Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I have been knitting on and off for 50 years and I recently learned to crochet. I love looking for wool bargains and making them into something useful. I mainly knit for charity. I occasionally knit for myself and family members if I find a really good pattern or if they ask nicely!!
Tuesday, 10 September 2013
The Big Knit...
This year I have taken part in the Innocent Smoothie Drink Big Knit campaign. Innocent drinks wear these little knitted hats for a few weeks of the year and the drinks company donates 25p to Age UK for every bottle bought. Age UK provides advice and help to the older generation in the UK.
The hats are very easy to knit. There are patterns here ranging from beginner to expert. Some of the expert patterns are very clever. But I had lots of other things to do this summer, so I concentrated on the beginner pattern. All the hats in the photo follow the beginner pattern . I had a bit of creative fun making the teddy face in the centre of the photo with buttons and embroidery. At the front of the picture is a dark red hat with a little green stalk. It doesn't show up well in the photo but I was aiming for a "red fruit" look.
The other hats are just wearing homemade pom poms. I wanted to make my own rather than use the little pom poms that can be bought in craft shops.. I found a great tutorial on the Eskimimi Makes blog. It describes how to use a kitchen fork to make a pom pom. I found that this method produced a pom pom that would be perfect for a baby's hat but was a bit on the large side for these tiny hats. You can just about see this larger one on the left hand end of the back row. I adapted the tutorial and wrapped the wool around the handle of the fork rather than around the prongs. This produced exactly what I wanted. They don't look as perfect as shop-bought pom poms, but I learned a new skill and I'm hoping they have a charm of their own.
These hats really are quick to make and are a great way to use up scraps of yarn. The deadline for sending them in is October 1st. I think they appear in the shops a few weeks after that so I will be looking out for them. Why not knit a few of these for this good cause?