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.


  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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