This is the longest baby gift I have ever created. The "baby" in question is about 2 now, I think. Orion's mom and dad are scientists. I mean real scientists. His dad worked on a project involving dust that came from Saturn. I mean, really! How many people can say that?
Anyway, way back when his mother was expecting, I heard rumors that the baby's name, although they were keeping it a secret, had something to do with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and I got this great idea to applique symbols from the book onto the blanket I was making. I planned a goldfish and a porpoise and that funny little face with the skinny little arms and the tongue hanging out and a "Don't Panic" button and some mice with a teapot and....
It got so complicated I knew I'd never finish it. So when the baby was born and they announced his name was Orion, I got another great idea! I'd applique stars on the blanket in the shape of the constellation Orion.
That was a great idea until I found out how many stars are actually in the constellation Orion! I had no idea! It's not at all what you see on the Orion Pictures film headers.
Then I got to thinking. Of course, that's when all great ideas stall, when someone gets to thinking.
These guys are scientists. They're going to know if the stars are out of alignment. I was so obsessed with my artistic license, I couldn't finish the blanket.
Other babies and baby gifts came and went and I thought sure the parents thought I was snubbing them or something.
Finally, I spoke to a mutual friend who told me to get over it and just finish the blanket already!
So I did. I took a lot of artistic license and the constellation is probably only recognizable to me, but at least I finished it before he grew out of it completely. I think. I'm going to give it to them this Sunday. If they are at all offended by the poorly crafted constellation, they're polite enough to keep it to themselves, I'm sure.