• Got Bread?
    Summer Lake Cabin
  • The English Robin
    The English Robin
  • Japanese Maple
    Japanese Maple
  • Waterton Lakes Valley
    Waterton Lakes Valley
  • Magic Mushrooms
    Magic Mushrooms
  • Skywing
    Skywing
  • Fairy Stream
    Fairy Stream
  • Canadian Fall
    Canadian Fall
  • Amethyst Sky
    Amethyst Sky
  • Summer Lake Cabin
    Summer Lake Cabin
  • Stormy Mountain Sunset
    Stormy Mountain Sunset

Tag: crochet

Temperature Blankets: A Quick FAQ

Temperature Blankets: A Quick FAQ
January 12, 2018

January 12, 2018

At this time of year, my temperature blanket blog entries get a lot of attention, which is great! It makes sense: January would be the most popular time of year to start a blanket. Yarnists around the world decide they’re going to make one and then go out in search of information on how to do just that.

As I worked on my own blanket (which I never finished because my life sort of…imploded…in the fall of 2018), I saw the same questions pop up over and over again from people who were starting their blankets: Which chart should I use for my blanket? What colors should I use?

I admit: I also asked the same questions after I decided to make my blanket. These two things seem to be the things that yarnists who have done a blanket before somehow leave unsaid, or sort of glossed over. The answers should be obvious but in reality, it doesn’t work out that way. Maybe it’s because crocheters and knitters are used to following patterns. Someone else normally dictates what is to be done for just about every project we ever do, so why should a temperature blanket be any different? But it is different and that difference is important.

To help make your lives easier as you embark on your temperature blanket journey, here are what should be the obvious answers to these questions:


Temperature Blanket: September Update

Temperature Blanket: September Update
From hot to cold in just a few weeks...

From hot to cold in just a few weeks…

September! Autumn, back to school, crisp air. The month went by quick (again), particularly as I spent ten days out on Vancouver Island at the Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort for a work conference. The time away was decent, and I took as much advantage of being out on the BC coast as I could muster given the circumstances and the mostly wet weather. I even took a small crochet project a coworker asked me to do for her!

Before I talk about my blanket, I want to share what Mom has done with hers, so let’s dive right in!


Incyanity Yarn Update

Incyanity Yarn Update
Hanks of Incyanity yarn, ready for selling!

Hanks of Incyanity yarn, ready for selling!

On June 28, 2020, the site was rebranded as Iron Dragon. Read the announcement.

I originally announced my new yarn venture at the end of May. Now it’s September! Time has really flown by. I’ve been working on my yarn and some folks have been asking when the store will be open, so I wanted to post an update to let everyone know where things are at.

I’ve run a home-based business before (close to 20 years ago now, yikes) but that was a whole different ball of wax compared to this! Back then I was freelance editing science fiction and fantasy novels which meant I didn’t have to worry so much about a tangible product—because the “product” I was selling was me, and all the work I did was completed via email. Having a portfolio website with testimonials and some referrals was just about all I needed. For dyeing? There has to be actual yarn! Shipping agreements! Shipping supplies! And so on and so forth. There are a lot of things I still have to take care of to make sure everything is on the up and up. But, obviously, the most important thing for customers is the yarn.


Temperature Blanket: August Update

Temperature Blanket: August Update
August 7 and August 8.

August 7 and August 8.

I ran into some snags on this project this month, so all I have is a quick update to let everyone know where I’m at!


Temperature Blanket: July Update

Temperature Blanket: July Update
The Canada Day square.

The Canada Day square.

July has been super busy! I spent most of the month concentrating on things I need to do to get ready to launch my hand dyed yarn shop. The shop isn’t open yet but I’m pretty close! Most of the big things are taken care of so over the next few weeks I’ll be moving forward with building up some stock. It’s exciting and I’m looking forward to it.

This month I also had to get ready for a visitor: my best friend Mat is visiting from the UK for a few weeks while my folks are in the United States. I’m house sitting for them during their trip and looking after their dogs, so it’s nice to have the company. On top of looking after my furry siblings I’m also exploring options for a new day job that I can transition to—one which will hopefully lessen my stress and allow me to put more energy into pursuing my yarn.

With all of that going on (and also feeling a bit anti-crochet due to the heat we’ve been having) meant my blanket has been neglected this month, but even so, I do have some progress to share.


Temperature Blanket: June Update

Temperature Blanket: June Update
A cool summer day: June 10 (and June 14 too).

A cool summer day: June 10 (and June 14 too).

Wow! It’s June 30. Time has flown by—half the year is gone, which means my blanket is about half finished!

Getting to this point is a pretty big milestone. This is my first blanket, the biggest crochet project I’ve undertaken to date, so it’s a pretty huge commitment. So far so good! I’ve managed to avoid burnout (though there have been moments!) and while there’s still a lot of seaming to do, the rows are coming together. The blanket isn’t quite big enough to start snuggling under yet (don’t really need that at this time of year) but it’s getting there. My mountain of yarn is starting to wind down too. Some colors are reducing faster than others. The bag I keep all the individual squares in is bursting!

In addition to being the halfway point of 2018, it’s the end of the second quarter too. Let’s see where things are at!