Both the Bear and the Blanket were from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts and knit out of Brown Sheep's Cotton Fleece. The blanket took one skein for each of the 7 colors. The bear took about 1/2 of a skein, but it did not take just 6-8 hours like the book said it would! Using Cotton Fleece was a great way to make this blanket more affordable, but make sure you get gauge or you might run out of yarn. The bear didn't turn out as cute as it is in the book, but I think it is ok. I really like the blanket and now that I have made it I can see a lot more color combinations that would look very good.