Although this afghan began life as a different project, it became clear pretty quickly that it was just meant to be a baby blanket. Although the pattern isn't difficult, it does eat up a lot of time--mostly because I agonized over each color combination for each block (I really didn't want any repeats). I have seen a few afghans like this where the outer rounds are all the same color (or two colors) and I really like that look as well. This is a great project for using up your loose ends; just don't give yourself a deadline for this or you might go crazy.
One innovation I introduced with this afghan is a slit in the middle (look at the pictures again, you'll see it!). This feature was actually requested by my brother-in-law; they like to throw a blanket over the baby's carrier, but he says that it is hard to grip the handle through a blanket--so, voila! Dad can grab the handle and baby stays warm.
The other neat thing I figured out while working on this was how to organize the rounds as I was working. All the little bits had a tendency to disappear into my work basket, so I strung them onto one of the flexible cords that came with my interchangeable knitting needles and put the stoppers on the ends. This way I could add and subtract without any problems.
Well, clearly there is now a knitting/crochet void in my life. However, expect an update sometime soon featuring knitting with Cool Whip bowls. Yes, I kid you not. It is pretty awesome.