So here's what I did
I decided to try continuing in my last color. I threaded dental floss through the row I had just completed, to make picking up the stitches easier if I had to rip back. I made it through the two rows with about 1/2 yard to spare, and bound off in the light color, which I'm also going to use for the crocheted edge. I went to a size 8 needle to make sure my bind off was loose. Phew.
Finished, pre-edging and blocking.