So the afghan I recently finished was a belated birthday present for Jil. She knew she was getting it even before I started work on it, and she was patient enough to wait 3 extra months for the finished product. She was over last week and saw how close i was to finishing it, so she knew that she would be getting it today (or this week).
I love to suprise people though, so I used the leftover yarn from the blanket to make a pillow-cover to match. I bought a simple pillow from IKEA, made a granny square out of the same yarns as the blanket, and stitched the granny square to the front of the pillow. She seemed pretty excited.