Thoughts from author: Oli Mason

Mo Diggity

With the sound of Mariah's "All I want For Christmas" resounding through Fruit Towers, it must mean that we're into December, and out of Movember. Here's the round-up photo from the end of week 4. It was a busy working week, so we caught the moustachioed contenders at their desks (mostly).

Round up

In total our innocent team managed to raise nearly £600 for the Prostate Cancer Charity. This was a combination of sponsorship, and money raised from a special Mexican themed movember lunch, made by the very wonderful Delia.

On the 31st we took our final round up photos for three different categories.

Happy team.

Mo 2

The Twiddlers.

Mo 3

And Freestyle.

Mo 1

The Thinker (with a sneaky photo-bomb from George).


Thanks to everyone who took part in lending their faces for such a good cause.

hat tag winners and tiny snowmen

Despite adverse weather conditions, we've trampled over obstacles, dodge a few snowballs, and avoided slipping on the ice, and finally, we bring you the winner of last week's hat tag round up. 

Just a little taster of what's to come, Ollie Thorn sent us this happy chappie.

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But now, back to the hat tagging. First up, Cathey won the celebrity category with her timid beanied Queenie. This was followed by the best statue or landmark entry of the Empire State Building by Ian. Fran excelled with the most number of hats (with creative placement) with her hattosaurus collection. Best pet went to Ellen's very funky chicken, and the the winner of the most creative use of a small hat is awarded to Daniel for his recyclotron. But did you spot how many items were recycled to make it happen?

What with all this snow, we've received a flurry of pictures of tiny hats on tiny snowmen. Make yours quick before the sun comes back out in full force (well, maybe 4 degrees on Saturday). Here are just some of our favourites.

Helen Taylor took a picture of this cheeky monkey in the Canadian Rockies.

Helen Taylor_ Canadian rockies

Carolyn Ryves brought this little lady in from the cold.

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Lorna Robertson sent us this novel snowmobile.

Lorna Robertson

And Jo Hamill sent us this ruby-lipped, Hunter wellied gem.

Jo Hammill 2

We hope you enjoy the snow whilst it's here. Kate loved getting her first ever snowball thrown at her (she's from Australia).


the hattiest hats that ever hatted

In an action packed, double-whammy, triple X, late-night-double-feature-picture-show special, we bring you the results of the final hat of the week of 2010, AND, the results of hat of the year. We're just so good to you.

The final hat of the week saw The Knitter up against The Biggest Little Christmas Tree. Despite its ultimate bling, volume, incredible craft, and fake plastic finger nail, the Tree was pipped to the post by The Knitter. Commended for the genius of the creation, the limitless patience the knitter of The Knitter must have had, and for being an all-round icon of what the Big Knit is all about. Huge congratulations go to Jackie Cryer for her exquisite creation.


Next up, the winner of the hat of the year. Having seen so many hats, we brought four of our favourites together in one place. The competition showed Robin Balboa's defeat of Hairy Claus, and The Last Unicorn beat Binface through to the finals (despite Binface's snazzy sunglasses). The final round was always set to be fierce, but there could only be one winner to take the titluar crown of "hat of all hats". Despite an intense race towards the end of today, at time of going to press, the Unicorn was in the lead with 1656 votes, a mere 28 votes ahead of the Robin. And here he is again, in all his golden horned glory.

Week 7 susan smith

Congratulations to Susan Smith for her prize-winning Unicorn.

And there ends the competing hats for 2010. We've seen peas in pods, viking hats fight bears with scarves, a dangley competition, the funky chicken take on a flock of hens (and loose), hat gang wars, a robot hat going against a squid, a mythical battle of a frog prince against a unicorn, an egg and spoon race against the owl and the pussycat, a halloween special, a rafter fighting a pokemon, a common cork hat beating royalty, and a beard off. It's been immense, it's been tense, and it's been a whole lot of hats.

Until next year...


celebrity hats win prizes

A few celebrities designed hats for this year's Big Knit, and we asked you to guess who made which in our "celebs knit hats" game. Drawn at random, the winner is.. (drum roll please) Moira Millman. Congratulations Moira, a case of smoothies is on its way to you.

And now for the big reveal (in case you hadn't figured them out). First up, Heston Blumenthal.


Betty Jackson.

Betty Jackson hat

Lily Cole and Dawn French.

Lily cole dawn french

Sir Paul Smith.


Sienna Miller, followed by Sophie Ellis Bextor, then Savannah Miller.

Sienna Miller, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Savannah Miller HIGH

And last, but by no means least, the National Treasure that is June Whitfield, getting her dude on.

June Whitfield hat


the final hat of the week 2010

Last week saw Gingerbread Ted take on Pir-hats of the Caribbean. Never before has a seafaring battle seen such swashbuckling swinging cutlasses, and baskets of eels rolling across the deck as lobsters scuttled freely. Ultimately, only one bearded fellow could remain captain of the ship, and Gingerbread Ted took the biscuit, and dunked it in his Captain Crunch. Congratulations go to Cassie Eastham for producing such a fine knit of facial hair.

And on this sad day we come to the last hat of the week of 2010. But cry ye not, because we have quite a treat in store for you. You may have seen them in the press, you may have seen them on the blog, you may even have seen them on film (yes, they're that popular), but now they finally come to hat of the week. We give you: The Knitter VS The Biggest Little Christmas Tree.

In the knitting corner sits The Knitter in her red cardigan.


She has cocktail sticks for knitting needles and a tiny ball of yarn.


She wears her hair in a bun.


And she doesn't need to go to Specsavers, her glasses are just fine as they are.


In the Christmas corner we have the Biggest Little Christmas Tree you're ever likely to see.


This tree has everything on. From a small squirrel hidden under some tinsel.


To a fake silver fingernail.


And it even has little people made out of beads dangling from the bottom.


This may be the hardest choice you've ever had to make, but make it you must, and make it here.

Good luck.