I enjoy the 2008 Alice Springs Beanie Festival Competition every year. One year I willget my act together to send some in too but this year the winners are even more outrageous.
This community based event began in 1997 and has grown. This year the festival had 5389 beanies. I am sure it is because the beanies look such fun.
There are free patterns for various types of beanies housed on the site
The site also houses details of the travelling show. If these beanies come to town it is definitely worth a visit. They will bring a smile to your face otherwise explore the website for past and current beanies.