If you are a beginner like me I strongly recommend that you begin with a giant granny square. In fact, I insist. It is a superb way to practice and isn't too fiddly.
You gain confidence as you stitch which is half the battle when starting something new. My first ever project was a load of granny squares (blogged here) and I still haven't joined them. Can't face it. There is no worrying about joining squares with the giant granny, you just add row after row after row after row... until you get bored. Or suffocate.
I started this blanket late summer last year when we went to stay at our static caravan in Norfolk for the week. We stayed up late to watch the rioting on the news and it was so chilly that I had to drag the duvet through to the living room. My blanket will reside at the caravan ready for a whole summer of fun. I will wrap it around my shoulders as we sit on the beach for the mandatory early evening fish and chip feast. It will also our picnic blanket, our late-night-car-ride-home blanket and our TV snuggler. The dog has made a few suggestions of her own. She remains hopeful.
I've started my next project - a round cushion for the garden. I am all about the garden this year. The seeds I've already sown are looking magnificent (says me) and I have actual shoots from the dahlia bulbs I planted. *bodypops* Tomorrow I'll be doing more. Gardening, that is; not bodypopping.
Have a great weekend!