A little more than a year ago, the magazine Piecework had a beautiful baby bonnet by Alic Starmore on its front cover. I saw it and loved it, and immediately bought the kit from Virtual Yarns. And sat on it for quite a while, because first I was trying to get pregnant, then I was too superstitious to start it for a baby so nebulous, then I was too tired to think about it. Eventually I cast on, and in five days I had a not-so-little (I hoped, wincing in anticipation) bonnet for a baby head.
The kit came with a pattern for an adult beret too, which I firmly resolved to make, but never quite got to. And then I had a baby, and even her gigantic head was a little small for the bonnet at first. Then all of a sudden last month I noticed that she did fit the bonnet, and if I was ever to fulfill my dream of having matching mother-and-daughter hats, I needed to get knitting quite quickly.
Not quite the five days for the bonnet, more like a month later, and currently blocking on a dinner plate, we have a tam. Next time I am definitely weaving in ends as I go (2 hours yesterday, weaving). But so very very beautiful.