I made Knitty's Daisy for a friend of mine who's known me since I was, oh, still in my mother's belly (this would be a solid 23 years ago). It's her first baby, so I wanted to do something Good. I didn't know the gender -- turns out it's going to be a girl -- so I made it as gender-neutral as I could.
It's made with Rowan soft baby. Lovely yarn; SUCH a bad idea for a baby garment. First off, who thought white was a good idea for babies? Clearly someone who doesn't have children. Also, it's not machine washable. I was about halfway through the body before I realized that. Oops.
Speaking of oops, when I increased for the hood it left a bunch of eyelets (why, why do my m1s always leave eyelets?) so I threw a ribbon in and sewed it down on either side.
I added the booties because I had a bunch of yarn left, and used the same ribbon (this one had intentional eyelets). I got the pattern here: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/beths-booties.html
The baby shower resulted in a mountain of presents. We gathered with them all outside -- about thirty women and a dash of men -- to open them up. When she (finally) got to mine everyone ooh'd and aah'd. A murmur when around about "Did she make it?" I said yes, yes I did, and about twenty pairs of eyes shot to me and there was an uproar -- you made that? Oh my goodness, that's so amazing! Etc!
Her mother -- who was as close to a grandmother without actually being related as you can get -- immediately demanded that I come over and look at her stash of yarn and knitting -- she'd just started knitting too!
It was my first sweater involving seaming (which is simultaneously a pain in the rear and really gratifying).
I hear a lot of stories about people who don't appreciate hand-made garments. This definitely wasn't one of them. There was squealing. It was great.