Tuesday, 20 August 2013

The Big Knit

Every Winter for the past 10 years, Innocent Smoothies have raised money for Age UK by selling smoothies sporting little hand-knitted hats (25p from each hatted bottle is donated to the charity).  Here at McAree Brothers, we love the idea of a quick and easy knitting project having such a positive impact and have been busily stitching away to knit up as many hats as we can to donate to Innocent Smoothies.

There are some great free patterns available on their website for the basic hat, as well as fruity and sheepy adaptations.

Free patterns available on Innocent's Website

We've been knitting ours using odds and ends, as well as Patons Fab DK, which is perfect as it comes in 25g balls.  The 10" Brittany knitting needles are particularly handy as they are nice and short - no long or unwieldy needles to wrestle with here!

Smoothie hats modelled by some of our resident animals

If you fancy knitting some hats, you can send them directly to Innocent Smoothies (address here), or you can drop them off at one of our shops to be added to the gallery.  We'll then send off all of the donate hats in a big package (which will save you money on postal charges).

Post by Heather

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Sirdar Competition


We had so many nice comments about our last word search competition, we thought we'd do another for you!  This time, 6 lucky people will win one of our new Sirdar A5 Notebooks.

18 of our Sirdar yarns are hidden in the grid below - can you find them all?  Once again, they can be found horizontally, vertically and diagonally, both backwards and forwards.  Some may overlap!  When you've discovered all the yarns, the left over letters will spell out a Sirdar slogan.

To enter the competition, send us an email with the hidden phrase to skim@mcadirect.com.  Correct answers will be entered into a prize draw and six lucky winners will be picked from a hat.  Please note, this competition closes at midnight on Saturday, 31st August, 2013.

Make sure you've sent us your answer before then or you won't be included in the draw!  Only one entry per customer will be accepted.  We have one copy of each design to give away, and which one you get really will depend on the luck of the draw.

Good luck, everyone!