What does £45,000 buy?

Well is doesn’t seem very long since I blogged about hitting our last target and here we are again with a whopping

£45,000!

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! :D 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.

Knitting  …   becomes…

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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.

Pattern surfing … becomes…

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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!).

YarnCakeSwapIdent …  becomes…

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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.

not a bad collection...

… becomes…

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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.

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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.

Baby Blanket 1… becomes…

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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.

 

Thank you – please keep P/Hopping!

For more ways to get involved, look at our Get Involved page

 

Show off your scarves!

Now that the miserable dark days of rain that we were blighted with over the holidays seem to have stopped we are being blessed with some bright blue skies – problem is that bright blue skies at this time of year make the temperatures rather nippy.  Ah! but there’s always a plus side and that is that we can all don our wonderful hand knits and keep ourselves ever so cosy!

The Guardian seem to have had the same idea and are looking for stories of hand knitted scarves.  You can upload pictures to their website with tales of when and for whom they were knitted and whether it was fun or a chore…  They’re looking for disaster knits as well as our favourites, so if you’ve knitted a scarf recently, why don’t you tell them about it?   This is the link: Wtiness Guardian

The best contributions will feature in the February issue of Do Something, the Guardian’s brand new monthly activities magazine, so your scarf may become famous.  There are 8 days left, so if you’re really quick you could start a scarf now!

Or you could just knit a scarf for yourself or a loved one to keep you cosy in these chilly January and February days.  Here are a few suggestions from our lovely P/Hop pattern designers:

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Riviera Scarf by Rachel Atkinson

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Dido Scarf by Åsa Tricosa

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Diamond Dot Scarf by Kate Ellis

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Elizabeth’s Scarf by Joy Edwards

Flowers in the Rain by Jacqi Walker

Flowers in the Rain by Jacqui Walker

P/Hop in the field!

We did a shout out for teeny tiny hats, way back in March 2012 and thought you’d appreciated an update.  Judith, one of our midwives in Pakistan has sent us a few pictures of the baby hats which she recently took with her to Quetta.  Here’s what she had to say:

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Dear Everyone especially those in the MSF. UK office
 
Some photos to show you the hats in use and how very appreciative we are of them.
The weather here in Quetta has changed dramatically freezing cold and dry. We here cannot thank the ladies of the Pennies per hour of pleasure enough for their dedication in passing these hats to MSF for use within the projects

When I counted the hats on arrival here at Quetta there were three hundred and fifty hats  and we have divided them so both projects benefit from them. The project at the Quetta children Hospital which is MSF-OCA based and the Kuchlak project.

Just to add we have now combined these two projects as one.

As much as we need medical care, drugs and people to manage within the field it is the little things like the hats that go a long way in assisting with the care

Many many thanks from all those at the Kuchlak-Quetta project

Judith Nicholas

Expat midwife

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We can not accept anymore hats for the time being (we just don’t have the space) but if you’d love to knit for others, check out the UK Hand Knitting Association’s website – there’s a great long list of charity knitting projects for you to get your needles clicking for!  Knitting for Charity

Feeling rather Regal?

We have 2 new patterns for you, both with a Royal vibe!  The Diana Black Sheep Sweater and the Diamond Dot Scarf.

Firstly, and at last the Diana Black Sheep Sweater pattern from Muir and Osborne is finally available as a download from P/Hop.

Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne very kindly donated their pattern a long long time ago but we didn’t have the time to assemble it into a “proper” format for download.  The wonderful Bronagh (lapurplepenguin) helped enormously by popping the details in to a Word document and then, finally, thanks to the generosity of Clare from Yarn and Pointy Sticks who has donated her tech-editing skills, we now have a downloadable pattern.  It wasn’t easy – knitting pattern language has changed over the years… and the yarn it was designed for is no longer available!

If you fancy getting your 80s’ vibe on, then this gorgeous sheepy number is perfect for you!  Those little sheep are just soooo cute!

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If knitting up whole garments is not your thing, Kate Ellis (Kate’s Twirl) has donated her Diamond Dot Scarf pattern to us too.  The pattern was designed as an homage to Her Majesty The Queen for her Diamond Jubilee year and was previously available as a Ravelry Download.  You can now download it here for a donation to MSF.

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So, pour yourself a cup of Earl Grey and sit back and relax with a spot of regal knitting.

Happy knitting!

 

PomPom Party People

We are very pleased (and a little over excited) to have been invited to host a stall at PomPom Quarterly‘s very first Christmas Party and Pop Up Indie Yarn Market, where we hope to raise some much needed funds for MSF, in the wake of the disaster in the Philippines.

