I did it!!!!! I finally did it!!!
I finished my Last Dance blanket!
After much procrastination and dragging of feet I finally set myself down and knocked out the border of this thing! And I'm DONE!!!!!
I'm going to tell you right out that it looks better in the photo than I think it does in real life. I've got some good light coming in the window and that helps ('cuz I didn't do any altering of the photo - other than cropping), but once this thing was finished I concluded that it would have probably benefited from leaving in some of the lighter squares I removed before seaming it together. OR... it probably would have benefited from doing the seaming and border in the lightest gray color. That might have lifted the whole thing. It doesn't look dark in the picture, but in real life, it's a tad on the dark side.
FWIW, I asked my youngest son his opinion before seaming and bordering and he recommended the lighter gray. Historically, I've always felt like he has a good aesthetic sense about him. For some reason I didn't trust it this time. Lesson learned!
BUT, all that said, I'm thrilled to have it finished. I have no purpose in mind for this, so it's going to be washed, folded and stored for... I don't know what. My posterity, perhaps. Or until I get tired of having it around, or find the right person to give it to. Maybe if I put it away I'll be able to see it with fresh, appreciative eyes later. Right now I'm just so glad to be finished I could dance!
You'd think this was torture to make by the way I go on. It really wasn't. Mostly, it's that I found myself occasionally not wanting to do a particular square, and a few others just looked too hard to bother with after a while, so probably half the designs are pulled from somewhere else. What I want to say about this project is that my blanket was inspired by the Last Dance Blanket and the memory of Merinke (Wink) Slump who was working on this design when she died. Other designers stepped up to finish the blanket's designs as a tribute to Merinke, and that is such a lovely thing for them to have done. To date, on Ravelry, it shows that nearly a thousand members have made some version of this blanket. That's quite a tribute.
Perhaps it's unfair to actually call mine a Last Dance blanket. Maybe I'll should just call it my Last Sampler blanket. I always thought a sampler blanket would be fun to make. I don't think that so much anymore. lol
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