Recently, I have been keep busy knitting a cot blanket (and made reference to it here) which is now completed and today was posted off. It's far from perfect, not least because the 'squares' refused to be effectively 'blocked' instead springing back to their 'leaf' shape.
Sewing up took a long time - 48 squares and an all-in-one border in a contrasting colour. That alone made for 98 loose ends, and a lot of work to sew them in (or in a few cases some tight knotting).
Sewing in - or maybe tying up - loose ends always takes a long time, and is one of the most important phases of any knitting project. I guess in some sense that's a metaphor for any project we may undertake - there are plenty of 'big' pits that bring quick results, but there are fiddly little bits that no-one will see, without which the end result isn't possible.
In due course this blanket will enjoyed, and will no doubt become misshapen and stained over time. But then that's the whole point - it's meant to be used. That's a bit like any other project too!