I’ve been shopping like crazy. In the past few days I’ve gotten a huge order of wool fiber and a new drop spindle, yarn for several temperature blankets, patterns for pj pants I want to sew…. I’m sure I’m forgetting some stuff as well. Oh a C2C Afghan kit, 2 skeins of sock yarn for beanies…. The list keeps growing. I've decided to make the girls Temperature Blankets for the year they were born. Depending on how it goes, I might make 3 simultaneously so that I have Courtney & Melanie's done for their graduation from High School this year, and Johanna's for her 20th birthday in June. It's a lot of crocheting - 365, actually for the graduation ones they will be 366 (leap year in 2004) rows long and about 270 stitches wide. It's actually pretty cool because my girls were only born 2 years apart in the same city, and their temperature ranges are different. In one year we didn't get into the single digits for winter, and the other year we never broke 90 in the summer. Courtney & Melanie were both born in April 2004, so I only had to research the temps for 2 blankets once. Then I was on a roll and decided to make one for Johanna as well, so I looked up all the temperatures for 2002 too. I swatched the Caron One Pound yarn I had on hand while I wait for my Joann's order to arrive with the actual project yarn and determined that I get 3 stitches to the inch and about 4 rows per inch, which means I'm gonna aim for a 90" square afghan for each of them. I have about 7 months to complete them, so I need to work 2 rows per afghan per day to stay on track. I just hope I don't get sick of the project and give up. Sometimes I get into a slump and decide to give up rather than soldier on and finish it. Since these are pretty hard deadlines, I hope I can stay motivated and get them done. 6 rows a day doesn't seem like much, but that's because I'm not staring at a seemingly endless single crochet project. This does mean that my current projects of my rainbow afghan and the Christmas afghan are probably going to be put away in order for me to start another project. For those keeping track, 3 temperature blankets is about 296,460 stitches without any border to speak of. This might be an impossible feat, but I'm going to challenge myself to stick with it until it's done. I'm excited to get started but the yarn is on the way to me.