January: Meet the Designer

So, each month of the Temperature Blanket project, I plan to do a feature on each of the designers. It’s a little awkward that the first month’s designer is ME, but here goes nothing!


My Little Family and I exactly a Year ago

NAME: Theresa Denham (most call me Therese, in real life)

LOCATION: Normal, Illinois

PLACES YOU’VE LIVED: I’ve lived in Illinois most of my life with a short stint in Allendale, Michigan. I was born and raised in Chicago, so I’m a city girl at heart but I would say I am adjusting to small town life better than expected.

TEMPERATURE BLANKET STRATEGY: I’ll be making one blanket in grayscale for this current year and testing designer patterns by using the data from 2010 in the towns we lived with a Jewel Tone palette. This is significant because it was the year my husband and I got married. We will be celebrating 9 years married this year! I also plan to calculate the data myself so I can use the temperatures from the places we travel this year!

Some favorites from our wedding in 2010

DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY (temperature and activity): I love a nice warm day where the kiddos can play outside while the husband, pups and I relax (me with some yarn, of course). I love getting outside at our favorite garden in town and taking our time enjoying things! It’s a total plus to treat myself to some GOOD coffee and take our super pups for a walk.

Enjoying our favorite garden in Normal, IL

FAVORITE SEASON: Fall! I love the layers, the knits and handmades and all the nights out by and outdoor fire! A close second is early summer, when the above answer can be my day!

FAVORITE CROCHET STITCH OR TECHNIQUE: I’m a HDC all day kind of girl, but I also am obsessed with textures that don’t look like crochet. I love the Lemonpeel Stitch for that!

FAVORITE PROJECT TO DATE: I once made a little Cape for my daughter that was just SO cute. I made it big so she can still wear it today, and it’s top down so I intend to add some length as she grows out of it. I also made a little cabled cardigan for my sweet son when he was a newborn. It fit him for a literal day, but I just loved making it for him and he looked SO cute in it.

PEOPLE YOU LIKE TO MAKE THINGS FOR: I love making for my kiddos and myself and anyone who truly appreciates the magic of handmade items. I think they are SO special!

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EVER PROJECT: I made leashes for my hundreds of TY Beanie Babies as a kid. My mom and dad STILL have them at their house and my kids play with them when we visit. I made them with Lion Brand Jiffy.

My sweet girl playing with my childhood beanie babies with leashes

HOW DO YOU CRAFT? (WORKSPACE, SETTING, BEVERAGES?): I love being cozy on my couch with some warm tea or coffee. There is often Netflix happening alongside my crafting, or Spotify playlists that are soft and soothing!

FAVORITE NON YARN HOBBIES OR ACTIVITIES: I love yoga but I don’t do it enough these days! I love crafts of any sort and spoiling my kids and dogs to a ridiculous degree.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR THIS DESIGN?: I’m a sappy lady, so get ready. When I was pregnant with my daughter and before we knew she was a girl, I started a Jewel Tone baby blanket that was ALL bobbles. I loved it. But once we found out she was a girl, I abandoned it to make all things pink! I later turned the abandoned blankie into a cowl I wear with pride all the time. I chose to use the bobbles as an homage to that project.

Fun questions:

Most unusual talent?

I’ve perfected the art of eating corn on the cob without getting it stuck in my teeth. Ya know, important stuff like that.

Favorite book and why?

GOODNESS. This is a very hard question for me, but I always return to “The Great Gatsby.” Lots of people HATE this book but I have always loved it. I love the descriptions of the era and parties and for some reason I LOVE the realistic portrait of really flawed people. It’s a messy and kind of sad book but I can’t help but love it.

Favorite toy as a kid?

I had a Teddy Ruxpin toy that I took everywhere and loved more than life!

Best year of your life?

There have been many, but I think our first year of marriage (engagement, new house, new job, new pup) was the most exciting for me! The year was 2010

Most caring thing anyone has ever done for you?

I live a distance away from my family (not too far, but still a hike), I have cherished the times that people have shown up for me unexpectedly in harder times. My sister Ang, especially, has the best way of knowing when I need her and she just shows up. It’s my favorite bond.

Favorite Beatles Song?

“Here Comes the Sun” it’s cheesy and not the BEST Beatles song, but it’s my go-to to put me in a good mood!

What is your favorite memory that happened in JANUARY?

We got engaged on the beach (well, in our hotel room overlooking the beach because it was unseasonably cold there!) in January 2010. It was such a special memory!

After getting engaged!
The year we got married… spoiler alert, we do not look like this anymore. Ha!




If you are part of the Temperature Blanket Facebook Group, choose one of these questions to answer on the page so we can all get to know each other!  Post one of these questions in the Facebook group and answer it in the comments. If someone else has already answered the question on the page, add your answer to the Comments of their post!

  • What is a book that transformed your life?
  • What character in a children’s book did you most identify with as a child?
  • What was your favorite toy as a child?
  • What do you feel most grateful for?
  • What do you love most about being a part of this craft community?
  • What animal would you most like to be?
  • What place/activity/memory best captures “summer” for you as a child? How did it make you feel?
  • “Freedom lies in being bold,” said poet Robert Frost. Talk about a time you were bold.
  • Talk about the most difficult transition you’ve experienced in your lifetime.
  • The poet Maya Angelou once said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” What do you think she meant by this? Have you ever had to do this?
  • Who is your Celebrity Crush?
  • Finish this sentence: “Everyone knows that my worst habit is…”
  • What is your favorite family tradition? Why?
  • OR write your own conversations starter to share on the page!

Published by Teaganandlu

Hi, I'm Theresa (Therese to friend and family) and I live outside of Chicago in Illinois in a small college town. I'm a mom of two (and Fur Mom of two, too), and wife to my sweet husband. I love all things crafty, but am particularly obsessed with the fiber arts. I hope you enjoy my reviews, patterns and features!

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