I found this tutorial for Sea Pennies on Pinterest (a while ago, actually – I pinned it originally because of the colors). The link will take you to the tutorial on Julia Crossland’s website (which is wonderful, btw).
I don’t know if you’ve seen these row-a-day scarves people knit based on the color of the sky each day? I saw something about it (on Pinterest, of course) and I thought it was a cool idea. But there were 2 problems I had with this idea – first, I hate carrying threads/yarn (and there’s a good chance with this project that the color I need would be at the opposite end of the row); and second there are a whole lot of possibilities for sky colors, and that’s a lot of yarn to buy and keep with the project. I was sad, I really wanted to do something like this. And the grays/blues/whites of the sky color knitting project are so beautiful – it’s like a chronicle of your year.
But I was thinking – what if I combine these 2 projects? *cue lightbulb ding-sound* I could do a sea penny each day. And I could simplify the color scheme by just doing the weather for each day – sunny, cloudy/rainy, snowy, etc. Not as many colors to worry about! But they would still be gorgeous together!
So my challenge for 2013 will be to crochet (and attach after the first day) a penny each day, using yellows, grays and white. The possibilities for this are pretty cool – it could be calendar shaped, for a chronological record of the weather. Or it could be more free-form (this is what I’m thinking about – we get a LOT of sunny days in the summer here in Idaho, so there would be huge sections of yellow if I stay linear). Maybe a spiral, maybe more triangular like Julia shows….
So does anyone want to join me? Let me know here if you are interested – this is not an official sign up, I’ll do another post when I see what kind of interest there is. Let me know if you’re interested in doing the penny idea, or if you would do the “a-day” challenge but with a different medium or format (a granny square or the sky scarf maybe?), or even a different inspiration – I thought about doing something with the shirt color I wore each day. Okay, that should get your brains turning. Yay! I’m excited for 2013 now!