Save the date! December 13th is Christmas Jumper Day!
Ron Weasley's mum was famous for her knitted Christmas jumpers in the Harry Potter books; maybe someone in your family has the same claim to fame? If so, it's time to search those cupboards and bring out your festive jumper stash!
Or perhaps you preferred Sarah Lund's stylish jumpers in The Killing and have one of your own like this one. No problem, that counts too!
It's all a bit of fun to raise some festive cash for Save the Children.
Who can take part?
NB This is a general blog post available to everyone in Smiths News, so do check whether your location is taking part first. If it is, and you don't have any customer-facing meetings planned, then we're asking for a donation of £1 to take part.
OK, I'm in, but I don't have a Christmas jumper :(
That's no problem, you could buy, borrow or decorate one!
Sweater style knows no limits, so why not get creative and decorate your own glitzy knitwear with tinsel, stars, baubles and snowflakes?
Deramores are Save the Children's partner wool supplier* - they also have plenty of freebie knitted and crochet decoration ideas to make your jumper festive. So far there are patterns for puddings, a holly garland, robins, stockings, bears and snowflakes with more to come.
The Save the Children website also has a downloadable mini jumper pattern created by Debbie Bliss, which you could add to your clothing as your cheeky contribution to the day!
This is a fun idea suitable for lots of locations to join in. Don't forget to send us your photos!
Or make your own
A festive jumper isn't just for Christmas Jumper Day! If you're looking for a longer term project and like the look of the snowman sweater featured at the top of this post, then you'll also find a link to the downloadable pattern on the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day website.
The Deramores website has a selection of other festive designs for an alternative to the snowman jumper e.g. snowflakes.
* = Throughout November Deramores are also donating 50p to Save the Children where any order includes one ball of sirdar wool.