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Sunday, 6 November 2016
Beautiful, eco-friendly and natural, silk is a perfect gift wrap + gift in one!

Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths.
Used for over 1300 years, furoshiki are delightfully simple to use, and oh-so practical!
Many of the wrapping styles have built in handles for carrying, and all are created with a single piece of square fabric.  Wrap and carry your groceries, your books, your picnic lunch, your gifts for giving.... and instead of tossing out the wrapping~ play with it, wear it, use it again and again!

This is where a Beneath the Rowan Tree silk can come in super handy this holiday season (and all year through). Hand dyed, 100% natural fiber and bio-degradable, silk is a low impact gift wrap option. It is also lovely, available in any colour combo you can imagine AND after opening the gift, goes on to be a staple toy for imaginary play and dressup. If you are wrapping for the grownups, it makes a great scarf, canopy or table cover.
Visit Beneath the Rowan Tree to find your colours and size (available in 11", 21", 35" and 44" squares).

Now, let's get wrapping!
Lay out your silk square in the needed size (your best value is the 35" square~ easily adaptable for large or smaller packages and most play value). If you don't iron, crumple your silk in a tight ball (before wrapping begins) and squeeze for a crinkly appearance.

You will find loads of wrapping styles on Pinterest or with good ol' Google.

Here are a few wrap styles that will come in handy!
This wrap creates a handle and is perfect for anything in a box:
Another great wrap for boxes and books, anything with a uniform shape:
Make it a little more fancy schmancy with a few tucks: 
A gorgeous way to present a bottle of wine for the hosts:
(I had to make due with a water bottle~ a bottle with a neck is much more elegant!)
For the long and narrow gift or box:
For your watermelon gifting needs (or other orbs... also great for baskets) with a handle:
A beautiful cover for book giving (or chocolates!):
Whether big or small, a collection of items can be bundled together with carrying handles:

Here is a great diagram to get your wrapping rolling...
TIP: Do not tighten knots too snugly for little hands to undo easily!

Pretty cool, huh? 
Just another amazing reason to love playsilks all year through!
Get yours at or ~custom orders welcomed and encouraged!

Saturday, 16 January 2016
Hey there!
Remember me?

It's been a while... but some big changes are brewing here at BTRT so stay tuned for more details... soon! Well, soonish because life.

I decided to jump on the Temperature Blanket bandwagon this January...
but while the idea is floating around in the ether, I couldn't find much in terms of the execution.
So I thought I would share how I am choosing to go about it, and you are welcome to use the info, adapt it, improve it!

What is a Temperature Blanket?
It isn't an electric blanket!
It is a conceptual knit/ crochet project.
Basically, you do one row a day, for every day of the year.
The colour of that row will depend on the colours you have chosen and assigned to specific temperature ranges. You create one row in the colour that matches the HIGH temp for the day.
At the end of the year, you will have a one of a kind blanket that reflects the temperature patterns for your specific location.
Colours, temps, design, size are all up to you!

Getting Started...
The first thing you need to do, is get a clear picture of the temperature range for your chosen location.
Here, in Northern Ontario, our temps can easily dip to -30C, however, our daily highs are more apt to be between -5C and -20C (not counting the windchill) during the daytime in deep winter. Our summer highs rarely go above 30C (not counting the humidex).
So my range is from -15C to +30C.

Then I took a peek at the average temps through the year.
(I used this website~ you can enter your specific location for yearly stats).
The statistics are drawn from the nearest weather station~ I know in our case the station is about 60 km away and we are at a significantly higher altitude so rarely have the same weather, but it got me started.

Tip! Take note of the most common temperatures... and make sure you assign a colour you like to that range, because you will see a lot of it!

If you need to catch up on temps from the first part of January, or at any time, you can grab the weather info from your nearest weather station HERE.

Using this data, I set up my temperature range and chose my colours (more on that in a moment!).
Choosing Your Yarn
I decided on 12 colours to reflect the variations for my area.
As I was on a very tight budget, I went with a bargain acrylic from Herrschners~ their 'Worsted 8' brand as it comes in a wide range of colours and is a sturdy workhorse yarn.  As an added bonus, it is fairly stiff before washing, which is very nice for keeping my crochet in line! I bought one ball of each (8 oz for $4 CAD woohoo!).
My colours, from bottom to top are:
Medium Gray
Pale Orchid
Sea Green
(Note: upon arrival Glacier/ Teal are *very* close and Salmon is peachy).

My biggest concern in figuring out how to make my blanket
was the fact that for 2016 there will be 357 rows!!
That is a lot of blanket!
I am choosing to crochet, but I may regret it when my blanket is the length of my house.

The Crochet Crowd offers a chart of average blanket/ throw sizes HERE.
And they have a pattern calculator HERE.

I'm not a calculator kind of gal, but I did decided to shoot for a twin size, with drape  (69 x 90") as my daughter tells me it has to be big enough for two people to snuggle under.

I suggest choosing your yarn, and work up the gauge in pattern, particularly row height, so that you can divide it by 357 and figure out the maximum row height to use (and change hook/needles accordingly).

I want a fairly tightly patterned blanket as I don't have space to waste on holes!
I'm making mine in Granny Stripes.

Here is an option from Attic24 with a pattern

And some eye candy at

I highly suggest looking at a couple Granny Stripe patterns and choosing what suits you best,
my basic recipe is below. 

Here's what I'm doing:
Row Height 1/4"

Worsted weight
G Hook
Finished Size: 69 x 90"

Basic pattern is 3DC, skip two.
Making the 3DC in the sk2 space on the previous row.


CH 250, slip stitch into 2 chain from hook, ch3, turn.
Make a foundation row~ mine was dc in every chain (this was for January 1st), turn ch3.
Proceed with 3dc, sk2 across, turn ch3.
And off you go, repeating this pattern row, changing colours for each day as needed.
We can talk finishing ideas come December!

Are you working on a Temperature Blanket?
I'd love to hear about it in the comments, as well as your tips and ideas! ♥♥

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