Climate change

Thanks to everyone who weighed in on the my color choices last week.  I ended up starting my 2013 Temperature Scarf on Saturday.

I love everything about this project so far!  The colors are coming together nicely, and I love that this is a project that will take a minimum of 365 days to complete.  There is something really liberating about not working against a deadline.

For those of you just hearing about the temperature scarf project: it’s a conceptual crochet project where I track the weather for the course of the year by matching colors to temperatures and crocheting one row for each day.  I got the idea from this knitting version.  I’m using 7 skeins of yarn from my stash, so it contributes to my stash busting goals for the year.  And it’s a project for me, which is a rarity.

To add to the whole conceptual nature of this project, I basically combined several stitch patterns so that the stitch count for each row is the same as my current age.  I chose a single crochet based stitch pattern because I didn’t want the scarf to be too long.  If it seems to short by March, I’ll adjust the stitch heights seasonally (half double crochets in the spring and fall, double crochet in the summer, and single crochet for the winter) to represent the daily hours of sunlight.

So here are my first 13 days.  The standout feature is that the climate of New York City has really changed a lot in the past few years.  I haven’t even used the color for the coldest temperatures, and we’ve had several days in the high 40s.  I almost wish I had made one of these years ago so I could compare the shift in temperature over time.

Though I love this project so far, don’t worry.  I don’t plan to share an update on it for each of the next 52 weeks – that seems a bit much ;).  I will share the stitch pattern as soon as write it up since a few people have asked about it on Ravelry.

As for reading, I finished The Sentinel by Arthur C. Clarke earlier this week (review here) and I started reading a NetGalley review copy of And All the Stars by Andrea K. Host yesterday.

Edited to add: I’ll be at Vogue Knitting Live this weekend.  If you’ll be there, too, let me know – I’d love to meet up!

For more Works in Progress, visit Tami’s Amis.  For more Yarn Along posts, visit Small Things.

Crocheters may want to check out my giveaway for 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet: Beautiful Patterns to Mix and Match for Afghans, Throws, Baby Blankets, and More by Betty Barnden, courtesy of St. Martin’s Press.

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