I am Kate, the newest P/Hop coordinator here at MSF. We’re building a nice little team, so you can expect our posts, patterns and general activity on the social knitwork to grow over the next few months.
The point of this post is to introduce myself to you all, so you know my knitty credentials and explain how I came to get involved in this fabulous fund raising initiative.
Like almost all other knitters, I was taught as a child by my grandmother, but didn’t really become an avid knitter until the turn of the century when my friend and I were both going through a dodgy job situation and started knitting to pass the time. Initially, we knitted Easter chicks for charity, but we soon advance onto other things and now have lives which revolve around knitting! I tend to be a shawl knitter – they’re quick and small and don’t cost a fortune in yarn. I love lace and sock weight yarns, and hate casting on hundreds of stitches, casting off hundreds of stitches and sewing up – so you can see how shawls appeal. I do like a nice top down once piece cardi too….
Some of you may already know me, as I am quite active on the social knitwork already. I am Katestwirl on lots of social networks: I blog, Tweet, have a Facebook presence (mmmm – it’s a bit weak, but it’s there) I have a Ravelry page and a group and I dabble in pattern design – basically, I already do all the things that I will be doing for P/Hop.
A lovely friend, Jo from the Shinybees blog and podcast pointed out Clare’s post for a new volunteer around a month ago. I was very excited – some may say over excited! Here was my chance to do what I already love doing (sharing my love for all things knit) at the same time as being able to help to make a real difference in the lives of those who desperately need it. See here how MSF spend your donations.
This role was so perfect for me that, I confess, I squealed and then applied straight away! The application was quite easy, because it was by letter explaining and getting my enthusiasm into the letter just came naturally – due to the over excitement!! The hardest thing was coming up with a Tweet to show my suitability – probably the most important 140 characters I’ve ever had to write!
Here’s what I came up with: @msf_phop Compassionate and capable, I blog, tweet and knit. Hoping this make me perfect for it! #P/hop #volunteer #msf
I am thrilled to have become part of the team and am very much looking forward to getting to you all over the months and years to come.