Thoughts from author: Oli Mason

hat of the week: the fight for Christmas

Christmas is a-coming on its snowbelled sledge, and what could be more fitting for our final hat of the week than a festive special. We've got a baubled tree, three grinning snowmen, and even Mary, Joseph and Jesus popped in for the final round. Who wins? It's up to you. Just visit our facebook page, click "like" on your favourite photo, and you're done.

Up first we have tricolor Snowmen


A rocking Christmas tree with baubles and all that jazz


Then the sweetest of nativity scenes, complete with Joseph putting his arm around Mary. Amazing.

Mary & jesus

Last week's competition saw Captain Jack Sparrow surpass Charlie Chaplin and a Russian Doll.

Thanks to everyone for supporting the big knit. We couldn't have done it without you. Or you. And definitely not without you.


fancy getting your Christmas shopping sorted?

There's only a few days left to get your entries and votes into this year's big knit hat tag competition, and the chance to win £500 of Amazon vouchers. For each photo submitted we'll donate 10p to Age UK, and for each vote accumulated we'll donate an extra 5p. The top 3 crowning pictures will be announced this Friday at 11am. Just go here to submit your pictures. Look, even Kate's been getting in to the swing of it.


You'll still be able to submit photos and vote until Friday 9th December, raising money for Age UK each time you do, but there won't be another prize draw. Good luck, happy hat tagging, and thanks for supporting the Big Knit.


hat of the week and hats for auction

A pirate, a black and white movie film star, and a Russian doll all walk into a bar. What happens next? Please go to our facebook and give us some suggestions, and whilst you're at it vote for this week's hat of the week. Up for the eponymous title this week is Captain Jack Sparrow, Charlie Chaplin, and Babushka the Russian doll.

Charlie jack and russian doll

You can also bid for these three treasures over on ebay now, along with the modest mouse, and Mario and Luigi hats, as below. Every penny raised on ebay will go direct to Age UK, making winter warmer for older people. Last week we raised over £100, thank you so much for bidding.


Mario and Luigi inspired.



the wonderful knitting of Susan Smith

Does the name Susan Smith ring a bell? We've mentioned her once or twice before. Why? Because she's an absolutely genius knitter. What this woman can't knit, we just don't know (and nor do we want to know about it). Here she is with a Florence Nightingale smoothie cover.


Her needlework first caught our attention with the Unicorn big knit hat last year, along with a little Robin and a kicking-heeled Santa. This year she sent us some absolute gems, including this one of Mary, Joseph, and a tiny Baby Jesus.


Susan popped by the towers for tea and cake last week, and happened to bring along some of her other knitting work. We were amazed, and just had to share some of them with you. Such as her garden gnomes.


Finger puppets of Sooty and Sweep.


And a caveman, cavewoman, and their pet monster.


A big thank you to Susan for brightening up our Friday afternoon, and showing us how much more there is to knitting than we'd ever imagined.

owls for auction and hat tag winners

You may remember this little gem of a big knit hat as knitted by Hazel Baker, a cranky owl. Would you like to own him? Would you also like to raise more money for Age UK? Well you can do both of these things, by placing a bid on him on ebay. Good luck.

Owl x 2

In other news, here are this week's hat tag winners. Counting down from third place, we have Claire Watson's sheep.

3 Claire Watson's pink sheep

In second place Leanne Lunn and her cat.

2 Leanne Lunn's Cat

And in prime position Karen Green's angry bird.

1 Karen Green's Angry Bird

There's still another two weeks left of the competition, so please do get involved. To check the rules for entry, go here.