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Knit for Innocent juice

If anyone is as bored as I am today, you could knit some little hats for fruit juice bottles.
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..or your cat might be in need of a hat

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..or your cat might be in need of a hat

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The caption is wrong. Clearly what the cat is thinking is: "So, you think you are funny and crafty.... just go to sleep and I'll show you what crafty and funny are really like."
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Re: Knit for Innocent juice

I am doing this with a whole class. Everybody got quite thrilled about it.

I am signing up my child and my local surrogate little sister, too.

Many many many hats. Many happy elderly people that benefit from the charity. It is a guerilla knitting turned useful.
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I am doing this with a whole class. Everybody got quite thrilled about it.

I am signing up my child and my local surrogate little sister, too.

Many many many hats. Many happy elderly people that benefit from the charity. It is a guerilla knitting turned useful.
Elderly people in knitted viking helmets? No good will come of this.
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Elderly people in knitted viking helmets? No good will come of this.
You don't know much about elderly. That's when people really know how to be happy, inhibitions are left for the mid-lifers. With a little help from our ProSenectute charity - happiness overkill! Every little thought about them will make them smile.

I showed the whole project development to students, the history is interesting, it's been on for years.

You do not need much handcrafting skill for that, either. If you want to sign up with us, let me know. The patterns are out there. Yay for arts and creativity! Men who knit come up with some impressive stuff.

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Re: Knit for Innocent juice

This is one of those projects I don't understand.

Volunteers knitting, that's a nice gesture.

Hats on juice bottles? A reason to avoid buying those bottles, or at least not until this project is over. Or to do what I've seen some customers do: pluck off the hat and leave it on the shelf in the supermarket. Heard a shelf-packer muttering about having to clear them away and wishing the project was over.

And according to the link, the juice company donates 30 Rappen per hat to Pro Senectute (the association for the aged). That's nice, too, but couldn't this be donated to Pro Senectute anyway, without the hats? Or couldn't the knitters (who are kindly donating their time), give in some way that will directly benefit someone they'd like to help?

I presume that if one is lucky enough to have doll, or to know a child who has a doll, (or as this thread suggestes even a cat) that has exactly that size head, well, then perhaps a hat collection might be jolly.
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Re: Knit for Innocent juice

Kids want the hats. People buy those hatted bottles to bring home as a little gift, they clip the hat to zippers, car keys, attach to "Seasonal Greetings" cards, or put on a reef, xmas tree, etc.

I agree that the donated amount should be higher but then people who like little handcrafted knicknacks would hesitate to buy something more expensive. As it is, ProSenectute also collects a lot of cash for elderly via other campaigns. A campaign that is inexpensive, boosts artistic and crafty skills and makes participants think of elderly - always gets my vote.

We participated already a few times through our Stitch and Bitch group, now I donate a little bit of teaching/learning time, in exchange to skill bulding and a bit of pre-xmas ethics. A hat takes about an hour, max, for the slow knitters.
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Re: Knit for Innocent juice

I'm learning to knit by myself since two weeks.... there is a lot of things I don't know to do, I try but I don't understand what some words on patterns even means!!! I would love to know how to do a simple hat!
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Kids want the hats. People buy those hatted bottles to bring home as a little gift, they clip the hat to zippers, car keys, attach to "Seasonal Greetings" cards, or put on a reef, xmas tree, etc.
Oh, okay.

Yes, that's what I had first thought when I was given two hatted bottles. Yet try as I might, I could not find anyone, neither child nor adult (with or without children) who wanted to have those hats. Because I was surprised at first, I kept on asking, an must have been a over 30 people, more than 10 children and 20 adults, just to see if there were any takers, but I couldn't find one.
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I'm learning to knit by myself since two weeks.... there is a lot of things I don't know to do, I try but I don't understand what some words on patterns even means!!! I would love to know how to do a simple hat!
Good for you, Nil. Vids help the visual learners, I watched Mom, my kid watched me. Try the instructions on vid tutorials, they often decode and write out the abreviations. Or, come to our StitchBitch, you are more than welcome.

Another thing is, I find yank and generally Anglo instructions on patterns too complicated, Scandinavian and Francophone instructions make more sense to me, more logical. It is just they way they are encoded, they are different, more simple..

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Re: Knit for Innocent juice

And while we are sort of on the subject of the elderly and knitting...

Many Altersheime and Frauenvereine hold knitting circles or meetings where the ladies get together and knit projects to be donated to charities - blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, etc.

I like these for two reasons: First, the social aspect of nattering while knitting is crucial for many of the elderly in the group, a chance to get out and about and be active. Then there is of course the good work of producing beautiful things to donate to a worthy cause.

