I enjoy the ribbed look that a drop needle stitch makes. Whenever I am learning a new knitting technique, I start out with a small pattern to make sure I am doing it right before tackling a larger project.
The first item I made using this stitch was a scarf. I like to find new patterns and stitches to try, and once I got the hang of it, I enjoyed the look it created.
Since that first scarf, I have gone on to make a sweater as well. I still use the scarf and have even made a few to give as gifts as well. These kind of gifts are always well received.