Yarmouth Knitting Guild temperature scarves a hot idea

Unique scarves feature colours correlating with temperatures


Published on February 1, 2017

YARMOUTH - A unique knitting project has created a conversation piece for five members of the Yarmouth Knitting Guild.

Their temperature scarves not only provide warmth, they serve as a colourful record of temperature fluctuation through the year.

Spokesperson Ann Jones says Deborah McClellan, one of the their members, read about a similar project for an afghan.

“We all got to laughing and said we should do that,” said Jones, who modified the instructions for a scarf, setting up a temperature gauge and pattern.

Twelve skeins of Cascade 100 per cent wool yarn was bought in different colours and smaller balls were made from each for the participants. Two rows were knit for each day.

Jones added a line of clear beads for each snowstorm and blue beads for a rainstorm and some of the others adopted that idea.

Some of the knitters recorded the temperature at a different time of the day, which resulted in slightly different colours amongst the group. One knitter travelled to Cuba and her temperature scarf reflected the warmer colours during her stay there.

Jones has one black day on her scarf, when the thermometer plummeted to -12 degrees Celsius. The knitters agreed that weaving in the ends was the most tedious part of the project.

The completed scarf is close to six feet and provides a good wrap.

“They’re very long. They’re a year’s length,” laughed knitter Phyllis Morris.

Their project was featured on the Weather Network recently.

Yarmouth Knitting Guild

The guild is a group of knitters who knit and enjoy each other's company. It meets at the Old World Bakery on Main Street in Yarmouth, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. All are welcome. There are no dues, no constitution or bylaws, just a group of knitters and rug hookers. Advice is shared and new knitters are taught. All fibre crafts are promoted. Check out their Facebook Page