Tempestry Project by Emily McNeil

Tempestry Project

April 2017
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
Not important
US 10 - 6.0 mm
380 - 430 yards (347 - 393 m)
One size
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

One of the ongoing problems inherent in discussions about climate change is the vast scale of the conversation. The Tempestry Project’s goal is to scale this down into something that is accurate, tangible, relatable, and beautiful.

The Tempestry Project blends fiber art with temperature data to create a bridge between global climate and our own personal experiences through knitted or crocheted temperature tapestries, or “Tempestries.” Each Tempestry represents the daily high temperature for a given year and location, January at the bottom and December at the top (think bar graphs!), all using the same yarn colors and temperature ranges (see below for details).

A single Tempestry can be a beautiful commemoration of an important life event — a birthday, a wedding, or even (as in the case of one participant) a family’s immigration date. A collection of Tempestries showing different years for a single location creates a powerful visual representation of changing temperatures over time.

There are two ways to get started on creating your own Tempestry. We’ve posted guidelines that include a how-to on data-gathering, the color / temperature list, and where to buy your own yarn, all available in our website files. This includes what you need to know to knit, crochet, or cross-stitch a Tempestry. Alternatively, you can order a kit and let us do all the prep work. Just specify the location and year that you want, and we will gather the data from NOAA, put together a worksheet including daily temperatures and corresponding colors, and the exact yarn needed for your particular kit.

As more and more people begin making their own Tempestries, both individually and in geographic collections, a mosaic of our climate history has begun to emerge. The more people get involved — through knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, discussing, sharing — the richer, the more beautiful, and the more undeniable our mosaic becomes.

Update: It’s come to our attention that KnitPicks, our wool of choice since their colorways are so consistent and the yarn is so affordable, only ships to a few select countries. We offer Tempestry kits for purchase and, assuming we can get the data for your particular year and location of choice, we are happy to ship internationally.