After some heavy hinting on her part about what a beautiful hat it would make, we included it in our SBS purchases. Once we got home, we round it into a ball. My LYS had offered to wind it up, but NKD wanted to have some part in the process, and she makes a great knitting noddy.
A pattern was quickly chosen (how did we live before Ravelry's pattern search?), and in no time a hat was on the needles.
A very few hours later, the hat was on her head.
Pattern: Big Chunky Comfy Hat, by Erica Kempf
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn's Rasta Superbulky in Sollis (804)
Needles: size 11 dpns
Elapsed time, yarn purchase to head: 4 hours