In case you had any doubts, I returned from a month in the United States with a whole suitcase full of yarn. Yes, truly! (Just don't mention it to my husband, okay?) The fact is that I can't get quality acrylic yarn where I live, so I had to stock up. And while I wouldn't recommend going yarn shopping without any particular project in mind, I did just that, selecting a bunch of colors of Red Heart super saver yarn (on sale!) that I would use to make a blanket. Now I regret not getting more, or rather just some of every color, but certainly have enough yarn on hand to finish at least one nice sized blanket and a bunch of small ones as well.
So then the question is, what kind of blanket to crochet? I need a project that I can take with me on trips, so that means it has to be squares of some kind, which at least narrows it down a bit! Here are three swatches that I made, and I did pick one of them, and a blanket is under way. Though it won't be finished any time soon, so don't hold your breath!
I'll show my progress soon, as I'm still trying to figure out whether to crochet the pieces together as I go, or join them all at one time with say an additional crocheted row. I'll let you know!
Here are the links to the patterns for my test swatches: