Carole has a new project, another temperature blanket for 2018.

Last updated 1.6.18 

    Page up dated 1.6.2018

     

Temperature blanket end of May 2018.

Carole Wareing of Colin and Carole's Creations has knitted the first five months rows of her temperature blanket for 2018.

The blanket is being knitted on a 4mm circular needle using a double knitting weight yarn with 300 stitches per row.

Carole has recorded the outdoor temperature where ever she has been at approximately 08.30 hrs over the last month.

This month's blanket has a couple of extra green rows in it. These are to indicate that we went on holiday. We had hoped to get some warmer weather as we took a cruise on the "Azura" from Southampton to the Canary Islands.

Unfortunately as you can see from the picture we didn't get a lot warmer weather than if we had stayed at home!

The highest temperature over the 31 days was 25 degrees C recorded in Parbold and the lowest 9 degrees. The average temperature for the month was 16.1 degrees C.

While we where away at sea the highest temperature was 22c one day when we where between Southampton and Madeira and the lowest was 11c in Southampton on the day we set off. The average for the 17 days we where away was 16.3c

The picture is of Carole taking the temperature on the ship moored in Lisbon, with at least a bit of blue sky.

Carole is incorporating two rows of black yarn to show the change of month and this year is putting a black border around the edge of the blanket.

This year's blanket is being knitted using a stocking stitch compared to last year's garter stitch for a better look to the finished blanket.

Image Cw 6208 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole's Creations

  

Temperature Blanket end of May 2018
 

I've now knitted the first four months rows of my temperature blanket for 2018, with all the readings being taken around Burscough in West Lancashire.

At last some pinks have appeared and even on yellow....it's getting warmer. The highest temperature over the 30 days was 21 degrees C and the lowest -2 degrees. The average temperature for the month was 9.4 degrees C.

The blanket is being knitted on a 4mm circular needle using a double knitting weight yarn with 300 stitches per row.

I've been recording the outdoor temperature where ever we've been at approximately 08.30 hrs over the last month.

I'm incorporating two rows of black yarn to show the change of month and this year I'm also putting a black border around the edge of the blanket.

Carole

Image Cw 6145 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole's Creations

       Temperature Blanket April 2018 

 

      At least it's stopped freezing...

        Temperature Blanket March 2018

   

I've now knitted the first three months rows of my temperature blanket for 2018, we are back on our mooring near Burscough in West Lancashire. As a lot of other people I'm getting a bit fed up of blues!

The blanket is being knitted on a 4mm circular needle using a double knitting weight yarn with 300 stitches per row.

I've been recording the outdoor temperature where ever we've been at approximately 08.30 hrs over the last month.

All this month's temperature recordings have been taken in West Lancashire, England

The highest temperature over the 31 days was 10 degrees C and the lowest -3 degrees. The average temperature for the month was 3.7 degrees C. Last year it was 6 degrees!

I'm incorporating two rows of black yarn to show the change of month and this year I'm also putting a black border around the edge of the blanket.

This year's blanket is being knitted using a stocking stitch compared to last year's garter stitch for a better look to the finished blanket.

Carole    

       End of February 2018 up date...it's getting colder than it was last year. 

I've knitted the first two months rows of my temperature blanket for 2018, we are back on our mooring near Burscough in West Lancashire and it has turned a bit colder over the last few days, so it was a quick nip out to check the temp this morning with a grand view over a frozen canal.

       

Temperature blanket end of feb 2018

 

The blanket is being knitted on a 4mm circular needle using a double knitting weight yarn with 300 stitches per row.

I've been recording the outdoor temperature where ever we've been at approximately 08.30 hrs over the last month.

All this month's temperature recordings have been taken in West Lancashire, England

The highest temperature over the 28 days was 9 degrees C and the lowest -4 degrees. The average temperature for the month was 2 degrees C 2 degrees lower than last year.

