I've been crocheting for about 15 years - what do you mean by 'oddball blankets'? I actually try to always have a baby blanket that I'm working on or made. I try to have a boy and girl blanket on hand (people are always having babies). Personally I use Homespun yarn (it's the softest brand for this purpose) and I came up with my own blanket pattern. It's larger than most baby blankets so that they can keep using it as they grow up. My 4 yo DS loves his. And I just found out that my 1 yo neice (who's 600 miles away) won't go to sleep without holding the one I made her to her face. Just love hearing that!