I recently finished a project that gave me great joy for months. In August, I found Kristen Cooper’s “My Year in Temperatures – Scarf” pattern. (I hope this Ravelry link will work for you!). The original pattern is for a long, Dr. Who-like, scarf, with one stripe for the high temperature each day. Thinking of a friend of mine from the Outer Hebrides who is a bit of a weather buff, I decided to make the scarf have one stripe per week, and the stripes running lengthwise:
Because the Outer Hebrides don’t experience such a wide range of temperatures as, for example, many places in North America, I realised that if I just used the colours of the official weather records, my scarf would only have about five different colours at the most. So I made up my own colour key, working in Fahrenheit:
The weekly high temperature range for 2014 was in fact between 43F and 64F, with one scorcher of a week in July when the average high reached 72F! You can see the red stripe that corresponds to that week near the middle of the scarf. It was a lot of fun to work out the average high temperatures for each week of the year so far, and from that the corresponding colour. I used leftover Shetland wools (Jamieson & Smith 2-ply and Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift) and bought a few balls of wool where I thought I would need more.
I was really happy with the colour pattern that emerged. Once I had knit all the weeks up to the present moment (in September sometime I think), I enjoyed finding out what the average high temperature was at the end of each week. On New Year’s Day, my very first thought was: “Ooh I can look up the high temperature yesterday, and find out what colour the final stripe will be!” (Atlantic, appropriately)
I’m hoping that my friend enjoys the scarf. I sent it with accompanying paperwork, and a note saying, “No-one else will have one like it!” I had such fun making it that I may do another such project in the future. If I do one based on the weather records in the Hebrides, doing an Average Max Wind Speed scarf might be interesting! The storms and gales there have continued to be very damaging, as you can see in this post from the Barefoot Crofter. Friends of ours were without power for several days – not easy. At least the phone land lines held up, and of course I hear there was tremendous community spirit on the islands.
The weather can be a trial, but for this project, it provided me with a lot of fun as well.