Here's my temperature blanket progress for May! See that one darker pink hexi hiding in the corner? That was from a 90 degree day! I actually added one more color to my color chart because I realized that here in Utah, we definitely get into the 100s, and I didn't want to have the same color for both the 90s and 100s. I moved my darker purple-pink color to the 100s and added this dark pink for the 90s. I'm loving the progress!
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
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!
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.
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
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!
I got to use pink this month! We took a trip to Arizona and the Grand Canyon at the beginning of April, and I used my first pinks of the year! It also has been nice in Utah too lately, so I even got to use a little pink toward the end of April at home as well.
Apparently I'm in to chandeliers! I've already done a paper chandelier tutorial, but now it's time for an all yarn one! These small yarn chandeliers are a simple way to add a bit of color to a room. It's also a great way to use up your yarn stash!
The materials needed are simple:
You need to decide what shape you want your chandelier to take. You can buy circular plastic canvas or you can buy a large rectangular sheet and cut it to size. I cut the one below into a square. The chandelier above is using a round canvas. You also need to decide in what order you want your yarn.
The center of your canvas is where we will start, and it will also have the longest strands of yarn. If you want your chandelier fuller, you will want to string through more holes in your canvas. I skipped every other hole, and you can also skip every other row as well.
Decide how long you want your center strands to be, then double that measurement. We will be stringing up and down, so we want double the length. Then cut several pieces of the same length.
Once you have your pieces, you will start stringing through the center. I like to skip a hole in between strands, but you can space them as close together or as far apart as you'd like. Don't stress about it being perfect. At the end, when all the strands are on the canvas, it will look great as long as you keep your colors and sizes together.
String your yarn needle (one that is thin enough to fit through the holes), and start threading through the very center. In this square piece, I only used two pieces of yarn, but you can extend your center to add more strands of yarn. On my circle chandelier, I did two rows of each color to add more yarn in each color. If your chandelier is going to be moved a lot, you may want to add a bit of glue to the plastic to secure the strands to the canvas. I am hanging mine in my craft room where it won't be moved much, so I didn't glue each strand of yarn.
Continue threading through the canvas with your various colors. Each time you start a new color, you will want to make your strands about two inches shorter. That will give you a one inch difference between the new color and the color before it. You will also need more strands of each additional color. The color on the outside of the canvas will have the most strands but will also have the shortest strands.
With each color, you will want to trim them a bit to make them a little more even. Again, this doesn't have to be perfect. You won't really be able to tell at the end if they aren't all the exact same length.
Continue stringing your yarn through your canvas until you get to the outer edge. You can then add several strands to the edges to hang your chandelier. The other bonus is that this chandelier looks just as pretty from the top as from the side! Enjoy your new, little chandelier!
I'm loving the warmer colors that I am getting to use as winter drew to a close! Here is my progress through the end of March.
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:
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:
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!
All over Instagram and Pinterest, you can find darling blankets and pillows with pom poms attached to the edges. I have loved these blankets, but I haven't loved their big price tags! There is a solution though: attach your own pom poms to blankets and pillows! Places like Amazon, Target, Walmart, TJ Maxx, and Ross are great places to find inexpensive throw blankets and pillows that are great for attaching your own pom poms or tassels. You only need a few items to customize these cozy accessories for your own home.
Handmade Pom Poms and/or tassels
Extra Yarn in coordinating Colors
Large Darning Needle - These are the ones I use
Plastic Yarn Needle - I really like these double ended needles
Twin Sized Thin Blankets - I like this kind
Chunky Pillows - I love this one
Sewing Machine (If using the sew-in method)
How To: Sewing Machine Method
To create this double tassel blanket, I wanted the tassels to dangle from the inside of the blanket. I am no seamstress, but I discovered that thinner, twin-sized blankets make a great throw-sized blanket when folded in half. If I sewed around the edges, I could insert the tassels where I wanted them. This same technique can be used with pom poms as well.
I started by making a bunch of tassels. I then attached three pieces of yarn through the top of each tassel with a plastic yarn needle. I pulled them half-way through so that I had six strands at the top. I then braided the strands holding two strands at a time to make it thicker. I tied a knot at the very top of each braid.
I folded my blanket in half and pinned the tassels on the edges of the blanket. I whipped out my trusty sewing machine (that has never been used for anything other than sewing a few straight edges here and there!), and I got to work!
I sewed right through the tassels and went all around the blanket. I actually had to lift up the foot to go through the tassels because it was so thick with the folded blanket and braids. The sewing doesn't go right to the edge because the hem was too thick, but since this is a tassel blanket, I figured that it could be a little rustic. Tassels aren't neat and tidy, so the edges don't need to be either. (But they probably should line up! :)
Super easy, and pretty quick!
How to: Hand Sewing Method
To attach pom poms or tassels to pillows or blankets that have any material that is not a large stitch knit, you will want to use a hand stitch method. I use a large darning needle to do this. I find a yarn that is about the same color as the pom pom or tassel but that is slightly thinner. This will help you thread the needle and will go through the fabric more easily. I sew through the edge of the fabric, and pom pom or tassel, then tie a knot. The knots can then be slid around back to the pom pom or tassel to hide it. Sometimes it can be tricky to get the needle and thread pulled through the fabric, but it usually works if you wiggle it through. I made all of my pillows using this method.
