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meet the knitters: linda and sue

The other day we heard from Linda who, along with her sister Sue, have knitted an amazing 1935 hats in memory of their mum, Sheila.

Anyone who knits 2,000 hats for charity is already amazing in our book, but Linda and Sue’s reason for knitting over the last year is pretty special. Their mum Sheila was already a regular knitter and taught both Linda and Sue how to knit when they were little. They’d even taken part in the first few years of the Big Knit back when we started it up in 2003.

In 2015, while Sheila was in hospital, the three of them knitted little hats together before Sheila sadly passed away. As Sheila was born in 1935, Linda and Sue decided that they’d like to knit, completely unaided, 1935 of the little hats the three of them had always enjoyed knitting together.

Linda, Sue and Sheila, thank you for all the hats you’ve knitted over the years. We are hugely grateful and the Big Knit simply wouldn’t work without the help of great people like you. Thank you.

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meet the knitters: marion

There are two sure-fire ways to get our attention. 

1 - Send us a picture that somehow includes a good dog

2 - Send us a picture of loads of Big Knit hats that you’ve knitted

Marion knows us well. Not only does she have a good dog (hello Dusty, who’s a good boy?) but she’s also one of our most prolific Big Knit knitters. Last year we featured her and her friend Ali on our bottles for knitting 2,500 hats, this year Marion’s already on her way to another 2,000.

Thanks, Marion. You’re the best.

If you want to help out with this year’s Big Knit, you can. Just head to our Big Knit website where you’ll find knitting patterns, how-to guides and everything else you’ll need to get involved. Thanks in advance, couldn’t do it without you.

Or if you know someone like Marion and want us to know about them too, please do tell us. We’re constantly in awe of our knitters and want to know as many of them as we can. Drop an email about them to hello@innocentdrinks.co.uk and we’ll do our best to give them a proper thank you.

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meet the knitters - 2015 edition

We’ve already mentioned the Big Knit on the blog. A few times, in fact. It’s one of our favourite subjects. 

We love our knitters and every now and again you get in touch with pictures or stories that we want to spread further. So, now that this introduction is at the industry standard length, we’re going to share with you a few of the stories we've heard this year. 

Hilary and her 92-year-old mum, Lily, knitted over 300 hats for us this year. We’re pretty sure Lily might be one of our oldest knitters this year. A massive thanks to them (and that chick hat at the front is genius.

 

Katherine, on the other hand, is just four years old and possibly our youngest ever knitter. Her mum let us know that she'd managed to make 15 of her own Big Knit hats (with only a little bit of help). Thanks, Katherine (and Tiffany too, of course).

 

Stella found herself in hospital back in 2011 and took up knitting Big Knit hats as a way to keep herself busy. Since then, she’s made over 1,400 hats. That’s enough to fill an entire football stadium (albeit a miniature one). Cheers, Stella.

 

Jo has been involved with the Big Knit for years. She even started her own website entirely to help others take part. She’s very much a legend round these parts so we can’t say we were surprised to find out she’d made 1000 hats this year. We’ve said thank you to Jo many times over the year, and we’ve no trouble saying it again. Thanks, Jo.

 

Last week Rashmi got in touch with us via Twitter and Facebook with an amazing bit of news about her mum knitting over 1,000 hats for us. We retweeted it, obviously, and felt all warm as loads of strangers sent in messages of thanks and support. The internet can be a wonderful thing. Thanks, Rashmi’s mum. You're a knitting superstar (like Beyoncé but with knitting needles).

We love finding out more about our knitters. Please do drop us a line if you know of somebody amazing who you think should get a mention. Thank you again to everyone above, everyone who isn’t and everyone who will be in the future. You are all the best.

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Meet the Knitters: Wendy and the Knit & Natter group at Age UK Devon

We were absolutely blown away this week when the lovely Wendy got in touch to say that her Knit & Natter group at Age UK Devon had made a whopping 20,000 hats for the Big Knit this year. That is the largest total we have ever heard of and our minds were well and truly boggled. We got back in touch with Wendy to find out a bit more about the group behind the hats.

 

We found out that there are twenty five people who regularly attend the Knit & Natter groups but not everyone knits - some just come because they know they will find warmth and friendship, plenty of chat and a good cuppa. Sometimes there's even cake.

The knitters make all sorts of things; little jackets for the local premature baby unit as well as bedsocks, scarves, mittens and other ‘keep warm’ items (most of which are given away in their local community).

And, of course, they also make little hats. The Big Knit is one of their favourite projects and keeps everyone knitting throughout the year.

We hope they'll be patting themselves on the back for some time to come because their hard work is going to make a massive difference to this year’s campaign. We bow down to you, Knit & Natter group of Age UK Devon. You are the greatest.

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Meet the Knitters: Joy Windram

A couple of weeks back, we spotted this photo of 100 beautifully knitted little hats on our Facebook wall:

 

We thought they were absolutely brilliant and wanted to find out a bit more about the person who had knitted them. We discovered that it was lady called Joy, who has been knitting for as long as her son Chris can remember.

 

This is Joy’s first year participating in the Big Knit, and she set herself the challenge to knit 100 hats. When she reached her target, she took them into Andover Age UK. However, she missed them so much when they had gone that she is now knitting even more. So far she has made 32 extra, including the smoothie bottle hat in the picture above.

She now hopes to do another 100 on top of the 100 she's sent off to Age UK already.

Joy – you are absolutely brilliant (and a bit of a knitting machine by the sound of it). Thank you for knitting so many hats for the Big Knit – we can’t wait to see them all.

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