p/hop at Edinburgh Yarn Fest

Wow, what a weekend!  I’m still in recovery mode from the amazing two day event that was Edinburgh Yarn Festival.  It was such a whirlwind, I’m not even quite sure how to summarise it!

I caught the train up from London bright and early on Friday morning in time to set up on the afternoon.  My immediate impression was that everything was very well organised and professional.  Jo and Mica had clearly done a great job pulling everything together.

EYF exhibitor's pass

I was then faced with something very unusual:  a huge stall with actual walls!  I had a few hooks and clips that I’d brought with me, but nothing really suitable for setting up a display in the large space that we had.  Luckily volunteer Heather was on hand to help out, and we got very creative.  Heather was an absolute champion, tracking down hardware stores (no luck there unfortunately) before eventually stocking up on bargain price mops at the nearby supermarket to use the handles to display our samples.  I’m eternally grateful to Helen from Ripples Crafts who donated some hooks for us, and Yvonne from Dublin Dye Company lent us some dowel to complement the mop handles!

The stall came together brilliantly and we were all set for the weekend.

p/hop knitting emporium

We had lots of wall space to display our shawl samples, and these were incredibly popular.   The patterns for Crocus Pocus and Trinity literally disappeared within a matter of hours!  People really appreciated being able to see the patterns worked up in different yarns.

p/hop shawls

We now have 20 sock patterns available, and they went down really well.  And with patterns for kiddies’ socks through to man-size, we really do have something for everyone as they say!


p/hop socks

It was great to speak with so many people about p/hop.  There was a real mix of people who are familiar with the work of MSF (including those who actively support MSF through donations on a regular basis) as well as people who haven’t come across MSF’s work before.  I also got to meet lots of knitters who were totally new to p/hop, as well as knitters who have just about every p/hop pattern we’ve published.

Heather knitting at the p:hop emporium

We had a such a huge space that we even had a seating area for our own p/hop knitting emporium!  It was a great space for people to have a rest when the yarn fumes all got a bit too much (here’s Heather getting in a sneaky round before the crowds arrived).

All in all it was a weekend to remember!  I barely left the stall so have only a vague notion of all the other things that were going on, but doing the p/hop stall was so much fun I don’t feel like I missed out at all!

I need to say a massive THANK YOU to the volunteers who helped out on the stall over the weekend.  Firstly, thanks to Heather who helped out at various points over the entire weekend, and was even on hand to fetch lunch so I didn’t collapse!  Huge thanks also to volunteers Georgina, Jaele (Jaeliebean on Ravelry), Heidi, and Natalie, who all spent time on the stall.

p/hop couldn’t have done it without you!

I’d also like to say a huge thanks to Jo and Mica for inviting p/hop to attend and for donating the stall space.  Your support has been wonderful.

Fingers crossed for another EYF next year, perhaps?

Keep your head warm: Northmoor Watchcaps


Northmoor Watchcaps

It’s phenomenally cold here in the UK right now, which means that it’s perfect timing to release a newly p/hopped pattern:  Northmoor Watchcaps by Luise O’Neill of Impeccable Knits.

It’s a quick, easy knit, using 2×2 rib in a snuggly aran weight yarn.  The resulting fabric is super stretchy, so will fit a wide range of sizes.  The pattern also includes a nifty reversible cable brim that you can pull down to keep your ears extra toasty when the wind chill picks up!

A perfect beanie pattern, whether you’re out on the moors or not.

Edinburgh Yarn Fest

The planning for this year’s knitting festivals is well under way, and the first event that p/hop will be travelling to is the fabulous Edinburgh Yarn Fest on March 14th and 15th.


I'm going to Edin Yarn Fest!We’re getting just a wee bit excited here at p/hop, and I can’t wait!  We’re in the early stages of getting everything organised for the p/hop stall and we’re looking for volunteers to help out at the stall to talk about p/hop and MSF (and flog the patterns.)  You’ll even get to wear an exclusive p/hop t-shirt if you like!  Please drop me a line if you can help out for an hour or two on either the Saturday or the Sunday.

New year, fresh knits

Happy new year everyone!  I hope you all had a nice break, wrapped up in snuggly woollies to keep warm and cosy.

Here at p/hop HQ we’ve been doing a bit of a stocktake of the amazing patterns we’ve got.  I’m amazed at how many fab patterns we have (over 60!), ranging from socks to scarves and shawls, tea cosies to cuddly toys, and everything in between.


PicMonkey Collage

We like to take pattern samples on the road with us, so that knitters can see how the patterns knit up in real life.  This really does make such a huge difference in inspiring people to use our patterns to make wonderful woollies of their own.  To do this, we need p/hop knitters to help us out to knit up samples that we can show off.

Some of our trusty ol’ samples are getting a bit tired and frazzled from years of being squished and tried on, and we’ve always got new patterns coming in that need samples knit up.  At the moment, we especially need samples knit for the following patterns:

Three Cheers


Minerva Cowl

Oscillating Socks

If you’d like to knit and donate a sample of one of these patterns for p/hop, please just get in touch.

Your contribution will be hugely appreciated, and your handknits will have the honour of travelling up and down the UK attending all the best yarn shows!


Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Here’s a pyramid of Rudolphs for you, knitted by p/hopper Ros.

rudolph pyramid

Enjoy!  See you in the new year.

Smashing targets!




This is a little celebratory post to acknowledge that we have have reached our last fundraising target of  £47 500.  Hooray!  That’s the amount of money that the knitting and crochet community has now raised through p/hop for MSF!  That’s such an incredible achievement, all achieved through the donations of knitters and crocheters.  And I have to give an extra special shout-out to p/hopper Ros, who was keeping a very close eye on the target and made an extra donation to get us over the line.

It’s a pretty big sum of money to raise, and it can be tricky to visualise what that would actually achieve on the ground.  MSF’s money is always used in the most effective and efficient way possible, and directed in the areas of most pressing need.  This year for instance MSF has been doing a huge amount of work fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as well as responding to medical emergencies across the world.  However I’ve done a spot of theoretical shopping with the money we’ve raised, and this is what the p/hop funds could enable.

What £47 500 could pay for:

  • three 45 square meter multifunctional field hospital tents
  • a disaster kit with drugs and medical equipment to quickly meet the needs of a disaster stricken population
  • tetanus vaccinations for 5 000 people
  • an emergency medical kit that can provide 10 000 people with emergency medical care for three months
  • 240 wool blankets to protect displaced people from the cold
  • a flexible water tank with a capacity of 5 000 litres
  • a surgeon to be sent in to the field for four weeks
  • antibiotics to treat 200 injured people
  • fluids to treat 200 people with severe dehydration
  • two full first aid emergency kits to be used in emergency settings


That’s a phenomenal list of what your p/hop funds can purchase.  Who knew that sticks and string could achieve so much?

Thank you so, so much to everyone who has contributed.  Whether you’ve donated a design, purchased a pattern, volunteered at a stall, or helped to spread the words amongst friends and family, you’ve helped to make a difference.

For more information about the work that MSF is undertaking right now, please head on over to their website: MSF UK

It’s only sensible that our next fundraising target should be a whopping £50 000.  Do you fancy helping us get there?  Just download a pattern and click the button to donate what you think it is worth.

Thank you p/hoppers!

Getting ready for Glasgow School of Yarn

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.


GSoY 2014(2)


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:


sample sorting

If you’re lucky enough to be in Glasgow this weekend, please do stop by the p/hop stand and discover some fabulous patterns.


Hi there, p/hoppers!

You may recall that a month or two ago, the call was put out to the community for someone to volunteer as the brand new volunteer p/hop co-ordinator.  Well, I heard the call, I sent in my application, and here I am, fresh in to the role.  Ta-da!


Larissa p:hop


My “real” name is Larissa, but I’m also known around knitterly places as travelknitter.  You might see me posting under either name from time to time.

I’ve known about p/hop for a long time now, ever since I first spoke with Clare at a knitting event several years ago.  Since then I’ve been quietly supporting p/hop in different ways, and looking back, the ways have been many and varied!  At various points I’ve helped out with the following:  helping set up the p/hop stall; knitting display samples; providing transport to shows; donating yarn to p/hop swaps (oh, and purchasing quite a bit of hopped yarn too!), and one time I even helped out with accommodation at Woolfest a couple of years ago when we were caught up in floods and landslides!  Good times.

The list of different ways I’ve been involved with p/hop over the years I think is a good reflection of just how much p/hop is really community-driven.   I love the way that people in the knitting and crochet community all pull together to make it happen.  The project is completely run on volunteer creativity and input, and as a community we’ve managed to raise nearly £50 000 for MSF.  Pretty amazing, huh?  That’s what makes p/hop so special, and why I’m so thrilled to be the new co-ordinator.

I’ve seen how Kate has done an amazing job over the last year-and-a-bit and I’ve very excited to be taking over where she left off.  I’m looking forward to getting to know lots of other p/hoppers, so please do say hello!



Celebrity at P/Hop stall!

I have yet to get feedback following the delights of Unwind Brighton – will keep you posted on funds raised as soon as I know!

I do know, however, that we had a celebrity visitor to our stall.  Lynda from The Great British Sewing Bee, with her daughter, Sarah from Crafts from the Cwtch.

Lynda at Unwind

Great British Sewing Bee’s Lynda, wearing a P/Hop sample

Lynda and daughter at UnwindLynda being styled by her daughter, Sarah

Our wonderful volunteer Heather (aka Nearlythere on her blog and Ravelry) took these pictures.

Heather also wrote a lovely little blog about being a P/Hop volunteer at a show.  You can read that here: P/Hop: putting the fun in fundraising at Unwind Brighton

Wonderful Heather loved volunteering so much that she did it again at Fibre East – THANKS so much Heather!! :)

Knit in Public Week

Kate knittig in public

Kate (aka Katestwirl) knitting in public

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!

Kate's portable sock knitting

Kate’s portable sock knitting



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.

Molly Weasley's Gift Socks by Susan Sharpe

Molly Weasley’s Gift Socks by Susan Sharpe


Spiral socks by Jane Lithgow

Spiral socks by Jane Lithgow



Wimbledon Footlets

Wimbledon Footlets by Ros Clarke


Of if those 3 beauties don’t suit you, there are lots more on our sock pattern page.

Happy knitting in public!