Monday, 26 October 2015

Make Do and Mend: The Innocent Smoothie Big Knit

The leaves have started showing off their golden colours, scarves are being dug out from the bottom of the wardrobe and some of us have even dared to put our heating on. Winter is approaching. But it's not all doom and gloom, the start of the chill also means Innocent restart their Big Knit campaign, hurrah! and this year we want you to get involved too.

The colder months can be tough for a lot of people, as many as 25,000 older people's lives are at risk because of the cold and the lovely lot at Innocent just couldn't have that. Back in 2003, they had an idea. They asked some older people, and some younger people, to knit little woolly hats which they slipped onto their smoothies, and for each one sold they made a donation of 25p to Age UK.

The idea snowballed and so far the people of the UK have knitted an astonishing 5 million hats, which is amazing. And have raised over £1.7m, and raised awareness of the great work done by charities like Age UK.

Some facts and figures for you:
Last year the Big Knit raised over £215,ooo which could fund...

40,000 blankets
helping vulnerable older people to stay warm despite the winter chill.


20,000 hot meals
to be delivered by friendly volunteers to older people who would otherwise struggle to cook for themselves.


10,000 emergency heaters
for older people at serious risk of the cold.


21,511 essential Winter Warmth packs
which contain:
• A fleecy blanket
• Thermal socks
• Thermal cup
• Hot water bottle 
• Thermal hot water bottle cover
• Room thermometer 
• Soup packets

10,755 days at a local Age UK centre
with a hot lunch, activities and the chance to meet new friends

Phew that's a lot. We love this campaign, you get to do your bit whilst being all crafty and it gives you something to do with those devious fingers. All you need to do to get involved is to log on to print yourself off a pattern and begin. They have a wide range of designs ranging from beginner bobbles to expert foxes and all manor of ones in between. We're only beginners here at HQ but have added a fruity theme to our first little pile...

Once you've knitted your pile, just put them in a envelope with a note stating how many you've knitted, the date and your name and address and send them along to:

The Big Knit 2015
Innocent Drinks
342 Ladbroke Grove
W10 5BU

All hats needs to be in by the 11th December and they will be in stores from the Feb 2016. If you've got any questions, send them over to or call them on 0207 993 3311.

We would love to see what you've been knitting, send us a picture on our Twitter or Facebook page and we'll show you off. We might even dazzle you with out designs every once in a while. 

This blog falls into our Make Do and Mend series which is all about sewing, making and mending. Find out more about this series and our others at on our Overview blog or find more in the same series by pressing the "Make Do and Mend" tab at the top of the page. 

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