Nephew's Blanket Update

For months, I have been knitting nothing else but this blanket--thousands and thousands of garter stitches--and I'm still not done. I can't even get the whole thing in a photo:

It's about 43 x 39 inches at this point. I don't know that I'm going to make it as big as the pattern calls for. I do want it to be big enough to cover his twin bed, but not a football field. In any case, I seriously doubt that I'll have it done in time for Christmas. I'll have to think of a back-up gift to send him and save the blanket for Easter. It's still chilly around Easter, right? *sigh* Back to the trenches...