Reflections from my Temperature-Mood Blanket

Happy new year, friends!

I know a lot of people out there don’t really enjoy all the New Year’s hype, and fair enough, I am certainly less inclined to party my 365 days to a close than I used to be. On the other hand, I totally dig the reflective-projective mood that the turn of the year brings.

2018 was a whirlwind of a year.

2018 was a whirlwind of a year.

2018 was a lovely spin around the sun for this human, featuring many crafty projects, a really amazing start to my MLA program, finally kicking Tessellate off the ground, and of course getting married (with bonus honeymoon)! There were naturally some not-so-pleasant times, particularly those summer days blanketed by thick smoke from neighboring provincial fires (and thus less time spent outdoors and more time fretting about climate change), on top of good-old-fashioned wedding stress. But nothing inspires us to improve our lot like our struggles, and so I am leaving 2018 with a smile on my face and a heart full of gratitude for a year well spent.

Upon reflection of my blog entry from this time last year, It appears that I was by-and-large accountable for my 2018 goals. A quick recap;

· Post weekly to bi-weekly blog entries including stories, completed projects, photomontages, free patterns, garden updates, pattern reviews, successes, failures, WIP's, pet pictures, and everything in between. Writing is good for the soul! - Well, I certainly didn’t hit the biweekly mark. More like monthly. But Woolen Things didn’t disappear into oblivion, so there’s that.
· Complete my wedding dress by August 1st, 2018, if not sooner! See next week's blog for all the details! - Check! A little past the deadline, but DONE!
· Obligatory shape-up for said wedding and dress. - Check! And still trying to maintain said shape. ;)
· Grow my wedding bouquet, and maintain a sustainable vegetable garden throughout the summer. - I’ll give myself a 50% here…bouquet was grown but the rest of my garden had a tougher year.
· Prepare for and contribute to my Landscape Architecture admission portfolio. This means improving on my landscape drawing/painting skills and completing large, design-oriented projects! - Check!
· Complete 1 Wind-Flower Hexagon per day, capturing the weather and my prevailing mood for that day (365 total!). - CHECK! with the added bonus of making up my own Little Granny Hexes pattern!

♬Feelings, nothing more than feelings…♬

♬Feelings, nothing more than feelings…♬

Yes, I am proud to say that I did complete my Temperature-Mood Blanket. The year-long project ended up as a lesson in perseverance and self-reflection a little unexpectedly, moreso than my original plan to simply capture my temperature-to-mood habits in brightly coloured yarn.

Looking at it now, I see little to no correlation between the thermometer and my emotional highs and lows, but I do notice that I was certianley less stressed, tired and cranky after my wedding was all wrapped up (and here I thought I was mostly level-headed about the whole thing). There are days that stand out to me, like the blatant red-on-red day where the temperature hit a whopping 37 °C and I was rather infuriated about something or other, or my first really happy day of the year (February 6th!) when I was recognized by megmadewithlove for the modifications I made to her Homebody Sweater pattern.

Generally, I learned that I am not an overly happy or sad person, which I do see as sort of a good thing. Many of the world’s religious or spiritual teachings encourage us to strive for balance over emotional extremes as a path to clarity and enlightenment (in which case I may be on my way…). Instead, I seem to associate feelings of contentment, creativity and productivity as my better norm. On the flipside, I observed that I am a bit more anxious and irritable at my worst than I would rather like. All in all, I am grateful for the insight into my emotive reasoning, and intend to recall upon my gathered data the next time I find myself being overwhelmed by my feelings.

365 hexes on the blocking frame.

365 hexes on the blocking frame.

LEGEND


Temperature (Outer Border)
35 °C or hotter: Crimson
25 °C to 34 °C: Salmon Pink
15 °C to 24 °C: Pale Orange
5 °C to 14 °C: Pale Yellow
-4 °C to 4 °C: Mint green
-5 °C to -14 °C: Teal
-15 °C to -24 °C: Pale Blue
-25 °C to -34 °C: Periwinkle
-35 °C or colder: Violet

Emotional State or Mood (Inner Circle)
Happy, bubbly, or cheery: Pale Yellow
Sad, gloomy, or downright miserable: Pale Blue
Productive, energized, hyper: Pale Orange
Balanced, zen, content: Mint Green
Accomplished, proud or grateful: Teal
Tired, sick, or off-kilter: Periwinkle
Creative, inspired, or crafty: Salmon Pink
Cranky, irritable or angry: Crimson
Worried, stressed or anxious: Violet

Now, onto that projective bit. I feel like I have so much to look forward to in 2019! So far this year, I have been working hard to define my practice and boost my professional skillset. I eagerly anticipate many more gardening days, creative projects and opportunities to learn so many multitudes of things!

Showing my true colours.

Showing my true colours.

My resolutions (projections) for 2019:

· Complete my Permaculture Teacher Training and start teaching!
· Continue to develop my Landscape Architecture portfolio. This year, I would like to carry out some of my actual garden designs to earn some real world application experience.
· Become a leader in Reducetarianism and sustainability by committing to more bike-to-work days, minimizing my meat and non-local food product consumption wherever possible, and purchasing fewer products in general, especially those that travel great distances and come with excessive or unnecessary packaging.
· Install a functioning water catchment system in my garden.
· Only purchase ethically sourced, environmentally friendly craft materials, especially wool (goodbye Michael’s acrylics!). Place a greater emphasis on reusing old materials or making my own from scratch before buying new.
· Improve my posture.
· Make biweekly posts in my blog on everything Tessellate!

Best wishes to you and yours for all that 2019 has to offer!

Traci Bee