I'm incorporating two rows of black yarn to show the change of month and this year I'm also putting a black border around the edge of the blanket.

This year's blanket is being knitted using a stocking stitch compared to last year's garter stitch for a better look to the finished blanket.

If you are anywhere near Burscough, around the Liverpool/Preston/Southport area we are taking part in a exhibition of old photographs and images of Burscough on Sunday and will be displaying last year's completed blanket as a different way of recording a image of Burscough.

We are at The Stanley Club on Liverpool Road South from 10 until 4 and it's free to get in, come and say hello.

Carole

 

 

Temperature Blanket Jan 2018

 

Carole Wareing of Colin and Carole's Creations has knitted the first months rows of her temperature blanket for 2018.

The blanket is being knitted on a 4mm circular needle using a double knitting weight yarn with 300 stitches per row.

Carole has recorded the outdoor temperature where ever she has been at approximately 08.30 hrs over the last month.

All this month's temperature recordings have been taken in West Lancashire, England

The highest temperature over the 31 days was 12 degrees C and the lowest 2 degrees. The average temperature for the month was 5 degrees C 3 degrees high than last year.

Carole is incorporating two rows of black yarn to show the change of month and this year is putting a black border around the edge of the blanket.

This year's blanket is being knitted using a stocking stitch compared to last year's garter stitch for a better look to the finished blanket.

Image Cw 6043 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole's Creations

 

Here we go again...temperature blanket 2018 starts.

Temperature blanket kit 2018 

Temperature blanket kit 2018

This is the 2nd year Carole is going to be creating a temperature blanket.

Things that Carole learnt from last year and has now changed are

1 Carole will incorporate a black border around the edges of the blanket to highlight the recorded colours.

2 This year's blanket will be knitted in stocking stitch instead of garter stitch, so the blanket will look neater because it's easier to weave the ends of yarn in, the blanket should more robust, and it will be easier to distinguish the front from the back.

3 This year Carole is using a "Knit pro Zing" 4mm circular needle as she finds the work grows quicker on these needles.

4 There are 300 stitches on the needle this time instead of 275 so the blanket will end up larger.

Each colour of yarn represents a temperature in the following range.

Carole Wareing of The Wool Boat will knit a row a day in the appropriate colour for the day after taking a thermometer reading at about 08.30 hrs to create a blanket over the year.

Unless we go on far away travels Carole isn't expecting to use a lot of purple or red yarn!

The yarn Carole is using is from the J C Brett's Top Value double knitting weight acrylic yarn.

Red 32 degrees centigrade and above Top Value Shade 8426

Yellow 26 -31 degrees C Top Value Shade 8411

Dusky Pink 20 - 25 degrees C Top Value Shade 8477

Light Pink 13 - 19 degrees C Top Value Shade 848

Light Blue 7 - 12 degrees C Top Value Shade 8418

Air force Blue 1- 6 degrees C Top Value Shade 8419

Everton Blue -5 - 0 degrees C Top Value Shade 8417

Purple - 6 degrees c and below Top Value Shade 8432

And Black for the border and to mark the changes of the months. Top value Shade 8430

These names are our interpretation of the shades.

The note book and the thermometer are essential pieces of the project.

The way the project works is that Carole has selected a colour palette of yarns that will represent a daily temperature throughout the year.

 

The temperature blanket 2017 

Carole toasting the 2017 blanket

         It's finished....

        Full details at bottom of the page  

Carole has a new project, a temperature blanket for 2017.

The way the project works is that Carole has selected a colour palette of yarns that will represent a daily temperature throughout the year.

Carole will record the outdoor temperature where ever she is at approximately 09.00 hrs.

Then a colour represents a temperature in the following range.

Carole then will knit a row a day in the appropriate colour for the day to create a blanket over the year.

Unless we go on far away travels Carole isn't expecting to use a lot of purple or red yarn!

The yarn Carole is using is from the J C Brett's Top Value double knitting weight acrylic yarn.

