Star Wars Temperature Blankets Project – Movie 1 – Part 1
Starting A New Temperature Blanket
Alright! So last year (2016) was my first attempt at a temperature blanket project. I got as far as April before I realized I didn’t really want to do it anymore. Quickly, my efforts in keeping up trickled off into nothing. Part of me just doesn’t want to remember any one year from my life specifically; too many things happen in a year, from good to bad, to really want to draw attention to it every time I look at a blanket.
However! I still wanted to make a temperature project of some kind because I really love the concept of taking the daily temperatures of a location and immortalizing them in pretty colors.
But, because I always make things too complicated for myself, I jumped at the first nerdy idea that popped into my head: a Star Wars Temperature Blanket Project.
Which Film To Choose
Having become enamored with the idea of a Star Wars temperature blanket, I made it even more complicated by adamantly deciding that I wanted to make one blanket for each major Star Wars film.
Yeah…I’m nuts. I know. But think about it! How cool would that be?!
My husband wants to see the A New Hope temperature blanket first, so I’m starting with that one. Then I’ll be working my way through the movies as they were released. So up next will be The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and whatever is released after that…in that order.
Again…I know I’m nuts.
Star Wars Temperatures
After getting excited and committing to this project, I had to go about the actual work of figuring out how to make these blankets. I considered grabbing the temperatures of my area in the year the movies were released. But…that’s too easy. And as you can see, I make things hard for myself. Keeps things interesting.
Instead, I decided to assign a filming, studio, and premier location to each month of the year. And, they would be the high temperatures of the year the films were released.
Sounds simple, right? Well, I learned very quickly that I was wrong. It is not simple at all. Like…at all. I ran into a few problems finding the temperatures for some of the locations in Guatemala and Tunisia. So I hunted around the internet to find sites with historical weather/temperature records and chose locations as close as I could to the areas I needed if one could not be found in the actual region where the filming was done.
A few days of frustration and online-searching finally got me the temperatures I needed to begin. And it’s kind of exciting because the more I thought about it, the more interesting it became to realize that I was getting the temperatures of “real” places from the Star Wars universe. I could get a feel for what it might have felt like to be there in those places that my favorite Star Wars characters went to.
Next I had to decide on which colors would be assigned to which temperature ranges. Now, because I want some sense of continuity from blanket to blanket as I make them, I chose a wide color range that would cover some very cold and very hot temperatures for each film.
Every 3 to 4 degrees (in Fahrenheit) is a different color. I started with purple hues all the way to pink hues. All together, there are 44 different colors. You can see the temperature chart and the yarns in the image below.
I settled on using the same crochet stitch for this project as I had started using for the 2016 temperature blanket I frogged. However, I did change how the basic pattern would work. Basically, I would do a single crochet, then a double crochet, and repeat that stitch-pattern to the end of the row. (Sc, dc, sc, dc…) Each row is the same.
I will make one month at a time in squares of 18 by 18 inches. With a size “I” hook and worsted weight yarn, a stitch range of 62 stitches by 60 rows should give me the correct square size. Roughly, every day should have 2 rows worth of its color. I chose a main color (black) to piece the whole thing together.
- 30-Day Months: every day is 2 rows of the color for that day
- 28-Day Month: start with 2 rows of the main color, do 56 rows for day 1-28 (2 rows per day), then 2 rows in the main color to end the square
- 31-Day Months: day 1 is only one row, do 58 rows for day 2-30 (2 rows per day), then do 1 row for day 31
A New Hope – January
As I mentioned, I began with the film A New Hope. For the first location, which I assigned to January, I got the 1977 temperatures of Coban, Guatemala. This is the closest location with historical temperatures that I could find to match the filming location in Tikal National Park, Guatemala, which is supposed to be the Fourth Moon of Yavin in the film.
I’ll be working through these months more quickly now that I have myself all organized. So check back often to see how the blankets come along as I make them.
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