Edel Grace

Programmer, Developer, Enthusiast


WIP Wednesday: Temperature Blanket #1

Feb 28, 2018 | Comments

WIP stands for a “work in progress.” As an avid crafter and generally creative person, I always have at least one WIP!

This year I’m doing a temperature blanket for real. My inspiration comes from Sakaane who is also doing a temperature blanket. I deliberated over how I wanted to make the blanket. I already had a ton of squares but I know myself too well. I would never get around to joining all those squares and weaving in all those ends.

After browsing multiple projects and patterns, I decided on doing a linen/moss/granite stitch (how could one stitch have so many names?). I chained 160 + 1 in order to make a twin-ish sized blanket and went at it. So far, I’ve only done January and I still have all of February to catch up on.

Blanket up to January 20, 2018

The lighting is kinda bad so the picture makes the blanket look a lot brighter than it really is. The spring green doesn’t look nearly as gross as that. And it might be hard to tell, but the first row is actually in teal.

Colours I’m Using

Each row represents the average temperature of that day. The yarn I decided on was Bernat Premium because it’s cheap (whoops) and plentiful. The colour scheme I’m using is below:

  • 30C+: Red
  • 20C to 30C: Orange
  • 10C to 20C: Gold
  • 0C to 10C: Spring Green
  • -10C to 0C: Green
  • -20C to -10C: Teal
  • -20C to -30C: Royal Blue
  • -30C+: Navy Blue

Picture version of my colour scheme

As you can see from the colour scheme, this has been a mild winter so far. Not -30C+ averages thankfully. It’s even been breaking into the positives! I’m really hoping I can use my navy blue at least once this winter. If not, there’s always December to look forward to!

How I Keep Track

My handy dandy spreadsheet

I have a recurring task in Todoist that simply says “Input into stats spreadsheet” which I do every morning once I wake up. This spreadsheet keeps track of not only the temperature of the day, but how many hours I slept that night, how many hours I spent on my phone, and how many tasks I managed to finish.

Anyway, once I finish crocheting a row, I simply strike out the appropriate cell. I use conditional formatting to change the background colour of the cell to the colour that I should use for that day. Unfortunately, it’s kind of hard to differentiate the colours but I just need to double check myself sometimes.


I think the blanket is going pretty well. By the time this is posted, I’m hoping to have caught up to the end of February. I’m honestly so jazzed at how nice it’s looking so far. I really like how the stitch looks. My only concern is how long it will end up being. It’s already 5 inches for 20 rows. So for ~360 rows… That’s 90 inches long! That’s okay, I plan to wrap myself up in it for those cold Calgary winter nights.

WIP Wednesday: Outline Ribbed Scarf

Sep 27, 2017 | Comments

In my last post I talked about making my boyfriend a scarf. I started it yesterday after showing him a couple of sample swatches. Out of all the scarves I showed him, he liked this one of a crochet Outline Ribbed Scarf. It’s a rather simple scarf which is nice because it’ll work up quickly. Hopefully I’ll finish the scarf by his birthday.

Here are some pictures of the test swatches I made. I wasn’t sure if he wanted the simple one stripe line like in the pattern so I did a couple of each.




When I sent the pictures to my boyfriend, he said he liked all of them. Which wasn’t too helpful for me but at least he is not opposed it so far. Thankfully that section of the scarf doesn’t come up for a while since it is worked horizontally.

Yesterday I just chained around 300 chains to start off the scarf and finished around two rows. I think I made it a little too long. My boyfriend is like 6’ and I made the scarf to be a couple more inches longer than that. Fingers crossed.

The colours were chosen by my boyfriend himself. There’s a game that we’ve been playing together called Warframe and the colours he chose were the colours of one of his characters that we play. If you don’t know, Warframe is a free-to-play online third person shooter. It’s a good grind for those who like that kind of games. It reminds me a lot of Destiny!

Unfortunately, I made the scarf too long and I had to frog all of my work. I managed to get back to where I was then the yarn tangled on me. Now I have untangle it… Such is life.

Productive Distractions

Sep 24, 2017 | Comments

It’s my boyfriend’s birthday coming up soon. I wanted to make him a knitted or a crocheted item because I need something to keep my hands busy. Plus aren’t handmade things the sweetest thing you could get as a present??

On some level, I know he’s a little picky about what kind of things he would like to wear. To avoid spending a ton of time working on something that he might not ever wear, I sent him a couple links to patterns of scarves and toques. I may have added a few slouchy beanies in the list of links because I think he would look really good in a slouchy beanie. Lo and behold, out of all the links I sent him, he liked the one non-slouchy beanie the most. I’m not annoyed or anything but I am pretty amused. I love little moments like these.

To be honest, there are a ton of projects that I should be working on instead of thinking of this (to name a few, school assignments). However this is one of those things that I call a “productive distraction.” Writing this blog post is a productive distraction in itself.

I even had a productive distraction between thinking that I needed to write this post and actually starting to write it. I was originally planning to write only a short paragraph. Then I wondered if I should separate long form blog posts with my status-like blog posts. I turned to Jack Baty for some inspiration. I really admire the web presence that Jack has and I like his gutso for mixing microblogging with regular blogging. The stream of consciousness approach is something that I really would like to emulate.

So I went to his website. Then I found myself on a couple of other websites. Now I have more things on my to-do list.


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My name is Edel Grace Altares. My programming interests include full stack development and back end development. My languages of choice are Python and Java. Outside of programming I enjoy crocheting, video games, cats, historical fiction, and reading.