My original baby blanket idea was actually a grid of different knitting stitch patterns, to help me learn how to do needlework with two sticks instead of one. After laboriously completing a mere 3 squares, I came to realize that knitting is a sport best left for sweaters and shawls, not afghans that must be completed under 9 months.
Luckily, I came across Melissa Mall's Starry, Starry Night baby blanket. It suddenly dawned on me: what if I did a creative twist to her pattern and made tons of tiny invisibility stars from Super Mario Bros.? Thus the idea was born, the yarn was bought, and my eyes bled yellow, white, and blue for a solid month. End result: a baby blanket worthy of geek royalty!