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With only 5 more weeks of knitting to go until this years innocent big knit deadline, we need loads more hats so we can reach our goal of 80,000 hats and giving Age Action Ireland a whopping €20,000 to help keep older people warm this winter. Thanks to everyone who has sent a in little hat so far. We've had some wonderful knitting creations arrive in the post here in Fruit Towers.

To help get everyone from knitting pros, total beginners, and even those who can't knit at all involved, we've come up with a few little ideas so everybody can help out.

First up, for anybody who can't knit, but has a few hats from behatted smoothie bottles they bought during last year's big knit lying around, we've created the innocent big knit hat amnesty which gives old hats a new lease of life.

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What about those people who can't wait toget knitting? Well, if your brave enough, you can take the big knit big commknitment and pledge to knit 20 hats and tell 5 friends about the campaign. To help you hit your target we'll send a pack containing wool and knitting needles to the first 250 who take the big commknitment. We'll also add you name to a lovely list of people who took the big commknitment.

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Do you love knitting so much that you'd like to host your very own big knit knitting event? If that's you (we love you), we've got just the thing for you. Check out the your big knit app on our facebook page. It's got everything you need (except tea and biscuits) from downloadable knitting event invites, bunting, and patterns for all levels of knitters to help you hold your own big knit knit-in.

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The sound of knitting may have even taken over your local radio station, thanks the innocent big knit radio knit off. We teamed with with 8 local radio stations around the country and they pitted themselves against each other to see whose listeners could knit the most little hats. It's been tough competition and you can find who who has been knitting their way to the top of the charts right here.

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So, you might have guessed, we love knitting. But going by the amount of support we've been getting this year, thousands of you out there are just as knitting crazy as we are. It's even starting to spread to the local pub, which just proves, all you need is a ball of wool, a pair of needles and some friendly faces to get your knit on.

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To find out more about the big knit and who it helps, check out the big knit homepage.

Also, if you'd like to show off your knitting creations before you send them in, post them on our facebook wall for everyone to see get inspirsation from.

And, last but not least, everybody has a chance to stake their claim on the big knit knitting wall of fame in our weekly hat of the week competition. As well as attaining infinite knitting superstardom, each weekly winner wins an innocent smoothies hamper.

Back to school smoothie hamper winner

Competition winner update. Drum roll please.

Congratulations to Jennie Daly for her winning tip for getting the kids to bed early.

Here's her top tip.

"I make a special breakfast for my girls to have the first day back to school. The day before I ask them what would they like for their special breakfast and they wake full of excitement, ready to have their favourite breakfast! It's a nice way to start an otherwise stressful, for everybody, day. Plus you're guaranteed they won't leave on an empty stomach. :) "

We'll be in touch with you soon Jennie.

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Can you believe it's back to school time already?

The list of things to do seems endless... the new school shoes strategically bought 2 sizes too big, the brown paper covers to protect the books from creative doodles and the busy school run each morning.

To help on the lunch box front all our kids smoothies are currently half price in Dunnes, SuperValu, Tesco, Superquinn, Spar, Eurospar and Londis.

We're also giving one lucky blog reader the chance to win a "smoothies for kids" hamper. For a chance to win we'd love to hear your top tip for getting the kids up in the morning and back into the school routine is? To enter simply share your top tip with us in as a comment below.

Good luck.

Competition closed...

But do check out our facebook page to the latest competition and innocent news.

Hat of the week

Choosing this week's hat of the week was a bit of a nostaligic trip taking us back to our childhood days of watching the muppets and seasame street. Along with 46 more, these wonderful hats were knitted by Ceri Connolly from Malahide, Dublin. We have to say though, Miss Piggy is our standout favourite. She even comes with her very own pearl necklace. Posh.

There's an innocent smoothies hamper on it's way to Ceri.

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Want claim your spot on the big knit wall of fame? Get your hats in early to be in with a chance.

We've loads of resources and nice facebook apps to you help you along with getting involved in the big knit. Check out some of the links below to find out more.

For patterns and helpful information on the big knit, take a look here.

Can't knit but want to help, this might just suit you.

Want to set up your own knitting event? Here's everything you need right here.

Brave enough to take the Big Comknitment? Sign up here.

The big comknitment

With the innocent big knit 2011 clicking and clacking along and hats arriving into fruit towers nearly every day, we thought we'd give our knitters and anybody thinking of knitting a little extra help. To push us along toward reaching our goal of 80,000 little hats we've relaunched the innocent big knit big comknitment.

The big commknitment is a Facebook-based pledge campaign to get people knitting. Basically, you pledge to knit 20 hats and tell 5 friends about the campaign, and in return we send a pack containing wool and knitting needles to the first 250 who sign up. We also add every pledge’s name to our roll of honour, so you can see the company you’re keeping, and know that each time you pick up your needles, it’s not just you being all awesome: you’re part of a whole community of awesomeness. Click here to take the Big Commknitment.

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We've loads of resources and nice facebook apps to you help you along with getting involved in the big knit. Check out some of the links below to find out more.

For patterns and helpful information on the big knit, take a look here.

Can't knit but want to help, this might just suit you.

Want to set up your own knitting event? Here's everything you need right here.

Big Knit knitter of the week

One of our favourite things about the big knit is getting to know the knitters behind the hats. This week we'd like to introduce you all to Treasa from Dublin. Treasa is what's known around Fruit Towers as a knitting extraordinaire. Here are some wonderful things we'd like to share about Treasa.

Last year Treasa knit loads and loads of hats for the big knit.

This year she has already knit 117 hats.

She's got her gran kids and their friends knitting too.

She can multitask like a pro, knitting and playing bingo at the same time.

If you'd like to chat and knit with Treasa you'll find her at Age Action's knitting groups, open to everyone from 11am every Wednesday and Saturday. Age Action shop on Camden Street..

Here she with her granddaughters Ella & Theresa

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For more patterns and knitting info, take a peek here - www.innocentdrinks.ie/thebigknit