Thoughts from October 2012

Win tickets to the Knitting & Stitching Show

Thanks to everyone who entered our competition. The winners are:



Catherine Rotte-Murray

Helen O'Reilly

Louie Clement

Do you love pretty wool, colourful felt, shiny buttons and all things craft? If so, the Knitting & Stitching Show is the place for you.

For the last two years we've brought the innocent Big Knit to the Knitting & Stitching Show at the RDS, Dublin. We're back again this year from 1st to 4th November for some little hat knitting, loads of smoothie drinking and lots of chat. For tickets head over to the show's website.

We've got 5 pairs of tickets to give away to the show. For a chance to win, tell us who you'd bring along to the show and why you think they are great. We pick 5 winners & announce them next week.

This competition is now closed.

The innocent big knit

Hat of the week

This week’s hat of the week saw a battle between little boy blue & the pirate. It was a close call, but little boy blue was triumphant. Well done to knitter Margaret from Sligo, some innocent goodies are on their way.

Want claim your spot on the innocent Big Knit wall of fame? Get your hats in early to be in with a chance. For patterns head to our Big Knit page or check out our guide to knitting a little hat.


Hat of the week - little boy blue vs the pirate

We're getting so many lovely little hats into Fruit Towers for the innocent Big Knit. This week's contestants for Hat of the Week are Little Boy Blue from Margaret in Sligo and The Pirate from Pauline in Dublin.

The winner of this coveted title will get some innocent goodies & vouchers in the post. We need your help to choose. Tell us who you think should win Hat of the Week in the comments below.

Hat of the week


Hat of the week - the rabbit vs the swan

The innocent Big Knit is back for 2012. We've already had lots of lovely little knitted hats sent into us here in Fruit Towers. Every week from now until our closing date (30th November), we'll pick our Hat of the Week. The winner of this coveted title will get some innocent goodies & vouchers in the post.

We need your help to choose. This week we have a rabbit knit by Maureen from Templeogue and a swan by Ruby-Jay (aged 13) from Co. Louth.

Hat of the week week 1

Tell us who you think should win Hat of the Week in the comments below.



Lunchbox tips competition winner

We know during term time, it can be hard to find inspiration for what to put into the kids’ lunchboxes, so we asked the mums & dads of Ireland for their lunchbox tips over on our facebook page. We received hundreds of inspiring little tips to help make school lunchboxes tasty, healthy and fun.

Here are a few of our favourites:

"Use a sandwich cutter to turn those boring sandwiches into different shapes and designs which kids love." Mary, Kilkenny

"Dried fruit, ie. apple, raisins, dates or prunes, some fresh fruit, hummus and carrot, yogurt and water or smoothie." Sandra, Dublin

"Get the kids involved. Encourage them to take fruit and raw vegetables and of course a smoothie helps too." Kareena, Wexford

"Vary the contents of kids lunchboxes with sambos, wraps, pita bread etc and different fruit and veg sticks." Michelle, Wicklow

"Each week I bake some Oatmeal bars which contain Honey oatmeal banana chips chopped dried fruits, nuts etc. tasty healthy slow release foods." Nora, Dublin

It was a tough choice but our overall winner of a school terms supply of innocent smoothies for kids is Sarah from Kildare, here is her top tip:

"Bento Box style lunch, small pieces of fruit, veg meat, a small sandwich, my kids love a small bit of everything."

Thanks to everyone who entered. You can read all the lunchbox tips here.

strawberries, blackberries & raspberries kids smoothie