Day 12: Win With p/hop – Thank you

This competition is now closed.

Congratulations to Claire, Linda, Sara and Sarah who were the lucky winners.

Thank you to everyone for your kind words and encouragement and to all the lovely people who donated prizes.


Well here we are. The final competiton in the twelve days of p/hop!

We don’t have any partriges in pear trees, or lords a leaping, but we do have a magnificent first prize, yes that’s first prize, there will be more thank one winner, read on, dear reader, read on…

One luck winner will win a beautiful, hand crafted Sunflower Swift

… not only will the first person drawn at random win a swift, perfect for winding those gorgeous skeins of hand dyed yarn, but they will also win their choice of one of the following yarn bundles.

A further three lucky winners will win their choice from the yarn bundles below:

Bundle A: Like three wise men, three fantastic dyers have donated these stunning skeins of yarn.

Which are:

Easy Knits Twinkle Lace (75% Extra Fine Merino, 20% Silk, 5% Stellina, 800m/100g, colour: Goblin)

Artisan Yarns Seren Lace (alpaca, silk, cashmere, 1200m/100g, colour: nostalgic)

Nimu Yarns Swirkhow DK (100% merino, 225m/100g, shade: crayon)

Bundle B: The marvellous TheYarnYard, mother of p/hop, has donated Three French Hens, 3 skeins of Yarn Yard Bonny (75% wool, 75% nylon, 420m/100g).

The colours don’t show up well in my photo thanks to miserable winter skies, but I can assure you they are soft and beautiful.

Bundle C: Four calling birds – A gorgeous selection of yarns from John Arbon 2 skeins DK knit by numbers, 1 skein 2-3ply Alpaca, 1 skein laceweight

Bundle D: Two Turtle Doves Two fabulous skeins of Juno Fibre Arts Buffy 4ply yarn.

Superwash Bluefaced Leicester, 400m/100g. Colours: Speckle Blues & Patchwork

So, what do you have to do to win one of these fab prizes?

Over the last 11 competitions we’ve been asking you to read about MSF’s work in the field. You’ve met some of the people who donate their time and skills to people who would otherwise be without healthcare.

Every year more than 2,500 international staff join 20,000 locally hired staff to provide medical aid in countries around the world, as well as all the office staff, volunteers and fundraisers who make MSF happen.

We would like you to leave a message of support to those hardworking and inspirational people, many of whom will be working over the holidays.  We will share your messages with MSF workers all over the world.

Just leave your message in the comments section below, making sure you leave your email address. We will pick one at random from all the comments left by 10pm Monday 19th December.

We will not use your email for any purpose other than contacting you if you win.

And finally, a wee reminder.

We are a fund-raiser for MSF, so if you’ve been inspired by the peole and work you have read about please consider making a donation. As always this is optional and there is no obligation to donate if you are entering the competition.

If you do decide to make a donation, thank you, it is very much appreciated.


Rules:

1) Competition ends at 10pm (GMT) on Monday 19th December 2011
2) Winners will be drawn from all comments by random number generator and notified by email. Prizes will be sent by post.
3) Competition open to everyone, including people outside UK.
4) No cash alternatives
5) One entry per person per competition.

Win with p/hop: Day 11

This competition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered.

Congratulations to Jen from East Lothian who answered correctly with “The fridge will be used to preserve vaccinations” and was chosen by random number generator.

Again, yes, a fridge, carried on foot over mountains, in a conflict zone, so vaccinations will reach those who need them. This is one of the reasons why I support MSF, the sheer determination to provide care to everyone who needs it.  If you missed this competition, Ferry’s blog post is still well worth a read!

It’s Fibre Thursday!

Today’s beautiful prize has been generously donated by Hilltop Cloud.

Here’s your chance to win fibre club membership for January 2012.

This means on those cold, miserable, post-Christmas, January days you will get a lovely surpise of 100g of soft squishy fibre, and a greeting card of the picture that inspired the fibre.

The winner will get their fibre in mid-January, the parcels will be sent by 16th January.

For your chance to win this gorgeous prize read this incredible blog post by MSF field coordinator Ferry, who tells his story of getting his logistics team over the Hauts Plateaux mountains, in a conflict zone in Democratic Republic Congo, on foot, with a fridge.

Yes, you did read that correctly, over mountains, with a fridge, on foot, in a conflict zone!

Tell us, what will the fridge be used for?

