I wasn't sure if I should post pictures on here before I give it to it's recipient, but after the nice shots Jason took of it I wanted to share.
It is all finished now. It is 5x5 squares (5 different colours and 5 different patterns) and about 36 inches square. I have to say it came together better than I anticipated. It is far from perfect, but for a first try, I think it is not bad. I think that if I ever attempt another baby blanket I will invest in a circular needle and do it all as one piece instead of individual ones. The nice thing about this one was the portability of it. I could take my knitting needles and yarn anywhere to work on it. I worked on it at work, at home, in the van when we drove to Swift Current, waiting at the doctor's office, etc.
I wanted Jason to photograph it before I attempted to wash it. The type of yarn I used, Bernat Handicrafter 100% cotton, said on the label that it is machine wash and dryable. I figured that was an important feature of a baby blanket. I imagine if this blanket gets used that it will likely get spit up on, or drooled on, or possibly even pooped on.
I wanted to run it through the washer and dryer before giving it to it's new owner to make sure that it would stand up to it. I finally did it the other day. I am happy to say it didn't fall apart. However, the white is no longer very white. I think the colours must have run a little bit. I honestly don't think it looks bad. I would say it looks more like an off-white now, rather than a gleaming white. It looks consistent through all of the white squares though, so I think that's okay. I had to stitch up one place that I must not have knotted the end properly. I also had a few ends that I had woven in that came unravelled a tiny bit that I clipped off. My one disappointment is that in washing it, it looks sort of fuzzy/pilly now. I will probably sit and pick some fuzz off in the next few weeks before the baby comes. I don't think it looks awful, but I would say it doesn't have that nice brand new look to it with the fuzziness.