Oh god, ain't that the truth!
My nephews birthday is august 25 and i've only slipstitched 5 rows [out of 31..horizontally.. I still have to sew them vertically and add a fucking border!]. It's just so damn ackward and difficult to slipstitch 2 rows together.. it puts a strain on your hands. And I get headaches from staring at the squares for so long so i have to stop [then i play skyrim..like thats any better, lol].
But it's totally worth it. I just have to remind my nephew not to drag the blanket everywhere and to keep his door shut so the cat doesn't claw at it. I won't be able to put a backing of fabric on it because it's so damn big and I don't have the money or time so yeaaaaaaaah.
I always thought this would only take 5 months each blanket... HA... But I did learn something about sewing the granny squares together... FUCK SEWING NEEDLES AND WHIPSTITCHING! ONLY SLIPSTITCH TOGETHER!!!
So much simpler and faster once I realized once you hit your corner to grab the next to squares, put them back to back and slipstitch across as before..and do the same vertically and youcan't really tell where the corner is... Oh and always buy extra yarn... for my mario there's ALOT of skyblue.. well I bought this big ass GIANT ball of skyblue yarn from bernat.. I think.... Well I ran out with maybe 150-200 squares left.. I scrambled to find something that matched but NOTHING came even close to this shade of blue.. it really was SKYBLUE..nice pale but the only thing that kinda came close was a shade darker and going in the royal blue direction.. I can tell the difference but no one else can.. or so they claim.. so I'm going to place those at the top so it looks more like the pixeled background of an old mario game from the snes world...i hope.. hm...
On the yarn note.... seriously.. extra extra extra extra yarn not just to make sure you got enough for the squares and leaving tails to weave in.. but for joining together!
I have rubber maids, metal boxes, cardboard boxes full and a sisterinlaw that co-owns a yarn shop and I cannot find the EXACT match of one shade of yarn I used.. I can get almost the shade but its still off...so ya....
Really take the yarn company's suggestion to heart...ALWAYS BUY ENOUGH YARN FOR THE PROJECT...... and then some