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  • What is a Temperature Blanket?

    Have you heard of temperature blankets? They're a super popular project idea, and it's easy to see why -- they're fun to make, a long-term project, and have the potential to be passed down as an heirloom piece. But what are they?

    The basic idea is that you knit or crochet one row per day of a blanket in a color that coordinates with the temperature. If you use about eight to ten different colors, you'll get a beautiful variation throughout the year. Depending on the climate where you live, each color will probably correspond to between five and twelve degrees. Below is a sample color chart, made for the climate in New York City and using Vanna's Choice®️ yarn:

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    To make the colors really stand out, it's best to use a fairly simple blanket pattern. Even a basic garter stitch or single crochet back and forth would work well. If you would prefer to use a written pattern, the ones below are simple enough to show off the change in seasons.

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  • Netflix and Knit with Slow TV

    While knitting may be a fun hobby to do, you probably never thought watching it happen would make for fascinating entertainment. But Norwegian documentary program Slow TV proves that wrong. The show takes mundane, everyday acts and films them from beginning to end -- and it's been a runaway hit in its native land.

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    Now, American viewers can get in on the lack of action, since Slow TV arrived on the streaming service Netflix on August 5. And among the episodes provided you will find one called National Knitting Evening.

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    The show is more than three hours long, and filled with the relaxing visuals of people knitting as well as interviews and how-to segments. There is some history and discussion of traditional Norwegian mittens, known as Selbu, and the meanings behind the various intricate, multi-thread patterns.

    The big event, however, is their attempt to break a world record. The knitters are trying to become the fastest to create a sweater from sheep to finished object -- yes, this includes shearing and spinning the wool in addition to knitting and assembling the garment -- in less than four hours and 51 minutes. Do they make it? You'll have to watch to find out.

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  • Crocheted Cuteness Incarnate: Crochet Cocoon and Cap

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    Greetings fellow yarn fanatics! While I've been enjoying a trip to Sweden, where fiber arts and crafts seem to be everywhere, I've been missing the blog tremendously... And so I was so thrilled to hear from the one-of-a-kind Kara over at Petals to Picots about this unfathomably adorable crochet cocoon and cap project!

    This project, which will absolutely guarantee the best, cuddliest and most supremely snuggly newborn photos you could ever possibly imagine, is also an eminently simple and classic design.

    The pattern calls for just 1 skein of Lion Brand Homespun yarn. One-and-done! This is an easy project to let your imagination go wild with (just contemplate the cornucopia of ways this cute cocoon and cap could be customized!) or if you're not in the mood to fuss, it's already perfect.

    Either way, given the ease of the project, it's a surefire way to secure your legacy if knitting for a family member or friend's newborn babe, and a relatively non-exhausting way to get your own bundle of joy surrounded by yarn at the earliest age! (As we all know, the world needs more yarn lovers!)

    So grab some Homespun, and when you are done drooling over all the amazing colors to choose from, head over to Petals to Picots. You're just 1 skein away from the cuddliest, cutest cocoon there ever was!

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