Good morning & welcome back. The original post for this month just didn’t seem appropriate so it’ll go out later this month. Grab a cuppa and settle in for a read. I promise it isn’t too taxing.
As makers and of course human beings, I believe there is more uniting us than separating us. Many people I’ve spoken to and interacted with over the last month are understandably concerned with the state of play at the moment. As am I but I’m not going to talk about all the worrying things today – not to ignore it but I just don’t see the reason to feed it. Instead, I’d like to shine a spot light on some of the kind acts I’ve seen since last writing month.
Since I last wrote the smallest volunteer and visited the office to tie up a few loose ends. While the small made the rounds of the office, finishing touches went on the p/hop flyer for EYF and our 2017 events spreadsheet is set up. There was even time to chat with fundraising and communications people.
For me the best part about going into the office is the buzz of activity and spending time with an amazing collection of people who are passionate about the work MSF do across the world.
Little Box of Crochet
Speaking of passionate people let’s have a look at all the wonderful things that have taken place over the last month. Emma (@moomalo on Instagram) gathered the fibre community to raise funds for the lovely Amanda and Jenny of Little Box of Crochet. Jenny is terminally ill and the funds allowed her and her mother precious time together in a beautiful setting.
Bristol Ivy’s Peace de Resistance Mitts
Knit designer Bristol Ivy, is donating proceeds from the sale of Peace de Resistance Mitts to a number of amazing charities and groups. However, if you’d like to donate to an inclusive organisation not on her list, you can send proof of the donation to firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll gift you a copy of the pattern.
Susan donated her shop’s online & in house profits to the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) on Sunday 30/1. Raising a whopping £7,386 and you can find out a bit more over on the Loop blog.
However you feel about the name, you can’t ignore how crocheter & knitters gathered together to make hats for marchers worldwide. There are over 9k projects on Ravelry and countless more hats out there in the world.
Knitting designer Melanie Berg used 1k of the proceeds from her Christmas Advent Calendar to set up a fundraiser with the German MSF office. She encouraged all the knitters who downloaded her free advent patterns to donate as well.
P/hop pattern links
Donate your time for MSF – Missing Maps Project, P/HOP or Get your runners on!
I know for a lot of folks money is tight but did you know you can donate your time?
Missing Maps is another MSF project that maps rural areas to help NGO’s reach the most vulnerable. Mapping is done via an app on your phone, find out more on Missing Maps here.
If you fancy getting out and about instead, the MSF Fun Run is open for registration for runners and volunteers. There’s either a 5k or 10k route and it takes place April 22, 2017.
Or you could help p/hop. Did you know there is just myself (and the smallest volunteer) keeping p/hop going? Yep, so any and all help is greatly appreciated. Are you on Ravelry a lot? Maybe you could set up a KAL/CAL or help log all the lovely yarn hiding in the filing cabinet. Or do you fancy writing a blog post, some social media posts? If you fancy helping out, email email@example.com
Thanks again for stopping by and happy making.