There definitely must be something in the water in our town as there are lots of teachers expecting babies. This fall there were 3 elementary school teachers ready to pop and then late fall/early winter revealed 3 teachers in 6th grade, 1 in 5th grade, and 2 in 7th grade are expecting. I already knit the hat and booties for one teacher who taught our daughter and was my secret Santa.
Then when I found out a teacher who has become a good friend was expecting her second child I whipped up this baby blanket. Once I know what "flavor" she's having, I'll make a gender specific item. The pattern is Garter Rib Baby Blanket and I used Stylecraft Luxury Merino which I got on sale at Webs - one of Steve's Deal of the day. It's superwash and it really softened up so nicely when I blocked it.
Another teacher I often sub for is having her second child and she knows it is a girl. Knowing she wasn't a mom who likes pinks for baby girls (and she confirmed it when I said I'd make something and she said "please not pink"), I got this lovely teal. I couldn't find a free pattern that rocked my world so I designed my own sweater for her. I used a bunch of resources and knit this in one piece bottom up. I forgot to give extra room for the button bands but I planned that it would only have two buttons at the top.
I got the cutest buttons at The Tender Button in NYC - little bunnies. Too great!
Here's a detail of the lace pattern on the bottom. I repeated the yarnover section for the collar and the wristbands. Overall, I'm happy with it. Originally, I thought I'd write it up but I don't think anyone would really want it. I kind of like giving a one-of-a-kind sweater to my teacher friend.