Blanxiety cure

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Pattern: Branch Blanket, by Cecily Glowik MacDonald. Yarn: Madelinetosh Pashmina in Saffron
Pattern: Branch Blanket, by Cecily Glowik MacDonald. Yarn: Madelinetosh Pashmina in Saffron

It’s the blanket I started for my nephew, Galactus, Eater of Worlds. Well, I took Jacqui’s excellent advice and blocked it, and it still looked wrong. That pattern with a plainer yarn or that yarn with a plainer stitch — either would be lovely. That yarn and that stitch together were just too much fancy all in one place. Perfect for a shawl, maybe, or the bottom of a summer top, but for a baby blanket? No. I started again.

Once I let go and changed the part-blanket back into yarn, it turned out that I had something pretty specific in mind; something that would evoke the ocean by which Galactus was born, and which I missed so much. Having found a stitch pattern that might work for the body of the blanket, I got talking colour with Ridgely at Astral Bath Yarns, and gave her this helpful description of what I was looking for:

I’m thinking a semisolid/almost solid medium to light moody grey with some blue in it. Or some green. Or some blue-green. A northern ocean on a stormy day. (In my mind, the North Pacific would be greenish, the North Atlantic blueish.)  A tidepool in limestone under clouds. The sky just before a tornado.

From that description, she came up with these:

Astral Bath Spectra DK Grotto
Astral Bath Spectra DK, in the now-regular-rotation colour Grotto

like she’d plucked the colour right out of my brain. So, a year late er…just in time for Christmas, as intended, the blanket was finished.

Born at Sea, the blanket
Born at Sea, the blanket

Now that’s the blanket I wanted to make. And the other yarn? That rusty orange gorgeousness? It did look better in stockinette.

7 Comments

  1. Breathtaking, Elizabeth!

    1. Why, thank you, Sherry!

  2. Wow, the color and the stitch both evoke the ocean!

    1. It’s neat, isn’t it? A very happy marriage of stitch pattern + yarn. I tried it with a couple of other yarns and it didn’t work nearly as well.

  3. Stunning. I love the rippling ridges at the edge. I love that really rich grey yarn. Beautiful work.

  4. michelle mueller

    LOVE LOVE LOVE that. The color is wonderful…

  5. […] may remember that some time ago, I made a blanket for my then-newborn nephew, whom we shall call Galactus, Eater of Worlds. (Really, he’s a cherubic little thing with a […]

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