You know what's really great? When a person comes up to me and says, "Oh, I like your sweater." And they don't say, "Did you make it?" :-)
I wore my sweater to San Francisco to a conference, and people actually just complimented me on it. Someone at work also complimented me, not knowing that it was made by loving hands at home. Whee!
The sock continues apace. I knitted while waiting for the plane and on the plane and in the hotel room. But I'm proceeding slowly, because I don't want to make any mistakes--they're too hard to fix! So far, it's just knitting round and round, without any fancy shaping. I will put a safety thread in before I start the heel, so that if there's a problem, I can get back to where I was.