One of the most amazing things about Alaska is the dramatic extremes in temps. I’ve decided to divide the year into seasons (somewhat anyway) so that I can better show those extremes. Where I live in Fairbanks, Alaska the seasons can vary a lot and I’ve seen several years where fall was only about 3 weeks long and I’ve seen a few beautiful “Indian summers.” I’ve seen 90 degree hot summers, although very few, and then like this past summer -2014- it rained and was pretty dreary throughout. I’ve seen long, cold and always dark winters where the temps dip down to 50 below zero with the coldest temps usually in January and February but then I’ve also seen bizarre 40 to 50 degree (above zero) temps during those same months where the snow began melting and we would get freezing rains that shut down schools and many businesses.
Since the temperature readings on the news, radio and even weather.com can be so different I’ve decided to use the almanac website. I’m using the minimum temperature for the colder months and then I’ll switch to the maximum temperatures for warmer months which will show the extremes in temperatures.
I have found with this project that it is important to plan out exactly how you are going to do things and to do a test swatch to see how big your stitches come out. Then, calculate how long it will end up before beginning to avoid ending up with a 20 foot long scarf.
The cool thing about having kids is that you teach them how to add and subtract when they are little and then after enough time they get to teach you again because you can’t remember.
Where I got this idea
I stumbled upon a CAL/KAL a few years ago where people were making these temperature scarves and I really wanted to participate. I found it several months after they had started though and I really thought it would be neat to start on Jan 1st and do the whole year. This group was starting in Feb. I was telling my oldest son about it and he being a statistics guy was interested in helping. He went with me and we picked out 12 colors of wool ease. It was fun putting them together to make a pleasing rainbow for our temperature range going from cold to hot. I let him make my chart for me. He is really anxious to see how it turns out.
2014 FALL - Aug, Sept (LOWS)
WINTER - Oct, Nov, Dec
2015 cont. Jan, Feb, Mar
SPRING - Apr, May (Highs)
SUMMER - Jun, Jul
Gauge: 19 rows & 16 stitches = 4 inches
Based on 365 days/ year 365 rows + 13 (x2) dividing rows of black = 401 rows
Thanks to my son Jared for helping me with this project and reminding me how to do the math.
4”/19 rows ?/401 rows
4 divided by 19 = 0.21 (rounded)
.21 x 401 = 84.21” divided by 12 = 7.01
My scarf should be about 84.21 inches or 7.04 feet long.
I decided to do rows of 22 stitches using single crochet.
We just noticed that the numbers in the picture overlapped in a few places so my son fixed it.
Dark Rose Heather / 87 deg F and higher
Rose Heather / 86 -74
Blush Heather / 73 - 60
Avocado / 59 - 46
Loden / 45 - 31
Forest Green Heather / 30 - 19
Oxford Grey / 18 - 5
Grey Heather / 4 - 7 below 0
Seaspray / 8 below - 21 below
Blue Denim / 22 below - 35 below
Violet / 36 below and lower
Black / Division lines & boarder