February 16, 2012

Must Be Something in the Water

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.


kathy b said...

I love the baby blanket..it looks wonderful.

Jorth! said...

What a lovely blanket - must keep that pattern in mind!