This started more as a hoot, than a project. Using an infamous Joanne's 50% off coupon, I acquired an even more spurious The Ultimate Sweater Machine.
The USM is really a glorified knitting loom. It is great for making 1) squares, 2) bald spots as you pull your hair out. I opted for #1, and started picking up soft alpaca skeins wherever I found them. I made six 2.5'x1.5' patches. I stitched these together to make the blanket you seem Hammie modeling.