Temperature Scarf CAL – January Wrap-up

The Bernat Temperature Scarf Crochet-Along officially started February 1st, 2013, but I had gone back and recorded/crocheted the temperatures for all of January.

IMG_1644January started out chilly, but not horrible.  A lot of light blue to begin with.  Then we had a very mild week, represented by the two shades of green.  At that point I wondered if I would ever get to use my lowest temp colour, sparkly purple, and despite my fiery hatred for winter, I found myself wishing for colder temperatures.

I ate my words the following week when we had a terrible cold snap.  It was the coldest it had been all winter, and even though I finally got the colours on the scarf, I worried if I would actually have to ADD another colour.  And that sent me into a panic because I specifically picked sparkly colours for the lowest and the highest temperatures, so then my whole scarf would be ruined!  RUINED!

IMG_1642But, since this is Canada, and only here can it go from -28C wind chills to 13C within one week.  We had everything from snow squalls, high winds, thunderstorms, rain, and something called “ice fog” in the last week of January.  I was outside on my patio 3 times one evening in only a tank top and I wasn’t cold!  So I was able to introduce a new colour to the scarf – the yellow!

The dark green had been the highest temperatures so far, and this time there was even a gradual change in colour.  Right from light blue (0 – -5C) up to yellow (13C – 19C).

I’m still really pleased with the scarf.  I got all the ends weaved in so far (Note to self: weave in ends as you go along, there is nothing worse than weaving in a billion ends at once) and the edge is looking pretty.  I still may or may not go with a border.  Probably not, because let’s face it, after a year of working on one project, I’m not going to want to do ANYTHING else to it.  Done will be done.

IMG_1646There’s still time to join in!  The crochet-along only just begun, you can catch up!  Find the official information here and follow along.

If you want to know the yarn/stitches/temperatures I’m using, check out my first post here.

Time for Another Crochet-Along!

New year – new CAL!  I know what you’re thinking.  You’re saying “But you didn’t even finish the CAL from last year!”  And you would be right.  I still have a pile of unfinished afghan pieces tucked away somewhere.  I learned a lot about myself during that CAL.  Like how I’m just not cut out to make afghans (don’t even ask about the one I started making for Cupcake’s big girl bed…). But, this one is different!

423x231xtemperaturescarf-423x231.jpg.pagespeed.ic.h99dix32PWA scarf!  A completely attainable, small scale scarf!  But not just any scarf.  A scarf with meaning, with purpose.  You see, in order to make this scarf, you must track the temperature daily.  Either in your own town, or some special location of your choosing.  I chose to stick with the city I live in now, although a special part of my heart still lies in the country.

Each day, you crochet two rows in the colour you’ve chosen to represent the day’s temperature.  Just think of it as if you were crocheting in colours based on The Weather Network‘s own maps, but of course you can use whatever colours you want!

Their suggested yarn for this project happened to be Bernat Satin, and it just so happens that I already had 5 colours from that line, and 2 from the Red Heart equivalent, Soft Touch.  I only needed to pick up 3 more colours to complete my chosen temperature ranges. My thermomete

thermometertextThe yarns I’m using, in order from top to bottom:

Bernat Satin Sparkle – Ruby
Red Heart Soft Touch – Hot Pink
Bernat Satin – Tangerine
Red Heart Soft Touch – Lemon
Bernat Satin – Foliage
Bernat Satin – Soft Fern
Bernat Satin – Lagoon
Bernat Satin – Teal (I think, lost the label)
Bernat Satin – Star Dust
Bernat Satin Sparkle – Amethyst

I decided to go with 6 degree intervals for a couple reasons.  Initially I wanted to go with 5, but 6 helps cut down on the number of colours I need.  But also it’s still a nice small window so I won’t end up with the same colour for miles.  Canada’s weather tends to fluctuate A LOT (we just had double digit temperatures in the middle of January), so I think I will get a lot of different colours in there, but also see temperature averages.  I chose the Satin Sparkle yarns for the highest and lowest temperatures, so you can easily see the hottest and coldest days.  I also decided to go with the “feels like” temperatures when I can, as we are prone to wind chills and humidex which will be more accurate, but also allow me to use those sparkle yarns.

So I’ll stop yammering on here, but let you know about one more decision I made for my scarf.  I decided to do the moss stitch instead of go with their pattern, and I really LOVE how it’s looking so far.

Oh yeah, the CAL starts February 1st, 2013, but I went back and started my scarf from January 1st.  Here is what I have so far:

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I love, love, love it so far.  I hate that it’s going to take a whole year to make, but I also can’t wait until I can get into those warmer colours!

Hurry up and join in!  You can find all of the official info here.

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Amazing Yarn Inventions

This was me after watching the following two videos:

MindBlown

I don’t typically blog about things other than yarn or crochet, but these two videos are way too awesome to not share.  Yes, they both feature knitting, but tone down your snobbish nose for just a moment and marvel in this amazingness.

First, you reclaim yarn from ugly thrift shop sweaters:

Imogen Hedges from Rachel Mc Closkey on Vimeo.

Then, you knit a hat!

ECAL Low-Tech Factory/Rocking-Knit from ECAL on Vimeo.

I couldn’t help but get a huge shit-eating grin when I saw these incredible machines.  I mean, come on!  The yarn reclaimer not only STEAMS the kinks out of the yarn, but also BURNS the cellulite off your thighs!  You can crochet whatever your heart desires, WHILE your rocking chair knits hats for charity!

Where do I put my name for pre-order?

