Innocent’s The Big Knit 2008

Every year Innocent run a campaign to get knitters to knit little hats for their smoothie bottles. For every behatted bottle sold, Sainsburys and Innocent will give 50p per bottle sold to Age Concern to help keep older people warm in winter.

It’s a really sad and largely unknown fact that every winter, over 25,000 older people die from cold related illnesses. It’s tough for many to get enough food, warmth or activity to stay fit and healthy. The money raised from The Big Knit goes towards providing hot meals, blankets and advice to older people on how to keep their houses warm.

Last year over £200,000 was raised for Age Concern and this year they’re looking to raise lots lots more. All you need to do is knit a little hat and pop it in the post (there are patterns and galleries of hats on the Innocent website). They’ll do the rest. Please remember to send your hats by 17th October to: The Big Knit, 1 The Goldhawk Estate, Brackenbury Road W6 0BA. Don’t forget to pop a note on the envelope with your name and address and the number of hats knitted.

Embroidered Art

I’ve been finding myself very drawn to embroidery lately. I was interested in embroidery and quilting long before I started knitting, and in my brief hiatus from the yarn world (after I sold HipKnits and before I started Posh Yarn) I did toy with the idea of making little embroidered pictures and selling them. Oh if only I had the time to pursue all the craftiness that bubbles up inside. But nowadays I hardly seem to have time to sit, let alone knit/quilt/embroider. Still, it’s something nice to think of.

I’ve been seeing lots of inspiring textile pieces lately that makes me especially keen to get my needle and fabric out. Look at these bird cages, aren’t they gorgeous? Her geese are wonderful too, I like their rough edges. And the little pictures made by this favourite blogger always entrance me with their magical quirkiness. Bridget Davies‘ work is lovely, although rather pricey for my home (with two kittens that chew everything, I couldn’t justify spending $200 on a cushion, however beautiful and however much time went into making it. It would be Cushion-o-cide.).

Poppy Treffry‘s work is sold in a local boutique, so as well as being able to browse through it online, I can go and gaze at it in person. Again, it has that quirky hand drawn look that I love, and uses recycled and vintage fabrics. I often see her products in Country Living. Finally, I like the black humour that suffuses the embroidered pictures from Oh My Cavalier. And this blog has some cool embroidered toile work, very irreverent and fun. There’s more displayed here, including this adorable bunny cushion.

Hmm, I should finish off the embroidered picture I was working on. I’d have something to show you then, wouldn’t I?