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Thoughts from September 2009

and the hat of the week goes to...

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Last week, Pigtail Penny and Sunshine Sheila did battle for the coveted title of Big Knit Hat of the Week.

Sunshine Sheila donned the yellow sunflower hat and using the broad rim and glowing centre, shone like the Sun from her side of the ring. On the otherside, Pigtail Penny, with her lustrous brown locks and twinkling blue eyes, pulled out some street style drop kicks and the odd half nelson here and there. The crowd were going wild, Penny and Sheila were locking hats until suddenley, Pigtail Penny went for the upper cut straight into the roundhouse move and whupped Sunshine Sheila into next Tuesday.

Congratulations to her trainer, Hazel from Watford, for helping Penny win the Hat of the Week. A case of delicious smoothies are winging their merry way to you right now.

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Last week myself and Ceri (doing our very best catalogue poses below) drove a grassy van down the entire length of the M4 to West Wales for a long weekend at the Do lectures.

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(picture by talented camera pointer James Bowden)

We rambled, ate hearty food, drank tea, chatted to strangers who became friends, chatted to Ade, went bird watching and slept under the stars in kata's (Swedish tipis). And learnt loads. Like loads and loads. In the spirit of 'sharing is caring' we've now started to spread some of the lessons we picked up throughout fruit towers. Here's the left overs from a session we did yesterday.

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If you want to decipher the mystic one liners we'll give a curated guide to the best of this year's lectures once all the videos are up online. Done?

the first Big Knit 'Hat of the Week' of 2009

Last week we officially reinstated the thrilling 'Hat of the Week' competition. Each and every week we'll select the crème of the woolly hatted crop and ask you to vote for your . Sort of like X Factor but without the premium rate phone calls. The winning hat will then take pride of place on the plinth in reception and the proud knitter will win a case of our finest drinks. Maybe there'll be some sort of grand hat-off in November. Who knows where it'll take us?

Going head to head last week we had the Virtual Insanity Jamiroquai inspired hat from Alison of the 'Priddy Purlers' and the 'Majestic Mouse' from Mrs Joan Lockett. Who was first to the claim the coveted spot upon the plinth of purlfection? The crowd holds its breath. Presenting the winner of 2009's first Hat of the Week competition... 'Majestic Mouse'.

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Well done Mrs Lockett. A case of our finest is on its way to you as we speak. To vote on this weeks entries just click here. Dust off your needles and grab the nearest sheep. It's time to start knitting.