One of my favorite stores, Fibrespace, asked me to design something for their Baby Club. I chose to do a blanket because I love knitting blankets for babies. If they get attached to it, they'll use it for years whereas a sweater will be outgrown almost as soon as you finish knitting it. I wanted something pictorial, and I swatched and charted a number of different ideas before deciding on a castle surrounded by vines. The castle was inspired by one in the Barbara Walker books, but the castle in the blanket is very different from hers in size and in a number of the design elements. My original idea for the vines surrounding the castle was way too complicated; I had to simplify them. What I wanted was to suggest a fairy tale.