Monday, January 19, 2015

Journaling Through Crochet

A while back I featured an awesome Remix of the Amineko Cat pattern. Karin used the temperature of each day to craft a one-of-a-kind cat.

Temperature projects like blankets, scarves, and this cat are a form of journaling through crochet. Taking a moment of each day to work on a single project slowly over time can provide a very different kind of satisfaction than working on a project for hours at a time and finishing it much more quickly. Interested in trying out this type of project for yourself? Here are a few ideas!

Sampler Afghan 
Work up a different, large afghan block each month and combine all twelve at the end of the year for a special blanket.

Mood Project
Select a different color of yarn for each mood (happy, sad, angry, bored, excited, etc) and then work up a row on a scarf or blanket in the appropriate color each day.

Skill Builder
This is a great one for beginners. Choose a small pattern like a flower motif. Work the same pattern once every month for a year. At the end of the year you'll be able to see how much your tension and accuracy has improved. You can then use all of the bits and pieces together in a big project.

Have any other suggestions for journaling through crochet? Share them with us in the comments!


  1. Thank you for reminding me that I have a diary full of dates with the temperatures noted for a "Temperature Scarf" that I had intended to make in a similar way to the rainbow Amineko cat in your picture. I also like the idea of blocks towards a blanket except using applique or some other significant feature to journal a special event or person in your life from that that what is known as a "story quilt"? Each block has a story to go with it..through the quilt one can recall the stories and memories..maybe is is known as a "memory quilt"? Using the leftover stash from each month leaves one with a reminder of what was being made at the time and is a lovely way to relive the feeling of a special yarn in your hands especially when the items made were given away.

    1. The story quilt idea sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing.


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