Thoughts from author: Oli Mason

hat of the week: sombreros vs. aquatic animals

Last week we saw Binface of yesteryear take on his newfound family. And you know what? You voted for Binface, and he came out triumphant. Congratulations go to Vera of the Tilgate Drive Knitter Knatterers, who last year gave us the inspiration for this little video.

This week, we see sombreroed Mexican Pete and his compadres (all in beautiful rainbow knitwear), take on an anonymous shrimp and his frog-legged friend, a frog (or hermit Kermit as we like to call him).

Janet King_Mexican Pete

Anonymous shrimp & frog
Will it be burritos all round, or time to put another shrimp on the barby?

The power is in your hands, just click here to place your vote by liking your favourite photo.


that's right, hat of the week's back…

In case you hadn't heard, the Big Knit is back in action for 2011. This year we're aiming to collect 650,000 hats to raise £162,500 for Age UK. Altogether this will take our total amount raised through the Big Knit to over the £1m mark.

If you haven't heard about the Big Knit before, you can read all about it here.

And with the return of the Big Knit comes the return of hat of the week. Now you may remember a little fellow named Binface from last year. He was sent in to us from Vera Douglas of the Tilgate Drive Knitter Knatterers.

Copy of binface old_vera douglas knitter knatterers
This year, Vera sent us the rest of the Binface family.

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Do glitterballs for eyes put you ahead of the game? Are mint and pink your winning colour combo? Or is the original always the best? Let us know if the new beats the old, by clicking here to vote on this week's hat of the week.

We'll announce the winner next week.


the musical highlight of our summer

We might have mentioned a few weeks ago that our very own innocent band were going to perform at the Empire. No, not the titular music store from Empire Records, but London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, which is just as impressive (if not more so, as it's not fictional). For those of you who were unable to make it down, we thought you might enjoy this little video of them kicking it out.