Back when we were still new to blogging SIX YEARS AGO we would occasionally get a kind comment from the prominent Portland-based knitting blogger Larissa Brown (who has since published several fantastic books, including My Grandmother's Knitting: Family Stories and Inspired Knits from Top Designers, Knitalong, and the e-book Bonnet Love). We were always kind of amazed the Larissa paid any attention to us, and we were blown away when she designed a bonnet that she called "The Juniper" in our daughter's honor and sent one that she knit herself (with a lovely vintage ribbon).
I dug up some pictures of our daughter as a baby wearing that wonderful gift:
Now that my wife is knitting all the time herself, she can appreciate Larissa's kindness and the skill of her craft even more. The Juniper bonnet pattern is still on Larissa's site and is available for personal use. Wood recently downloaded it and made a version of the bonnet for our neighbor who is pregnant with a little girl. She used a ribbon that I believe she bought at Purl Soho when we were in New York last summer.
We can attest that it makes a great gift. Thanks again Larissa!