Instead I've decided to pull out my rusty crochet skills and go for the Babette Blanket from Interweave Crochet Spring 2006. The original pattern calls for Koigu (fingering weight) yarn and made a lap sized blanket. This just wouldn't do. Besides, a whole blanket out of fingering weight? Ouch.
So after much browsing of finished blankets on Ravelry I chose to use Lion Brand Cotton-Ease. Washable, lightweight, and most importantly, comfy. I am using one ball of virtually every color ever made. It took months to collect them all.
So far, I am loving it. Once I remembered how to change colors in crochet the squares have gone quickly. I'm trying to sew in the ends as I go, and I have a system set up to keep track of the squares. (More on that in another post.)
The only challenge besides finishing another, oh, 400 of these, is to learn how to neatly sew crochet together.Quite a feat, since I can't really sew anything neatly.