Are you joining the Big Knit 2012?

Are you joining the Big Knit 2012?

One of the most annoying things about knitting is inevitably all the leftover threads and balls of wool.

Rather than throwing them away, most people will keep these bits and bobs under the proviso that a use will be found!

Why not give them to charity?

Age UK is teaming up with Innocent Smoothies for the Big Knit 2012 for a ninth year in a row and is calling on nimble-fingered knitters to get involved.

Participants are asked to hand knit little woolly hats to adorn the drinks bottles, each of which will be sold in Sainsbury's stores from Novermber 21st.

For every be-hatted smoothie sold Innocent is giving 25p to Age UK's Spread the Warmth campaign, which helps raise funds for local and national winter projects to keep older people warm during the colder months.

Tiny hat patterns are available on the Big Knit site if you want something to work from, but the more creative the better!

There's no design idea too outrageous (almost), with Santa hats and snowman themes always a popular choice.

Tiny animal head shapes could look really cute too, it just depends how much time you have and how adventurous you're looking to be.

Rachel Rowland from Innocent Smoothies said: "The Big Knit is a fantastic way to get creative and raise money for a great cause."

Last year 650,000 little knitted hats were made, raising over £200,000 for Age UK and probably improving the skills of thousands of UK knitters.

If you're somewhat of a beginner then tiny hats can be a great way to practice increasing and decreasing, building skills and using different kinds of stitches on a small scale before moving on to a bigger project just in time for Christmas.

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