For years, Bekkha thought our smoothies were "foul, full of bitty weirdness and had the consistency of badly made porridge" (cheers Bekkha). However, one day she spotted one wearing a little Big Knit hat which made her giggle. This caught the attention of a man called James who bought her the smoothie (which turned out to be delicious) and asked for her number. Today marks their four year anniversary and we thought a card celebrating their beginnings was in order. Congratulations, guys.
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.
Your little Big Knit hats have been arriving thick and fast (thanks very much you lovely humans, you), so thought we’d do a quick round-up of some of the brilliant hats we've spotted so far:
Sinister panda by Mrs Carpenter
Dougal (from The Magic Roundabout) by Regina
South Park by Clair
Furby (not sure who made him - let us know if it was you)
Pudsey hats by Jo
Superhero hats by Jane
Whatever the shape or size of the hats you've sent in to us, they're all truly excellent and will look glorious atop a smoothie in February. Thanks again for all your hard work - you are knitting legends, the lot of you.
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.