I’ve just got back from Woolfest in Cumbria – what a great event. P/Hop have been there for the last 6 years, but this was my first time. Thank you so much to the organisers for their generosity to P/Hop and MSF over the years. We really do appreciate it.
My good friend, Annette and I thoroughly enjoyed ousrselves. The fun started when we jumped in our hire car and set off all the way from London to Cockermouth (according to the hire car invoice we drove a whopping 722 miles over the weekend). We nicknamed the car Thelma and the sat nav was Louise! Poor Thelma hated going up hills but seemed overjoyed to be going down them! It was actually a really nice drive, starting in Lewisham, South East London we merely had to pop through the Balckwall Tunnel and then most of the trip was the lovely scenic and quiet A1(M) and then the A66. We couldn’t have managed without Louise though – I booked a B&B in Caldbeck where the organisers of Woolfest are (The Wool Clip) instead of in Cockermouth where the event is. This was 20 miles away and really very rural indeed – with some roads so narrow that you find yourself breathing in, in an effort to ensure that you fit through!
Here’s Teeny Tiny Teddy and the view from the B&B – The Oddfellows Arms, Caldebeck, where we received a very warm welcome.
Sorry they’re a bit dark – my camera isn’t playing ball right now.
The show itself was great fun, despite being pretty hard work. Annette and I both slept like logs on Friday night. I love yarny people – they’re all so friendly and accepting, not to mention very generous. Lots of people stopped by to say hello to me too, not just P/Hop supporters but people I know from Tweeting and Raveling as Katestwirl and in from my yarny business The Golden Skein. Annette was a little bemused by how many people came over on Friday to tell me that my “Waterlilly” (the knitted top I was wearing) looked even better in real life. It’s rather odd to be well known in the knitty world, but I rather like it!
Another favourite part of the show for me is the lifestock sharing the stalls with us. The event is held in a cattle market and stalls are interspersed with sheep, alpaca and even angora bunnies in pens.
On the Saturday we were joined by the wonderful Natalie (KnattersKnits) who was a great help and good company on the stall. Natalie’s help meant that Annette and I could see a bit of the show together. Thank you so much Natalie – you were fabulous! I’m afraid that we did encourage her to go spending at the show too – sorry I’m a huge enabler! I enabled myself more than anyone this time though and bought 3 skiens of yarn and 2 birthday presents, one for my dear friend Kat (whose birthday party I had to miss to go to Woolfest) and one for my lovely mum – her birthday isn’t until September, but I saw just the perfect thing!
I even had time to cast on a P/Hop pattern whilst I was there – The Eyre Shawl by Karie Westerman. The shawl is named after Jane Eyre from Charlotte Brontë and completely by accident, Annette and I went to Haworth, birthplace of the Brontë sisters, so a bit of it was knitted there!
Karie’s Eyre Shawl
Kate’s Eyre Shawl (in progress)
Finally a huge THANK YOU to all those who chose patterns and donated funds to MSF.
We rasied just over £677 – Hurray!
We’re on the road again at Unwind (12 & 13 July) and at Fibre East (26 & 27 July) if you fancy helping out on the stall for an hour or so – just pop by and chat to whomever is there.
Well, we are all packed and ready to go to WoolFest this week. I am very much looking forrward to it. I’ve heard wonderful things about the show and this year is their 10th anniversary so I’m axpecting it to be fantastic!
All the different fibre crafts will be there, spinning, knitting, crochet, weaving, tapestry, and various other yarny artforms, as well as some wooly livestock. I LOVE sheep!
Pictures from WoolFest website
I’ve packed a huge suitcase full of lovely patterns, knitted & crocheted samples, collection buckets, MSF literature, tablecloth, flag, postcards and all sorts of paraphernalia to use for display purposes, oh and two polystyrene heads! It’s amazing what you can squish in. It’ also amazing how much it all weighs! And that’s just the suitcase. I’m also taking 2 director’s chairs, some rubber matting to stand on and the MSF poster display stand, as well as my overnight bag – thankfully, this time, I am not doing it by public transport AND I have a lovely friend, Annette, coming with me to help! #lovevolunteers
If anyone else fancies manning the stand for an hour or so we would be very grateful indeed. We’d love some time to see the rest of the show. Just pop by to stand J225 if you have an hour to donate!
