Big Damn Knitters is a LiveJournal community for Firefly fans who like to knit. The obvious focus is on Jayne hats, but the community is friendly to everyone and other knitting projects are welcome.
In the episode "The Message", character Jayne Cobb receives a handmade hat from his mother:
- Jayne: How's it sit? Pretty cunning, don't you think?
- Kaylee: I think it's the sweetest hat ever.
- Wash: A man walks down the street in that hat, people know he's not afraid of anything.
- Jayne: Damn straight
Big Damn Knitters was founded in Fall 2005 in response to a post made in the LiveJournal knitting community in October 2005. In that original post, LiveJournal user Tvini reported that there were now so many Jayne hat knitters that the mill could no longer keep up with demand for the appropriate yarn, noting that made them "Big Damn Knitters." Shortly thereafter, LiveJournal user Betnoir founded a new community devoted to Firefly-related knitting, and the name stuck. The community is currently moderated by LiveJournal users Keami and Betnoir.