I've given you a couple of sneak peaks of this project, but I didn't want to give much away to the recipients. This was the only Christmas gift that I started early, I actually started it in July and then put it aside because it was too hot on my lap as it grew.
This is the Granny Stripe Crochet pattern, more details on my Ravelry page. I've used this pattern before and love it, it's easy, fast and the results are lovely. The yarn is a new favorite, Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller Washable Ewe (available at Joann stores). It dyes up beautifully and all of this yarn is hand dyed with Kool Aid. Some are overdyes of gray, purple and yellow yarn, but most are on white. This was my first time really trying out overdying with Kool Aid and it really expanded my color palette. Purples are quite limited with Kool Aid, but overdying really helped to solve that problem! Gretchen had told me that her favorite colors to decorate with were Yellow, Purple and Orange, so I created this palette based on her preference. I love the results, and it was actually really hard to gift this gorgeous blanket.
I suppose one of my New Years resolutions should be to finally crochet a blanket for us. I have some of this yarn left over and might just start on something for us. I really need a scale so that I can weigh my yarn and know how much each stripe takes and I'm not running out of a hard to match color mid stripe.