The HUGE p/hop suitcase
We will be bringing a few new patterns to the show.
The best thing about any yarn show is the people! We will be on stand J225 next to the Milk Stand, so please do pop by to say hello and to browse the latest patterns and some old favourites. We’d especially love to see you if you’re wearing a p/hop creation – or generally fancy a chat.
If you’d like more info on the patterns featured, just click on the photo.
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!
The Commonwealth Games is being hosted in Glagsow, Scotland from 23 July to 3 August 2014. We think it’s the perfect excuse for a p/hop knit-a-long. – So get your knit on whilst watching energetic types on the telly and helping those in need, all at the same time – now that’s what I call multi-tasking!
It’s time to dive in your stash or otherwise source your yarn for a Commonwealth Knit-a-long for p/hop.
The Dear Green Shawl by Anna Fisk. It is perfect because it was designed as a celebration of Glasgow and donated to p/hop to raise funds for MSF. The shawl is also a prize winner from the Glasgow School of yarn, so definitely has good Scottish credentials.
This is what Anna says about her pattern: “Glasgow’s name means ‘dear green place’. The city’s coat of arms and motto refer to the stories of its patron saint, St. Mungo: ‘this is the bird that never flew / this is the tree that never grew / this is the bell that never rang / this is the fish that never swam. The shawl uses lace motifs representing a bird in flight, a tree, and a bell, ending with the traditional ‘Shetland’ fishtail lace pattern.”
1. Download the knitting pattern from the pattern page by clicking here;
2. Make a donation (in any currency) based on the hours of pleasure you think you’ll get from the knit-a-long, by clicking on the JustGiving link on the right;
3. Choose your yarn (hardest bit);
4. Pop over to our Ravelry group, say hello to us all and tell us which yarn you’re using in our Knit-a-long thread;
5. Cast on on the 23rd July and knit your socks off until 3 August;
6. Have fun sharing your pictures, yarn choice(s), queries, failures and triumphs and generally chatting over on the Ravelry page or tweet and instagram using the hashtag #Commonwealthknitalong.
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:
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.
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
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 – email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
We were delighted when the fabulous Kate Heppel from Knit Now magazine rang to offer us a whole page in this excellent magazine. Publicity is very much appreciated by MSF & P/hop. The more people who know of P/Hop and our patterns, the more money and awareness we can raise for MSF and the more people we can help.
We are featured in issue 33 on page 77.
I think the advert looks fantastic. It’s great at creating awareness of MSF (Medecine sans Frontieres/Doctors withour borders) and shows off a couple of our lovely patterns.
The two patterns featured are The Diamond Dot Scarf by Kate Ellis (Katestiwrl) and the Rerto Baby… Buggy Blanket by Helen Westerman (thredHED). You can down load them by clicking on the links below:
The Diamond Dot Scarf
Retro Baby… Buggy Blanket
Please don’t forget to make a donation.
Well is doesn’t seem very long since I blogged about hitting our last target and here we are again with a whopping
It truly is amazing how wonderful and generous our knitty and crochety supporters are. I am thrilled to be coordinating such a wonderful fundraising effort and you wonderful people have made me very popular in the MSF London office – they keep feeding me cake! I like cake! It’s such a shame that I cannot share it with you all!
On a more serious note, I thought you might like an idea of what P/Hopping can provide to assist MSF’s valuable work in the field – this is what our £45,000 can buy:
Your fundraising while knitting and nattering can supply 12 cholera treatment centres, vital in managing the treatment of severely sick cholera patients.
Photograper: Rocío González Bernal
Title: Cholera in Kamanyola, Bukavu, DRC
Your donations for patterns can buy two and a half Médecins Sans Frontières jeeps, equipped to deliver medical aid to the remotest of areas.
