I'm working on a knitted blanket too .. but I haven't gotten very far.
and here's the other blanket. I've been working on it some. If I keep at it I might finish by the end of February -- which is what I'm aiming for.
I'm really struggling with it -- I think because it isn't pieced. I've decided what the backing will be -- aqua, black, and white (Shark's colors).
I'll do something like this. I am looking forward to getting to that point -- and the quilting.
I finished one of the the pillows for my daughter -- I'm really happy with how it turned out.