Thoughts from category: the big knit 2014

Animals in Big Knit hats

The Big Knit has been in full swing over the last couple of weeks and you lovely lot have been showering us with lots of excellent photos of your behatted smoothies (keep 'em coming). In the case of...erm...the more...enthusiastic...among you you've even gone so far as to place the hats atop a fluffy head or two. As it's difficult to think of many things more adorable than a pet sporting a tiny hat we've compiled our Top 5 favourite animals in Big Knit hats so far:

5. Georgia's cat Kevin

Black and maroon go together like Kim and Kanye and Georgia's cat Kevin knows it. Front paws splayed, eyes fixed mischievously on the camera, whiskers perfectly groomed, fur sleek and glossy: this is a cat who knows how to wear a hat. Bravo Kevin. Bravo.


4. Lucy-Elanor's guinea pig Daphne

A tiny bear on the head of a guinea pig? They said it couldn't be done, they said it had never been seen before, they laughed, oh how they laughed...LOOK UPON THIS PHOTO AND WEEP, MY FRIENDS. Lucy-Elanor has succeeded where many have failed (probably) by successfully placing a tiny bear hat on the head of a long haired guinea pig called Daphne. You're our hero, Lucy-Elanor.



3. Katy's degu Moss

This degu. What is a degu? Is it a chinchilla? Is it a possum? Is it a big rat? Whatever it is, Katy's degu, Moss, is our favourite degu. Ever. Especially when he's wearing a hat with dreadlocks attached. Glastonbury ready, for sure.


2. Ella the rabbit

This photo of @Tubayv's rabbit Ella should hang in the National Portrait Gallery. Perfect sideways turn, Mona-Lisa-esque ambiguous smile, powerful glare - it's got all the makings of a masterpiece. And the hat covering the ears? A stroke of genius. Hilarious genius.


1. Andrew's dog Orla

Regal. Majestic. Sublime. Lofty. Appraising. Imposing. Dog-like. These words, and more, came to mind when we spotted this photo of Andrew's dog Orla sporting a Big Knit hat. We've never seen an animal look quite so dignified with a miniature woolly hat perched on the top of their head and we just feel that Orla has taken the whole thing to another level. A level that we weren't expecting. If Orla's free for any ad work, be sure to give us a bell, Andrew, yeah?


Thanks to everyone who has bought one of our behatted bottles this year - whether you've placed them atop the head of an animal or not you've made our day and helped raise lots of money for Age UK. You're the best, basically.

The Big Knitter

First off, we want to start by saying a massive thank you to you lovely lot for knitting us a grand total of (drum roll please....a louder drum roll please...a Phil Collins style drum roll that just keeps going...) 862,763 hats for the Big Knit. That is magnificent. You're all amazing and we can't wait to get the little beauties on our bottles in February. Celebratory fist bumps all round.

But, if you didn't manage to knit us a hat for our Big Knit campaign then never fear, there's an opportunity for redemption in the shape of our Big Knitter

Knit us a virtual hat and share it on Facebook or Twitter to raise 10p for Age UK and help keep older people warm this winter. 

Easy peasy.

A smoothie related love story

For years, Bekkha thought our smoothies were "foul, full of bitty weirdness and had the consistency of badly made porridge" (cheers Bekkha). However, one day she spotted one wearing a little Big Knit hat which made her giggle. This caught the attention of a man called James who bought her the smoothie (which turned out to be delicious) and asked for her number. Today marks their four year anniversary and we thought a card celebrating their beginnings was in order. Congratulations, guys.


Meet the Knitters: Wendy and the Knit & Natter group at Age UK Devon

We were absolutely blown away this week when the lovely Wendy got in touch to say that her Knit & Natter group at Age UK Devon had made a whopping 20,000 hats for the Big Knit this year. That is the largest total we have ever heard of and our minds were well and truly boggled. We got back in touch with Wendy to find out a bit more about the group behind the hats.


We found out that there are twenty five people who regularly attend the Knit & Natter groups but not everyone knits - some just come because they know they will find warmth and friendship, plenty of chat and a good cuppa. Sometimes there's even cake.

The knitters make all sorts of things; little jackets for the local premature baby unit as well as bedsocks, scarves, mittens and other ‘keep warm’ items (most of which are given away in their local community).

And, of course, they also make little hats. The Big Knit is one of their favourite projects and keeps everyone knitting throughout the year.

We hope they'll be patting themselves on the back for some time to come because their hard work is going to make a massive difference to this year’s campaign. We bow down to you, Knit & Natter group of Age UK Devon. You are the greatest.