I decided to keep it super simple and make it a garter stitch afghan in bulky yarn. She liked the Cascade 128 Superwash (Bulky: 100% Superwash Merino, 128 yards). The only request she made is that it have the letter E for her school. Her school colors are basically navy blue, cranberry, and white. We agreed on blue as the main color, a red E, and a white border around the E. Then I'll use the leftover red and white around the border.
I did a swatch and then decided to go up a needle size. I want to get this sucker done as fast as I can. I'm playing beat the clock. I estimated the stitches based on my true gauge and then guestimated a little less to account for going up a needle size.
She wanted it to be as big as a tv throw I crocheted her when she was younger. I thought, 'great, that want's that big'. The d@$m thing grew to 50" x 70". That's not happening. It's going to be 50" x 60" and that's because I put on too many sts when I guestimated.
I knit to the end of one skein which equaled 4". Then I did some math to figure out how many skeins I would need based on the measurements. Approximately 15 skeins.
To map out the E for the Intarsia, I cropped the E out of a picture of the school letters and printed it on 8.5" x 11" paper. Then I took a piece of graph paper and copied the E onto the graph paper. Can I just say I was inordinately pleased with myself for this. It's the little things.
The graph paper was not to the scale of my gauge, so I "eyeballed" it. Not bad. Close enough for government as the expression goes. Does anyone know where that expression came from?
Tucker still likes to eat yarn. He has caught a small ball of yarn that fell off my lap. I'd say he has a rather smug look on his face, wouldn't you?
There are 23" left to knit and 26 days to knit them. If I keep to a minimum of an inch a day, I should be able to avoid weaving ends on the drive up.