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This week’s news is brought to you by some wool, some knitting needles and the best hat puns this side of Hat Town. It’s hat time again…

Ready, steady, knit

It seems like only yesterday we were packing away our needles, shearing the last of the sheep and waving goodbye to the final little bobble hats from last year’s Big Knit. But here we are again, needles ready, sheep shorn and this year’s Big Knit chomping at the bit. Where there’s wool, there’s little woolly hats and this year we need your help to knit even more hats than ever. For every behatted smoothie sold, innocent and Sainsbury's will give 35p to Age Concern and Help the Aged to help keep older people healthy this winter time. There’s lots more info, snazzy patterns and knitting tips right here as well as details of where to send your hats and so on. The deadline for hats is 16th October, so there couldn’t be a better time to dust off your needles, grab the nearest sheep and get knitting.

Hat’ll do nicely

To help you whip up some woollen wonders, we've got 100 special Big Knit knitting packs to give away, each containing some smart new needles, posh wool, the latest in knitting accessories, patterns, stickers and a hatometer. Not to mention an array of bobble. All you need to do to be in with a darned good chance of winning is complete the following sentence:

"Knitting is my life because..."

Simply pop your answer here, cross every digit you possess and a box of knitting goodies could be winging its way to you very soon. Best of luck.

Hat of the week

Hang on to your hats - it's time to reinstate our thrilling 'Hat of the Week' competition. Each week, we’ll show you the crème of the woolly hatted crop and ask you to vote for your favourites. Sort of like X Factor but without the premium rate phone calls. The winning hat will then take pride of place on the plinth in reception and the proud knitter will win a case of our finest drinks. Going head to head this week, we have the Virtual Insanity Jamiroquai inspired hat from Alison of the 'Priddy Purlers' and the 'Majestic Mouse' from Mrs. Joan Lockett. Who will be first to the claim the coveted spot upon the plinth of purlfection this week? Click here to decide.

And finally...

some nice bunting


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