Red 32 degrees centigrade and above Top Value Shade 8426

Yellow 26 -31 degrees C Top Value Shade 8411

Dusky Pink 20 - 25 degrees C Top Value Shade 8477

Light Pink 13 - 19 degrees C Top Value Shade 848

Light Blue 7 - 12 degrees C Top Value Shade 8418

Air force Blue 1- 6 degrees C Top Value Shade 8419

Everton Blue -5 - 0 degrees C Top Value Shade 8417

Purple - 6 degrees c and below Top Value Shade 8432

These names are our interpretation of the shades.

Carole is knitting the blanket on a 4mm circular needle and has approximately 270 stitches on the needle. Carole is knitting using a garter stitch.

Knitting the first few rows 

Knitting the first few stitches of the temperature blanket 2017

Carole Wareing is knitting the first few rows of her new project, a temperature blanket for 2017.

The blanket is being knitted on a 4mm circular needle using a double knitting weight yarn.

 

knitting thr first few rows of the blanket 

 

The thermometer for the temperature blanket 2017

This is the thermometer that Carole will use to check the temperature at about 09.00hrs every morning.

We bought the thermometer from "Ramages" the hardware shop in Burscough, it is a Silver line model and cost us £3.99.

The thermonenter for the temperature blanket 2017 

The thermometer for the temperature blanket 2017

This is the thermometer that Carole will use to check the temperature at about 09.00hrs every morning.

We bought the thermometer from "Ramages" the hardware shop in Burscough, it is a Silver line model and cost us £3.99.

The colour pallette 

The colour palette for the temperature blanket 2017

Each colour of yarn represents a temperature in the following range.

Carole Wareing of The Wool Boat will knit a row a day in the appropriate colour for the day after taking a thermometer reading at about 9.00 hrs to create a blanket over the year.

Unless we go on far away travels Carole isn't expecting to use a lot of purple or red yarn!

The yarn Carole is using is from the J C Brett's Top Value double knitting weight acrylic yarn.

First few rows  

The first few rows of the 2017 temperature blanket are on the circular needle.

Carole Wareing is knitting a temperature blanket for 2017.

The blanket is being knitted on a 4mm circular needle using a double knitting weight yarn.

 End of January up date 31.1.17.

      Temperature blanket 2017 End of January.

Carole has now knitted the first months rows of her temperature blanket for 2017.

The blanket is being knitted on a 4mm circular needle using a double knitting weight yarn with 275 stitches per row.

Carole has recorded the outdoor temperature where ever she has been at approximately 09.00 hrs over the last month.

She has spent time in West Lancashire and a week away in a cottage on the north east coast of England in Whitby.

The highest temperature over the 31 days was 8 degrees C and the lowest -3 degrees. The average temperature for the month was 2 degrees C.

Carole has decided to incorporate two rows of black yarn to show the change of month.

     

Temperature Blanket January 2017

 

 

            End of February report for the temperature blanket 2017.

All this month's recordings where taken in West Lancashire near north west coast of England.

The highest temperature over the 28 days was 10 degrees C and the lowest -1 degrees. The average temperature for the month was 4 degrees C, so once again mainly blues shades of yarn have been used.

 

Temperature Blanket end of Feb 2017
 

Temperature blanket 2017 End of March.

Carole Wareing of Colin and Carole's Creations has now knitted the 3rd months rows on to her temperature blanket for 2017.

All this month's recordings where taken in West Lancashire near North West coast of England.

The highest temperature over the 31 days was 11 degrees C and the lowest 2 degrees. The average temperature for the month was 6 degrees C, so once again mainly blues shades of yarn have been used.

The pink row that has snuck in there is actually from an early April day.

      Temerpature Blanket end of March 2017

 

Carole's Temperature blanket at the end of April 2017.

Carole has recorded the outdoor temperature where ever she has been at approximately 09.00 hrs over the last month.

