After seeing there wasn't a clear "winner" out of the group- I decided to go ahead and go with gut and cast on the Baby Bricks pattern. Yes I've knit it several times already, but the results are always astounding and I'm always quite pleased with the finished results.
Here it is- over a 1/4 of the way into the process. The lovely thing about this pattern is that it knits FAST. I've been wholly devoted to this project since I cast it on, but progress has moved along swimmingly. Rules to this blanket are simple- after 4 pattern repeats (one of each color) I have to weave in the ends before moving forward to the next section. It's the only way I know I can stay on top of the end weaving.
We managed to skip the Oct 31 birthday this year- and now that my due date is tomorrow I'm getting a tad impatient to meet who's been kicking and elbowing me these past few months. Truthfully I'm now focused on having him on 11.11.11 which I think would be a pretty cool birthday- so if you have some mojo to spare... can you mojo him to come out for that birthday?
And- a request came through on the comments to link up to the patterns that I was thinking about knitting in my previous post. I'll do my best to acomodate that- but in some cases, you'll have to find the book/magazine.
1.) Baby Dots and Baby Bricks- pattern can be found from the Leisure Arts "Soft & Sweet Baby Afghans" (this is probably one of my favorite baby blanket "books"). However- you can also modify the "Ball Band Dishcloth" pattern found here (scroll down) for baby bricks and come up with something similar. (Yay free pattern!)
2) Different Take on Classic Stripes or "Gillian's Blanket"- free pattern can be found on Ravelry here. (I really like the simplicity of this pattern... don't be surprised to see this pop up in a finished project pile for me someday!)
3) Princess Squares- can be found in the Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2010 issue. (I don't believe they have the pattern in the shop, so you'll have to procure a past copy of the issue.) Preview can be found here.
4) New Life Baby Blanket - check out this link for the free pattern!
Happy Knitting Y'all!