I talked to Dan about just keeping it. And kept it I did for a week, nicely folded, in our guest bedroom. It sat there all week long. It was never used. I never even touched it, except to occasionally pet it.
I thought of all the people I could give it to. It would make a great baby blanket until I realized that it would have to be hand washed and air dried. The chances of either my sister or my SIL hand washing a 36-inch afghan are not good. If I were a betting woman, I'd put a good thousand on it becoming a felted afghan.
I thought about keeping it myself. I wouldn't use it; that's for sure. I would want to display it, but we have no room for such displays.
Since I can't think of a good home for it, I am sticking to my original plan. It will be shipped off to Syracuse, NY where it will join 800 other panels on an abandoned gas station. It can serve a purpose rather than sit in my cedar closet for months.
A final picture of it:
At the last moment, I crocheted a border around the outside. It was my neighbor's idea. She recommended that I single crochet a border on all the edges. I inquired about doing a double crochet, but she was hesitant to agree. Not because she didn't think it would look good, but because she is a one-crochet-stitch-kind-of-a-woman.
It appears I am too. I could only remember how to do a single crochet stitch. So, that's what the afghan got. I should know better. I was taught how to crochet by both my MIL and my Aunt. It's just different from riding your bike. You do forget if you don't use it.