My next project is going to be a lap blanket for my 80 year old mother in law. She seems to always be cold and I asked her if she would like for me to make her a blanket and she said yes. She's not the crafty type so I have not done much knitting for her. But I will love to make her a blanket to use while she sits in her favorite chair. I know it needs to be washable so I have thought a lot about what I want for her. I thought I wanted superwash wool or cotton so I went to a quilt shop in town that just started carrying knitting supplies.
I found some nice cotton - Fantasy Naturale. They didn't have many colors to choose from so I picked six that I thought would go fairly well together. I thought I might make a log cabin blanket as made very popular by those Mason Dixon gals. I thought I would make small squares with three colors each like this blanket. Or I could try the Cranberry Island blanket in the newest Interweave Knits magazine.
And then the day after buying the cotton yarn, I went to JoAnn’s and found several options for machine washable yarns. I really wanted to stay away from acrylic yarns but I found Bernat’s Mosiac and knew it would be perfect. I had thoughts of making a Barn Raising Quilt but then I saw this version of the log cabin quilt and decided I might knit up a square from each and see which I liked best.