For my mother-in-law, I crocheted a simple shell border around some high quality towels using Sarafina cotton (size 2) yarn. To do this, I first sewed, with the same yarn and a sharp needle, a blanket stitch around 2 towels and 2 washcloths. Then I crocheted a single crochet row, then 5-double crochet, skip 2, slip stitch, skip 2, 5-double crochet etc around making the shell row. That's it. Easy peasy, and well worth it, my mother-in-law loved it! Perfect gift.
For my grand-niece, well, I finished that blanket and pony! Woohoo! Her birthday is Dec 29th, and they are coming down for Christmas on Jan 1st, so what I'll do is wrap the blanket up as a birthday present, and the pony up as her Christmas present.
I've already begun the new baby's blanket. And, since I made Princess K a toy, I suppose I'll make Princess ? one too. I'm about 6 rows past what is shown in this picture.