Lighting the Knit Signal!
There are lots of brilliant ways that you can help P/Hop to raise funds for MSF. P/Hop was set up as a community project, so that lots of people could get involved. I donate one day a week plus additional work when we have shows to do, but there is so much more we could do with your help.
Besides downloading our patterns for a donation, or giving us a donation at a yarn show, there are several other ways that you can help raise funds for, and awareness of, MSF:
Get in touch / spread the word / Social Knitworking
We are always open to new ideas and fund-raising suggestions. If you have a brilliant idea we would love to hear it. Either start a thread in our Ravelry group, email us, tweet us @msf_phop or post it on our Facebook page. If you do have a great idea, we’d like you to help run it – there’s only me volunteering for one day a week so we’d like all the help we can get.
We’d also love you to share amusing or interesting knit/crochet/yarn – funny cats etc so please do.
Ask your LYS to stock some P/Hop patterns
The lovely George and Louise from YarnGarden have a selection of our patterns available for donations – we think this is a great idea. So, if you own a yarn store or rung stalls at various shows (or are friendly with someone who does), perhaps you could download a selction of our our patterns, direct from our website, and make them available in-store for a donation to MSF. You could also use our patterns to showcase your beautiful yarns. We’d be happy to send you some MSF literature and a collection box. Please email us if you would like more information.
George and Louise from YarnGarden handing over their pattern donations
Volunteer to help run a stall for an hour or two
P/Hop currently have stalls booked at the following events and would love some helpers:
Woolfest in Cockermouth, Cumbria Friday 27 & Saturday 28 June
Unwind Brighton Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July
Firbre East near Bedford Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July
I will be going to both Woolfest and Fibre East and would love some of you to help for a while – to get to meet you and so I can take the odd loo break!
Sadly I cannot make it to Brighton. We have a few volunteers already, but I need to make sure that we have enough to cover the whole event. The wonderful Hilltop Katie from Hilltop Cloud has offered to take our stall things to and from the show, but we’d like a couple of volunteers to set up the stall (it’s really quite easy and I’ll give you full instructions) and to take it down and pack it away. Please email me if you think you can help. Kate Ellis, p/hop Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
Me (Kate) standing proudly in front of my first P/Hop stall
Run a P/Hop stall at your local yarn show
Whilst we’d love to attend all the wonderful fibre events around the country, we simply don’t have the resources. However if you would like to run a stall at a yarn fair for P/Hop we would love it. We’ll be able to guide you and send literature on MSF, collection buckets and stickers and some sample knits etc. Please email us if you are interested.
Hold a P/Hop Yarn Swap or other event
Get a few like minded people together in your area and hold a yarn swap – well any kind of swap really. If each person takes some yarn or craft books which they no longer want they can swap them for something that someone else has bought. You can ask everyone to make a donation to be able to take part. Check out the yarn swaps that have already raised loads of money and awareness for MSF.
If you are holding a knitting, crochet or other fibre related event for MSF please let us know, we would love you to write a blog post about your event, both publicizing it and writing a review of it for this blog. We can help share your event on Twitter and Facebook.
Design and donate a pattern
We wouldn’t get far with our fundraising if we didn’t have lovely designers donating their patterns to us. We are always looking for new patterns, so whether you’re an experienced designer or just starting out, please get in touch if you’d like to give us your pattern.
Our submission guidelines are here.
Whip up a sample
We find that patterns are more popular at shows if there’s a sample or two of the fnished article on display. We are currently looking for samples of the following patterns, but any samples are always greatfully recieved!
The Diamond Dot Scarf
Retro Baby Buggy Blanket
This is a community project, the more knitters and crocheters put in, the more MSF and the people they help get out.