How To: Tying Onto A Large Stitch Knit Blanket
If you find a cute, chunky, large stitch knit blanket, you can use another technique to attach your pom poms or tassels. Because the stitching is large, you can use the natural holes to tie your pom poms on. I like to leave the ends long on my pom poms so that I can easily find the center of each. This makes it easier for stringing yarn through and attaching to the blanket.
I use a plastic yarn needle because they have wide openings and go through the blanket and pom poms easily. First string through the center of the pom pom. This is when those pom pom ends come in handy. You can quickly find the center knot of the pom pom by following the end strings. String under this center knot and leave some string hanging. You will use the remainder for tying a knot.
To attach your pom pom to the blanket, figure out how far apart you want to space them on the edges. Count several stitches up from the bottom of the hem, to insert your plastic needle. The pom poms I made were very large and heavy, so I wanted to place them a little further up on the edge just to make sure they didn't pull out the stitches on the bottom row.
I strung the yarn through the third row of stitches from the bottom, then tied a knot in the yarn. I then repeated this same process with the same pom pom just two stitches to the left so that the pom pom would be attached with two knots.
You will want to trim the ends of your knots to make them about the same length as your pom pom strands. You also need to trim the ends of your pom pom center string. The two strings connecting the pom pom to the blanket can now be pulled down so that the knots are now lying against the pom pom. This hides the knots within the pom pom strands.
Continue attaching all of your pom poms in the same manner. If your pom poms aren't super heavy, you can actually use your center string of your pom pom to attach to the blanket. You will probably only need one knot with smaller pom poms, so just using the center string should be enough to connect the pom pom.
One thing to note with these pillows and blankets is that with the hand-tied pom poms, you will probably want to hand wash your blankets to protect the yarn from being pulled out of the pom poms. Little hands also find these pom poms irresistible (who doesn't!) so you will want to be careful with these around your little ones.
That's it! This is such a fun an easy way to customize your pillows and blankets. I now want to buy every pillow and blanket I see to turn them into pom pom pillows and blankets! I must warn you: once you start making these, you might get addicted! It's so much fun to think of new color and yarn combos. These also can make great gifts! Who can't use a cute, cozy blanket with pom poms? :)
A few weeks ago, my mom suggested that some of the girls in our family make temperature blankets. My first thought was, "What is a temperature blanket?" But after a quick search on Pinterest, I soon discovered that it was something right up my alley!
A temperature blanket (or scarf, or whatever item you would like to make) is where you crochet or knit a small amount each day in a color that is dependent on the high temperature of the day. You pick your temperature ranges, then you select a color scheme to go with your ranges. One color per range.
My mom and started by going to Hobby Lobby and picking our colors. We decided on ten colors in a rainbow pattern.
Then we chose our temperature ranges. Since we had ten colors, we decided that we would do ten ranges starting with <10 degrees, and ending with >90 degrees. I live in Utah, so it gets cold in the winter and hot in the summer. This winter has been really mild though, so we'll see if I get to use some of those cold temperature colors! Maybe at the end of 2018!
You also need to decide upon a pattern for your blanket. I love granny hexagons, so I wanted to make one granny hexi a day. I looked through patterns on Pinterest and YouTube to find one that I thought fit the best. I will sew them together as I go so that I don't forget which color goes on which day. I'm worried that this blanket might get rather big, but that's okay. Bigger is better than smaller!
My husband, who has never crocheted before, decided to do an easy double crochet pattern. He chained about 165, then will do a third of the blanket each night in double crochet. The small amount each night makes it more doable!
I'm hoping to stay on top of this project! I know there will be nights when I can't get to my hexi of the day, but hopefully I will be able to catch up. It's just a little bit each day! I can do it! I'd love to see your photos if you decide to tackle it too!
We love to give out little neighbor gifts at Christmas time, and while we often do some sort of baked goods, I just didn't have time this year to make homemade treats. I decided to keep it easy this year by giving out cute little gift wrap accessory kits.
I bought this really cute box of 40 washi tapes from Amazon. Not all of the tapes are Christmas themed, but over half of them were. I ended up buying two boxes so that I had enough of the Christmas ones to give out. And as a bonus, I get to keep the non-Christmas ones for myself! :)
I also bought some Christmas colored bakers twine from Amazon. I bought a two pack with both the red and white and red, white, and green colors. You can find them here. I just cut off about a yard to include with the washi tape. The kraft tags are also from Amazon. They even came with some jute twine, so if you didn't want to buy the bakers twine, you could just use the jute that came with these tags. I ended up buying two packs of the tags so that I could put a few inside each bag.
I put everything together into clear poly bags and tied them with bakers twine. I had a few little bottle brush trees left over from a craft project, so I added a few trees to some of the bags. I attached a little tag where we could write our name and each recipient's name. And that was about it! These were easy, practical little gifts to let our neighbors know we were thinking of them during this holiday season!
It is no secret that I am a fan of pom poms. I looooove pom poms. I make so many, that I often have a bunch left over - some are from garlands that didn't work out, some didn't turn out how I envisioned, and some I made for photo props. Whatever the reason, I end up with quite a few extras. Last year I decided to put some of these extra pom poms to good use. We have two different Christmas trees in our house. One is our hodge podge tree that is covered in our family ornaments that we pick each year, and the other tree is my "pretty tree" with matching ornaments. I was getting a little tired of the gold ornaments that I had on my pretty tree, so I decided to make it a pom pom tree!
I loved my green pom pom tree, but when I found a white tree on clearance after Christmas last year, I thought that it would be perfect with pom poms!
I love how the pom poms pop on this tree! It might just need to stay up all year :)