Thoughts from November 2010

the hattiest hats that ever hatted

In an action packed, double-whammy, triple X, late-night-double-feature-picture-show special, we bring you the results of the final hat of the week of 2010, AND, the results of hat of the year. We're just so good to you.

The final hat of the week saw The Knitter up against The Biggest Little Christmas Tree. Despite its ultimate bling, volume, incredible craft, and fake plastic finger nail, the Tree was pipped to the post by The Knitter. Commended for the genius of the creation, the limitless patience the knitter of The Knitter must have had, and for being an all-round icon of what the Big Knit is all about. Huge congratulations go to Jackie Cryer for her exquisite creation.


Next up, the winner of the hat of the year. Having seen so many hats, we brought four of our favourites together in one place. The competition showed Robin Balboa's defeat of Hairy Claus, and The Last Unicorn beat Binface through to the finals (despite Binface's snazzy sunglasses). The final round was always set to be fierce, but there could only be one winner to take the titluar crown of "hat of all hats". Despite an intense race towards the end of today, at time of going to press, the Unicorn was in the lead with 1656 votes, a mere 28 votes ahead of the Robin. And here he is again, in all his golden horned glory.

Week 7 susan smith

Congratulations to Susan Smith for her prize-winning Unicorn.

And there ends the competing hats for 2010. We've seen peas in pods, viking hats fight bears with scarves, a dangley competition, the funky chicken take on a flock of hens (and loose), hat gang wars, a robot hat going against a squid, a mythical battle of a frog prince against a unicorn, an egg and spoon race against the owl and the pussycat, a halloween special, a rafter fighting a pokemon, a common cork hat beating royalty, and a beard off. It's been immense, it's been tense, and it's been a whole lot of hats.

Until next year...


celebrity hats win prizes

A few celebrities designed hats for this year's Big Knit, and we asked you to guess who made which in our "celebs knit hats" game. Drawn at random, the winner is.. (drum roll please) Moira Millman. Congratulations Moira, a case of smoothies is on its way to you.

And now for the big reveal (in case you hadn't figured them out). First up, Heston Blumenthal.


Betty Jackson.

Betty Jackson hat

Lily Cole and Dawn French.

Lily cole dawn french

Sir Paul Smith.


Sienna Miller, followed by Sophie Ellis Bextor, then Savannah Miller.

Sienna Miller, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Savannah Miller HIGH

And last, but by no means least, the National Treasure that is June Whitfield, getting her dude on.

June Whitfield hat


I can't go for VAT

For the last few years we've been campaigning to get VAT removed from fruit smoothies. We don't think it makes sense that the government taxes people on something healthy, like our drinks, when food like pizzas and doughnuts aren't taxed. In fact, fruit isn't taxed, but our smoothies are - when all they contain is fruit. Weird.


So we've been scratching our heads with confusion this morning as the government has decided they will continue to charge VAT on fruit smoothies. Ultimately, if the VAT charge was reduced, we could pass the saving on to our drinkers.

We don't want to sound like we're throwing our toys out of the pram here (we probably shouldn't be in a pram anyway - we're fully grown), but if they're going to spend millions of pounds encouraging people to eat more fruit and veg, shouldn't they be making it easier for us to eat more healthily, not harder?

the final hat of the week 2010

Last week saw Gingerbread Ted take on Pir-hats of the Caribbean. Never before has a seafaring battle seen such swashbuckling swinging cutlasses, and baskets of eels rolling across the deck as lobsters scuttled freely. Ultimately, only one bearded fellow could remain captain of the ship, and Gingerbread Ted took the biscuit, and dunked it in his Captain Crunch. Congratulations go to Cassie Eastham for producing such a fine knit of facial hair.

And on this sad day we come to the last hat of the week of 2010. But cry ye not, because we have quite a treat in store for you. You may have seen them in the press, you may have seen them on the blog, you may even have seen them on film (yes, they're that popular), but now they finally come to hat of the week. We give you: The Knitter VS The Biggest Little Christmas Tree.

In the knitting corner sits The Knitter in her red cardigan.


She has cocktail sticks for knitting needles and a tiny ball of yarn.


She wears her hair in a bun.


And she doesn't need to go to Specsavers, her glasses are just fine as they are.


In the Christmas corner we have the Biggest Little Christmas Tree you're ever likely to see.


This tree has everything on. From a small squirrel hidden under some tinsel.


To a fake silver fingernail.


And it even has little people made out of beads dangling from the bottom.


This may be the hardest choice you've ever had to make, but make it you must, and make it here.

Good luck.


here we mo again

Movember week 3 update: With the Big Knit's hat of the week lending support to Movember (albeit through a beard-off), our Movember team decided to show their support for the Big Knit by wearing hats in this week's update.


Latecomer Paul managed to speed straight into shot, but we thought we'd give him a chance to grab a hat and get involved. But what else has changed between these two pictures? We'll give you a hint: it's village people themed.


Only one more week of growing to go. How knows where the tashes will end up?