Temperature Crafts

While I absolutely love crocheting my temperature blanket, crochet is not the only form of a temperature craft!  Think about the crafting medium you enjoy most.  Maybe it is quilting, maybe it is lettering, maybe it is embroidery.  All of these mediums can lend themselves to temperature projects, but you might just have to think outside the box.  I have listed a few different ideas to get you started and to get your ideas flowing.

Temperature Cross Stitch

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While searching for crafts on Instagram, I came across this amazing temperature cross stitch pattern by Hetti Ruckert.  She has the pattern for this cross stitch on her blog, and you can link to it HERE.

You start in the very center and work your way clockwise around the center.  You pick your colors and your temperature chart, and do one square a day.  She even has a chart with the days of the year so that you can see where you should be each day.  I have loved working on this temperature cross stitch, and it is really easy to work in just a five by five square each day!

Temperature Watercolors

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If your favorite medium of choice is watercolor or painting, you can easily do a temperature painting.  I started two different temperature watercolor paintings.  One I did on a really large piece of watercolor paper, and the other was on a smaller piece of paper.  On the large piece (as shown above) I calculated and measured 364 squares.  365 squares just didn't divide very evenly for this piece.  I made 14 columns and 26 rows.  Do a little calculating to see how big your rows and columns need to be to fit evenly on your paper.  I then made a color chart with my watercolors and added corresponding temperature ranges.  Everyday, you just paint the color of the day into one square.  For this painting, I chose to paint a circle in each box. 

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For this smaller piece of paper, I divided it into 90 boxes.  This project will end up being four pieces of paper when complete, which I think would look awesome all hung up together at the end of the year.  I decided to fill in the entire box for this project as well. These watercolor projects will create unique and personal works of art to show off in your home.

Pom Pom Temperature Garland

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I have a thing for pom poms, so of course I had to throw a pom pom garland in with the temperature crafts!  This one is only for the month of January.  I thought it made an interesting pattern though, and I like how it is artistic in its own way.  To make a pom pom garland, pick a yarn colors and temperature ranges, and make one pom pom a day in the color of the day.  I made my pom poms two different sizes to add a little more dimension, but you can keep them all the same size if desired.

These are only a few possibilities for fun temperature crafts.  Get your creative juices flowing, and share your ideas with me!  I love seeing new ideas!

Temperature Blanket Progress - January and February

Myu temperature blanket is well underway! I actually have not missed a day yet!  I think there was one day that I didn't get to my crocheting at night, but I made it up the next day.  It's much less overwhelming if I just stay on top of it each day! I love seeing the progress.

We have had an unseasonably warm winter here in Utah, so I have used a lot more yarn in the 40-59 degree range than I ever would have imagined. I am almost already out of my 40s yarn! And my 50s yarn is also running low.  Crazy winter.  

Here is my January 2018 progress:

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The little section of orange and yellow hexagons was from when our family took a trip to California.  I have decided to use the high temperature for the city in which we are sleeping each night.  It is hard to tell from this photo, but I also have one hexagon with a silver strand running through it.  I am crocheting in the silver thread on special days.  That one happened to be one of my daughter's  birthday.

Here is my progress for February 2018:

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We finally got a few colder days this month...I guess only three days!  And it was only in the 20s!  That is where that clump of blue comes into play.

It's looking fun so far!  It is a good way to remember the year as well.  I like looking at the little orange section and remembering our trip to California. It's a journal of sorts!