After I posted yesterday, I called my mom to ask if I could trade her for some of her acrylic yarn. She pretty much just told me to come over and see what she had. I was left with the impression that she was willing to part with whatever I chose and wasn't going to ask for anything in return.
So I then I become obsessed with figuring out a quick project that I could just present to her in exchange for her yarn. I had already pulled some Knitpicks Mainline from the stash in red, pink, ivory and black and thought it would make a festive striped throw blanket.
Since I didn't want to have to deal with rolling edges, I decide to just do a simple garter stitch. Easy, fast and yet very pretty. Two rows of each color then switch! I'm not following a particular planned stripe, I'm just letting it do what it's going to do and I'll knit til I run out of yarn.
My last concern was all those messy ends from the color changes.