After a few busy weeks with minimal blogging (and minimal blog reading), I’m happy to return and report that I’ve made progress on my new YOP goals.
I’ve started two projects for myself!
First on the list in my 2013 Temperature Scarf, which is a great stashbuster. I love that it is a slow project, guaranteed to take at least a year to finish. (If you’d like to make one, too, check out my free crochet version here or the original free knitting pattern by Honey Nutbrown here). So far, I’ve crocheted a row for each day in January.
Like the Temperature Scarf, this is also a stashbuster. In fact, both projects are part of -alongs in the Surmount the Stash group on Ravelry. I just started the socks this morning, and am working on the cuff.
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.
It’s usually when I have obligatory projects with looming deadlines that I suddenly have the urge to begin new projects. My current case of startitis revolves around two projects for me: a pair of socks and a conceptual knitting project, my 2013 Crocheted Temperature Scarf.
Then I looked through my stash for colors that *may* work together. And here’s where you come in :). I found 7 possible yarns. These are all medium weight superwash wools that I like. The colors are different, but, I think, harmonious.
You see, as much as I want to be more confident about color, I’m still a bit of a color wimp. I think that since most of these colors are somewhat muted, they will come together. But I might just be crazy. What do you think?
Whether or not I end up using these actual yarns, I’ve done the rest of the legwork.
I also recorded the temperatures for the first few days of the month. I’m now searching out a crochet stitch pattern (you didn’t think I was actually going to knit a 365 row scarf, did you?). In a perfect world, I’ll use a stitch pattern that allows me to start with the same number of stitches as my age this year. I think that would make an even cooler conceptual project.
Once I knew I was going to crochet, I identified a hook that I was willing to take out of commission for an entire year – my trusty Boye size J hook. I picked the yellow one because it is an outlier – it has a matte finish while all my other Boye hooks are shiny.
My final decision will be whether or not to include the rows of white that Kristen recommends. I don’t have an appropriate skein in my stash and I don’t feel compelled to buy yarn for this scarf. More importantly, I think that white will be pretty harsh against these mostly subdued colors. Do you think the white is necessary?
I have a few potential patterns in mind, but I plan to swatch for each and then pick the one that seems like it will fit me the best.
As for reading, I’m almost through The Sentinel by Arthur C. Clarke. I’m really enjoying it thus far. It’s a collection of short stories, mostly from early in Clarke’s career, and each story starts with an introduction from him. The one downside is that some of the Kindle formatting seems a bit off.
I set a goal of reading 65 books this year. According to Goodreads, I read 61 books last year. The problem (to me) is that only 16 were “real books” and the rest were needlecrafts books. This year, I’d like to read 20 regular books and 45 crafty books. Let’s see how I do!