...I will be knitting this!
I got a Debbie Abrahams book for Christmas and got my loving husband to agree to pay a CRAZY amount of money for all the yarn I need to make this lovely (and HUGE) blanket.
For the record, it calls for Rowan all-seasons cotton. Rowan is one of the few things that are much cheaper here in England than in the US. All of this yarn would have cost me almost $700 had I gotten in from the US. As it is, it still cost me nearly half that. I used my allotted yarn allowance for the next several years and I am still shocked that my husband agreed! I went to a local store with the nicest owner in the world and convinced her to give me 15% off the total price if I ordered it from her all at once. :-D
This is what I have done so far. Most of the squares require at least some swiss darning which is time consuming, but looks really nice. I am honestly planning on this thing taking me about 2 years, but hopeful I can get it done in a year. Maybe 10 months. That will only be accomplished if I work on nothing else in the mean time, which is unlikely. I know after a bit I will tire of it and need to do something else, but for now I am really enjoying it. Have made a lot of silly errors so far which have cost me a fair amount of time, but I am learning and getting faster.
Oh- and the finished size? About the size of a double-bed. 117 squares. Yikes!