands – with lengths for various looms

In 2013 when my sister introduced me to loom knitting, my main problem with the loom was the handling of an ongoing project. My wrists would ache and my work would bunch up underneath. It was so awkward for me. I thought I was going to have to quit before I even learned the skill.
Then I had an idea, a wonderfully helpful idea for an easy way to make reusable frames to fit any size knitting loom: pvc pipe, pvc joints and Ponytail Bobbles

The PVC Pipe is 3/4 inch.

I can make the legs any length I need. I use the stand like a lap tray.

When my knitting project starts getting long, I put a trash bag over the stand and secure it with tape to the frame.

I shared my pvc frame idea with my sister. She loved it and has been using it too ever since.
And there you have it, one more thing that helped make my loom knitting much more enjoyable.
I hope it helps some of you all too.

Happy crafting


edited in 2-10-2019:
I do not glue the stands together.
I don’t use adhesive on the pipes nor couplings.
The reason I don’t glue the pipes and couplings together is that I’m constantly using different size looms and can’t afford to dedicate one stand per each. Nor do I have the space to store them.
For my use, there’s enough suction, when the pipes are pushed securely in to the couplings, to hold them together.
I’ve not had a problem with the pipes/couplings coming apart when I use them.
The suction isn’t tight enough to hold them together forever.
From time-to-time, I check the joints and pipes to make sure they’re still snug, if they feel loose I push them back together.

If you want to dedicate a specific stand to a specific loom for all-time, then gluing it together may be something you might want to consider.


edited in 1-16-2019 – Gallery of PVC Pipe lengths for various looms

 


 

Chicken Vegetable Soup

It got down in the low 30°s yesterday. A perfect day for chicken vegetable soup. A soup cooked in a slow cooker all day long. A warm welcome when one enters the door, cold and tired, at the end of a long day.
I don’t have a recipe for my slow cooker chicken soup. I boil the chicken on the stove first. I put the chicken and it’s broth in the slow cooker. I add whatever vegetables I have on hand: frozen, fresh or canned. I turn it on and go on about my day.

*I feel obligated to note that I rinse the canned vegetables to hopefully help reduce the salt even though we by low salt or no salt canned goods.
I put the frozen onions and bell peppers in a colander and ran hot water of them for a minute, to help thaw them, before adding them to the slow cooker.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t make any corn bread to go along with the soup because for the first time in my 4 decades of married life, I don’t have a solitary egg in the house. My husband cooked up the last of the eggs for our breakfast Monday and we haven’t had a chance to go to the grocery store this week.
All was not lost, we have oyster crackers and they’re mighty tasty in the soup.

What’s you favorite recipe for winter days?

I wish you all a warm and pleasant weekend.

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Wednesday Winter Sprouts

The temperatures has been in the 50°s and high 60°s here lately. The daffodils, lilies and rose are trying to make their yearly debue. Unfortunately, the temperatures are rumored farecast to start dropping and the new growth will probably be bit back. Fortunately, the temperatures will warm up again soon and the new growth will began again.

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Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday!

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