What it is, is a "race" to knit up an item while the Iditarod is on, from the ceremonial start, to the "red lantern" (i.e. the last musher is in). I decided, since one of the gals in my volunteer group had a new grandchild, I would give it a blanket. The race coincided nicely.
I had wanted to give the pretty blue one I'd finished. Well, it was a baby girl, so I changed my plans. The blanket photo below is the start. The colors are fairly accurate, medium purple, tan, sage, coral, and white. I have extra motivation to get this finished, soon, because there will be a baby shower this weekend. I would like to give it to the new Grandma, so even if I don't get to the shower, it will get to new Mom (who lives in another state).
So, here is the first half of the blanket. I picked a mindless knit, then I will border it with white crochet on the edges... I will "foo foo" it up when I do that... So, needles and hook will be smokin' this week!
I have heard from several people about why didn't I just give the blue blanket. I could have, yes, but I know that some folks are rather traditional. I will save the blue for a boy. Most around here don't seem wild about purple for a boy's blanket, so that gives me this to use for a little girl. And mostly? 'Cuz I wanted to!