But it's going to be a few more days until I can show you the FO. Are you excited?
Andrea- To answer your questions: The crocheted socks are maybe a bit thicker than knitted ones, but I wouldn't say they are quite as thick as hiking socks, though they could definitely be used for that, depending on the type of yarn and hook you use. But I wear them with everyday shoes all the time with no problems. They are fabulous and wonderful and I hope you make a pair because everyone should experience the fabulous wonder of crocheted socks.
Yes, I did finish that ripple blanket! In fact it's one of my favorite FO's ever and I can't imagine why I only posted that one tiny picture of it. I must have been thinking that I would post more later then totally forgot about it. Here's some pics of Ian with the blanket when he was still a baby:
This blanket has actually become his favorite blanket ever. (And by favorite I mean that if he sees me put it in the washing machine or dryer he cries and reaches out for it like his heart is breaking.) I actually made it before I had even conceived him, just because I wanted to try a ripple blanket and I had a bizarre amount of stashed mercerized cotton yarn. My plan was to make it and just have it around waiting for the next time I needed a baby shower gift, but once I finished it, I loved it so much I ended up keeping it. Then I got pregnant myself not long after.
Every time I see Ian grab it and hug it to himself or find him in the morning with it wrapped around his middle, (soaking up the pee from the leaking diaper) I feel such a rush of pride that he picked *my* blanket out of the truly unbelievable selection of blankets he has available to him to be his Favorite Blankie.
(I actually made him 2 blankets. The other one is knitted and it's pretty cool, but he doesn't care about it at all.)
Glad you like the banner! I really loved it at first, but no one ever seemed all that impressed with it, so I was actually just the morning before seeing your comment thinking of changing it to be a collage of all my favorite FOs. (Kind of like your banner? heehee) But since you like it so much, maybe I'll keep it a little bit longer. ;-)