Well, at least now that I've accepted that, I don't need to finish crocheting a crab-stitch edge all the way around and back. But I do need to find where I stashed the poor thing a few months ago when I was cleaning up for company so I can use it in one of the cat beds (thus no photos of the issues). They do love it, so the project was worth it. Or will be once I find it.
For the new ottoman throw I'm going to try double stranding this Silk Mountain by Noro (nice FO photos in that link to the Noro site) in a seed stitch. I know the seed stitch won't show very well in the boucle, but I've found the stitch fairly good at resisting and hiding cat pulls on other projects. And I like to knit seed stitch. I knit continental, i.e. I pick, so I can get a nice rhythm going.
But for now I'll just enjoy and decorate with the unknit yarn for a bit. It fits in well with the other things. And it wasn't much less costly.