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A Big Knit knitting morning in Age Action

The Big Knit is in full swing and we’re receiving little hats thick and fast and getting one step closer to our 65,000 little hat target every day (yay).

With just over a month to go until the deadline, we held a Big Knit knitting morning in the lovely Age Action shop on Camden St. last Wednesday and we were joined by the even lovelier Delo, Winnie and other knitters who called in for a chat, a smoothie and a cupcake (in no particular order).   Knitters have until December 11th to send in hats so if you haven’t started yet, there’s still time. Get involved and get knitting. What are you waiting for?

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The Big Knit phrasebook

Over the past six years, the Irish public has knit an astonishing 390,000 little hats for the innocent Big Knit and has helped raise €120,000 for Age Action who help older people stay warm and well during the harsh conditions of our Irish winters.

Little hats, little film

To help raise awareness for the Big Knit 2015, we created a short film featuring four lovely knitters trying to navigate their way around today’s confusing maze of teen vernacular (that’s a big word). This ‘Gogglebox meets grannies’ fly-on-the-wall footage sees the two leading ladies try to get their heads around some phrases of our modern day ‘slanguage’(we made that word up). Everything from ‘swag’ to ‘squad goals’, turn up the LOL-ume (geddit?) and check it out- http://bit.ly/1Pkx9BS

From now until December 11th 2015, we’re calling out to veteran knitters and newcomers alike, to pull up a comfy chair, grab their knitting needles & wool and cast-on for this brilliant cause – and help keep older people well, warm and ‘on fleek’.

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Modern day horror stories

Horror in the modern age - it ain’t pretty.

It’s almost Halloween and we’re proud to say we don’t scare that easily. Maybe we’re just really tough but we’ve never been afraid of sexy cats. Or sexy witches. Or sexy members of the Village People. As brave as we are though, there are some things that we can’t help but tremble at the thought of:

1.    Less than 10% phone battery.

2.    Dublin house prices.

3.    The wifi is down.

4.    The M50. On a Friday.

5.    Lifts with glass floors.

6.    Bridges with glass floors.

7.    The amount of germs living on your keyboard right now.

8.    Under-ripe avocados.

9.    Over-ripe avocados.

10. Forgetting the re-usable bags when you go to do the weekly shop.


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dark days ahead

 

It's that time of year again when half the microwaves and car clocks in the country are suddenly commended for their accuracy and obedience, while the other half become a source of mild annoyance until March. Yep, the clocks are going back an hour, which means that every night for at least two weeks someone will look out of the window and reminisce about the good old days of light, saying "remember when we could still see the outside at 4pm?" But those days of light are over. We need to be ready. We need to prepare. We need to embrace the night, and remember that good, honest people like Santa can only work under the cover of darkness. So get ready for Sunday, everyone. 1am. It's time. Literally.

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A day in the country.

At innocent, we always like to leave things a little better than how we found them. We also like getting out in the fresh air and giving a helping hand where we can. To celebrate our annual Foundation day this October, we visited OWLS, the children’s nature charity, to volunteer ourselves (and our ‘lifting things’ skills) and give a helping hand with whatever tasks they had set for us for the day.

 

The OWLS camp is hidden in a magical wee woodland, about 20 minutes from Dublin city centre. OWLS' stands for Outdoor, Wildlife, Learning and Survival and has been a life-long dream of founder Andrew 'Mouse' Fleming to offer families and children the ability to enjoy and learn about nature and our environment. Working alongside Andrew (Mouse) are Clare (Turtle) and Eoin (Hawk), who together, run a series of outdoor events and workshops throughout the year for little ones and not-so-little ones too.

Split into several teams, we all set about our tasks for the day. Our John, B & Eamon built a very impressive raised bed for little ones to plant fruit & veg in. Our Tim, Brendan & Damian managed to build a fence while others created a grassy picnic area and play area for little ones to enjoy just outside the ‘secret garden’. We did good.

we may have broken a hammer...

hotdogs a la our Louise

Mouse, Turtle and Hawk are always looking for volunteers throughout the year to join them and give a helping hand so if you fancy getting stuck in and getting involved, you can find out more info here.  

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