The data visualisation competition we ran for Love Data Week 2020 inspired me to use local temperature data to knit a blanket charting the daily high temperature for every day in 2020.
I decided which shades of yarn to use for each temperature band and sourced data from accuweather.com for my local area. I knitted 1 row and purled 1 row per day, except for the first day of each month which is 2 knit rows (to create a ridge) so you can see where each month starts. This resulted in a blanket ideal for a tall, thin giant so I added buttonholes to the end and sewed chunky buttons to the top so it can be doubled over and made a more manageable size.
I wanted the blanket to make sense to anyone looking at it, so added in data descriptors at the bottom.
I am resisting starting another project using 2021 temperature data, although I do like the idea of a scarf. A Google search suggested a blanket recording a person’s weight every day for a year but I am not in the slightest bit tempted by that.
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