Here's the January square for my 2023 mental health blanket! Basically, the idea is that you track your mental health each day and assign each state a color. I'm doing a square for each month. At the end of the year, you end up with a picture of how your mental health was. In the future, you can wrap yourself in the blanket when you're having a bad day and it serves as a reminder that you've survived all of your bad days in the past and that they're only temporary.
You may notice that my square is big, and that's because I selected a super bulky chenille yarn. I will probably only end up doing 6 months, instead of the whole year, because otherwise my blanket would be absolutely enormous. And that's okay, because I make the rules!
For the tracking part, I log how I'm feeling each night in my daily note in Obsidian (a note taking app) and it generates a table that gives me an overview. I usually crochet the next morning, but if I skip days, I always have the log to go back to, to figure out which color comes next.
I really love working on this project because it takes something simple like crochet and makes it needlessly complicated! (Genuinely.) The project is based on a temperature blanket, which is something that has existed in the crochet community for years. I didn't come up with this idea, I saw it in a YouTube video by whatnikkimade, which you should watch if you're interested in the project!
Wish me luck on 5 more months of sticking with it (and some fantastic mental health days!)