So I beat the game (or at least what's available right now), and if you clicked on this link I hope you did too cause it's going to get spoilerific in here (maybe)
So Merrick is probably a bad guy, right? I mean he made Shay pick up the Maidens for some reason that is not known yet (probably has to do with this Project Dandelion they keep talking about). But he has to have some connection with the ship cause the talking crochet-thing mentions crocheting a wolf costume. Also, if the Mog returns every 14 years and Shay did this for the first time, well that means that either there are more Mogs or that Shay was going to get....replaced, right? To me it seems like the ship was pushing him to do what he did (cause too much stuff just lined up too perfectly on the ship, think of the doll, the drive-thing suddenly running out of yarn and shutting down, the wiring thing etc.) without him actually realising it. What did you think of the ending?
Also, did anybody figure out a way to get in that room where the computer tells Shay that it "is preparing a surprise" for him? I'm just speculating here, but DF said you can unlock an 8-Bit retro mode in the game, so maybe that's there? I dunno. I wasn't able to get the train ticket agan, maybe that has something to do with it (or not, who knows)