All this month's recordings where taken in West Lancashire near the north west coast of England.

The highest temperature over the 30 days was 15 degrees C and the lowest 6 degrees. The average temperature for the month was 9 degrees C, so once again mainly blues shades of yarn have been used.

So as the temperature starts to slowly increase we're seeing more pinks....

 

Temparture blanket end of April 2017
 

 Update 3.6.17 It's getting warmer

This month's recordings where taken in West Lancashire for the first 23 days of the month and then we set off on our summer cruise towards Cheshire with the last days temperature recording being carried out near Dunham Massey.

The highest temperature over the 31 days was 27 degrees C and the lowest 9 degrees. The average temperature for the month was 16 degrees C, so we are now starting to see yellows, pinks and three red rows of yarn have been used.

Carole is incorporating two rows of black yarn to show the change of month.

        Temperature Blanket end of May 2017

 

Carole's Temperature blanket at the end of June 2017.

Carole has recorded the outdoor temperature where ever she has been at approximately 08.30 hrs over the last month.

This month's recordings have been taken as we have travelled along the Bridgewater and the Trent and Mersey canals between Dunham Massey and Middlewich in Cheshire.

During the month we have travelled approximately 37 miles, through 3 tunnels and 8 locks.

The highest temperature over the 30 days was 38 degrees C and the lowest 10 degrees thus making this the first month of the year where we didn't have a single digit temperature at the recording time. The average temperature for the month was 18 degrees C, so not as many blue shades of yarn have been used.

Carole is incorporating two rows of black yarn to show the change of month.

Image Cw 4004 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole's Creations

Temperature blanket June 2017 

 Up date 31.7.17 End of July update

This month's recordings have been taken as we have travelled along the Trent and Mersey canal between Middlewich in Cheshire and Barlaston in Staffordshire.

During the month we have travelled approximately 26 miles, through 1 tunnel and 39 locks.

The highest temperature over the 31 days was 26 degrees C and the lowest 11 degrees thus making this the second month of the year where we didn't have a single digit temperature at the recording time. The average temperature for the month was once again 18 degrees C, the same as Junes with one day and thus one row of a light blue yarn have been used. Carole was hoping for a blueless month.

 

Temp blanket end of July 2017
 
                              Temperature blanket end of August 2017.

Temperature blanket end of August 

This month's recordings have been taken as we have travelled along the Trent and Mersey canal from Barlaston, via Rugeley and back and onto the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal to Radford Bridge near Stafford in Staffordshire.

During the month we have travelled approximately 25 miles, and through 13 locks.

The highest temperature over the 31 days was 27 degrees C and the lowest 11 degrees thus making this the third month of the year where we didn't have a single digit temperature at the recording time. The average temperature for the month has dropped from 18 degrees C to 16 C. But we are now starting to light the fire on the boat as we progress into autumn.

    

Temperature blanket Sept 2017

 

My temperature blanket at the end of September 2017. Up date from the canal in Audlem, Cheshire England.

I've now knitted the 9th months rows on to her temperature blanket for 2017.

The blanket is being knitted on a 4mm circular needle using a double knitting weight yarn with 275 stitches per row.

As is the pattern for the year I've recorded the outdoor temperature where ever we have been moored at approximately 08.30 hrs over the last month.

This month's recordings have been taken as we have travelled along the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal from Radford Bridge near Stafford in Staffordshire, to Wightwick near Wolverhampton and then up the Shropshire Union canal to Audlem in Cheshire.

During the month we have travelled approximately 52 miles, and through 40 locks, twice what we did in August.

The highest temperature over the 30 days was 17 degrees C and the lowest 8 degrees thus making this the first time for three month's we have dropped below 10c at the recording time. The average temperature for the month has dropped from 16 degrees C to 12 C. And we've now got some good supplies of coal for the fire on the boat as we progress into autumn and we head back towards Lancashire to our winter base.

