Aw, thanks for the love, all. And a special thanks for the comment on my sig line... my grandfather wrote that in a letter to me before he passed away, and knowing someone read it meant a lot to me.
For those of you wanting to try this pattern, I strongly encourage it. Mine took me about six months of dawdling, but would have only taken one if I had worked on it consistently... and it's really very simple construction... if you can do a yo, k2tog, ssk, and a knit stitch, you can easily make this blanket. I love it because it looks a lot more intricate than it really is!
Thanks again for the comments!!