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Temperature Afghan

Temperature afghans-if you have crocheted any length of time at all, then you have seen them all over the internet, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram at the first of the new year for the last several years. If you do a search for Temperature Afghan you will probably come across a variation of this photo.  This afghan wasn’t created primarily to be a temperature afghan, though someone on the internet did use this photo to portray one.

Temperature Afghan Tips

 

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What is a temperature afghan?

It is an afghan crocheted one row a day with the color related to the temperature of that day. Blues and Purples for cold weather and yellows/oranges/reds for warmer temps. Greens for the middle temps. When completed there is a visual representation of the year’s daily temperature and 365 rows of beautiful afghan.

Problems with a temperature afghan?

  • They can be huge! 365 rows of huge crochet blanket.
  • It is a long commitment. You must know that you will stick with a project for every day of the year (not my thing.)
  • They can be ugly if your regional temperatures zoom up and down like ours in Oklahoma where it can be 80 degrees F one day and below zero the next.
  • It can be boring.

The answer to fixing the boring part and huge commitment is to crochet last year’s temperatures. Find the temperatures for last year on the internet. Print them out and then you can sit down and crochet the whole thing in several weeks! Which is what I would do if I were going to crochet one.

How can you adjust the temperature afghan to fit your crocheting style?

There are so many ways that you can use to crochet a smaller version.

  • It could be the temperatures for the month a baby was born or your birthday month.
  • A scarf illustrating the temperatures for 3 winter months.
  • It could be a granny square blanket with 2 or 3 daily temperatures.
  • Crochet a special year to memorialize someone’s life.

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Life is Fun

Right now, life is fun. I am figuring out how to get around and do daily living activities while not putting any weight on my right foot. Which means that I am not getting around much at all.

 

Before Christmas

I spent my time crocheting these dino hats for the Grandkids and then also finishing up their sequined Christmas Stockings. Which did need me to be down and immobile for several weeks to get them finished. Sometimes I go without the boot when I am sitting around but it doesn’t mean that I am walking on it yet! I am still following the Doctor’s orders

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The looked cute on the grandkids with the dino tails to match. The dyno hats crocheted up quickly and are fun to make.

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The tails are wonderful and were created by www.etsy.com/shop/kidhub. She did a great job and I was able to custom order the colors to match yarn that I already had on hand.

Beautiful Moments

There have been (what deceptively looks like) beautiful moments like this.

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Where it looks like I spent all day snuggled under a crochet afghan drinking yummy hot drinks. When I got about 3 micro seconds of this bliss before I spilled the coffee in my lap. Which goes to show that photos do not often tell the whole story.

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The second photo above makes it look like I am incredibly organized, and  getting some work done. I am not sure about the quality of my work due to the pain meds I was taking at the time. It is time to go back and review my work. We have had a downturn in the weather this week and we went from shorts weather to a dusting of snow before Christmas and it is now brrr cold with a bit of ice due on Saturday.

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It was beautiful, and I bribed a child to go out and take some snow photos for me.

Temperature Afghan Tips I also got in my pre-Christmas yarn order that I forced myself not to open until the hats and stockings were finished. Sometimes I need a big carrot to get the job finished. This is always fun and if the colors seem odd, I was filling in some missing colors from Yarntopia. I did miss some vital colors that will have to go in another order.

 

After Christmas

Since Christmas, I have been doing a ton of organizing paperwork, thinking, planning and talking with friends. I haven’t had this much sit down or chat time in months.  I just move too fast and jump from one thing to another without stopping to force myself to slow down and do nothing. It is good to be able to sit and think but it also means a certain amount of boredom has set in. Binge watching tv is now done and over, I have seen all I want to see on Netflix or Amazon.  So, I have moved on to business planning and thinking about coming new year.

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So now you are caught up with where I am and what is going on at Chocolate Dog Studio. Things are good, and the foot is healing as quickly as can be expected. I am thrilled at the thought of a New Year and the new crochet projects ahead of me.

 

Talk to you later,

Karen

P.S. I hope that your Holidays have been wonderful and relaxing. I would love to know what is going to be on your list of crochet projects to do this year?

 

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Christmas Countdown and the Holiday Sale

Here we are in full on  Christmas countdown mode and gearing up for the Holiday Sale. The days are shorter and filled with activities.  Music events, church, children’s programs in addition to work and living life.

It is always a rush to get the perfect gift for each and every person on our gift list. It is such a struggle to make sure that no one is forgotten or left out.

