Here at p/hop we’ve recently received two brand new patterns that are just perfect for the festive season both designed by Louise Zass-Bangham of Inspiration Knits.
The first pattern is Three Cheers, designed perfectly to hold a bottle of wine or non-alcoholic beverage of your choice.
The second pattern is Gifted, a knitting pattern for a gift bag in different sizes, and it’s easily customisable to whatever size you’d like.
These are quick knits, and can be lightly fulled/felted in non-superwash wool. They’re bound to be appreciated by both knitters and non-knitters alike.
There are only ten knitting days left before Christmas, so race over to the pattern pages and donate and download now!
Although we’re based in MSF’s London office, here at p/hop we know that knitters do travel! We like to head on the road to as many knitting and fibre events around the country as possible each year. It’s a great opportunity to step out from behind the computer screen and catch up with knitters and crocheters face to face, including so many people who have helped out p/hop through donations. Over the year there are so many yarny shows happening from north to south that there’s no way that one person could possibly attend them all.
That’s when our amazing p/hop volunteers from far and wide step in.
This upcoming weekend is the fab Glasgow School of Yarn. Due to my pesky day job getting in the way, I won’t be able to attend in person, but the wonderful Clare has stepped in to organise everything so that p/hop can be there. She’s taken the lead, recruited some other local p/hoppers to help out, and she’ll be making sure that the p/hop stall is running smoothly across the weekend. Glasgow School of Yarn has always been a great event for p/hop and raises much-needed money for MSF’s work, so I’m chuffed that Clare is at the helm.
Just because I’m not going to be physically there, doesn’t mean I’m kicking back doing nothing! I’ve been busy getting our show kit ready to send up to Clare. A big part of this involves printing off lots of patterns that knitters then “buy” for a donation (although if you like to save paper and knit from a digital gadget, you can always download p/hop patterns here). We’ve now got over 60 patterns available, and we like being able to show what they look like knitted up. Cue the photo of me scrabbling in the floor sorting out all our lovely knitted samples:
If you’re lucky enough to be in Glasgow this weekend, please do stop by the p/hop stand and discover some fabulous patterns.
It’s World Wide Knit in Public Week, apparently! So get out there and show off your yarny skills to the World at large!!
I haven’t had too much time but I managed to knit in a restaurant on Saturday.
I was also knitting these lovely stripey babies on the train on my way to MSF/P/hop this morning. I love knitting socks on the move, they are just so portable, especially if using magic loop rather than DPNs. I even managed to keep knitting whilst changing trains and platforms at London Bridge – That’s proper knitting dedication that is!
If the urge to knit some very portable socks hits you, then here are plenty P/Hop sock patterns to choose from! Here’s a small selection – click on the photo to go straight to the pattern page.
Of if those 3 beauties don’t suit you, there are lots more on our sock pattern page.
Happy knitting in public!
Now that the miserable dark days of rain that we were blighted with over the holidays seem to have stopped we are being blessed with some bright blue skies – problem is that bright blue skies at this time of year make the temperatures rather nippy. Ah! but there’s always a plus side and that is that we can all don our wonderful hand knits and keep ourselves ever so cosy!
The Guardian seem to have had the same idea and are looking for stories of hand knitted scarves. You can upload pictures to their website with tales of when and for whom they were knitted and whether it was fun or a chore… They’re looking for disaster knits as well as our favourites, so if you’ve knitted a scarf recently, why don’t you tell them about it? This is the link: Wtiness Guardian
The best contributions will feature in the February issue of Do Something, the Guardian’s brand new monthly activities magazine, so your scarf may become famous. There are 8 days left, so if you’re really quick you could start a scarf now!
Or you could just knit a scarf for yourself or a loved one to keep you cosy in these chilly January and February days. Here are a few suggestions from our lovely P/Hop pattern designers:
Riviera Scarf by Rachel Atkinson
Dido Scarf by Åsa Tricosa
Diamond Dot Scarf by Kate Ellis
Elizabeth’s Scarf by Joy Edwards
Flowers in the Rain by Jacqui Walker
We did a shout out for teeny tiny hats, way back in March 2012 and thought you’d appreciated an update. Judith, one of our midwives in Pakistan has sent us a few pictures of the baby hats which she recently took with her to Quetta. Here’s what she had to say:
Dear Everyone especially those in the MSF. UK office
Some photos to show you the hats in use and how very appreciative we are of them.
