I bought an enormous skein (?) of Phentex worsted acrylic yarn 867 yards awhile back and since I got my Options I decided to try to knit a garter stitch throw on size 11 needles and the "long" cable in the pack with this yarn. Casted on tons of sts (nearly to both ends.)
I started a garter stitch log cabin blanket about a week ago for my "mindless" knitting times. I got the pattern from the Mason Dixon knitting book but you can also do a search on log cabin knitting and find patterns. Mine is victorian rose, sage green, and chocolate brown in Caron Simply Soft. I've done about 23" square so far. Picking up stitches has never been my favorite thing but I'm getting plenty of practice.