Wednesday, August 01, 2007
The Jayne Hat: A Cunning Fit
Happy Birthday to my very good friend and co-Leo! The requested gift is on it's way to you!
A while ago he asked me very sweetly if "perhaps I had time to maybe just knit me up a Jayne hat? Pretty please? Because it would mean so much more if it came from you..." And of course how can I deny a request like that?!?!?!
After some searching for patterns and yarn sources and a quick review of my Firefly DVDs I found this excellent kit produced by Heather (blog HERE) of Wear With Style. She was a dream to work with, and has created a Jayne hat kit which provides not only an authentic pattern and dreamy thick portions of bulky wool, but a pompom, stitch markers, pattern help, the text of the letter from Ma Cobb (from the script) and cool Firefly-related stickers! The kit itself was sent Priority Mail stamped with Firefly-themed stamps! So very cool!
It did take me awhile to actually start the kit (sorry) but once began was a quick and fun knit.
I then had even more fun creating the shipping package for my friend, using straw and Chinese stickers and a card I made with the Ma Cobb text written inside. I'm even enclosing the original shipping envelope so he can see the stamps. I think he will get a kick out of them.
For those of you not familiar with the short-lived but awesome series Firefly by Joss Whedon (Of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel) go rent or buy the DVDs, then check out the movie Serenity. The rabid fan-base is well-deserved. And I love the fact that there are a collection of fans out there sporting this very distinctive piece of knitwear! It joins the likes of the Dr. Who scarf and the Harry Potter Knits in terms of crazed fans with knitting needles!