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The Big Knitter

First off, we want to start by saying a massive thank you to you lovely lot for knitting us a grand total of (drum roll please....a louder drum roll please...a Phil Collins style drum roll that just keeps going...) 862,763 hats for the Big Knit. That is magnificent. You're all amazing and we can't wait to get the little beauties on our bottles in February. Celebratory fist bumps all round.

But, if you didn't manage to knit us a hat for our Big Knit campaign then never fear, there's an opportunity for redemption in the shape of our Big Knitter

Knit us a virtual hat and share it on Facebook or Twitter to raise 10p for Age UK and help keep older people warm this winter. 

Easy peasy.

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A smoothie related love story

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.

 

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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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Brilliant Big Knit hats

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)

 

Hats to remember Jennie's granddad who served in the RAF

 

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.

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