First post of the year and I'll start with something I made last year, my one and only handmade Christmas present, a lap blanket for my parents.
Warp: natural Merino 4 ply from DEA Yarns, dyed rather unevenly by me. This is a lovely soft yarn.
Weft: Alternating rows of Merino 4 ply yarn (same as warp) and handspun, "Ocean'' pure Corriedale Wool from Anna Gratton Ltd
"Handweaver's Pattern Book" by Anne Dixon, p98.
I was a bit worried that this was a crazy present to give in summer, especially when we have had some really hot and sticky days but my Mum feels the cold a lot now (a chemo side-effect) and she used it while we were staying so I guess it wasn't so crazy after all.