I finally got the call from a dear friend who is pregnant. She has finally picked out the colors of the nursery. I had decided early on to knit her a shawl to use as a blanket. We chose this pattern from Folk Shawls:
We emailed back and forth a bit, I sent her links to yarn I could buy so she could check out colors, and we settled on a knitpicks choice of rhubarb in 100% Merino. Yarn is ordered, and I am now antsy for it to get here. We know it will be awhile! I think the most fun thing about it was that she was just so thrilled with her color choice! Maybe it is wise to let someone you knit for have some (well moderated) choice in the item so that they can be just as invested as you are!