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Temperature Scarf

In 2018, I made a temperature scarf for Las Cruces, NM. I started by picking the temperature range I wanted to represent - taking into consideration typical high temperatures in a year. I decided to group anything below 29˚ into one color (I don't think I even needed to use it). This year, I plan to make one for Wenatchee, WA. A friend decided to order one, and it was just in time to get started. Want to make one? Here are the steps I take:

1. Decide temperature range. Look at records and determine what needs to be represented and what you can group.

2. Figure out how many different colors of yarn you will need. I choose a rainbow-type look. You can do whatever you want!

3. Create a calendar. (Feel free to use mine.) 4. Put together calendar. I cut mine with a paper cutter (not cutting the fourth page with the temperatures, because I fold it in half and use it as a cover) and use a binder clip to keep it bunched together as I get out the hole punch. Punch a hole for each color of yarn. Thread the yarn though and tie it to bind the book together. I like to include the brand and color of my yarn because inevitably I will run out.

5. Find a website you trust for weather and bookmark it on your browser. It's important to be consistent. I go with the high temperatures for the day, but you could do lows.

6. Start crocheting. On my first one, when I started my first scarf, I did the math and figured it would be 12 feet long - then I started over. Pick the smallest stitch you know how to do - single crochet? Crochet one line for each day of the year in the corresponding yarn color. You can crochet once a week or however your schedule allows. As long as you aren't doing a blanket, it's pretty easy to keep track of.

7. You could crochet a blanket!

8. At the end of each month, I tie a bit of yarn so I can more easily follow along. The calendar book makes it easy to follow along and remember what temperatures you have crocheted without having to go back and count. I write the temperatures in the book then cross them out once they've been completed. Because I made 3 at a time last time, I ended up circling, crossing out and putting a dot to keep track of where I left off. Sometimes I'll work on one scarf at a time, sometimes I work on one color at a time. Just depends.

9. At the end of each month, I type the temperatures on the calendar in my computer so that when I gift someone the scarf, they can have the corresponding calendar. I laminate the cover of that and also use the yarn to bind it.

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