I've always had a bit of a problem with biting off more than I can chew, comfortably. I remember the last year I was an undergrad, I was taking 21 credits (both semesters) so I could graduate in May, working two jobs (full time), planning my wedding, and getting ready to move right after. There was a lot of crying towards the end of each semester and much gnashing of teeth. But I got it done. I seem to be doing another version of this with my knitting.
At first, I was kind of surprised that I was only knitting one Christmas present (Brother's Sweater) so I thought, why not knit another one? And now I've committed to a second sweater for Adam. Well, two sweaters didn't seem to bad. Besides, there's still more than two months before they need to be done. I guess I should also tell you that I've committed to knitting a baby sweater for my mom to gift as well as a pair of socks by early November. And I still have my sample knitting. Oh yeah, and I offered to make my parents a queen-sized afghan for Christmas. You heard me right. I offered.
So now what do I do? Do I rescind my offer? Or do I find a manageable afghan pattern and get going? I've narrowed my pattern choices down to these three:
Pros: Hello, gorgeous! Other Ravelers have actually knit this in two weeks.
Cons: Uses about a ton of yarn. Pay pattern.
Pros: Using a textured pattern will let me get away with only using one color of yarn. Working in motifs means this is a portable project. Free pattern. I crochet faster than I knit.
Cons: Calls for more yarn that Girasole which means I'll have to watch my spending. And I don't want to knit an acrylic afghan just to save money.
Hemlock Ring Blanket
Pros: Also gorgeous. Most projects on Ravelry only used 2 skeins of Cascade Ecological Wool so, affordable. Free pattern.
Cons: Will it be big enough to cover a queen-sized bed? Not a portable project.
While I like the Girasole the best, I'm leaning towards the Sunny Spread because of its portability. I am having a hard time choosing a potential yarn though since it calls for about 2,500 yards (and that's just to make the standard size). I'd like to know your thoughts. Which do you think I should (or could) make and do you have any yarn ideas? I would love something washable but I'm not dead set on anything.