Naw, you don't sound smug. I think that's actually a great way to learn new stitches. I have a sampler afghan that I made on my bed right now. I knitted the squares over the course of a three year period (it covers our king size bed), and it was tons of fun. Whenever I got sick of a project or frustrated with one, I'd just go back to it.
You should post a picture of your blanket in the Watcha Knittin' forum.