Thoughts from author: Oli Mason

hat of the week & hats for auction

Mole, rabbit or sheep. All sitting on a bed of daisies, all pretty adorable in their own special way, but which will win in the battle for the grassy knoll? Can the mole burrow to the highest heights, the rabbit leap higher, or the sheep finally lead the way? The choice is yours - just go to our facebook to vote.

Making a mountain out of a mole hill.


Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.


Counting sheep


In a big knit special these hats, and one of the owls from a prior hat of the week, are now up for auction on ebay to try to raise even more money for Age UK. Please take a look here to bid.

Owl x 2

In last week's battle of weird vs weirder, Mr Potato Head came out on top, and even with all of his face parts. Well done to Angela.


hat tagging explained

So what is this hat tagging all about? Hat tagging is when you take a picture of a friend, colleague, pet, landmark (well, pretty much anything as long as it isn't rude) but with one of our big knit hats between your camera and your subject, so it looks like they're wearing it. Here's a set of helpful instructions on how to hat tag.

How to hat tag tweaked

1 - buy an innocent smoothie with a hat on it.
2 - get a camera (old school or nu skool will do).
3 - hold the hat between your camera and your subject (in this case, little Jimmy) then take the snap. Do not put the hat on to your subject, or we won't be able to accept it into the competition (note, you can submit pictures of your animals, as long as they fit this rule).
4 - keep it real, these can look a little messy, and you can leave your fingers in the picture.
5 - go to our big knit tab on facebook and upload your masterpiece.

Remember, if the picture does not fit these rules, we will remove it from the competition. Happy snapping and tagging.


big knit hat tag winners: week 2

Congratulations to Lisa Killick for her prize winning hatted and bearded dragon. Silver goes to Jennifer Waterhouse and bronze to Cathey Dorain. The smoothies are their way to each of you. We've got £500 worth of Amazon vouchers for the 3 most voted for pictures across the campaign and for each photo entered we'll donate an additional 10p to Age UK so do please get involved (by going here with your pictures).

Just a reminder that for pictures to be accepted in the competition, you must take a picture with the hat held between you and your subject, not just putting the hat onto something / someone / sending us a picture of yourself without a hat in sight. Cheers.

Lisa Killick's dragon

1st Lisa Killick

Jennier Waterhouse's gerbil

2nd Jennifer Waterhouse

Cathey Dorain's comfy cosy Queen

3rd Cathey Dorain

Happy hat tagging.

hat of the week: freaky vs. freakier

This week's hat of the week takes us on a journey to the weird and wonderful. First up in the carb corner is the man of many faces (but one head), Mr Potato Head. In the white and fluffy corner we have Alfred the Squib. Yes, we have confirmation, he's definitely a squib, and he's got a cracking 'tache.

Go to our facebook album here, and "like" which photo you prefer to cast your vote.

The classic Mr Potato Head.


Alfred the Squib.


Last week saw the owls grabbing a landslide victory over the jumpers. Congratulations to Hazel & Pippa.