Over the weekend I started something new. Something kinda bit, pretty, way too many colors, and will probably end up being the size of a parachute because I'm refusing to measure the size of my stitches.
I'm making a temperature afghan. (Here's a google image search of what other people have done)
I saw it pop up on Pinterest MONTHS ago and was vaguely interested in it, but didn't really know how to start or what to do. Since then I've thought about it on and off again, until I realized I wanted to do it. And have it mean something special to me. So I'm going to share it here, because it's special to me and y'all are special to me and I want to share it.
There are three years that mean a lot to me right now. I'm take all three years and doing a side-by-side comparison of the three to see how the temperatures acted that year.
Year One: 1992, Austin, TX. I was born that year, and in that city - enough said.
Year Two: 2010, San Angelo, TX. That was the year I went to college and the town that I fell in love with for the four years I was out there.
Year Three: 2017, Pflugerville, TX. Last year was a big year for me. I bought a house, started dating Michael, lots of personal and professional growth. Good times.
So, how am I doing it?
Step 1: Decided what years and locations I wanted to use.
Step 2: Went to the Farmer's Almanec website to look up weather history and began to create a spreadsheet using the Min, Max, and Mean temperatures. (Website: https://www.almanac.com/weather/history) This is what it started to look like. I did this for January 1 through December 31.
Step 3: After ALL of the data had been entered, it was time to break out temperature ranges and assign colors to them. Since San Angelo had extreme colds and hots (desert temperatures, man) I wanted to make sure that the ranges broke up a bit to really show off those temperatures. This is what I settled on.
Step 4: Then I went one step further, because I still hadn't decided if I wanted to do the blanket based on minimum, maximum, or the mean temperatures, and created conditional formatting connected to that temperature color chart I made in step 3. I made a lot of rules...
Step 5: This is what January looks like with the conditions involved. Pretty, huh?
Step 6: At this point, I could decide to go with either minimum/max/mean temperatures and just start on it. But I wanted it to look PRETTY, so I started copy and pasting specific sections to see how it looks. I eventually settled on a mix of things. Minimum temperatures for Jan/Feb/March, Mean temperatures for April/MayJune, Max temperatures for July/Aug/Sept, Mean temps again for Oct/November and Mins again for December.
This is what it now looks like with everything else hidden:
Step 7: I went shopping. And bout a lot of yarn. I've done the first week of January for Austin 1992 and I'm SO EXCITED.
I also put together an estimation of what it'll look at finished. You can see that here (linked outside because it's HUGE).
So, now that I've rambled on about my latest craft experience... what are you working on? Do you have a favorite crochet stitch? I'm using a single slip-stitch thing right now. What's been your favorite thing you've created, something related to a special point in your life?