At the end of July p/hop went on the road again. This time not far from London but far enough for it to feel like another country. The day started bright (or should that be bleary) eyed at St Pancras station where I met fellow p/hopper and designer extraordinare ProbablyJane who helped me carry p/hop on the train to Bedford. After a relaxing journey and several cups of coffee we were met by the equally marvellous SarahAbroad and her lovely husband who drove us through idyllic countryside to Scald End Farm where brand new festival Fibre East was taking place.
The fresh country air was invigorating and we soon had our stand set up in one of the marquees, where RosClarke, designer of the Cantab socks and Cricket Tea Cosy, joined in the fun. There was some minor faffing and adjustment, mostly about which direction our sock samples should face, but we were ready and raring to go. Most shows are fairly quiet in the first hour or so so we were overwhelmed by a huge wave of eager knitters who descended on us at 10:01am. It was brilliant that a new event was so popular and the day flew by.
I had planned on raffling the blankets made by our Ravelry group, as displayed here, however we were so busy talking about MSF and explaining how p/hop worked that we didn’t have time to sell any tickets. We’ll come up with another way to use them as they are lovely so keep an eye here for news.
We met lots of familiar faces and plenty of new ones. Despite being busy we found time to have a look at the other stands and it was great spotting people who had picked up one of our patterns choosing yarn to make their new project. I really enjoyed the range of stands at the show and there were lots of demonstrations to see too, such as sheep shearing, a giant spinning wheel and plenty of animals. On the Sunday Wrigglefingers ran a couple of workshops on fleece preparation, fibre blending and a ball winding service and asked participants for a donation to p/hop for her time which provided a generous addition to our fundraising. Thank you Wrigglefingers!
There were ducks and chickens wandering around behind our marquee who I enjoyed chatting to when I popped out for some fresh air. I can now say Médecins Sans Frontières in hen. The weather was glorious and there was a friendly & relaxed atmosphere with fibre fans enjoying sitting on the grass having a natter. There are many more photos of Fibre East on Flickr.
I’d like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to the organisers of Fibre East who did a brilliant job, especially as it was their first ever show which was very well organised with a lovely friendly atmosphere, and also a massive thank you to Jane, Sarah and Ros for all their help and hard work (and to Sarah for putting me up on Saturday night, feeding me delicious curry, being my taxi service and providing the clothing rail for our samples) and finally an ENORMOUS thank you to everyone who stopped by our stand and made a donation.
We raised a marvellous £517.70 for MSF as well as lots of goodwill and awareness about the life saving work MSF do.
Since Fibre East I’ve received several new pattern donations so keep an eye here for new things to knit and change the world! Marvellous!