So I was left with a lot of beautiful yarn (I didn't spend a ton on it, but as I'm endeavoring to use my stash this certainly put a fly in that particular ointment), much of it white. While the larger afghan I have envisioned will make excellent use of this yarn, there was no way I was incorporating that much white into it. I did, however, have enough to make a baby blanket (and still have plenty of white left over).
I made a basic corner-to-corner blanket. I stitched until it was going to be about one yard square, and then decreased.
I love the simplicity and ease of this stitch. Once you get going you can pretty much fly through it without looking, but it did take me a bit to get the hang of it again (I made one several years ago).
As I don't have anybody in mind to give this to right now, I didn't want to do a border that was too frilly in case it doesn't go to a girl, so I went with a basic half-double crochet border, just one round.
The yarn is one I've never used before, but am now in love with. It is Scheepjes Colour Crafter in Weert (which, I assume is Dutch for white, because I have a marvelous grasp of what seems to be the obvious). It's a DK weight acrylic, but is oh so soft, with no splitting or pilling or anything annoying like that. Just straight frothy deliciousness.
So that's that. A gift in store if I need one, and a dent in my stash.