Firstly... the results from the blog post were:
Option 1 (with the cherry): 10 votes
Option 2 (just blues): 4 votes
That was the 11 votes on the post, plus two more votes for the cherry from my Sister-In-Law and the Lumberjack, and one for the blues from my Mum.
The red was a clear winner!! But... they sell the yarn I wanted (King Cole Cotton Soft) in a shop in town, so I went down to have a proper look and make my purchase. When I looked at the cherry in real life, I wasn't keen on the colour - it didn't look like the colour I used in my post, that I'd found online. It was more of a red-red than a cherry-red if you see what I mean - almost a cold red, if that's possible. I wanted that warmth and depth of a cherry red, a deep slightly pinkish red maybe - but that was just not available in this yarn. Anyway, I just couldn't buy the red they had - it wasn't right. But, I spotted a jade colour which added a bit of depth and slight darkness to the mix. So, these are the colours I bought:
When the Lumberjack saw them, he indignantly enquired where the red was, and was not happy with this turn of events! Ah well...
The blanket is going to be made of double (US) / treble (UK) crochet stripes in varying widths. I started off with a chainless foundation row. Let me tell you, the chainless foundation is AMAZING!! I'd read about it before, I might have even tried it once or twice, but this time I finally GOT IT. I will never go back! How I hate crocheting that stupid chain, and then trying to get the first row into those chain loops... not anymore - the chainless foundation is a joy! (There are many tutorials online - I used a combination of a random number of them until I got it)
Look at it - chain and first row of double (US) crochet in one go - it's a dream!
So... I'm sorry I have defied most of you! I hope it works out in the end, and doesn't look too cold...