This is a little baby ripple I was making as a gift for a friend. I used a 4 mm hook and 4ply yarn, and it took what felt like FOREVER to get finished. It is really lovely and lightweight though, while also being surprisingly warm, so I guess it was worth it. She doesn't know the sex of the baby, so I went for fairly neutral colours. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.
It's a yarn thing. It's a crochet thing. It's sometimes a knit thing too. It's a getting back to the basics thing. It's the discovery of a mindless, escapist, reassuringly repetitive thing. It's a reveling in tradition, let it sooth your soul thing.