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

Gifted

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!

 

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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!

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Get ready for a Commonwealth Knit-a-long!

Glasgow at night.  Photo credit: TripAdvsor

Glasgow at night. Photo credit: TripAdvsor

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.

So what are we knitting?

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.”

Dear "Blue" Shawl knitted by SuLam as a sample for P/Hop - Thanks Su!

Dear “Blue” Shawl knitted by SuLam as a sample for P/Hop – Thanks Su!

How does it work?

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.