I tore out the first one I did (blue cotton yarn) after realizing I'd need like 20+ balls of that cotton yarn to make it big enough for him. Opps. LOL
I went to Joanns and with the guidance of my mother picked out a chunkier acrylic/wool blend. I also got thicker needles so knitting 2" takes 20 minutes instead of 8 hours. :-D
I'm a little more than 1/2 way done. I still have to finish the red stripe I'm workin gone....do another black, a red and then a double black stripe...and then it's done.