Also included were those wooden needles on the far right. The skinny blue metal ones? I learned how to knit using those when I was 8. My mom used to make large afghans in a square pattern with size 17 or 18 needles. She’d cast on 64 stitches using FOUR skeins at a time, and then do 8 knit, 8 purl for 8 rows, and then do the opposite, so it was kind of checkerboard pattern.
I am pretty sure there is a blanket floating around somewhere where I tried to do this pattern and found that I do not have the patience for counting stitches like that. I then tried to do a straight-knit blanket on her large needles (and proceeded to sit on the plastic needles and break them). It came out loose.
I eventually settled on two skeins at a time, usually of differing colors on size 11 needles. I just cast on until I can’t fit anymore stitches on the needle and then just go back and forth. I only average about one blanket a year. At the most. They come out looking like this:
Other than hats crocheted in a round, I don’t do much else 🙂 Oh man, I wish I could find the picture of all those hats I made for Charlie before he was born. I hear that his head is too large for all of them now. Sad.