MOOD BLANKET 2017

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Happy New Year! 

With this brand new year, I feel inspired to begin a brand new project. In the knit and crochet communities, I frequently see people creating something called a Temperature Blanket. The idea is to use different colors to represent different temperatures, and to chart the temperatures where you live throughout the year. For example: 90 degrees and above would be represented by red yarn, and 40 degrees and below would be represented by blue yarn. Make sense? This is a very fun and personalized project, as each blanket will be different depending on where each creator lives!

This year I would like to give the Temperatures Blanket idea my own spin. Instead, I want to create a Mood Blanket for 2017. 

I live with a mental illness (bipolar disorder type 2) and this project will be as much a crochet project as it will be a journal of my own mental health. By the end of the year, every day of 2017 will be represented on my Mood Blanket. Happy, sad, depressed, or excited, my entire year will be there. How cool will that be to look back on?

I would like to invite you to crochet along with me and create your very own Mood Blanket. Below I will outline the steps I'm going to be following to create my Mood Blanket:

Supplies:

  • -Worsted weight yarn in Blue, Yellow, Red, Orange, Pink, and Green
  • -5 mm (size H) crochet hook

I'm loosely basing the color of each emotion off Robert Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions, and they will be as follows:

  • Blue - anxious, sad, depressed
  • Yellow - happy, excited, positive
  • Red - angry, frustrated
  • Orange - optimistic, anticipating, interested 
  • Pink - loved, accepted, cared for
  • Green - fearful, apprehensive

Because I don't want this blanket to be too huge, I plan to make the entire blanket using single crochets.

Beginning January 1st (or 3rd, like me...oops!), crochet one row per day using the color that corresponds with your mood. You can use your overall mood for that day, your mood when you sit down to crochet, or whatever mood you want! That's the great thing about these projects, there's no wrong way to do them. It's all up to you!

To start your blanket, grab your hook and your mood-correspondent yarn and...

Row 1: Chain 101 stitches. Single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each chain across.

Row 2: Chain 1 and turn. Single crochet in each stitch across. 

Rows 3-365: Repeat row 2.

Change your color every row to reflect your mood. By the end of 2017, we're all going to have some unique blankets that represent ourselves and our entire year! I hope some of you will join me in this big adventure and make your very own Mood Blankets! 

Planning to make your own Mood Blanket? I would love to see your progress throughout the year! Post them on our Facebook page (Ally's Woolery) or post them on Instagram using the hashtag #awmoodblanket2017.