For those of you who don't know: What is the Big Knit?
For the Big Knit, Age UK and innocent (smoothies) ask knitters of all ages to get creative and come up with their own designs for mini-woolly hats to be placed on top of their smoothie bottles and sold in Boots and Sainsbury's stores throughout November. For each hatted bottle sold, 25p is donated to Age UK to help make winter warmer for older people across the UK.
So every year knitters all over the UK get knitting to produce thousands of these little bottle hats. And the creativity and diversity of the hats produced is never-ending.
Unusually, I haven't knitted at all for the last couple of months or so. I am glad to have started again. September usually heralds the first knitting preparations for Christmas.
Here is a little strawberry hat (first size), which I made for the grand-daughter of a friend. I wrote the pattern several years ago and it can easily be adapted for a variety of other fruit or veg (tomato, aubergine, apple, pumpkin etc).
My next project is already on the needles: hubby's Christmas socks (by now a firm tradition)
14 years ago we halved our income overnight, and have managed on one part-time income ever since. We are raising our two children and have paid off the mortgage on our house - basically because we learned to become very frugal.
Not only did we learn to, but we learned to love it too!
Being frugal with our resources - whether that is energy, money or time - really makes complete sense!
Being a Christian, I am reminded that God provides for us.
I have also learned that even if we have little, there is always enough to give some to others ... and there are always plenty of people who are in greater need!
So I am grateful for what we have - our family and friends, our health, our income, plenty of family time together, and this wonderful life to share with each other!