I have finally figured out why so many grandmas knit so many baby thingies. It's not because the babies are cute (though they undoubtedly are). It's not because the items themselves are cute (though generally ditto). It's because they are FAST. Talk about instant gratification! This particular item, I cast on four days ago, and now it's finished and blocking, cables and all. I mean, that's just nuts. That means I could easily knit, oh, 52 baby items a year, and still have a hundred or so knitting-free days. Though why you'd want knitting-free days, I don't know. Baby things. Who knew?
(Yes, I know, basically everyone knew this, because it is completely obvious, even to those who have never picked up a needle in their life. Hush.)