Many of these knitting circles regularly need wool - so if you have a stash you don't think you can use, why not contact your local Altersheim or Frauenverein, ask if your donation might be put to good use.


For instance, here is a newspaper article from 2014 discussing one such group:
http://www.aargauerzeitung.ch/aargau...opas-128433075
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Re: Knit for Innocent juice

My mum makes these Twiddlemuffs for patients of dementia. The carers also get you to sew on all sorts of buttons, toggles, zips, velcro, laces and flaps so the patient can calm their shaking hands, and it has the added benefit that it stops them trying to unbutton or unzip their own clothing, which is also apparently a common symptom.
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Re: Knit for Innocent juice

Whilst I am reticent about the politics of marketing with donated little hats like that & that elderly people shouldn't need to have help with their heating bills etc, it's a fun project. I have lots of little pompoms which have been sitting in the cupboard waiting for a use. I have already made a bagful of normal sized hats to go to a homeless shelter for the winter (seeing as the plan to move in refugees has apparently been scrapped here).
I also can imagine people stealing the tops off. I like the idea of them being made into keyrings. If it can bring a smile to someones face, why not. I've just finished a willy warmer & crocheted bra set for a christmas present. (No, I won't show a photo in case the recipient sees it).
Amazing what one can do with a few balls of wool.
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Kids want the hats.
Not only kids, I love them too. They're really cute. (I'm anyway inclined to buy lots of cute little things anyway , and if it's for a good cause then so much the better)
I don't knit though, probably that's why I appreciate this thing.
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Oh, okay.

Yes, that's what I had first thought when I was given two hatted bottles. Yet try as I might, I could not find anyone, neither child nor adult (with or without children) who wanted to have those hats. Because I was surprised at first, I kept on asking, an must have been a over 30 people, more than 10 children and 20 adults, just to see if there were any takers, but I couldn't find one.
I understand that some don't have the imagination for a piece of minigarment, maybe the campaign could offer more use.. Barbies can sport them, large chunky knits are so en vogue.

But kids always have animal toys or dolls this size, it was always "can I have that juice with a hat, Mom" when in a store. When she realized she can make her own, she was so thrilled. Ikea rats now sport her Innocent Juice hats I got her years ago (on purpose since I wanted to make her excited about her own crafting). She is about to knit a big hat for her gf, nobody can do it in her class, she is so proud. People sign up for sleep overs so they can learn to make stuff. My daughter picked up uncarded yarn to spin her own for her own hat last time we went to SwissWolle festival. It is soft, bizarre and much happiness inducing.

Melloncolie - the craft circles certainly exist in every nursing home here. Nice of you to think of them. <3
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I'm learning to knit by myself since two weeks.... there is a lot of things I don't know to do, I try but I don't understand what some words on patterns even means!!! I would love to know how to do a simple hat!
Youtube is your friend There are hundreds of easy to follow videos on there.

I was taught to knit over 30yrs ago by a neighbour who was in the merchant navy. He said it kept him sane whilst at sea.
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Whilst I am reticent about the politics of marketing with donated little hats like that & that elderly people shouldn't need to have help with their heating bills etc...
Totally agree that old people shouldn't need help, but I have a hell of a lot of respect for Richard Reed, one of the Innocent founders, and have done since I first heard about the guy. He's my kind of guy...and pretty hot too.
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Good for you, Nil. Vids help the visual learners, I watched Mom, my kid watched me. Try the instructions on vid tutorials, they often decode and write out the abreviations. Or, come to our StitchBitch, you are more than welcome.

Another thing is, I find yank and generally Anglo instructions on patterns too complicated, Scandinavian and Francophone instructions make more sense to me, more logical. It is just they way they are encoded, they are different, more simple..
Thanks! You are a bit far!

I started to knit because I'm still recovering from the surgery I had 6 weeks ago. I'm sick of reading and Netflix, I needed to move my hands for something

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I was taught to knit over 30yrs ago by a neighbour who was in the merchant navy. He said it kept him sane whilst at sea.
That's how I started! Didn't know how two weeks ago! I'm on my fourth scarf!

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That's how I started! Didn't know how two weeks ago! I'm on my fourth scarf!

Fantastic! So you're ready to begin cable patterns now. They're a lot easier than you might think.

Or you could knit a simple hat from chunky wool, using a double rib (2 knit, 2 purl) for the first 10 rows, then single rib for the rest of it, decreasing by 1 stitch at each end of every alternate row. The first hat should take you about 6hrs in total, then once you're used to it, you'll be able to make one in about 4hrs.

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