Thoughts from February 2017

meet the knitters: linda and sue

The other day we heard from Linda who, along with her sister Sue, have knitted an amazing 1935 hats in memory of their mum, Sheila.

Anyone who knits 2,000 hats for charity is already amazing in our book, but Linda and Sue’s reason for knitting over the last year is pretty special. Their mum Sheila was already a regular knitter and taught both Linda and Sue how to knit when they were little. They’d even taken part in the first few years of the Big Knit back when we started it up in 2003.

In 2015, while Sheila was in hospital, the three of them knitted little hats together before Sheila sadly passed away. As Sheila was born in 1935, Linda and Sue decided that they’d like to knit, completely unaided, 1935 of the little hats the three of them had always enjoyed knitting together.

Linda, Sue and Sheila, thank you for all the hats you’ve knitted over the years. We are hugely grateful and the Big Knit simply wouldn’t work without the help of great people like you. Thank you.

someone's watching us

Here in Fruit Towers there’s an argument, mostly made by people who sit on the fourth floor, that the fourth floor is the best. They’ll also argue that the best seats in the entire building are on the corner desk next to the big window. This is the view from the big window.

Granted, on a grey day like this it's not the best, but in the summer it's something else. The blue skies, the sunshine, the people having fun on the canal, and let's forget the regular duckling sightings. Yep, in the summer there’s definitely a case to be made for it being the best seat in the building. If anyone sat there gets stuck on a problem they can just turn and look outside at the view for a few minutes to think it through.

But recently we’ve noticed something from this window to bring its status down a tad. Something odd. For you see, there under the converted water tower, we think someone’s watching us.

Someone’s there, peeking out from behind the pipes. Either that or our brains are taking the parts that no doubt make up the plumbing system of the flats above and twisting them into the shape of a person.  And yet, every time we look outside, for half a second we see a person looking back.

From our side, seeing the outline of someone staring back is only the start of our worries. We're more concerned that one day we’ll look outside and it'll be gone.

the innocent cut out & keep Valentine's dinner for two

Tired of going out for Valentine’s Day and finding that everything costs twice as much? Worry no more. The innocent cut and out keep romantic dinner for two has everything you need to enjoy the day and save you money. 

The innocent cut out and keep romantic dinner for two includes:

  • Your very own innocent smoothie
  • A glass of the finest red wine we could draw a picture of
  • A fancy candle (please do not set fire to the fancy candle)
  • A nice flower (please do not set fire to the nice flower)

Simply print out and assemble your innocent romantic dinner for two using the provided stands.


WARNING: You must only use one innocent cut out and keep Valentine’s Day dinner at any given time. Using two at once may lead to a ‘Mrs. Doubtfire situation’. If you do find yourself in a ‘Mrs. Doubtfire situation’, do not sneak into the kitchen to put pepper on Pierce Brosnan’s food. He is allergic to pepper. What might seem like a novelty way to interrupt the family dinner which Pierce Brosnan is attending with your ex-wife is actually a serious crime. It’s amazing that Mrs. Doubtfire then got work as a children’s television entertainer considering that she should probably have been charged and possibly sent to prison. In fact, most of that film falls down when you think about it too much. WARNING: Do not think about Mrs. Doubtfire too much. Do not bring up Mrs. Doubtfire during your real life romantic dinner for two. Remember to ask your date about their hobbies and interests. Tell them about your own hobbies or interests. Unless, that is, your hobbies and interests involve pretending to be an old English woman with a Scottish accent in order to see your estranged family. We’ve been over this. Please buy smoothies.

pia went to Africa

We’ve always wanted to leave things better than we find them. That’s why we give 10% of our profits charity every year. Most of that money goes straight to the innocent foundation which we set up to help hungry people around the world.

Each year we offer three people here in Fruit Towers a chance to leave their day jobs behind for a bit and work with the charities our foundation helps. Last year, Pia went to Uganda and Kenya to help Send a Cow and see the innocent foundation funding in action.

We've been supporting Send a Cow since 2004, helping them work with vulnerable farming families to equip them with the knowledge, skills and self-belief to change their lives for the better. We could go on, but we’ll let Pia tell you about it herself:

We can only donate to the foundation because you lot buy the things we make. We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you for making it all possible.