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We've made a few TV ads in our time. Some good, some bad, some starring the fluffiest rabbits we could find. But we've never made one that cost us absolutely no money, so we were chuffed when David sent us this one for free:

 Cheers, David. We hope our smoothies were worth getting lost in the woods for.

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kids draw hats, we make hats

The most recent Big Knit may have only ended a month ago but we already miss it. And, like a parent whose child has just moved out of the family home, we’re still looking for ways to talk about it any chance we get. 

This year we held a competition on our packs for kids to design their own Big Knit hats. The lucky winners get real-life versions of their designs for them to wear. They'll be the coolest kids in town (if that town is a town where knitted hats are cool).

Seeing as this combines both Big Knit hats and brilliant drawings by kids, it only makes sense that we’d dedicate a blog post to some of winners. 

Emily won us over with the details of her design. Any kid who knows a garter stitch from a fishtail stitch is okay by us.

 

And Kaiyah’s 'Cake Hat of Epicness' would make Mary Berry herself proud. It also makes us wonder whether there's ever been a similarly named showstopper on Bake Off. Probably not. Here's hoping it makes an appearance in the next series.

 

And Holly must have been paying attention during Penguin Awareness Day. We are happy to confirm that Polly here is definitely a penguin.

 

A massive thank you to everyone who entered. There were loads more winners but there's only so much we can show. For space reasons, that is. Not because they were unsuitable. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to look through our various computer folders of pictures of animals wearing Big Knit hats and try to think of some rubbish excuse to write about them soon.

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a headful of hats: the biggest of the Big Knit hat collections (so far)

Recently, on Facebook, Sam started sending us pictures of the various Big Knit hats she’d been buying. After a few days we started to wonder just how many Big Knit hats Sam had got her hands on.

“There are more than I had realised,” she wrote. “110 to be exact - 22 from this year, so far. I’m trying to be more strict and just get super-novelty ones.

“I am still hoping and searching for the elusive ‘unicorn’ of hats, a ‘peas in a pod’ which I saw featured a few years back. I’ve never managed to find one.”

This got us thinking. Who exactly has the biggest of the Big Knit hat collections? Is it Sam with her 110 or is there someone out there who can claim the title? So that’s what we’re asking. Do you have more Big Knit hats than Sam? Let us know by emailing hello@innocentdrinks.co.uk. We’d love to hear from you.

And if you’ve got a ‘peas in a pod hat’, can Sam have it?

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The story of Thomas and Thirzah

A few weeks ago we sent out socks and Christmas cards to a few thousand of you out there in the real world. We didn’t have a reason beyond it being Christmas. It just felt like a nice thing to do. Loads of people then contacted us over Twitter and Facebook to say thank you. It was lovely. We were feeling all warm inside. Until Thirzah, that is.

Our Christmas was ruined. How could we have got it so wrong? ‘Thirzah’ isn’t even remotely similar to ‘Thomas’. All our hard work was for nothing. Yes, Thirzah seemed to take it well, but we knew that deep down she was disappointed with us.

And what about Thomas? Was he out there somewhere having an unexpected identity crisis? Would he wake up a few days before Christmas only to have his own sense of self shattered by an admin error? We spent the rest of the day worrying about Thomas, hoping that he was okay. Then, the next morning, he got in touch.

Thomas’s identity remained intact. We breathed a sigh of relief and introduced the two of them over Twitter. What started as a mistake we’ll never forgive ourselves for has become a beautiful meeting between strangers.

The next step here is obvious. Thomas and Thirzah will probably fall in love and we’d by lying if we said we’re not going to do everything in our power to make it happen. It’ll be one of the PR stories of the year. We’ll send flowers to Thirzah and accidentally sign ‘Thomas’ instead of ‘innocent’. We’ll arrange a big night out, invite them both under the pretence that loads of people will be there, and then leave them alone for the night in a fancy restaurant. Yes, there are ethical questions about toying with people’s emotions but we’ve seen romantic comedy films, we know how this works. It can’t fail. We can do this.

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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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