making warmth: crochet blanket

With the arrival of my first niece, Adeline, I decided to try my hand at making my first blanket. I was taught how to knit and crochet by my mother when I was in grade school, but I never made anything this large.  The blanket is a 4 foot square. Based on my calculations (average time to crochet one row times the amount of rows), this blanket took approximately 45 hours to crochet.