I made a couple more crochet items to put in with our baby shower gift.
First: Rainbowy Dodecahedron
(Here's the project page on Ravelry, where you can also find the pattern.)
Instead of making the full-sized pattern, I stopped after round 10. I think it turned out plenty big enough this way (for a baby/toddler toy).
You can read more about my impressions of the project on Ravelry, if you're so inclined. Basically, once you get started, it's a fast project, but putting the "modules" (points) together can be a little messy. I explain the method by which I finally understood we are meant to join them in my Ravelry notes.
I actually made two pairs of booties, because the first turned out so tiny I didn't suppose the baby's feet would fit into them even as a newborn.
This was my first time making booties, and I wasn't that excited about making them, honestly-- but I thought there'd be a lot of adorable patterns out there, available for free. I was kind of disappointed by the selection I found. I didn't want to pay for a pattern, because to me, the booties were just an extra-- a photo prop. I wasn't sure what size to make and didn't even know if they'd ever be worn. If I were going to pay, I'm kind of smitten with these: Double Strap Baby Booties. (I wonder how hard they are to get to fit, though, with those straps...)
Anyway, here's the project page for the ones (both pair) I did end up making. They're ok for a photo op, but they're not my favorite thing I've ever made. There's information in my Ravelry notes about how I deviated from the original pattern to make the second pair larger without going up a couple hook sizes.
Since the baby hasn't been born yet, I don't know if either pair will fit at all. (See? This is why I don't like making things that have to fit. It's so much fussier than blankets, scarves, and doilies.)