I have exciting news! It’s our local community Arts Trail again, and like last time I’m yarn bombing a tree. This year each crafter could pick their own theme, so after careful consideration I have decided to yarn bomb my tree with little hats for the Innocent Big Knit campaign!
After taking part in the yarn bombing a couple of years ago I was dismayed at how much I ended up throwing away, and so this year I decided that everything I use in the yarn bombing, I should be able to repurpose or recycle, which led me to knitting for a charity.
Due to having a very active small person in my life, I decided straight away that whatever charity knitting I chose had to be easily broken down into small tasks that could be put down and picked back up. It also had to be fairly straight forward so my sleep deprived brain could cope! This led me pretty much instantly to the Innocent Big Knit campaign.
For those unaware, the Big Knit campaign, run by Innocent Drinks runs yearly and calls upon crafters to knit or crochet little hats to fit on top of the Innocent smoothie drinks. For each of the bottles sold 25p is donated to Age UK to help older people who are feeling lonely and isolated.
I really love this as old people can often feel forgotten and irrelevant in todays society, and so it’s something that I really like to contribute too!
To make life easier for myself, I decided to knit the hats in an ombre colourway, and took to Pinterest for inspiration. Once I’d decided on the colours I wanted to use, I visited my favourite online yarn supplier Wool Warehouse, and decided on Scheepjes Colour Crafter in the colours Leerdam, Gouda, Eindhoven, Leek, Tilburg, Meppel and Hengelo.
As I wanted an ombre effect, I was pretty restricted in the designs I could use. To stop the process becoming boring and to also make the yarn bombing more interesting I used my stitch book The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook by Melissa Leapman, to get ideas and inspiration to mix up the textures and designs.
I think my favourite stitch designs are textured ribbon (page 192), knit using two colours Leek and Tilburg, and flags (page 38). I also really love the two colour garter stitch hats, the heart hats and the rice stitch hats, as they’re so simple to knit, but I think they’re really effective.
In total I knitted 90 little hats with pompoms and created and dyed a piece of fabric to attach the hats to. Only 84 hats were used in the yarn bombing, as this number fit best onto the fabric, and I also made some pompom garlands to attach to the branches.
I attached the fabric to the tree using black yarn, and so far everything has stayed in place. I also added a laminated sign (double bonus points for getting to use a laminator!) with details about why I’d knitted lots of little hats, with a QR code linking to this blog post.
I started knitting the hats in March, so you can see how long this took me. I was worried I wasn’t going to finish on time, as I had taken the hats on holiday with me to Majorca so I could attach them to the fabric there, but totally forgot to take any yarn with me to attach them with, and never got chance to source some whilst I was there!
It all worked out OK in the end though, even if it was a bit frantic in the last few days.
I’m really pleased with how the yarn bombing turned out, and after a wash I also now have 90 little hats to donate to the Big Knit campaign! 🙂