Having finished the neutral blanket for baby-to-be I started on the blanket that I wanted to make. The blanket I have been planning since their wedding, not knowing when (or even if) there would be a baby some day. There was no pattern searching for this one, no agonizing over colours and details. This blanket already existed fully formed in my head – I just had to bring it out. This is the kind of project I love, and it is why I design. I can’t take credit for the design of the blanket – ripples have been around forever, there is nothing new about it. But I will take credit for everything else.
The yarn was a beautiful white aran weight superwash that my mom brought back for me from her trip to Ireland. I had requested one skein of yarn when she went on her trip – she brought me ten. All in white as she knew I could dye it. It was a bit overwhelming, and I tucked it away in the stash for a while, uncertain about what to do with it. But when I started thinking about yarn for this blanket it came to the foreground. How perfect – yarn from Grandma!
So, out it came and into the dye pots it went, one colour at a time. I had a great time dyeing all of these up, and they came out exactly as I was hoping. Bright, but not eye-searing, rainbow-y but not just the usual primary colours.
I played around with the colour sequence for a good while one day, and again while I was crocheting. The end result is this (complete with Juno paw).
I love it! Creating this blanket was my gift to myself. The blanket itself is my gift to Baby. Warm, soft, washable, with lots of awesome colours and happy ripple-y goodness. Just what a new baby needs.