I realize that it's not a very good picture either. I just couldn't capture the true color, but you can clearly see the lousy borders! Turns out, that I don't like the yarn either!
So then, what should I do? I could just gift it as is. My daughter-in-law assures me that I'm the only one who would even notice. This isn't comforting though, as I wanted this to be really special. I've always been a bit of a perfectionist, so this is really bugging me. I decided that I also don't like a couple of the designs. The proportions are just a little "off". I think I know that I really need to start over. I found a couple of other yarns that I'm testing to see if I like them better.
On a positive note, I wanted to share with you a couple of pictures of blankets that have gone right! Jamie, who is deadpoet7 on Ravelry, made this little number with six of my patterns:
I don't know what yarn she used, but she took nine of the designs and then sewed them together. I like the way it reminds me of a quilt.
Cindy, who goes by CindyPsych on Ravelry, knit this pretty blue blanket:
She used Lion Brand's Baby First for her yarn and added this adorable border. See, it is possible to knit a nice border. Perhaps I should have consulted with Cindy before I began!
Thank you to both Jamie and Cindy for letting me share their pictures. I guess now I have to decide if I want to start over or not. Stay tuned.