My mother's baby afghan is finished. I crocheted the strips together. I'm not sure if this is how she intended it to look, but I am very pleased and it will be a good size for a baby and hopefully well loved in the future. Feels good to finish it and I think she would be pleased with the finished item. I know I am. Now I need to put it away in a safe place and find it later when it will be needed!
12/27/2010 - Thanks to an anonymous commenter on my previous post about finishing this blanket....the mystery pattern is identified: "Envelope Afghan" :)
Speaking of well-loved. My three boys(11, 14, 20) always loved the blankets Nana made for them. In fact we still have two that she made in the family room that they use all the time. They are pretty worn now, but still loved. Earlier this year I made a bigger blanket for them to use out of scrap yarn. Every row is a diferent color of knit 3, purl 3. What's nice about this pattern is you knit it the longway with a circular needle and it makes it's own fringe! This one is a good size now that they are turning into big teenagers.
Here's a picture of it: