Or rather, Laying Down the Swatches.
Lindaly was at the house tonight and even though I had only completed 48 swatches, I wanted to show her the progress since the last time she had seen the blanket (two years ago!) and get some input.
We quickly noticed that the 7x7 dimensions seem to make a far too small afghan. These are made with Plymouth Encore which is an acrylic wool blend so I'm not sure how much they'll grown when they are wet blocked. But if I gauge it merely on the swatches at hand, even my idea of an 8x8 blanket will be too small to cuddle under. It looks like a 9x9 blanket is the way to go.
Do you know how hard it is to put back the percentage marker on your Ravelry project page from 90% back to 55%? Trust me. It was pretty painful. But Lindaly was very happy to see her blanket revisited. I had given her 100% full disclosure that the blanket could take a few months or as many as ten years to finish. She's been a good sport and hasn't asked about it once. When I started the blanket, I only had the solid swatches and the colors weren't speaking to me. I needed to make some unifying swatches - thus the striped and colorful fair isle heart swatches. Even the large solid intarsia hearts helped. All together, I'm rather liking the mix of all these bright happy colors. They are Lindaly's favorite colors. Now I just have 33 more swatches to knit. But before I commit to a 9x9 swatch blanket, I'll try to wet block a few swatches and see how much they grow.
See how I did that? Thinking ahead - what a concept. Hehehe.