What happens when you pair a knitter with mediocre, machine knitting skills together with inexpensive, acrylic yarn? Not something that can be gifted, that's for sure.
Bare with me on the details here. This blanket is knit by casting on enough stitches to give the desired, blanket dimension. After knitting two, edge rows, every following row is short rowed, then 'long' rowed back. ' Bring one needle out of work, knit two rows. Repeat until all needles are out of work. Then repeat the process in reverse until all needles are back in work.' This knits one quarter of the blanket.
The problem is - well, take a look.
Now, the question is, do I re-knit? Having already knit it one and a half times, am I still interested? Or should I as son #2 often advises, "Cut your losses, Mom."
The thing about 'cheap' yarn is - it often isn't. While not a fortune, enough was spent to make this fixed-income senior seek forgiveness for the idea of throwing it in the garbage. But seeing how poorly it knits and feels to the hand, do I want to spend more time with it? Probably not. Do I want to knit a gazillion baby sweaters, hats and booties with el-cheapo yarn just to satisfy my banker? Probably not.
Think I'll think on it for another day.