It's done! Sometimes, 784 square inches of stockinette is just what you need. And I feel great about my 28 inches of beautiful mattress stitch, too. Just lovely. I did learn that Cotton-Ease isn't meant for seaming. After just about three inches, the yarn started spliting apart. No worries here, since the colors changed pretty frequently and there was always another end to grab. I'll estimate that the whole blanket took just about three skeins of Cotton-Ease (600 yards or so).
This means that I still have waaaaaaay too much Cotton-Ease in my stash, but I've got three more upcoming projects planned for this yarn, so that should help cut down on the bulk. I want to search out the new colors of Cotton-Ease and see how they look, because it seems like you can never have too much!
(This is pitiful.)
Side note: I wasn't sure we needed to go for the HD TV when we had to replace our 14 year old set a couple of weeks ago. HD channels are free with our cable package, but I wondered how different the picture would be. I've discovered where it's AMAZING: Yankees games in HD. The grass is such a beautiful bright green, and I can see each and every snowflake showering Derek Jeter. This is close to being there, but not nearly so cold... and I can knit without fear.