Marion’s blanket runs hot and cold

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Marion MacLean and her temperature blanket.
Marion MacLean and her temperature blanket.

IT may look like a random rainbow of colour, but there’s more to Marion MacLean’s crocheted blanket than meets the eye.

Marion’s blanket is a “temperature blanket” – a record of Canberra’s minimum and maximum temperatures so far this year.

Marion, who has been crocheting since she was 17, began the project earlier this year after she saw a temperature blanket from the US at her crocheting group.

Already at two metres in length, Marion has used eight colours of wool with reds and yellows representing the hotter temperatures and blues and purples the colder temperatures.

Marion, who is an assistant performance analyst and is surrounded by data every day at work, says she is enjoying seeing data come to life creatively.

“It’s great to see the statistics in this way,” she says. “But also it will now become an heirloom for my family and a historical item for Canberra.

“Some people might create a temperature blanket for a child in their first year, however I took it to the extreme. This has created a clearer picture of the changes in temperature in Canberra.”

Marion hopes to crochet another temperature blanket in five years time to do a comparison.

–Freyla Ferguson


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