The weather here in Quetta has changed dramatically freezing cold and dry. We here cannot thank the ladies of the Pennies per hour of pleasure enough for their dedication in passing these hats to MSF for use within the projects
When I counted the hats on arrival here at Quetta there were three hundred and fifty hats and we have divided them so both projects benefit from them. The project at the Quetta children Hospital which is MSF-OCA based and the Kuchlak project.
Just to add we have now combined these two projects as one.
As much as we need medical care, drugs and people to manage within the field it is the little things like the hats that go a long way in assisting with the care
Many many thanks from all those at the Kuchlak-Quetta project
We can not accept anymore hats for the time being (we just don’t have the space) but if you’d love to knit for others, check out the UK Hand Knitting Association’s website – there’s a great long list of charity knitting projects for you to get your needles clicking for! Knitting for Charity
Wow! It’s very busy at P-Hop now that we are well and truly in festival season. Woolfest was a couple of weeks ago and Fibre East is only a couple of weeks away on 27 and 28 July, in Ampthill, Bedford.
Jane (ProbablyJane on Ravelry and designer of the ever popular Cranford Mitts) and her team of merry helpers had a very busy time at Woolfest, raising a whopping £744.55. They “sold” lots of patterns, which means I’m busy printing new ones for Fibre East.
Jane said: “Woolfest was full on but great fun – I’m secretly glad we were so busy as it stopped me spending a fortune on yarn and fibre I don’t need!” I know what she means – I’m saving up for Fibre East, but my stash is already 2 baskets full, but as baa baa black sheep has 3, I’m probably doing ok…right?
Laura was a fabulous help to Jane. She drove Jane and all the boxes of patterns all the way to Cumbria, helped on the stall for both days, and drove all the way back to London again. And, as if that wasn’t enough, she donated lots of books for the swap too! THANK YOU LAURA!
Others who gave up their valuable yarn shopping time to help were were Sadie (Whitehart on Ravelry), Joy (Thimblina) and Jude (Paraknit) and the wonderful Natalie (theyarnyard) donated a big pile of yarn and fibre. THANK YOU SO MUCH LADIES!
Joy was chatting with a fellow supporter, who said that she first heard of MSF through the P-Hop stand last year and that she now makes a monthly donation. That’s great to hear. You too could set up a monthly donation to MSF or you can check out the other ways to give here.
Hoping to meet lots of you at Fibre East – it’ll will be my first show and I am getting very excited! Please wear your p-hop creations and pop to the stall so I can take your photo. Here’s a couple from Woolfest!
- Sadie’s (Can)tabs. We love her shoes too!
If you’d like to show off your talents, then you could always join the Shinybees P-Hop KAL/CAL and then wear your efforts at Fibre East. Jo from Shinybees will be joining my on the stall for a bit of Saturday – so you could meet us both!
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.
Jane, one of p/hop’s founders and coordinator, gave a great interview about p/hop with Knit Now magazine last month. You can read it online here. Thanks to the lovely people at Knit Now magazine for sharing p/hop with your readers.
We can’t believe that December is already upon us. To celebrate the season and get in the festive spirit we have a fabulous new pattern for you. Introducing Rudolph, that Reindeer! Designer Judith Baser says:
I first came across p/hop through Ravelry and thought it a brilliant scheme – anything that involves knitting will grab my attention, and the idea of raising money for such an excellent cause and being involved in knitting as well is great. I’ve knitted some of the samples so kindly donated by generous designers, and have been lucky enough to be able to help out on the stall at several events, spreading the word! Rudolph is my first attempt at producing a pattern. He was inspired by some birds I saw at a craft fair made out of bean bags, and I thought the basic design could be knitted into a cute little animal shape. I do hope people will enjoy producing a few of their own Rudolphs, and will take a few minutes to visit the p/hop site and make a small donation to help MSF continue with their work.
To download your copy of the pattern please click here