Thoughts from November 2014

Meet the Knitters: Joy Windram

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.

Meet the Knitters: Eva and The Breakfast Club, Hoxton

If you live in London and have fancied something big and delicious after a heavy Friday night, you might’ve found yourself queuing with all the other bleary eyed folk outside one of the branches of The Breakfast Club (and if you haven’t you should definitely, definitely try it sometime). However, their breakfasts aren’t the only reason to pay a visit - the Hoxton branch also holds a fortnightly get-together for Age UK and, when they heard about the Big Knit, they jumped at the chance to support the cause (and make a highly representative poster advertising it, too):


They now hold a little knitting party in the back of their Hoxton restaurant which includes a multi-coloured table of wool, needles, nibbles and wine. Their group consists of knitters of all ages and expertise - most of them are first-timers who are eager to give it a go and learn a new skill whilst sipping wine and having a chat, others have done it a few times before at school and then there are the experienced; taught by the generations before them and can knit with their eyes closed.


The first evening most people managed to complete a hat (with the star-knitters managing a couple more). We spoke to Eva (the organiser and one of the first time knitters) who told us a bit about her knitting experience at The Breakfast Club:


“After five hours of hard graft and a few glasses of wine, I still hadn’t completed my hat. It looked rather sad, with a few holes in where I’d got confused as to whether I was supposed to be doing a ‘pearl’ or a ‘knit’ stitch. I was told that I was more of a ‘free-spirit’ than a knitter. Undeterred, I came back the next week to complete my hat. I’m now onto my second and I’m hoping to knit a patchwork blanket for the elderly to keep them warm this winter. So I guess you can be a free-spirit and a knitter after all.”


We’re sure you’ll agree that The Hoxton Breakfast Club knitting group looks like a pretty brilliant way to spend an evening (and, remember – the first rule of Knitting Club is: you do not talk about Knitting Club) and the great news is that the lovely Eva has now decided to set this up as a weekly event which will be open to the public. They’ll provide the needles and wool, have happy-hour prices and give donations for joining straight to Age UK (£3). 

So, head down and join them and have a bit of a knit and a natter (probably over a glass of something). To find out how (and salivate over pictures of amazing food) you can give them a follow on Instagram and Twitter.

Meet the Knitters: Molly

Last week, we heard word from Age UK Coventry that one lady had managed to knit a record 2,000 hats all by herself.


The amazing lady behind the 2000 little hats is called Molly who, over the past 16 years has been involved in lots of voluntary work with Age UK Coventry but now, as she can’t get out and about as easily as she used to, she has taken up her knitting needles for the Big Knit instead.

She’s participated for the past couple of years, but this year she wanted to beat the previous Age UK Coventry record of 1,200 hats knitted by one person. She was determined to reach the 2,000 before going into hospital for a knee replacement at the end of September (from which she is now recovering well).

Molly - you’re a true knitting sensation, and your contribution will make a massive difference to this year’s campaign. Thank you so much for all your hard work (and we hope you're back on your feet very soon).

circuiting the world, one smoothie at a time

We've made a lot of smoothies since we started all the way back in 1999.  So to celebrate our 15th birthday this year, and our smoothies past and present, we got our calculator out and tried to do some maths.  

And then we asked someone cleverer than us to help.  

They told us that if we placed all the smoothies we've ever made end to end, they'd go round the earth 270 million times.  Which would look amazing (although be a bit of a logistical nightmare to organise).

Instead of doing that, we asked some of our favourite people to show us what they'd do if they were in charge of drawing our smoothie labels.  Here's what the mightily talented David Airey would like to see.




kate moross

Over the years we've run loads of events.  There's been Fruitstock, the Village Fete, our AGMs  and many other big and little gatherings for our drinkers (and our mums).

Last year we ran a series of inspirational talks called innocent inspires.  These were where we got groups of interesting people who do brilliant things every day together to discuss, debate and be inspired by the values we believe in.  

At an evening all about creativity, we met the very creative indeed Kate Moross.  When she heard it was our 15th birthday this year, she drew us an amazing smoothie label to celebrate.  And here it is.