Welcome to Ireland p/hop! 2

I thought I’d donate this blog post to p/hop and use it to explain to Irish readers more about p/hop since it’s just starting out in Ireland. P/Hop raises funds for Medecins Sans Frontieres. You can read more about MSF on their website. They are a medical humanitarian charity, working mostly in emergency situations and they will go to places with difficult political situations where other charities cannot go. They can do this as they are (for the most part) financed independently through donations. I think they are an amazing organization that do great work and they are well worth supporting if you can.

As we all know knitters and crocheters are the best people, since I’ve been knitting I’ve met so many nice, kind and generous people. Tangible evidence that this is true comes from the many charity knitting projects that have sprung up in the last few years. Most charity knitting projects ask you to donate your time and materials to knit something for people in need. Which is fine if you have the time and materials. I sometimes feel bad that I don’t contribute much to these projects. When I knit I usually knit for myself or for my family. I’m not a fast knitter so cranking out charity blankets or hats really quickly to a deadline just doesn’t happen for me. To produce any meaningful amount for a charity I’d have to spend my time only knitting for charity. I know that there are knitters who do that but I’m just not one of them, my knitting is precious to me and I like to keep it. Also if one is a new knitter it’s hard to knit for charity as you haven’t yet built up the speed and skill necessary.

So what to do? I’d still like to use my knitting to contribute something to charity. This where p/hop comes in! It’s such a clever and different way of doing charity knitting. You go to the p/hop site and have a look at their patterns which have all been donated by generous designers. You then download a pattern and donate based on how many hours of pleasure you’ll get from knitting the p/hop pattern. There is no set price for a pattern, you can donate whatever amount you like as every cent counts. So you get a lovely pattern and the charity gets a donation so everyone is happy. Some of you may have seen p/hop at the knitting and stitching show in the RDS, Dublin. Deidre posts here about her experiences at the show. At the show they raised an amazing €1460! Hopefully p/hop can continue to raise funds for MSF here in Ireland with web donations.

So let’s take a look at the patterns. I’ve seen many of the samples and there should be a pattern that suits everyone. Here’s some of my favourites. I really like the chic spring beret, it’s a slouchy fair isle beret and you could have great fun choosing the colours for it. Next up are the cranford mitts, they are really popular and it’s easy to see why. They are really pretty lacy fingerless mitts that use only a small amount of sock yarn, perfect for using up leftovers. There are many sock patterns, now I’m not a sock knitter but I’d be tempted by these easy dk socks as they aren’t in very skinny yarn I would have some hope of finishing them! For sock experts there are patterns like the stained glass window socks, serpentine valentine socks and hopsox.

One of my favourite p/hop patterns has to be the trinity shawlette. It’s a really pretty triangular shawl, the version I saw was the smaller one and I definitely want to knit this at some stage. For more experienced lace knitters there’s the stunning dido shawl and crocus pocus. Another favourite of mine is the flowers in the rain stole. The picture doesn’t really do it justice, it’s a more solid stole with little lace flowers that get closer together at one end of the scarf, it’s a really pretty effect. If all that lace isn’t your thing there’s elizabeth’s scarf, a chunky cabled scarf which is very fashionable at the moment.

I hope this post inspires you all to go phopping!


Thank you Bioniclaura.

We’ve extended the blog-a-long to the end of next week (Friday 12th November). If you would like to join in (the more the merrier) details of how to take part are here.

You can get all the blog-a-long updates by following p/hop on twitter and in the p/hop Ravelry group.

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