 

The Holiday Sale

There are some good sales happening at the Etsy Shop and also here on the blog in the next four weeks. This is the first 25% off any $20 or more purchase.  Everything handmade is on sale in the Etsy shop including the afghans. The patterns are on sale here and the Etsy shop. Take your pick and finish out your shopping! The last guaranteed Christmas arrival shipping day is the 16th of December.

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Recovery

I am recovering nicely and spent more than half the day sitting up and taking care of this and that computer chore.  I am feeling better and can’t wait to get downstairs and see the Christmas tree. It has been 2 weeks since I have navigated the stairs. Crutches and stairs with a half turn in them plus pain meds have worked to keep me upstairs. Tomorrow is the day that I finally will see the downstairs. I knew it had a been a long two weeks in bed (mostly) when one of the kids saw me sitting in the chair and said “Oh, you are sitting in a chair!” like it was some really strange event to see me anywhere but bed.  Everyone has been incredibly kind and helpful even when I am less than my best.

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Crochet

I have had one little Grandchild visit in the past two weeks . He spent the time talking about Grandma’s big booboo (the boot instead of a cast.) I am  missing those little people desperately. I have not been up to seeing them but we do have a cookie decorating event coming up soon. So, I will get to see them then. I have had the crochet hook out after I finished up this sequined stocking that I had promised.

Christmas Countdown and the Holiday Sale

I am starting work on some Dinosaur hats as a little grandkids Christmas gift. They are receiving dinosaur tails for their Christmas gift from Grandma and Grandpa.

Christmas Countdown and the Holiday Sale

The tails velcro on and were custom made by the Etsy Shop- Kid Hub. Jennifer did a great job and everyone loves them. The hats are a fun add on to the tails and can be worn to pre-school even if the tails can’t. Imagination stretching gifts are my favorite gift to give.

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Talk to you later,

Karen

P.S. What are you shopping for this year? Are you crocheting any gifts? How is your Christmas Countdown going?

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The Merry Christmas Post

The Merry Christmas Post

The Merry Christmas PostMerry Christmas to you and yours!

Things are truly crazy around our house lately. We’ve been under the weather with a virus (for what seems like months, but is only a couple weeks) and sticking pretty close to home. I wanted to post a beautiful photo of our lovely tree, all decorated and twinkling, but I’m settling instead for a photo of me wrapped up in an afghan. Yes, that’s how sick we’ve been around here!

I’m writing this a bit in advance because I want to take a mini-vacation; I want to spend time with my family instead of my computer during these few days before and after Christmas. But, I want you, my readers, to know how much I appreciate you!

May God Bless You and Your Family this Christmas,

Karen

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December Memories

December memories

Christmas seems to bring to mind so many memories. This year is no exception as I think about Christmases from the past with my Granny and Papa. It wasn’t often that we saw them in December. Memories of them during the Christmas season are few because we were living in other states and countries for years.

To Grandmother’s House We Go

I do vividly remember one particular Christmas with my Granny — probably because it was the year I was learning to play the bass clarinet. If you’re not familiar with a bass clarinet, let me just say it’s a wind instrument. Looking at it, you wouldn’t think it would be loud. But it is. Especially in small homes filled with people. That year, the band director thought it would be a wonderful idea for us to practice for 21 hours over Christmas break. My horn barely fit in the enormous trunk of my parents’ sea green Pontiac with all the suitcases, but we got it in and made the drive from Denver to Oklahoma.

My Granny and Papa lived on an Oklahoma farm. Which means that while they had chickens and cows, the cows lived in the pasture and the barn was used for hay, not milk cows. The barns were built about the time of the land run. I remember them as old, weathered, and silvery-gray.

December memories

Free Concerts

Granny saw the horn and told me that I could practice in the hay barn. It wasn’t really cold, but the air was nippy enough that a coat and hat were in order. I took the chair, stand and huge instrument case down to the hay barn followed by a couple of faithful farm dogs. I played quite a bit that Christmas trying to finish up the 21 hours of practice required by my Band director.

Family members would drift down from time to time and listen to me play. It was kind of cool to practice in the big hay barn to an audience of one and a couple of the farm dogs. Except the dogs didn’t hang out for long. But it was cool anyway.

December Memories

Do you have any favorite (or funny) December memories? Tell me about them in the comments, and we can reminisce together. And may you have a very Merry Christmas this year!

Karen

P.S. Don’t forget to sign up for the Use Your Stash Challenge!

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P.P.S. She is also the Granny I crocheted countless nose warmers for when I was a little girl (actually a wad of crochet on two strings), which she put into her china cabinet because they were special to her.