You may recall that a month or two ago, the call was put out to the community for someone to volunteer as the brand new volunteer p/hop co-ordinator. Well, I heard the call, I sent in my application, and here I am, fresh in to the role. Ta-da!
My “real” name is Larissa, but I’m also known around knitterly places as travelknitter. You might see me posting under either name from time to time.
I’ve known about p/hop for a long time now, ever since I first spoke with Clare at a knitting event several years ago. Since then I’ve been quietly supporting p/hop in different ways, and looking back, the ways have been many and varied! At various points I’ve helped out with the following: helping set up the p/hop stall; knitting display samples; providing transport to shows; donating yarn to p/hop swaps (oh, and purchasing quite a bit of hopped yarn too!), and one time I even helped out with accommodation at Woolfest a couple of years ago when we were caught up in floods and landslides! Good times.
The list of different ways I’ve been involved with p/hop over the years I think is a good reflection of just how much p/hop is really community-driven. I love the way that people in the knitting and crochet community all pull together to make it happen. The project is completely run on volunteer creativity and input, and as a community we’ve managed to raise nearly £50 000 for MSF. Pretty amazing, huh? That’s what makes p/hop so special, and why I’m so thrilled to be the new co-ordinator.
I’ve seen how Kate has done an amazing job over the last year-and-a-bit and I’ve very excited to be taking over where she left off. I’m looking forward to getting to know lots of other p/hoppers, so please do say hello!