Thoughts from October 2009

linda's hats of the world: part 2

Last year, Linda (who looks after the innocent foundation) knitted a myriad of hats for the Big Knit to represent all the countries in the world where the foundation supports projects.


For this years A/W 09 collection however, Linda has outknitted herself by whipping up hats to represent the type of projects the foundation supports.


From watering cans and garden tools (to represent projects like rainwater harvesting and sustainable agriculture training)


Through to fruit, veg and bees to represent crop production, income generation and setting up honey farms in Africa.


Hats off to Linda again for another stunning collection.

The deadline for all hats for this year's Big Knit is this Friday 30th October. So if you're sitting on a hoarde of hats or are just adding the finishing touches to your bebobbled creations, make sure to get them in the post quick sharp to hit this year's target.

fruit trolley fundraisers

Pete from Marlow sent us this photo of the new trolley ladies in his office, Amy and Rosie.

Trolley ladies
They spent a day at their dad's office on last week, pushing round their healthy food and drinks trolley to raise money for their school's charity project, Volunteer Uganda.

In total, they raised £230 and everyone at Softcat went home for the weekend, full of fruit and slightly emptier of pocket.

Talk about a fruitful Friday.

freaky faces

Having got the idea off the back of one of our kids' wedges, Amy very kindly sent us these photos of some sandwiches she made at her after school healthy eating club.

Chefs faces
Unfortunately, she didn't give us the names of her creations, so we've had a go at naming them ourselves (NB headtiliting, squinting and daring to dream/imagine/squinting a lot more are required for these names to work)


First up is the wise old gnome king, resplendent with tomato beard, a fetching lettuce mohawk and lambchops to match.


Next is the somewhat cheeky but nevertheless charming Cucumber Specs, sporting a foppish basil barnet.


This one looks like a dragon. If you tilt your head to the left and squint a bit.


Jury is out on this one. A tomato cyclops? A self portrait of the artist, inspired by Picasso's tomato and basil period perhaps? Most definitely freaky.


And finally, a bread ghost with a vapour trail of camembert and little lettuce wings.

Incidentally, a recent joke just in:

How do you get a bear to eat cheese?



Back to sandwich faces.

veg pot warmers ahoy

Seeing as it's Big Knit season, as well as the little hats for our smoothies and squeezies, we're also knitting lots of little warmers for our veg pots too.


The lovely ladies at Age Concern have been knitting their socks off but we still need a bit of a nudge to hit our whopping 620,000 winter woollen target.

So we're hoping that our hoardes of infamous knitters (that's you) can do their best to help out.

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All you need to do is follow the pattern here.

And when you're done whipping up your warmers, just pop them in an envelope (or small lorry) with your name, the amount you've knitted and send them to:

Big Knit Warmers, Fruit Towers, 3 The Goldhawk Estate, Brackenbury Road, London, W6 0BAThe closing date to get your warmers to us by is Friday 6th November, so plenty of time to get those needles trying something new.

Happy knit knit knit knitting.