I'm incorporating two rows of black yarn to show the change of month.

Image Cw 4095 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole's Creations

                               End of October up date...we're home 

 

Temperature blanket end of October

 

  

This month's recordings have been taken as we have travelled along the Shropshire Union canal from Audlem in Cheshire back to our home mooring in Burscough, West Lancashire on the Leeds and Liverpool canal.

During the month we have travelled approximately 87 miles, and through 21 locks, and 3 tunnels.

The highest temperature over the 31 days was 17 degrees C and the lowest 2 degrees...winters coming. The average temperature for the month has dropped to 11 C.

 

temperature blanket Nov 2017
 

 

 

Temperature blanket end of November 2017.

This month's recordings have been taken around Burscough, West Lancashire where we have our home mooring on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, but also included a week away in Tenby in south Wales where the climate seemed a bit milder.

The highest temperature over the 30 days was 12 degrees C and the lowest -3 degrees...winters here. The average temperature for the month has dropped to 6 C nearly half what it was in October.

       Image Cw 5078 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole's Creations

    

2017 temperature blanket up date 30.12.17

Only a day to go and we nearly messed it all up.

The problem with living on a boat, moored at present well away from the general population, and the bedroom having port holes that have fabric buttons in them means it is dark and snugly and quiet.

This morning Capt Col woke up at about 08.27!

I or Col have taken the temperatures every day for the last 363days at 08.30hrs....just imagine how I would have felt if neither of us had woken until 09.30 hrs!

Btw it was 7c here near Burscough, which was once again pale blue.

Carole aboard the narrow boat "Emma Maye"

 

It's finished! So I'm raising a glass of fizz.

It started as a wine o'clock moment back in early January, the idea coming as they do from browsing the internet.

I've since discovered that lots of other folks around the world have worked on similar projects with lots of different interpretations of the same basic idea, some people using average temperatures for the day, some people creating scarves, some blankets with squares, but all end up very colourful.

Now 12 months later I have a blanket that is a colourful record of the outdoor temperature I've recorded daily at approximately at 08.30 hrs over the last year.

I started off using a thermometer bought from the local hardware shop in Burscough, West Lancashire where we moor our canal narrow boat.

The thermometer has generally been hung on the tiller bar of the boat, so occasionally it has been in full sun at 08.30hrs, we've not gone as far as a Stevenson screen.

This thermometer lasted nearly all year, but fell apart at the start of December so had to be replaced.

The stats for this last month reflect us being around the West Lancashire area, mainly Burscough but included a few days away towards Parbold and Appley Bridge.

The highest temperature over the 31 days was 11 degrees C and the lowest -5 degrees. The average temperature for the month has dropped to 5 C down a degree from November.

Over the year we have travelled around some of the canals of Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Staffordshire, the West Midlands and Shropshire and had a couple of weeks away from the boat, earlier in the year in Whitby and then to Tenby in South Wales in November. The readings have thus been taken at 48 different locations.

The Stats for the year show a high of 38c, a low of -5c and an average temperature of 10c.

The blanket has being knitted on a 4mm circular needle using a double knitting weight yarn, J C Bretts top value, with 275 stitches per row.

I've incorporated two rows of black yarn to show the change of month.

Some of the plain hard facts.

I've used part or full balls of 12 balls of yarn, at a price of £1.80 a ball, so cost of yarn was £21.60.

I've been as disciplined as possible in completing each daily row so only occasionally had to play catch up and normally I've sewn the ends in on a Wednesday.

I reckon it's taken me about 200hrs to knit the blanket, so if someone had paid me at national minimum wage of £7.50 an hour I'd have earned £1500, but it's been knitted with love and has been fun.

The finished blanket is 54 inches wide by 44 inches long.

Tomorrow I start again, with a few modifications in the creation of 2018's blanket.

Image Cw 5098 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole's Creations

www.colinandcarolescreations.co.uk

Here comes 2018!