I'll start with what I'm currently working on.
With baby 2 due in a few months, I ran across this pattern: http://www.nikkiinstitches.com/entrelac-k
Even though I didn't want that many more baby blankets entering the house (Valerie received tons when she was born), I couldn't resist this pattern. I never made a baby blanket for Valerie, so I figured that if I wanted one to be for Baby2, I should also make one for Valerie. I'm currently working on the first one. The colors are purple, red, grey/silver and black. The fiber is a cotton/acrylic mix. The pattern is entrelac, which looks quite nifty, but really isn't that difficult to do. You work each "square" in its entirety before moving on to the next. There is a fair amount of picking up stitches (10 for each square) but it really isn't as bad as I had feared. The rest is knitting and purling with some purl 2 together (to join each square to the one next to it in the purl rows) and some slip stitches and then passing the slip stitch over the next knit stitch (again to join the square to the next square).
I will likely end up lining the blanket with flannel or linen and edging with the same backing fabric.
The second blanket will be the same, but the colors are green, red, blue and yellow jewel tones. The yarn is all cotton and quite gorgeous.
I will give Valerie the choice between the two blankets and the other blanket will be for her baby sister.
I started a crochet project at the weekend. It should only take another evening or two to finish it (I can see why people like crochet). I won't be posting any details of that or pictures until after Christmas.
Crochet will definitely not be returning to the top of my list for crafting as it still is hard on my hands.