I like the colors, AND even more I like your idea of knitting it up as strips instead of squares. Joining and finishing is my least favorite part of knitting. I wish you could use a sewing machine to do it. Blech.
I just started my first sampler afghan this week. I like trying new pattern stitches, but I used to just make a scarf or a baby sized blanket. I am going to make a king size afghan so I get to try at least 80 patterns. I bought the Leisure Arts pamplet called 60 Easy-To-Knit Pattern Stitches to Combine to create Sampler Afghans and I have a couple of stich dictionaries so I am pretty excited. Unfortunately the squares aren't all the same number of stiches across so I can't do it in strips.
After this project is done I want to do an Aran Afghan. I like doing cables but never know what do make with them.