Here it is all finished! I would make another one of these. Several people who saw me working on this project said they had tried to make this or something similar but just couldn't get the concept from the written pattern, got frustrated and gave up. I'd be willing to make a photo tutorial if there was some interest in it and post here. So if you'd like to see that, drop me a line and I'll make one.
here) called for the edge to be finished with a crab stitch. I started working it that way, and I found it to be very distracting to the eye. In the end I decided a simple border would be best so as not to distract from the rest of the blanket. All in all I'm very happy with how it turned out. I'm hoping my friend also likes it, and that it fetches a good price for his silent auction.