(Sorry for this long post!)
I can only crochet, your blanket is NIFTY dude!
This knits up relatively quickly, and so if you ever do learn to knit, definitely give it a go! Oh, and I crochet, too, and this could definitely be adapted to a crochet blanket. It actually started as a giant granny square afghan, but became too thick and was more like a mat. SO I frogged it and started over in knit
I want to cuddle up under it! This is an awesome idea!
It's ridiculously cuddly. Heavy, but cuddly still
This is awesome! I've been wanting to knit a lap-sized afghan but this is a way cheaper way to do it than buying yarn! I have bags and bags of fabric I'll never use donated from my aunt.
A few things: Did you knit with multiple strips at a time or just one? Size 35 is pretty big! Also, it sounds like you might have tied your strips together since you said you had ends to weave in, maybe if you sew them then you wouldn't have to do that? And did you cut with regular scissors or pinking shears? I think pinking shears would help with the raveling issue.
Thanks for posting this! What a great way to recycle/stashbust!
To answer your questions: I referenced this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=269860.0
....there was a tutorial referenced in that post, at http://www.cocoknits.com/info/tutorials/ragknit.html
. It's basically a way to attach the strips together without sewing. I was a little messy/sloppy on some of the strips (there were lots and lots to attach), so there are some longer pieces that didn't really get knitted into the whole fabric of the blanket. You could definitely sew them as you go, especially if you are not making a queen-sized blanket. It could potentially save you some hassle later!
I used one strip at a time. It took some time before I figured out how thick or thin to cut the strips, but it became easier as I went. I could kind of gauge how stiff or how soft/pliable the knitted fabric would be by the thickness of the strips. I just cut the fabric with regular scissors, and didn't have problems with fraying. I selected only the fabrics that wouldn't fray. I should also note that I didn't really have the problem of little fuzzballs that happens when you cut up t-shirts.
I used size 35 needles. They are plastic and huge...it created a fabric that was not too stiff for my purposes. You might experiment with different needle sizes to get the results you want. I made this blanket to get rid of some fabric that I wouldn't ever have used, either. It was super satisfying to know that I didn't waste anything in the making of this project, and it definitely gave me a nice distraction. If I ever make another, I will probably play with cables or other fancy stitches. This was just knitting, and so the side edges curl a tiny bit.