Samples and patterns on display at Glasgow School of Yarn
October was a bumper month for P/Hop fundraising, taking our total to a smidgen below £42,000 (£41,993.55 to be exact). How amazing is that – £42,000 raised by the generosity of knitters, crocheters and spinners!
THANK YOU EVERYONE!!
Here’s a round up of what came in in October:
We received a cheque for £150 from Jenny Lee who organised the wonderful Big Textile Show. You can read our blog post on this event here: Big Fun with Big Textiles. This was a percentage of the ticket sales for the event at which we also raised £280.03 in donations for our patterns on the stall. Thanks to Jenny, who invited us to host a stall at her event, we raised a whopping £430.03 as well as awareness of the valued medical aid that MSF provide around the world. If you’d like to know more about MSF and what they do, please click here: What’s MSF?
Our fabulous volunteers, Angela Blair (Angelabdc on Ravelry) and Clare Devine (knitsforklipskaap on Ravlery, from Yarn and Pointy Sticks), at the Glasgow School of Yarn raised a whopping £733.94. This couldn’t have been done without the generous support of Antje, from The Yarn Cake and organiser of The Glasgow School of Yarn. The figure includes 2 large donations which they collected, of £35.51 from The Chocolate Teapot and £38.40 from The Yarn Garden. Clare has very kindly written a blog about her day running our stall at the Glasgow School of Yarn, below.
If after reading Clare’s blog, you think that they’d like to run a stall at a show, please get in touch with me, Kate, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clare with George from The Yarn Garden, handing over their fabulous donation
On Saturday the 18th of October I was lucky enough to visit the fabulous Glasgow School of Yarn, hosted by The Yarn Cake. This two-day yarn festival hosts a wonderful range of workshops, a design competition and a very “enabling worthy” marketplace. Needless to say I was very excited to be getting out on a little adventure, especially seeing as the adventure involved yarn.
The day was far more than just a “yarny” adventure though. I was to be helping out on the MSF p/hop stand, a brilliant way to combine my love of yarn with a brilliant initiative to raise money for a very worthy cause.
I arrived very early on Saturday morning and found the stand wonderfully organised by Angela, my fellow p/hop volunteer who worked on Friday. We had a huge selection of patterns on offer and many beautiful samples of all the designs, including some rather cute little reindeers that I became rather attached to.
Angela reported that Friday had been busy so I braced myself for a busy day. Early on people started arriving, completely soaked thanks to the Glasgow rain, and our stall was there to welcome them in from the cold and wet. Antje had given us prime spot right by the entrance, it was perfect.
In addition to the patterns we also had a raffle with magnificent prizes. The idea was started by Lilith from Old Maiden Aunt who presented us with a prize consisting of four skeins of Corriedale specially dyed in any colourway and a book of raffle tickets (talk about super organised). The generosity of the knitting community brought many other prizes flowing in and by the time I arrived on Saturday morning the prize stash was pretty impressive.
Yummy raffle prizes!
The final prize selection included:
Old Maiden Aunt – four skeins dyed to order for the lucky winner)
The Yarn Yard – six skeins of lace weight
A Peppermint Penguin – project bag
Liz Lovick – CD with 250 Shetland Lace designs and stitch marker brooch
Skein Queen – skein of lace weight yarn
And Sew To Knit – project bag
Susan Sharpe Ceramics – set of buttons
Angela and I conducted the prize draw on Saturday afternoon once we had sold out of raffle tickets. The raffle was such a success that we had to get Antje to dash off to The Yarn Cake and grab another book of tickets. We drew a good crowd for the prize draw that even involved live phone calls to the winners … much to the amusement of onlookers in the hall. There were four very happy prizewinners and a huge chunk of cash raised for MSF, which was the aim of the day really.
The day was chock full of highlights for me, I had an absolute ball chatting to all the knitters and discussing people’s projects, pattern picks and yarn acquisitions with them. One of the main highlights for me was a visit from Louise and George from The Yarn Garden. They had travelled over from the NE of England to visit the event and bring a very special donation to us. When selling their beautiful yarn at recent yarn events they had also been collecting funds for MSF in exchange for patterns, designed by the fabulous Annie from Knitsofacto. They arrived with a carefully sealed box of donations. We unwrapped it and counted up the contents – £38.40 from generous knitters to add to our grand total. Impressive work!
George and Louise (The Yarn Garden) after handing over their donation
While they did not have a stall at GSOY I hear they have a pretty impressive “Garden style” stall at yarn shows and I am looking forward to treating myself to some of their squishy yarn very soon.
In total the generous knitting community visiting the Glasgow School of Yarn raised a whopping £733.94 for MSF!
That is certainly worth celebrating!
Thank you to everyone who popped along to say hi, donated for patterns and bought raffle tickets.