Joss Whedon fans, show off your true natures by knitting and wearing the most famous piece of knitting from the short-lived but excellent series "Firefly."
Of course, it is modeled on the hat that Ma Cobb sends to Jayne in the episode The Message. There is much debate in the 'verse over proper colors - particularly whether the earflaps should be red or orange. While popular opinion seems to have come down somewhere in the middle, I've been informed by someone who knows someone who asked the costumer's assistant who knit the thing that there was only one hat, and Adam Baldwin kept it after filming wrapped. Go figure.
The basic idea is that this hat should LOOK homemade, and possibly poorly homemade at that - and so it's a great project for a beginning knitter OR an advanced one who wants to knit while watching "Firefly" and/or "Serenity" on DVD.
The hat would also look shiny in other variations of colors; it takes less than half a skein of each of the three colors when using Lamb's Pride Bulky.
12 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch in the round
Katherine Vaughan has been knitting for 25+ years and designing for more than 5. She primarily designs adult and children's wear and accessories for adults and the home. She daylights as a medical librarian in North Carolina, where it is (almost) never too hot to knit. Website: http://www.ktlvdesigns.com