I am having too much fun working on this. I can see why so many people are making them. They are so simple and so clever at the same time.
I am using a mod that I read about in other people's project notes. I am adding a yo in between the first 2 stitches of each row to give a stretch to the edge that will have to be blocked in order to achieve its length. It also adds a pretty edging. I only have 4 more turquoise stripes before I go into that final long striped section. Let's see if I am still so enthusiastic when I have hundreds more stitches on the needles.