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The Big Knit 2014


Get knitting for the Big Knit 2014

Raise money for Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees by getting involved with Age UK and innocent’s Big Knit campaign 2014. You can make a difference by knitting some mini hats to help us keep older people warm in winter.

Innocent Drinks will be running their ‘Big Knit’ bobble hat project again this year. Each year the project has grown bigger and hats are sold nationwide.

Innocent Drinks bottles will be displayed in chill cabinets in Sainsbury’s stores wearing your little bobble hats to attract customers’ attention and increase sales.

And the good news is that for every bottle sold Innocent Drinks will donate 25p to Age UK to help us provide services for vulnerable older people this winter.

The deadline for the receipt of all the hats is 7th November 2014.

Knitting Pattern

Download a knitting pattern here

Whilst it is important that your hat meets the quality control requirements to fit the bottles, you can be as imaginative as you like in making your hats. Just follow the base pattern for size and make the rest up yourself.

Quality Control

It is very important that your finished hat fits the Innocent Drinks bottles as hats of the wrong size will not be used.

The quality control rules are very simple:

  • The hat must fit comfortably over the lid and lip of the Innocent Drinks bottle. Your local Age UK will have some of these for checking your hats fit before sending them on
  • The hat should have a ‘topper’. This can be a bobble, button, ribbon, bow or tassel securely sewn or glued to the top of the hat. Use any topper you like – just use your imagination – but remember to make them secure so little children can’t pull them off easily.
  • Before stitching your hat, it should roughly measure 1 ½ inches by 4 ¼ inches (4cm by 11.5 cm) which is important for it to fit the top of the bottles (see the knitting pattern)

Innocent Drinks have a very short shelf life and the hats will be manually put on to the bottles by patient Innocent workers. We need to ensure that the hats will go on easily to enable them to get them on and get them despatched quickly.

Get your hats, and yourslef, noticed!

The best hats will be featured in the window of the Choices Centre, Woolshops, Halifax and also here on the Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees website.

Where to send your finished hats

Your finished hats should be sent to the Choices Centre, 4-6 The Square, Woolshops, Halifax, HX1 1RJ, where they will be quality checked, and then forwarded to Innocent Drinks.

Each time you send in your hats you should send in a completed knitted hats form so we know who has helped us. We need these so we can be sure to thank you for your efforts, which is important to us. You can send more than one hat with your form as long as you tell us how many hats you have sent to us.

If you have already sent some hats in and need a new form because you want to do more, or want more knitting patterns because your friends want to help, then you can contact either the Choices Centre on 01422 399830 and they will send one to you.

Best Hat for Age UK Calderdale and Kiklees

Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees will give a prize to the best hat they receive this year, which will be judged after this year’s closing date. Details of the prize winner will be given at a later date and published here on our website.

Can’t knit but still want to help?

If you don’t want to, or can’t knit, you might still be able to help us. This year we are also accepting donations towards the project. The money raised will be used wisely to help older people who are in need – from helping with fuel poverty to assisting us to provide our very varied but much needed services.

You can either donate through our Choices Centre at Woolshops, Halifax or by sending a cheque to Choices Centre.

Thank you very much, and happy knitting!


Calling all Knitters and Crotcheters – the Big Knit is here again

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How the big knit helps

As many as 24,000 older people die needlessly because of the cold every winter. Many others spend the time lonely and isolated, unable to heat their homes and struggling to get out and about.
So ten years ago Innocent had an idea. They asked some older people, and some younger people, to knit little woolly hats. They put those hats on their smoothies, and for each one sold they made a donation to Age UK.
For each behatted smoothie bottle they sell, they give 25p to Age UK to spend on things like hot water bottles, blankets, hot meals and social gatherings. Many older people also knit hats themselves through knitting groups organised by Age UK. The impact of the knitting groups is incredible and for some, they’re a real lifeline.

