Immortalizing 2018

If you are wondering where my banner comes from, it’s from a piece I’ve made that is very dear to me. It’s the first blanket I ever knitted and also the first time I ever bought new yarn to make something. It’s a temperature blanket for 2018. That means that each day, I knitted in the colour corresponding to that day’s highest temperature. Here is what it looks like:

The beginning of the year
The end of the year

It’s really long for a blanket but I wanted something to decorate our very white bed, so it’s more a bed runner than a blanket.

It took me forever to choose the yarn but I finally found a brand that is certified Oeko-tex. What that means is that it’s certified by a third party to not contain any harmful chemical residues. It’s arguably better for the environment but I chose this yarn because I’m sensitive to smells and chemicals and they often give me headaches. My end choice was Drops Muskat which is 100% cotton. I was a little bit worried about the bad reputation that cotton yarn has but I love this yarn so much! It’s super shiny and soft and really easy to knit with. I can’t really afford to make something this big in wool so I was super happy to discover this great cotton yarn. Drops has many cotton yarns but to be honest, I chose this one because it had the most colours I liked. It’s hard to know the true colours with a computer screen though and most colours are really not what I thought they were. I still like the end result very much.

Here is what the colours were supposed to look like:

I checked the daily highest temperature for 3 years (2015, 2016 and 2017) before buying the yarn but last year’s weather was so weird, I still can’t believe I had enough yarn to complete the whole thing!

If you are interested in the pattern I used, you can find it here. I thought chevrons would be less boring to knit and less plain to look at. I chose to change the stitch for each month, alternating stockinette with garter stitch. That way, it’s very easy to know where the months begin and end. I like my choice very much!