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photos that win prizes

Exciting news. It's time to announce the Big Knit photo (flickr group) competition winners for 2007. We've had some pretty fine entries and choosing the best has been extremely tough. Especially with a whole year's supply of smoothies at stake for the winners. There were different categories - here you go...

1. Most creative use of hat

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Think trees, think hats, think Margaret's hatted tree. We think this is great. Like Christmas tree lights (but on a different kind of tree and without the light part).

2. Best hat ensemble

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Because it's amazingly cool. And we appreciate the effort and icy fingers that must have gone into it (well done Keira V).

3. Favourite overall hat picture

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Awarded to Sandra - for magically creating some little blue hats which look just like the one on our lemon, honey and ginger smoothie label. They look fantastic and we're pretty keen on the camera angle too (love that eerie bird). We hope that the grass was smelling nice on that day.

Congratulations and thanks for everyone who entered their own pictures - they made us smile. We'll be in touch with the winners shortly - so you can let us know where you want us to send your smoothies.

grand hat judging winners

As we've said before, the creativity of Big Knit hats sent in this year has been astonishing. Last week we gave you the chance to vote for your favourite hats and we're now excited to be announcing the winners.

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Edith W won the Best Little Hat(s) category with her fantastic monsters.

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The hedgehog ran away with the Most Creative Hat prize - gaining a whopping 42.66% of the vote. Congratulations to Mrs Cobb for sending in this brilliant design.

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This lovely little snowman, knitted by Mrs Rackham and the Titter Tatters was the Favourite Seasonal Hat. We think it was the posh broom that swung it.

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And (drum roll please). The Hat of the Year - Your favourite of favourite hats from all the Hats of the Weeks was the Green Dragon. So a massive well done to Kate E for taking this grand prize.

We'll be contacting all the winners soon and sending you a special Big Knit trophy and a nice box of smoothies.

a very grand total

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You did it. We've counted all the little hats up and just found out that you helped us to beat our mighty target this year - knitting a whopping total of 400, 720 hats*.

So a massive thank you to everyone who helped knit a hat or two or even 703 - thank you Hazel M. We hope that you're all enjoying a well earned rest now.

If you haven't spotted them yet, the hats are in Sainsbury's stores across the country. And by our calculations we expect that some stores will be sold out within days. Yes that's days. So get one quickly.

* if you're wondering what this might look like, there's only about 9000 in the above photo

the hats have arrived...

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...and they're now sitting nicely on our smoothie bottles in every Sainsbury's store across the country. We're very excited about how pretty they're all looking and to celebrate this excitement have made a little competition for three of you to win a year's supply of smoothies.

Simply pop down to your nearest Sainsbury's and take some photos of the hat-wearing bottles - in store, at home, wherever you fancy. Upload them onto our Big Knit flickr group and we'll be awarding prizes for:

1. The most creative use of hat

2. Best hat ensemble

3. Best overall hat picture

So get into a Sainsbury's sharpish and get your very own little hat before they all run out.

with a little help from your friends

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Help. We all need it. The Beatles knew it and I’m sure you know it too. You probably also know all about The Big Knit by now, but in case you don’t, we’ve got a fancy website to get you up to speed.

Here at Fruit Towers, we think that helping is pretty important in The Big Knit. We’re asking lots of knitters to help us knit little hats for our smoothie bottles, and we’re making
little packs to help friends get together for knitting parties.

Knitting Bee Deborah is one of the knitters who has planned to help us reach our target this year and she’s asked her friends to help her. Deborah has set up a pledge to encourage others to help her knit some hats this year. She’s agreed to get her needles out and make at least 5 dinky hats this year, but only if 35 others also agree to knit at least 1 hat each.

So if you’re thinking of knitting some little hats for us this year, and need a little help from your friends, create your own pledge, make a Scout’s honour to keep to it, and post the details in the comments section below.