Foxtail Beanie Origins

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: News Reel News Reel
| July 11, 2022

Being a father, there are few things more valuable than discovering something both you and your son likes to do. In this case we discovered a book — for me a dear childhood memory, for him an unchartered tale. And speaking of tale… I mean… tail.

The Animals of Farthing Wood. (Say that out loud.) It is a great tale about a bunch of animals that are forced out of their homes because of human building projects (boo humans!). Led by a mellow old badger and a wise old fox, they set out on the adventure of their lives.

When this same book became a tv show, it was notorious for its amount of death scenes. A chronically depressed mole, a snake that always wants to eat all the mice in the crew, and the loss of crew members at an interval makes for some serious childhood drama.

Anyway. I was reading these books at bedtime, over and over…

And over…

And over…

Until my 2 year old son discovered Carl Barks, but that’s another story.

And I started noticing the pattern on the tail end of the wise old fox. It’s already beanie shaped. I could see a North Cap taking shape as I read. So of course, I made sure to put the beanie on another wise old fox for the shot — namely my father.

The Foxtail North Cap is here to stay

From the moment I noticed the pattern, every book we plowed through on our daily bedtime routine seemed to feature a fox tail. You know how it works. The moment you buy a new type of car, you notice everyone else driving the same model.

The foxtail beanie was inspired by this
The classic Norwegian tale of “Climbing Mouse.” Ask a Norwegian, they will know what it is.

Inspiration can come from any source, and the foxtail beanie came from a crew of contentious animals sacrificing their lives in the pursuit of freedom — and then other bedtime stories added fuel to the fire until we made the beanie a reality.

A foxtail beanie design inspiration.
The Gruffalo book, yet again showing that foxtail beanie design into my mind.
Written by Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Published on July 11, 2022 in News Reel
Designer and instigator of Red Hat Factory, constantly hungry for mountainous adventures.