There are two lessons I learned by making this blanket:
1. I taught myself to crochet, so reading patterns is a real struggle for me. I discovered that if you set aside a piece of work for more than a year, it is really difficult to pick it back up and remember how and what pattern you were even working on.
2. Buy enough yarn to finish the project! I didn't and was about 2/3 of the way done, and had to try and find a matching yarn since the one I originally bought was no longer available for purchase. This was a MAJOR PAIN, and resulted in traveling to several stores, and then having to settle on something that was "close enough."
I am quite proud of this one, and it sure is snugly soft. I just hope our new little one enjoys it too!