Oh Noooitaremybirthday you definitely should make yourself a ripple! It goes along quite quickly and the rewards are well worth it. I used this free pattern http://home.att.net/~susanBinKC/patterns/ripple.html for the blue ripple and just repeated it on a smaller scale for the baby afghan. (sorry dont know how to insert a click on link!)
I wanted something to keep all of my crochet hooks in and this little number was the answer! I made it a few months ago and it has done its job very well. I have since added some badges to the back from the V&A museum and from the prime meridian of the world.