Friday, 24 October 2014

The Innocent Smoothie Big Knit Campaign

Hey guys!

Today I thought I'd take the opportunity to talk a little about the Innocent Smoothie Big Knit Campaign, and why it's a good idea to get involved.

The first Big Knit took place back in 2003, when Innocent began to ask people of all ages around the country if they would like to make little knitted hats to put on the top of the Innocent smoothie bottles. For each bottle sold, a 25p donation was made to Age UK and since then the campaign has reached epic proportions, with over 4 million hats knitted and £1.5 million raised. With the money donated by Innocent each year, hot water bottles, blankets and cooked meals can be provided for thousands of elderly people all around the UK. The charity Age UK also organises knitting groups which give people a real chance to socialise and make friends.

In the UK, over 24,000 people die each year because of the cold weather, with the elderly being the highest risk group. With help from the knitters of Britain, enough money can be raised to limit this number and make sure that help is given to those struggling so they don't have to die needlessly.

Together, we can use our knitting skills to raise money and awareness for Age UK, and help our grandparents stay warm this winter - so let's get started!

Here are the hats I have knitted so far:

I know, they're all green! I stupidly left the majority of my knitting things at home, so green is the only colour available to me, but I guess it's the thought that counts :) I also made two rainbow hats using multi-coloured wool at the university Craft Club on Tuesday, along with a red, orange and yellow striped one which I thought looks a little like a sunset.

They are so easy and satisfyingly quick to knit! I can go from casting on to a finished sewn up hat in about twenty minutes, and it's really good fun being able to make something that you know is going to such a worthwhile cause.

So, if knitting's your thing, please keep the Big Knit in mind and please do have a go at making your own little smoothie hat! They need to have been sent off to Innocent by December 12th (address here) but that still leaves plenty of time.

For more information on the Big Knit, click here, or take a look at the amazing knitting patterns for you to try your hand at - look at this cute watermelon one!

Thank you so much for reading, and happy knitting!

Beth x

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