So I've been on Ravelry for the past two days looking for hat and toy patterns. I've made a couple of hats and am looking to expand my skills and I came across these patterns by Nikol Lohr, on a Japanese/Manga/Anime site of all places. Katamari Damacy's Prince & Queen earmuffs!
Being that the internet is a super superhighway, I Googled "Nikol Lohr" hoping to find more fun patterns by her and came across her blog, The Thrifty Knitter. Photos of yarn, projects in process, food, farm life & fiber workshops - it's very visual and informative. Apparently she actually lives on a farm and spins her own yarn and also teaches at an annual yarn school in Kansas City. Check it out!