Crochet Temperature Blanket Thoughts

I’m attempting to crochet a temperature blanket this year. I’ve been looking at beautiful ones posted online. I’m really impressed with them. I like the idea of making a blanket, adding additions by changing the colors with the temperature of the day.

I designed a pattern for a reasonable size blanket to include all 365 days.
There’s several color charts posted online for the temperatures, but I decided to work up a color chart of my own.

The only year long daily project I’ve ever attempted was many many years ago, on one of my ex-blogs, I challenged myself to post a photo of my yard every day. It got really monotonous, but I managed to do all 365 days. I was happy when the last day of the year arrived and I decided not to ever try another 365 day project again.
However, I hope that crocheting a blanket by matching the colors each day with the temperature, will be something that might hold my interest.

Have you ever took on a project that required daily updates for 365 days?
Was it difficult to keep up the daily additions?

I wish you all success in your projects.

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Shades of Purple

IMG_9920Here’s the colors for my next project. Even though they may look more like blues in the photo, in real life they’re 3 shades of purple. I’m not going to say what I’m making or if I’m going to make more than one item because I haven’t totally decided yet. There might be a crochet hook involved and/or a knitting loom. The only thing I’ve decided for sure is that these are 3 of the colors of yarn I’m going to use. You’d be surprised how hard it was to find 3 shades of purple in one brand of yarn. I thought I was going to have to order the yarn online and get different brands of each color plus pay monster shipping fees to get some, but thankfully I found this brand with 3 shades at a Hobby Lobby store. ~happy dance~

I’ve never used  ‘I Love This Yarn‘ brand before. It’s a soft acrylic yarn with a nice spring to it.
My Bff knows a lot about yarn and she suggested I make a swatch, and wash & dry it, to get a proper-sizing on the yarn.
That made sense to me, so that’s what I did.
I didn’t think to look on the yarn band for washing instructions until after I had washed and dried my swatch. Then my Bff reminded me of the manufacturers directions on the band when I sent her a photo of the after-wash. She said she usually gives the recipient of her creations a copy of the directions from the band. My Bff has the most awesome ideas.
I used a single crochet, double crochet and a crazy stitch to make my swatch. I figure these are 3 of the main stitches I’ll probably be using. I washed and dried it like it was a regular piece of clothing. I’m happy to report that the swatch washed up really well. Shrinkage was minimal and the yarn didn’t pill.IMG_9919

I splurged the other day and bought a couple of afghan crochet hooks. (I saw the hooks and my ECD kicked in. lol ) I’ve been wanting to try Tunisian crochet and it requires a long hook. I haven’t tried to use these yet. I’m busy with other things, but someday I’ll sit down and give them a try.01-IMG_9940Here’s a couple links that might give an idea about the Tunisian technique.
Tunisian Crochet How-To… Basic Tunisian Crochet Stitch
Tunisian crochet on Pinterest

Have you ever used long crochet hooks?
Have you ever tried the Tunisian technique?

I hope you all have a pleasant rest of the week.

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