The orange booties are just for fun. I wanted to give them a try to see how good I was at reading patterns. Still need to make the other match but since I have nobody to give them to I'm not really in a hurry.
As for the blue 8" square...I'm donating that with other ladies to eventually make an Afghan for a fallen Officer wife in Kentucky. Again first time following a pattern and I think it turned out pretty good.
So far I'm really enjoying my crocheting.