Free Pattern – Adventure Time Balls

Warning:  This post uses the word “balls” A LOT.  Childish giggling will ensue.

For both patterns, I used two strands of yarn held together (I just like working up bigger pieces with less stitches).  You don’t need two skeins, just make a little ball from your skein to use as your second strand.  Don’t worry about not having enough, these are my leftovers from the “second strand” ball, and as you can see, I still had plenty left over.

You can use one strand of bulky yarn instead, or one strand of WW, but your finished product will be much smaller.  OR you can completely adapt the pattern to any size ball you want.  I used the Ideal Sphere pattern for mine, and she has a whole slew of sizes you can choose from, I used the 12 row.  These balls are particularly fitting for this pattern as she has created mathematically perfect spheres… mathematical!

Jake the Dog

You will need:

-Mustard coloured WW yarn

-Size H8/5mm hook

-Embroidery thread

-Felt/Fabric in black and white

Body (12 Row Sphere)
Row 1) Ch 2. 6 Sc in second Ch from hook. (6) (I use a magic circle instead)
Row 2) inc in each stitch around (12)
Row 3) 1, inc, 2, inc, 1, inc, 2, inc, 1, inc (17)
Row 4) 2, inc, 3, inc, 3, inc, 3, inc, 2 (21)
Row 5) 3, inc, 6, inc, 6, inc, 3 (24)
Row 6) 10, inc, 13 (25)
Row 7) even (25)
Row 8) 13, dec, 10 (24)
Row 9) 3, dec, 6, dec, 6, dec, 3 (21)
Row 10) 2, dec, 3, dec, 3, dec, 3, dec, 2 (17)
Row 11) dec, 1, dec, 2, dec, 1, dec, 2, dec, 1 (12)
Row 12) 4 scdec. Fasten off. Weave loose end
through each stitch in the opening. Pull tightly
to close.

Chow Flaps (using 1 strand of yarn)
6sc in magic circle
sc around until tube is 1.5-2in long
Add a teeny tiny bit of stuffing and close end
Sew to face as shown
Embroider a mouth

For the eyes and nose, you can use what you want. Safety eyes, buttons, crochet flat circles. But I found anything that protruded from the face too much looked silly.
So what I did was cut pieces of fabric, but felt would work just as well.
Make 2 large black circles and 2 slightly smaller white circles for the eyes, and small black oval for the nose. Glue on with your choice of fabric glue.

Ears (make two with one strand of yarn)
Ch 4
sc in second ch from hook, sc in next ch
3sc in last ch
Working along bottom of chain, sc in next 2 ch, ch1 turn
sc in first 2 sc
2sc in next 3 sc
sc in last 2 sc
sc across flat side, fasten off, sew on sides of head

Finn the Human

You will need:

-Yarn in a light skin tone, and white

-All the other stuff from the Jake the Dog ball

Body (12 Row Sphere)

Start with cream colour, switch to white on Row 5

Row 1) Ch 2. 6 Sc in second Ch from hook. (6) (I use a magic circle instead)
Row 2) inc in each stitch around (12)
Row 3) 1, inc, 2, inc, 1, inc, 2, inc, 1, inc (17)
Row 4) 2, inc, 3, inc, 3, inc, 3, inc, 2 (21)
Row 5) 3, inc, 6, inc, 6, inc, 3 (24)
Row 6) 10, inc, 13 (25)
Row 7) even (25)
Row 8) 13, dec, 10 (24)
Row 9) 3, dec, 6, dec, 6, dec, 3 (21)
Row 10) 2, dec, 3, dec, 3, dec, 3, dec, 2 (17)
Row 11) dec, 1, dec, 2, dec, 1, dec, 2, dec, 1 (12)
Row 12) 4 scdec. Fasten off. Weave loose end
through each stitch in the opening. Pull tightly
to close.

You can then ss around the white meets cream border if you need to give the two colours a little more definition.  My cream colour was really light (it’s all I had on hand) so that’s what I did.  It also helped to make it look a little more like a hood edge.

Hat Points (make two with one strand of yarn)
4sc in magic circle
sc around for 3 rows
Flatten and sew to head as shown

Embroider mouth and make two small ovals for eyes.

C’est voila!  Easy peasy.  Be creative, make them bigger or smaller (itty bitty earrings would be awesome).  Turn them into Christmas tree decorations, just loop some yarn through the tops of their heads!  Change their faces!  I find Finn looks better with his open mouth, but I’m no artist!

Stay tuned, I’m hoping to make some other characters, Princess Bubblegum is next of course!

And for more great free patterns, be sure to check out my Pinterest boards!

Free Pattern Friday – Convertible Cowl

For today’s FPF, I want to feature a really nice pattern from The Crimson Owl.

With the cooler weather approaching, this Convertible Cowl is a beautiful and cozy way to accessorize your favourite jacket.  The great thing about this cowl, and what makes it convertible, is that it’s made the perfect size to pull up over your head on those particularly windy days.  A very cute way to keep your head and neck warm at the same time!

This pattern is incredibly easy to follow, and to work up.  And if you just want to use it as a cowl, you can do as many or as few rows to get the final result you want.

I made this one last Winter when Cupcake was about 6 months old.  I used Bernat Roving, which is very thick and soft.  I bought a big supply of Roving at the last Tent Sale, so I plan on making another for myself, to match a hat I worked up for this winter.

So please head over to The Crimson Owl‘s page and show her some love.  She has other patterns and posts I know you will enjoy!