Thursday, February 18, 2010

Jayne's Hat

My friend Karen introduced me to Firefly, a quirky, intelligent and completely compelling sci-fi space western series which sadly only lasted 14 episodes and one film.

In the twelfth episode the character Jayne, a tough fighting and talking mercenary, receives a bright orange knitted cap, with ear flaps and a pompom, that his mother has sent him. He immediately puts it on, very impressed, much to the amusement of his crew mates.

"A man walks down the street in that hat, people know he's not afraid of anything," quips crew mate Wash.

The hat has become a fan favourite and there are at least half-a-dozen different free patterns for it on Ravelry. I used the one designed by Kath Loeffler to make a hat for Karen to thank her for lending us her DVDs of the series. It was a very quick and easy knit.

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