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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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the innocent sow & grow - growing update

Last week we sent out growing kits to over 3,000 schools across the country with the aim of helping over 100,000 school kids to discover the fun of growing their own veg. Pots, soil and seeds, everything you need (except from water, which seemed like a bit much to send through the post). A week or so in, we thought we’d check in to see how their growing is going.

Flamstead End Primary school above is going strong with some already impressive shoots of, we think, spinach. It could be peas. They’re fairly similar in the very early stages. Think of it like a cliffhanger, Jack Bauer himself couldn’t cope with this suspense.

And Shorne Church of England Primary School clearly have some sort of powers when it comes to cress growing. Probably not that useful a super power though. It probably wouldn’t get you into the X-Men. But when you need a garnish for an egg sandwich, you’ll be laughing.

There’s still plenty of ways to get involved with sow & grow. Head to the sow & grow website to find growing guides, activities and all the updates from the thousands of schools taking part.

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get your trowels out

The grey days are a bit less grey and the hot water bottle isn't seeing as much action as it used to. It can only mean one thing: winter is on the way out and spring is in. 

This week we've been braving the spidery corner of the shed and unearthing our spade and fork set so we can start messing about in the garden. That's how we came across this handy infographic from Wayfair, which is a guide to growing your own superfoods:

Grow Your Own Superfoods

There's no excuse not to pack in the globe artichoke and goji berries now. In fact, we might put a word in with the ladies in our products kitchen and see if we can borrow their blender. The next big smoothie recipe, we reckon.

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the innocent sow & grow

We’ve teamed up with Grow it Yourself and iChild for the innocent Sow & Grow. We want to encourage kids to grow their own veg to help them better understand where their food comes from.

By growing it themselves, kids are much more likely to enjoy eating fruit & veg and continue eating healthily as they grow older (while playing about in the mud and getting their hands a bit grubby). This year, Sow & Grow will help 100,000 children in thousands of schools across the UK and Ireland to have their first food-growing experience in the classroom.

We’ve sent out pots, seeds and soil to 3,300 schools across the country. We’ll be checking in over the next or month or so to see how their growing is going.

All our school places have been taken but there’s still loads of ways to get your own kids involved. Head to our sow & grow site to find out how.

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Our Oscars predictions

The Oscars. The night we all suddenly find out we have strong opinions about films we've never seen (or have any intention of seeing). The night the words 'glitz & glam' get used on social media more frequently than at any other time of year. Here are our predictions for what might happen on the day:

1.     It will be broadcast on television.

2.     Women will wear clothes that some people like and others don’t. Their opinions will be made known and this will lead to a further discussion.

3.     The third Oscar selfie will be taken and, coincidentally, it will be two thirds less amusing than it was the first time.

4.     97% of the winners will be humbled.

5.     One attendees’ outfit will be worth more than a family home in Dorset.

6.     The carpet will be referred to as red but, on screen, it’ll actually look closer to burgundy.  

7.     79% of winners wouldn’t have been able to do it without their fans and will be incredibly thankful for their support.

8.     Men will wear suits and no one will have anything further to say about them.

9.     45% of winners will hold their award in the air and say “wow”.

10. Everyone’s teeth will be a shade of white we didn’t think was achievable for human teeth.

11. One of the results will be mildly surprising and people will express their mild surprise on social media.

12. If you’re watching it with someone else they’ll say “I had a feeling that one would win it” despite what they said half an hour before.

13. Designer clothes that a famous person is wearing will sell out in ‘seconds’ during the ceremony.

14. Someone will sing at some point.

15. The host will divide opinion and different news outlets will have different takes on how offensive they actually were.

16. Leo will win the Oscar/won’t win the Oscar and Twitter will make a year’s worth of profits off the back of it.

17. Leo will win the Oscar/won’t win the Oscar and Buzzfeed will create a number of GIF based articles to replay the moment that he did/didn’t win the Oscar.

18. The camera will pan to a celebrity looking bored and they will quickly change their expression when they realise they’re being filmed.

19. 69% of winners “just didn’t expect this”.

20. The whole thing will go on for a bit too long. You might go to bed before the end or turn over to watch the news.

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