My son has never let me knit him anything - in spite my asking a lot. Same is true for my husband. Must be a guy thing. Anyway, I brought up the idea of a blanket for when my son goes to college and he agreed. I consulted with him on color which was less than helpful - "Make it blue, Mom". I consulted with him on a pattern - "Not too fancy, Mom".
I found the pattern Five College Blanket - I hate paying for patterns when I know I could easily design my own blanket but at the time I started this I needed someone else to think for me. When I went to buy the bulky yarn they didn't have blue so I purchased worsted weight. Then I ended up having to think as I had to add repeats of the pattern to make it bigger...so much for having someone else think for me.
I chose Berroco Vintage - it is washable and wonderfully soft and squishy for a blanket. I cast on for this on February 20th and bound off last night. I must admit this daunting project was back burnered a lot!
When I started my Iron Horse Block of the Month afghan for my daughter (college bound next year), both my husband and daughter looked at me in askance and questioned if I had finished my son's blanket. I realized I couldn't put it off any longer and put myself into overdrive to finish it.
He's coming home tonight for the long weekend and this is blocking on his bed. It should be dry by the time he gets home - he can take it back to school. This truly was a labor of love and knit with lots of love.