One of the gifts in my stocking this year was this book, 50 Baby Bootees to Knit by Zoe Mallor.
It's a wonderful collection of bootie and sock patterns to knit for babies and I hope to draw on it often this year to put aside some baby shower gifts (just in case) and to donate to our church's 4th trimester group.
I started off with a really easy knit (complicated only by the fact that I missed reading a "turn" early on in dividing for the first foot) and have managed to produce a pair of textured-cuff booties (pg. 60) using some cotton yarn I got in my stocking as well (Filati's Fantasia Carezza). This yarn is 100% cotton in a soft shade of blue. The gauge was slightly off from the yarn called for in the pattern, so I knit the 3-6 month size and finished it measures as the 0-3 month size according to the chart provided in the back for sizing small feet. Works for me!
The patterns seem to be well-written. Lots of fun designs without requiring a lot of complex knitting techniques. A good handy reference book to have on the shelf when you want something a little "special" for a little someone.
I promise to share more booties from this book as I knit them in 2012. It should be a great way to use up some of my stash!