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