I have however finished and sent the blanket I've been working on so I thought I would share it with you. It all began when I came across this picture:
I loved the stitch and decided to make it into a blanket. I chose a dark blue for the background as the baby hadn't been born yet so it needed to be gender neutral. I started on my first day of maternity leave but didn't get as far as I'd hoped when certain someone turned up early! There followed some creative crafting time (basically whenever / wherever little one slept):
And it was finally finished last month:
I'm pretty pleased with it as I didn't follow a pattern, and I finished it within 3 months of newborn-raising(!) I would have liked it to be a bit wider: I used the same number of stitches as my fantasy blanket but didn't think about how the structure of the pattern would affect the amount of horizontal stretch. It's acceptable though, and I think the border helps.
Here it is all packed up and ready to send!
It is now in transit, I hope the recipient will enjoy it, just in time for the start of Autumn.