Some looking around on Ravelry and I found my solution... right under my nose. Pattern is "Mosaic Blanket" and delightfully simple to knit and looks smashing. I'm sure when I knit it's clone in opposite colors I'm going to screw up a few thousand times mixing up the colors from this knit, but it's knitting along beautifully and fast. I'm at 14" already.
I also got the monkey off my back and finished up the second last baby set, mostly because mom to be is looking more and more like she's going to need it soon.
Yarn: Mission Falls 136 Merino Superwash (discontinued- but man have I gotten use out of that yarn in my stash... and it's ALL GONE now.)
Needles: US 6 for Hat and US 5 for Boots
Notes: WHY HAVE YOU NOT KNIT THESE PATTERNS YET? (I'm fully willing to admit I might be getting just a little sick of these... ONE MORE TO GO.)
I can do this. I just need to focus. And get back to knitting. I'll keep you posted!