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Thoughts from November 2011

the wonderful knitting of Susan Smith

Does the name Susan Smith ring a bell? We've mentioned her once or twice before. Why? Because she's an absolutely genius knitter. What this woman can't knit, we just don't know (and nor do we want to know about it). Here she is with a Florence Nightingale smoothie cover.

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Her needlework first caught our attention with the Unicorn big knit hat last year, along with a little Robin and a kicking-heeled Santa. This year she sent us some absolute gems, including this one of Mary, Joseph, and a tiny Baby Jesus.

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Susan popped by the towers for tea and cake last week, and happened to bring along some of her other knitting work. We were amazed, and just had to share some of them with you. Such as her garden gnomes.

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Finger puppets of Sooty and Sweep.

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And a caveman, cavewoman, and their pet monster.

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A big thank you to Susan for brightening up our Friday afternoon, and showing us how much more there is to knitting than we'd ever imagined.

our pledge

Tackling food waste is really important to us as a business, so we're really happy to be one of the first business to sign up to the Feeding the 5000 Food Waste Pyramid.

Food waste pyramid

The pledge has been developed in partnership with Love Food Hate Waste and is supported by the Mayor of London, and it offers businesses a really simple set of priorities to follow to help them save resources and divert waste from landfill.

We have waste reduction targets in place already and donate any excess drinks to the charity Fareshare or to be used as animal feed, but we're always looking at ways we can improve and we know that this will be a great help to us and to others who are looking to do things a bit more responsibly.

more 3D chalk

Last week we showed you the wonders of 3D chalk. Today we can show you what it looks like coloured in. Hats off to the designers of the The Lego Terracotta Army.

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Thanks to Leon Keer for letting us use his photo.

owls for auction and hat tag winners


You may remember this little gem of a big knit hat as knitted by Hazel Baker, a cranky owl. Would you like to own him? Would you also like to raise more money for Age UK? Well you can do both of these things, by placing a bid on him on ebay. Good luck.

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In other news, here are this week's hat tag winners. Counting down from third place, we have Claire Watson's sheep.

3 Claire Watson's pink sheep

In second place Leanne Lunn and her cat.

2 Leanne Lunn's Cat

And in prime position Karen Green's angry bird.

1 Karen Green's Angry Bird

There's still another two weeks left of the competition, so please do get involved. To check the rules for entry, go here.

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friday feeling

It is Friday

This must be celebrated

So please allow this to roll you headfirst into the weekend

Bonus Friday fact: This was filmed in Milton Keynes shopping centre. A proud day for MK.