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023: Temperature Blanket

Looks like it’s time for my annual ‘I just paid for the domain, I should use this blog occasionally’ post! I don’t think I’ll try to do the book blogging thing this year since it’s obviously not My Thing, but I might do a recap of 2019 at some point, if I remember to do so.

Right now I’m just going to talk about my new obsession, the Temperature Blanket. I honestly don’t do big projects, usually, but this one caught my attention, and I decided to try it. I’m not that far along yet because I keep changing my mind, and then I ran out of yarn, so… yeah. I’m partly through January.

The yarn is called Yarn and Colors Epic 8/8, and is a 100% cotton yarn in the worsted weight category. The colours are A LOT brighter compared to the website, which is a little annoying but tbh cheap yarn is necessary, and there was a lot of colour ways, so here we are.

I added a little bit of a seed stitch border on the bottom, because my math said that if I do a single row per day the blanket will only be 175 cm long (my bed is 200 cm), and if I do two per day it’ll be 350 cm, which… is way too big. So, I’m undecided, but I have two options:

  1. I’m going to keep this black border, and then add one to the sides when the blanket is done as I didn’t want to carry yarn along both sides, and also do a tiny border (maybe 1 cm?) between each month, which should bring me up to 196 cm, or…
  2. I’ll ditch the border between each month, and unpick the black and instead do a long bit (10 cm or so) of the colour of the first and last row, on the top and bottom.

I’ll have to decide soon, because the additional yarn I had to order, because I stupidly only bought one ball of each of the winter colours (and also, the grape is more pink than purple so I’m considering replacing it with lavender, which I also ordered, just to see how it looks like), will arrive next week!

And for some extra nerdery, here’s a bit of my spreadsheet fun I’m playing around with as I knit:

This is just a graph I put into a Google Spreadsheets doc, based on the columns of temperature and dates I added. Nothing fancy at all, but I love the purple.

The purple are the low and the blue are the high temperature reported from a weather station near my home here in Sweden. At first I did the average temperature, but as you can see the high and low varies a lot during a day, and it just resulted in swaths of blue every single day. So now I’m doing the low temperature during winter (December-February) and autumn (September-November) and the high during the rest of the year, just to get a good range of colours.

And this is the colour chart I made. I’ll probably swap out the purple bordeaux for something else (or just do anything over 24°C red, since I already omitted the black, and am now using Amethyst for anything below -4°C, as I needed the black for the border) because the colours that arrived are so much brighter than they look here.

Anyway, very excited about this longterm project, and hoping that my ADHD won’t get in the way of actually finishing it.

 

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012: Knitting! Rogue hoodie!

It’s November, which means that I want to blog. (I don’t know how they are connected either. Just run with it.) So naturally, I had to spend three days figuring out how to do name server things and get my domain back and installing WordPress and play with themes and plugins and Google Fonts and… yeah. All those things.

Because somehow the free WordPress blog I had wasn’t enough. So I guess I’ll have to try and blog more than twice a year to make up for it, because that was a lot of effort.

I kind of want to talk about knitting and not writing, though, so let’s do that.

 

Pattern: Good old Rogue, from 2004 or something like that.
Yarn: Drops Cotton Merino (50/50 blend)

I knitted a Rogue about 10 years ago and promptly gained weight and it didn’t fit anymore. This time I made some modifications with this in mind:

  1. It’s one size larger across the hips, since I’m bigger across the hips than the boob area. So I cast on for the 40.5 inch chest size, knitted that for a while, and then slowly decreased along the cable until I hit the stitch count for the size below.
  2. I made it a bit longer as well, since my usual issue with things that don’t fit is a gap over the belly, which is annoying as hell.
  3. The zipper. Omg the zipper. I actually knitted it in the round and did steeks down the front and sewed in a zipper. By hand. Twice. It was hell. But even if I change my meds again and gain weight, the zipper will help me wear it anyway.

Before steeks. This is also about a year ago, because I put it down for Christmas knitting last year and forgot to pick it back up for a really long time.

  

I don’t have a picture of the way I did the steeks, but basically I split the cable around the hood down the middle and knitted a six stitch panel in the middle. (Which honestly, I wish I’d done at least ten stitches wide, in retrospect.) This is a close up of how it looked, and as a bonus, an image showing the moment I realised that I’d bought and spent four days sewing in a zipper that was at least three inches too short. I don’t know how I managed to both buy, pin in, and sew a zipper (and then leave the house wearing it) without realising that the zipper wasn’t long enough, but I did. And then I had to dig through my stuff and found a really old metal zipper that fit almost perfectly. It did take me another two weeks to actually do it, though, because I was so sick of zippers at that point.

My cat, however, was not team ‘finish knitting this damn thing’, since she really didn’t want to lose her favourite nap spot. That’s okay. I managed it in the end, without her support.

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011: Knitting pattern #1

Here’s my first pattern! Or I’ve been making patterns for literally yearssss but they’ve just been hanging around on my hard drive, half written. So let’s do this.

I call these Claudie for the person I made them for. I’m Bad At Names (ask anyone who’s helped me name a writing project) so that’s usually how I name them. I’m going to make this available on Ravelry too (here), but I’m putting it here too.

Size
One size, which translates to three inches wide and ten inches tall, worked with about 1.5 inches negative ease. If your underarm is bigger than 8 inches around measured halfway between wrist and elbow, go up a needle size.

Supplies
• About 60 grams of worsted weight yarn, 30 grams per colour. Sample is knit using Viking of Norway Superwash (50 gram/100 m, 100% merino) in black (main colour), and a Sandnes Smart (50 gram/100 m, 100% superwash wool) in petrol (contrast colour). These two yarns may or may not be available outside of Scandinavia.
• US6/4 mm circular or double pointed needles
• 2 stitch markers

Gauge
5.5 sts and 7 rows per inch.

Directions
Cast on 40 sts in MC.

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004: Knitting project finished!

I said I’d use this blog for Instagram stuff I don’t want to lose in the madness that is my feed, so let’s get on that.

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This is Argante by PicnicKnits, knitted in Debbie Bliss Andes, of some mystery colour (I always lose the yarn label), bought at some mysterious point in life I can’t remember. I think possibly at Strikk in Gothenburg years ago? But I’m not sure.

Either way, it came out really well! I did some minor modifications, mainly because I wanted something scarf-ish that was also a shawl, so I didn’t increase until the halfway point. Instead I, after the short row section, kept increasing for a bit, but only every third row, and then I knitted it flat without increasing until I got to the halfway point. And they I did the reverse for the second half of the scarf and it turned out really well.

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I’m really loving how the fabric came out, all drapey and nice. I also have a thing for loose garter stitch. I don’t know what it is about it, I just love it! So this one is going to be my new go to shawl, all winter long.

This one took me months and months, mainly because I took a break to do some cross stitch when my wrists didn’t want to play along. But I finished it just in time for autumn, so yay.