Photographer: Jason Van Dyke
Caption: The exhausted team back in Lankien after the ten hour return walk.
Your yarn swapping events can send a surgeon to the front line of armed conflicts or disasters for 122 weeks (that’s more than 2 years!).
Photographer: Mathieu Fortoul
Title: Hôpital Communautaire de Bangui
Caption: Surgeon Bernard Leménager operating on a patient admitted for a gunshot wound.
Your stash diving for yarn to donate to swaps can provide antibiotics to treat 30,000 war wounded people.
Photographer: Laurence Hoenig
Caption: Hassanya Yaya – 12. She was shot. The bullet touched her under the eye and killed the passenger who was sitting next to her in the bus. She doesn’t know where her parents are. Garoua-Boulaï Hospital in Cameroon.
Your donations at yarn shows can provide life-saving anti-malaria treatment to over 150,000 children.
Photographer: Corinne Baker
Caption: MSF’s malaria outreach team testing and treating people for malaria in Apada village, outside Aweil town, Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal state.
Your crocheting of P/Hop patterns can help vaccinate 261,320 children against measles in susceptible areas.
Photographer: Florence Fermon
Caption: An estimated 6,000 refugees who fled violence in CAR settled in Bitoye in southern Chad. MSF provides refugees in camp Bitoye primary health care and, in February 2014, conducted a vaccination campaign against measles, meningitis A and polio.
Knitted Squeaky Bacteria by Dawn Finney
For those of you wondering where your lovely money goes, here’s bit of information about the work MSF does in the fight against the ever spreading, drug resistant tuberuclosis (DR-TB). World TB day is on Monday 24 March 2014.
Every year, around eight million people worldwide fall ill with TB and 1.3 million people die from the disease. Standard TB is a curable disease, but an inadequate global response has allowed the growing epidemic of drug-resistance to take hold.
Now these deadlier DR-TB strains are spreading from person to person – even to people who’ve never had TB before. You can read more about the epidemic on the MSF website.
What does this have to do with knitting, I hear you say? Well, more than you’d think. Not only is it true that the more money P/Hop raise for MSF the better MSF will be equipped to tackle the problem, but P/Hop also has an evil TB namesake. Our lovely Clare discovered, back in 2010, that there is a gene in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the TB bacteria, called PhoP. The PhoP gene plays a role in making TB more virulent. This gene could be a good target for new drugs. If the PhoP gene can be stopped from working, TB will spread less. You can read Clare’s Blog, p/hop v PhoP here.
Please read and sign the “Test me, Treat me” DR-TB Manifesto and support the campaign for better DR-TB care. Many thanks!
Crocheted Bacteria by Toy Amigurumi
Thanks to Dawn Finey and Erica McBride for use of their photographs. Patterns are avaialable to buy on Ravelry. Sadly, they are not P/Hop patterns.
Way back in November, Hazel Osmond contacted us to ask if we would mind if she used a P/Hop pattern to make and sell Rudolphs to raise funds for her daughter. Hazel Osmond and her daughter Kate wanted to use Judith Baser’s gorgeous P/Hop pattern Rudolph, that Reindeer to raise funds by selling the little fellas at a Christmas fair. We thought this was a lovely idea, but the designers of P/Hop patterns retain the copyright so we had to check first – Judith very kindly agreed – Thank You Judith – We love our designers!
Kate is going off to Honduras after her A Levels to teach, as a volunteer, in a primary school as part of Project Trust. She’ll be there for a year and she’s currently raising funds to make it happen. As part of the fundraising, Hazel and Kate had a stall at a Christmas market selling all sorts of little things. Pride of place in the centre of the stall were the Rudolphs expertly knitted by Hazel, complete with a little sign which read:
“£1 from every reindeer goes to Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders).
Theywere knitted from a pattern donated to them as
part of the P/Hop project – pennies per hours of pleasure.
You can find more patterns to download at www.p-hop.co.uk”
Thank you so much Hazel and Kate for helping to raise money for MSF and promoting our website. We wish Kate lots of luck and fun whilst volunteering on her gap year.