Email your answer to p-hop@london.msf.org with the subject “Climb every mountain” *by 2pm (GMT) on Friday 18th December.

Come back on Friday for our final competition in the 12 days of p/hop. We’ve got several gorgeous prizes up for grabs!

(*Yes, I am getting in the Christmas spirit and thinking about the Sound of Music.)

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Rules:

1) Competition ends at 2pm (GMT) on Friday 18th December 2011

2) Winners will be drawn from all comments left below by random number generator and notified by email. Prizes will be sent by post.
3) Competition open to everyone, including people outside UK.
4) No cash alternatives
5) One entry per person per competition.

Win with p/hop: Day 10

This competition is now closed. The correct answer is life expectancy in Central African Republic is a shockingly low 48 years.

Didn’t win? Try your luck with our Day 11 competition.


OMG it’s OMA!!!

Today’s marvellous prize is a gift voucher for £30 for the stunning Old Maiden Aunt shop.

One of the reasons I support Médecins Sans Frontières is they speak up about forgotten parts of the world, the stories that don’t make it to our mainstream media.

Yesterday MSF released a report about the Central African Republic, in central Africa, which is in a “State of Silent Crisis”.

Healthcare is poorly provided by the government there and people struggle daily with many preventable diseases.

MSF work there and you can gain insight of what it’s like to work somewhere where basic health needs have been neglected by reading Dr Frédérique’s day in the life of an MSF hospital.

The MSF article on the State of Silent Crisis is here and well worth a read.

So, back to the knitting. To win this beautiful Old Maiden Aunt prize just answer the following question:

What is the life expectancy in Central African Republic?

Email your answer to p-hop@london.msf.org with the subject “Silent Crisis” by 2pm (GMT) on Thursday 15th December.

Come back on Wednesday for another chance to win a brilliant prize!


Rules:

1) Competition ends at 2pm (GMT) on Thursday 15th December 2011
2) Winners will be drawn from all correct answers by random number generator and notified by email. Prizes will be sent by post.
3) Competition open to everyone, including people outside UK.
4) No cash alternatives
5) One entry per person per competition.

Win with p/hop: Day 9 – vintage

This competition is now closed. Congratulations to Kirsten from Kirkcaldy who won the Vintage Gifts to Knit book and Skein Queen yarn.

The correct answer to “which birthday is MSF celebrating this year?” can be found on the MSF UK homepage or you can do the maths on the MSF History page.


Our day 9 prize has a vintage air about it, as well as a twist of sparkle.

You could win a signed copy of Susan Crawford‘s beautiful Vintage Gifts to Knit book, which has 16 glamorous yet practical patterns, and a Susan Crawford tote bag. PLUS a gorgeous skein of Skein Queen’s Six-4-Gold yarn (75% superwash merino, 20% nylon, 5% gold stellina).

Seeing as the prize is vintage our question is about the history of MSF:

MSF was founded by a group of French doctors and journalists who were frustrated by government interference in humanitarian aid and felt they were being silenced when they wanted to tell the world about the atrocities they witnessed.

The organisation started life as a group of medics travelling to remote corners of the world, providing medical aid to victims of wars and natural disasters.

Over time the organisation grew, employing more people in the countries where it worked.

Now MSF has offices in 19 countries, including the UK, and works in over 60 countries.

So here is the question: Which birthday is MSF celebrating this year?

Email your answer to p-hop@london.msf.org with the subject “Humanitarian” by 2pm (GMT) on Wednesday 14th December.

Come back on Wednesday for another chance to win a brilliant prize!


Rules:

1) Competition ends at 2pm (GMT) on Wednesday 14th December 2011
2) Winners will be drawn from all correct answers by random number generator and notified by email. Prizes will be sent by post.
3) Competition open to everyone, including people outside UK.
4) No cash alternatives
5) One entry per person per competition.

Win with p/hop: Day 8

This competition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered. If you didn’t win try your luck again with our day 9 competition.

Congratulations to our winners Jen from and Rebecca from .

The answer to the question is our two Harry Potter inspired adult sock patterns are Molly Weasley’s Gift Socks and Serpentine Valentine socks.

Some of answered with Socks for Little Witches and Socks for Little Wizards which are related to Harry Potter but are kids socks, not adult. They are all great patterns.

Socks for Little Witches


It’s Monday, so that means TWO prizes are up for grabs!

