I finished the body of the blanket, which I was NOT thrilled with, and went on to the edge. Now, keep in mind it has been weeks since I first went to the store, so poor Jarrod has had to put up with me asking him about different patterns, watching me start something and shortly ripping it all out and starting again. What a good husband I have, patiently listening, and even contributing ideas and shopping with me for more yarn. He would come home from a day of teaching and see me in the floor with five different stitch patterns going, and balls of yarn strewn about everywhere.
Anyway... when I was working on the edge of this blanket, I really just hated it. It looked too girly:
So, I was not pleased. The edge was too frilly and girly, and I also thought the white was pretty girly. I again looked up baby blankets and watched youtube videos on different stitch options, and found one that I really thought might work. I practiced it with my green yarn, realized I could do a straight edge with this pattern and decided I would try one more time. I waited until Jarrod got home, and presented him with the idea of starting over... and with a new color. He graciously took me to the store, and we were back to talking about color options again (poor Jarrod). I decided to go with just your basic baby blue. I started the pattern, and it was working out perfectly. I was so happy with it. After I got the first chunk done I started wondering if I should put stripes in the blanket. I used my powerpoint skills to create several different options, and looked at them with Jarrod and decided to put a stripe in the blanket. We headed up to the yarn store again for the 97th time and picked up the new color.
I'm done with this blanket, it has transformed from what I started making several times, but I'm finally done and I love the final product.
Here is a very small sampling of the stitch patterns that I tried, just to illustrate how obsessive and ridiculous I have been about this
And here is the final product. I am very happy with this blanket. (by the way, for those of you who don't know, I haven't been working the past few months waiting on a broker change... so this is why I had SO much time to devote to my crazy blanket fiasco.)
Jarrod - I know that you could not care any less about the color of the blanket, or the pattern, or the edge, or the size... but you paid attention, you watched, you took pictures, you went with me to the store, you gave your opinions, and always told me how good whatever version I was working on looked. I appreciate you seeing how important this was to me and being a part of it.