If you would like to have a go, here are a couple of patterns to get you started:
Knitting Pattern 2012-page-001       BigKnit2012_Sheep Knitting Pattern-page-001

or alternatively go to http://thebigknit.co.uk/join-in

Go MAD in the Calder Valley – Making and Doing Event

Here are some MAD events for the Calder Valley – for full details, including any prices, about these and more please consult festival website www.southpennines.co.uk.
Saturday, October 5
Hebden Bridge
Meet the Maker at The Town Hall, St George’s Street, with Made In The Valley, 07944352913, 11am to 4pm; Crafty Crochet at Ribbon Circus, Albert Street, 01422 847803, 10am to 5pm; Soft Circuit Workshop at the Alternative Technology Centre, Hebble End Mill, 01422 842121, 1pm to 4pm; Open Studio at Brooklyn Studio, Unit 3 – 38 Hangingroyd Lane, 11am to 5pm; Making Monsters at Word of Mouth, Hangingroyd Lane. Record-breaking Bunting at the Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe Road, 11am to 3pm, for the 2014 Tour De France Grand Depart; Out and About Sketching Walk from the Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe Road, 10.30am to 4.30pm, charge and advanced booking esential, call Sally Darlington on 01422 844450; Mad Hatter at Heart Gallery, 4a Market Street, 01422 845845, 10.30am to 4.30pm; Meet the Milliner at Hat Therapy, 56 Market Street, 01422 845717, 11am to 5pm; Beading with Billie at B Beads, Hangingroyd Road, 07715 560816, 10am to 5pm.
Textile Hub at Cheeky Sew and Sew, 22 Rochdale Road, Todmorden, 01706 816181, 10am to 4pm, including Make a ‘Bag for Life’ workshop, an Upcycling Workshop, and a free spinning demonstration; felt-making at Water Street Gallery, 25 Water Street, 01706 839714, 10am to 4pm; Paintings at Platform One Gallery, Todmorden Railway Station, 11am to 4pm; Still Life at Tod Studios, Stansfield Road, 11am to 4pm, pre-booking is advisable 07717 352104. Sunday, October 6
Hebden Bridge
Meet the Maker at Heart Gallery, 4a Market Street, 01422 845845, noon to 4pm; Open Studio at Brooklyn Studio, Unit 3 – 38 Hangingroyd Lane, 11am – 5pm; Calder Photowalk with Ed Chadwick, starts from Snug Gallery, 58 Market Street, , runs 10.30am to 2.30pm; Record-breaking Bunting at the Birchcliffe Centre, same details as Saturday
Textile Hub at Cheeky Sew and Sew, address details as above, 10am to 4pm, choose from a paid workshop or a drop-in demo or spend the whole day making and doing; felt-making workshops at Water Street Gallery, two half-day sessions in felt-making, from 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm; Paintings at Platform One Gallery, contact details as above, 11am to 4pm; Raku firing workshop at Tod Studios, 11am – 4pm, contact details as above; Upholstery workshop at Tod Studios, 1pm – 4pm.

Latest news from Illingworth’s LA Group

Illingworth and Bradshaw’s Local Activity Group have announced their December activity dates, showing when classes will be breaking for Christmas and start back in the new year.
You can find out what’s on when on our ‘What’s on’ page here.

As well as the regular programme of weekly activities, which includes art, Tai Chi, keep fit, Kurling, bridge and, trips and other tasters are also in the pipeline so if you’ve been thinking about trying something new for 2013, why not get in touch with LA Group?

Full details of what the group is up to can be found on their website, which is updated daily:

Calling all knitters…

Get knitting jumpers for HIV positive babies in Africa.

Newborn babies, many affected by HIV are called Fish and Chip babies because many are sent home from hospital wrapped in newspapers for warmth.

You can help by knitting a small jumper to help keep a baby warm. These jumpers are sent out to an orphanage in Africa and the Brunswick Centre are currently building links with another orphange in Botswana to provide them with the jumpers as well.

Please click here>> for the pattern and collection information for your completed jumpers.

GupShup goes Creative – new programme of events for March – May

More exciting new activities for GupShup