Here’s your chance to win this marvellous Undercover Owl project bag witha cheerful sock pattern and a beautiful skein of YarnYard Twistle (80% Blue faced Leicester, 20% nylon, 365m, 100g)…

… OR this humourous  Undercover Owl “death by knitting” project bag with skein of squidgy soft Easy Knits yarn in colour way Conker (80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, 400m, 100g).

Because it’s Monday, and you may be feeling a tad worse for wear, what with it being the festive party season, we have a knitting related question.

We have over thirty-five knitting patterns which raise money for MSF, including sixteen sock patterns.

Which two of our ADULT sock patterns are inspired by Harry Potter?

Email your answer to p-hop@london.msf.org with the subject “Socks” by 2pm (GMT) on Tuesday 13th December.

Come back on Friday for another chance to win a brilliant prize!

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Rules:

1) Competition ends at 2pm (GMT) on Tuesday 13th December 2011

2) Winners will be drawn from all correct answers by random number generator and notified by email. Prizes will be sent by post.
3) Competition open to everyone, including people outside UK.
4) No cash alternatives
5) One entry per person per competition.

Win with p/hop: Day 7

This competition is now closed. Congratulations to Emma from Surrey who was selected as the lucky winner by random number generator. The correct answer is a donation of £7 a month can treat 68 people for malaria in a country like Sudan! Marvellous.

Thank you to those of you who found the answer then donated £7 to p/hop. It is very much appreciated, especially by those patients with malaria.

If you missed this competition try your luck with our Day 8 competition.

Yay, it’s the weekend. Here’s your chance to win a year’s subscription to your AllCraftMedia magazine of choice.

One lucky winner will get to choose their prize from Inside Crochet, Knit, Sew Hip, Handmade living or Simply Beautiful.

You can browse the current issues on Yudu.

Through the competition questions we’ve given you a snapshot of the work MSF does.

That work needs funding.

90% of MSF’s funds comes from private donations, that’s people like me and you giving money to fund midwives, logisticians, doctors, buy vaccines, and much, much more…

The money raised through p/hop, other fundraisers and private donors means MSF have complete indepenence and impartiality.

This is essential when providing medical care in unstable situations, such as the current famine in Somalia.

Take a look at how your donations are spent, then tell us what donating £7 a month to MSF can provide.

Email your answer to p-hop@london.msf.org with the subject “MSF are Independent” by 2pm (GMT) on Monday 12th December.

Come back on Monday for another chance to win a brilliant prize!


If you want to know more about how your donations are spent then visit MSF finances

Rules:

1) Competition ends at 2pm (GMT) on Monday 12th December 2011
2) Winners will be drawn from all correct answers by random number generator and notified by email. Prizes will be sent by post.
3) Competition open to everyone, including people outside UK.
4) No cash alternatives
5) One entry per person per competition.

Win with p/hop: Day 6

Thank you to everyone who entered. This competition is now closed.

If you read the MSF article you will have found out that Dadaab Refugee camp is Kenya’s fourth largest city. Congratulations to those of you who answered correctly.

Fibre Thursday: The wonderful Babylonglegs has donated today’s soft and squishy prize.

You could win 150g of Supersorted BFL, in 3 x 50g colours, perfect for the beginner and experienced spinner alike. As well as the fibre she has also donated this beautiful Sunflower Spindle.

MSF work with people who slip through the net, such as refugees. The United Nations Convention on Refugees is celebrating it’s 60th year, though many governments are still failing refugees.

For your chance to win today’s prize name Kenya’s fourth largest city.

Email your answer to p-hop@london.msf.org with the subject “Refugees” by 2pm (GMT) on Friday 9th December.

Come back on Friday for another chance to win a brilliant prize!

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Rules:

1) Competition ends at 2pm (GMT) on Friday 9th December 2011

2) Winners will be drawn from all correct answers by random number generator and notified by email. Prizes will be sent by post.
3) Competition open to everyone, including people outside UK.
4) No cash alternatives
5) One entry per person per competition.

Win with p/hop: Day 5

This competition is now closed.

Congratulations to Bronagh from London who was chosen by random number generator by Ben in the MSF office.

The answer was “When cholera hit Lae City in Papua New Guinea because of contaminated water, we opened a Cholera Treatment Centre the same day.” Incredible.


Today’s marvellous prize is brought to you by the lovely people at Loop.

