Sunny-With-A-Chance-of-Rain Scarf

q~Ever since My Year in Temperatures Scarf  by Kirsten Cooper was featured as a new thread in Ravelry’s Stash Control 2013 as an idea for using stash, I’ve become enamored with the idea of knitting a scarf to reflect the yearly temperature. A visit to Kirsten’s Blog – Honey Nutbrown’s gives instructions for the scarf. This is the description:

This is a conceptual knitting pattern. You can use any weight yarns and any size needles. You’ll need about 15 different colours, depending on the temperature range in your climate. You will be knitting one stripe a day based of the temperature high in your region. Each colour represents an increment of 5 degrees (celsius), but you can choose to have it represent a larger increment and use less colours. At the end of the year, you will have a scarf that will show you a chart of your area’s temperatures for a whole year.


Ok, so I live in inland San Diego where it has never gotten below the 30’s in all the year’s we’ve lived here (I’m not talking the S. D. mountains) and it goes up to the 110’s.  Unlike Montana where my sister and in-law’s live where it goes from minus degrees to 110 degrees. My color temperature scale range will be a bit smaller that Kirsten’s. Still, it’s doable.

After reading about the temperature scarf, I was perusing Tony’s Bonito Club blog where he talked about his 2012 Sky Scarf. The brainchild for the scarf came from Lea Redmond, of Leafcutter Designs, who is into conceptual knitting. She has a video about her scarf at her blog. The particulars for the 2012 Sky Scarf can also be found on Ravelry.

“Sky Scarf” documents the weather outside your window. Each day you will knit a stripe in colors that match the sky. It will be lovely to see our different climates create different scarves!


For fun, I typed “weather scarf” into Swagbucks and found this idea for a weather scarf at Fanny Brown Knits which is a fun way of really getting into the weather. She adds clouds to her weather record, makes this “kind of” a Fair Isle look.  She also uses different stitches to indicate various weather patterns.


Reading her Weather Scarf blog, she got the idea from a Weather Scarf 2012 group on Ravelry. The group’s moderator was soCherry.  The Weather Scarf 2012 group’s notes individuals mentioned using silver-lined glass beads to indicate full moons. Another mentioned adding a gold bead to represent a 25th wedding anniversary. The ideas are endless.  The finished projects are wonderful; some left the fringe on the side. There is a fabulous scarf by Berryqueen who used a chevron-type pattern instead of straight row knitting. How perfect.


And what? There isn’t a Weather Scarf 2013. How can that be? Who wants to start one? My head is spinning! I think this would be a great use of some of my stash, however do I have the “stick-to-itness” that is required? Hummmmmmm. Yesterday was brilliant blue and today is grey and overcast. During the summer it tends to be one long sunny day, that would translate into a very boring section.

Have any of you out there seen similar ideas? Please share!