Showing posts from January, 2017

Yarn Along :: The Underground Railroad

~Started in Fall 2010 by Small Things, every Wednesday we share what we're knitting or crocheting and reading on our blog/Instagram (#yarnalong)/Flickr, and link up on her blog.~

❝ The music stopped.  The circle broke.  Sometimes a slave will be lost in a brief eddy of liberation.  In the sway of a sudden reverie among the furrows or while untangling the mysteries of an early-morning dream.  In the middle of a song on a warm Sunday night.  Then it comes, always - the overseer's cry, the call to work, the shadow of the master, the reminder that she is only a human being for a tiny moment across the eternity of servitude. ❞ 
Currently reading: The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead; still working on The Exorcist
Currently working on: A Virus Shawl for my grandmother.  Caron Cakes is perfect for this pattern.  One Cake makes a nice size scarf, the yarn is lovely to work with, and it blocks into a lovely shawl.  After this, I have two more to make.

Temperature Tuesday III


Glad to say I've been working on my blanket daily, and I'm on row two now!

My black yarn came in the mail the day after I posted, so it's finally got its starting hexagon in black.

Unfortunately, the weather has been quite dismal, raining almost every day, and the same temperature range.  Almost every day it's in the 40s, and for three days it was in the 45° - 49° range, or Soft Blue days, so there's three of those right next to each other, which is bound to happen and seems to be on trend for temperature blankets.  I've seen on Facebook people have been using the same color for days and wish they had color variation like mine.  Good thing I chose a 5° temperature range.  A 2° temperature range would also be interesting.

I also found some hexagonal graphing paper, and am coloring in the days accordingly.  It gives me a full look at the blanket, and I can do it on days I don't crochet the hexagon if I'm busy or ill, and I can keep it for records. …

Pussyhats and the Women's March on Washington

On Saturday I attended the Women's March on Washington.  It was a sea of signs and pink Pussyhats.  There were so many people, it was unbelievable!
What was the Women's March on Washington? The website says it best:
On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us--women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international c…

Yarn Along :: The Exorcist

~Started in Fall 2010 by Small Things, every Wednesday we share what we're knitting or crocheting and reading on our blog/Instagram (#yarnalong)/Flickr, and link up on her blog.~

❝ Like the brief doomed flare of exploding suns that registers dimly on blind men's eyes, the beginning of the horror passed almost unnoticed; in the shriek of what followed, in fact, was forgotten and perhaps not connected to the horror at all.  It was difficult to judge. ❞
Currently reading:The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty. 
Currently working on: I haven't touched my dad's Christmas blanket this past week, as I've been sick, but after I finish this post I hope to put on a movie and get comfortable and start on it again; I'm feeling much better.  The black yarn for my temperature blanket hasn't come in the mail yet, so it's missing a hexagon, but I've started the second row, with light green, Pistache.  It's a yellowish-green, I'm not too sure why I went with thi…

Temperature Tuesday II

17 days in, my first strip is (almost) complete on my temperature blanket!  I'm just waiting for my black yarn to come in the mail, and I'll put a black one to the left of the dark green hexagon with the stitch marker, the black one being the place marker for January.

It's too long to take a decent picture of without showing tidbits of my messy room.  I would have taken it downstairs and gotten a picture on the floor (standing on a chair most likely), but I've been stuck in bed, sick with a stomach illness for almost a week and had to catch up today.  That alarm going off at noon everyday can get annoying, especially when you're exhausted from not having eaten in days (except for Pepto Bismol) and are exhausted, but I still faithfully recorded the temperatures, even that weird yellow day where it was in the 60s!

It fits across my full size bed already, so it's a perfect size.  It'll also have a border.  I'll have measurements as soon as the black yarn c…

Yarn Along :: Trout Fishing in America

~Started in Fall 2010 by Small Things, every Wednesday we share what we're knitting/crocheting and reading on our blog/Instagram (#yarnalong)/Flickr and link up on her blog.~

❝ Everything smelled of sheep.  The dandelions were suddenly more sheep than flower, each petal reflecting wool and the sound of a bell ringing off the yellow.  But the thing that smelled the most like sheep, was the very sun itself.  When the sun went behind a cloud, the smell of the sheep decreased like standing on some old guy's hearing aid, and when the sun came back again, the smell of the sheep was loud, like a clap of thunder inside a coffee cup. ❞
Currently reading:Trout Fishing in America, by Richard Brautigan
Currently working on: you think I can finish my dad's Christmas blanket by next Wednesday?
💗  OPH

Temperature Tuesday

I've been so excited for today's first Temperature Tuesday! I finally get to blog about my blanket again! Honestly, I could take a picture and update every day, but that'd be overwhelming, and I'd probably get tired of it, but so far every day I'm staring down the clock, willing it to move to noon faster.

So here is 10 days in:

If you'll notice the white fluff on the ground, we did get snow!

That means one day gets sparkly thread.

For the day it snowed and the day after I was in Dover, Delaware at the Dover Downs Casino Hotel eating plates and plates of good food and playing slot machines where I won a total of $407.75! Lucky for me it's a complex, so I didn't have to go outside in the 18° weather (the grey hexagon), but it makes for a nice colorful first row.

Speaking of, I really like the way the first row is coming out.  The beginning is where the stitch marker is, and will have a black hexagon to the left of it to mark the beginning of the month.  …

2017 Temperature Weekender Blanket

What better way to begin the new year than by starting a temperature blanket!?!

What's a temperature blanket? A temperature blanket (or scarf, shawl, or snake) is an example of conceptual knitting or crochet.  There's also sky, mood, and even weight-loss projects.  In all of these you assign different colors of yarn to your chosen variable and knit or crochet a row or round or motif a day in the appropriate yarn color.  At the end of the year, or how ever long you've chosen, you have a visual representation of the temperatures or your moods. Fun!

For the past three days I've been researching and planning and making charts and finally have everything set in stone and my blanket is in progress.  I'm so excited to get to the next day to record the temperature, and have never been so interested in the forecast as now.  This is a fun project, and I hope the momentum I have going into it will stick around.

I'm going to split this into three parts, guided by the excell…