You could win three skeins of equally gorgeous yarn plus a handy Loop bag.

The yarns are:

1 skein of Hamilton Yarn Silke DK- 100% silk  235m/100g

1 skein of Viola lace – 100% superwash merino. 825m/115g, colour: Ghost

1 skein of Dye for Yarn lace – 100% Tussah Silk 695 m/100g, colour: Burning Forest

To win this beautiful selection read the following, then answer the question:

Not all MSF field volunteers are doctors or nurses. Logisticians, water sanitation officers, financial controllers are just some of the less well known roles working on an MSF project. Visit the MSF Delivers website and meet some of the British field volunteers working for MSF.

Here is your question: Project Co-ordinator Chris Houston previously worked in Papua New Guinea. When cholera hit Lae City because of contaminated water when did the MSF Cholera Treatment Clinic open?

Email your answer to p-hop@london.msf.org with the subject “MSF Logistics” by 11am (GMT) on Thursday 8th December.
Come back on Thursday for another chance to win a brilliant prize!

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Rules:
1) Competition ends at 11am (GMT) on Thursday 8th December 2011
2) Winners will be drawn from all correct answers by random number generator and notified by email. Prizes will be sent by post.
3) Competition open to everyone, including people outside UK.
4) No cash alternatives
5) One entry per person per competition.

Win with p/hop: Day 4

This competition is now closed. The lucky winner is Melinda from Surry. The correct answer was Van.

Thank you to everyone who entered and to UndercoverOwl and John Arbon for donating their wonderful prizes.

If you didn’t win day 4 try your luck again with Day 5.

Question: What do we have to offer on Day 4 of our marvellous competition?

Answer: A skeletastic Undercover Owl project bag and a skein of beautiful UK Alpaca sock yarn (60% UK Alpaca, 20% Merino, 20% Nylon) in Mustard colour donated by John Arbon.

Of course that isn’t today’s competition question, that would be far too easy…

As well as providing care for physical injuries, MSF also provide psychological support and address mental health issues in a variety of situations. For example, after the horrendous earthquake and tsunami in Japan earlier this year MSF assessed survivors for psychological trauma and provided counselling to those who needed it.

They are doing the same in Eastern Turkey which was affected by an earthquake in October. At the time of the quake MSF responded by providing emergency shelter to those made homeless. MSF  is now following up with psychological support as well as survival kits for the approaching winter. So to enter the competition for your chance to win our lovely prize answer the following:

Name the area the MSF psychological team is working in in Eastern Turkey.

Email your answer to p-hop@london.msf.org with the subject “Psychological support” by 11am (GMT) on Wednesday 7th December.

Come back on Wednesday for another chance to win a brilliant prize!

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Rules:

1) Competition ends at 11am (GMT) on Wednesday 7th December 2011

2) Winners will be drawn from all correct answers by random number generator and notified by email. Prizes will be sent by post.
3) Competition open to everyone, including people outside UK.
4) No cash alternatives
5) One entry per person per competition.

Win with p/hop: Day 3

This competition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered.  Please try again with our Day 4 competition.

Mug of tea? No thanks, I’ll have a mug of yarn please!

Here’s day 3 of our competition. Because it’s Monday two, yes TWO, lucky people will each win a skein of  soft and silky Yarn Yard Gloaming laceweight (80% silk, 20% merino, 800m) and a cheerful KnitNation mug.

Day 3′s question is about Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB), a neglected disease. Very little money has been put into the research and development of diagnostics or new, improved treatment and people who are infected by the disease have no option but to take drugs which are painful and leave them feeling weak every day for a very long time. TB&ME gives MDR-TB patients an opportunity to tell the world about the issues which affect their lives, about how treatment and services could be improved and how it feels to have this disease.

To enter visit the MSF TB and Me website and watch seven year old Senzo’s video about his TB treatment.

Then anwer the following question:

How many months will Senzo continue his treatment for and how many pills does he take each day?

Email your answer to p-hop@london.msf.org with the subject “Tb and Me” by 11am (GMT) on Tuesday 6th December.

Come back on Tuesday for another chance to win a brilliant prize!

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Rules:

1) Competition ends at 11am (GMT) on Tuesday 6th December 2011

2) Winners will be drawn from all correct answers by random number generator and notified by email. Prizes will be sent by post.
3) Competition open to everyone, including people outside UK.
4) No cash alternatives
5) One entry per person per competition.