So here I was bragging to you about being top in my crochet class, graduating with honors, etc. I write this now so that you know this ... each and every one of us encounters stumbling blocks when learning something new. It doesn't mean: stop. It doesn't mean: I'm no good at this. It doesn't mean anything other than you need to correct something.
How, you might ask, did my blanket turn into a tutu? I can't answer that other than to say, I missed a couple of stitches at the end of the row. When I noticed my error, I was rows and rows beyond it. So I figured, I'll just sew a vertical zig zag stitch in line with those rows of single crochet and cut off that saddle bag. Make it nice and straight and then crochet a border around it. Not sure if that's going to work but rather then rip out the whole blanket, I think it's worth a try.
You may also wonder why I didn't stop at the waistband (i.e., where the stripes start) and consult with my teacher, Janice. Because I am obsessive when I learn something new and I simply could not stop myself. MY HANDS WOULD NOT STOP. They would not listen to reason.
My path from here on out is clear. I need to sit by Jan's side and have her double check my end stitches so I stay on the straight and narrow. Her generosity knows no bounds when it comes to time and patience. I am determined to make her proud some day!