This stylish event will be held in The Crypt of Christ Church, Spitalfields on Commercial Street in East London on Friday 6 December from 6.30 pm until 10pm.  There will be drinks, nibbles, music and yarn – what more could we ask?  A pompom themed fancy dress prize – apparently! ;)

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We will be there with our seasonal favourites:

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and some new patterns – coming real soon and, fingers crossed, in time for this party!  Actually they are existing patterns but will soon be available as P/Hop downloads for donations and at P/Hop show stands:

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Diana Black Sheep Sweater  by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne, the Eyre Shawl by Karie Westerman and the Diamond Dot Scarf by Kate Ellis (me!).

 

42,000 whole pounds! Whoop!

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Samples and patterns on display at Glasgow School of Yarn

October was a bumper month for P/Hop fundraising, taking our total to a smidgen below £42,000 (£41,993.55 to be exact).  How amazing is that – £42,000 raised by the generosity of knitters, crocheters and spinners!

THANK YOU EVERYONE!!

Here’s a round up of what came in in October:

We received a cheque for £150 from Jenny Lee who organised the wonderful Big Textile Show. You can read our blog post on this event here: Big Fun with Big Textiles.  This was a percentage of the ticket sales for the event at which we also raised £280.03 in donations for our patterns on the stall.  Thanks to Jenny, who invited us to host a stall at her event, we raised a whopping £430.03 as well as awareness of the valued medical aid that MSF provide around the world. If you’d like to know more about MSF and what they do, please click here: What’s MSF?

Our fabulous volunteers, Angela Blair (Angelabdc on Ravelry) and Clare Devine (knitsforklipskaap on Ravlery, from Yarn and Pointy Sticks), at the Glasgow School of Yarn raised a whopping £733.94.  This couldn’t have been done without the generous support of Antje, from The Yarn Cake and organiser of The Glasgow School of Yarn. The figure includes 2 large donations which they collected, of £35.51 from The Chocolate Teapot  and £38.40 from The Yarn Garden.   Clare has very kindly written a blog about her day running our stall at the Glasgow School of Yarn, below.

If after reading Clare’s blog, you think that they’d like to run a stall at a show, please get in touch with me, Kate, by email at p-hop@msf.london.org

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Clare with George from The Yarn Garden, handing over their fabulous donation

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On Saturday the 18th of October I was lucky enough to visit the fabulous Glasgow School of Yarn, hosted by The Yarn Cake.  This two-day yarn festival hosts a wonderful range of workshops, a design competition and a very “enabling worthy” marketplace.   Needless to say I was very excited to be getting out on a little adventure, especially seeing as the adventure involved yarn.

The day was far more than just a “yarny” adventure though.  I was to be helping out on the MSF p/hop stand, a brilliant way to combine my love of yarn with a brilliant initiative to raise money for a very worthy cause.

I arrived very early on Saturday morning and found the stand wonderfully organised by Angela, my fellow p/hop volunteer who worked on Friday.  We had a huge selection of patterns on offer and many beautiful samples of all the designs, including some rather cute little reindeers that I became rather attached to.

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Rudolph that reindeer, by Judith Baser

Angela reported that Friday had been busy so I braced myself for a busy day. Early on people started arriving, completely soaked thanks to the Glasgow rain, and our stall was there to welcome them in from the cold and wet.  Antje had given us prime spot right by the entrance, it was perfect.

In addition to the patterns we also had a raffle with magnificent prizes. The idea was started by Lilith from Old Maiden Aunt who presented us with a prize consisting of four skeins of Corriedale specially dyed in any colourway and a book of raffle tickets (talk about super organised).  The generosity of the knitting community brought many other prizes flowing in and by the time I arrived on Saturday morning the prize stash was pretty impressive.

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Yummy raffle prizes!

The final prize selection included:

Old Maiden Aunt – four skeins dyed to order for the lucky winner)
The Yarn Yard – six skeins of lace weight
A Peppermint Penguin – project bag
Liz Lovick – CD with 250 Shetland Lace designs and stitch marker brooch
Skein Queen – skein of lace weight yarn
And Sew To Knit – project bag
Susan Sharpe Ceramics – set of buttons

Angela and I conducted the prize draw on Saturday afternoon once we had sold out of raffle tickets.  The raffle was such a success that we had to get Antje to dash off to The Yarn Cake and grab another book of tickets.  We drew a good crowd for the prize draw that even involved live phone calls to the winners … much to the amusement of onlookers in the hall.  There were four very happy prizewinners and a huge chunk of cash raised for MSF, which was the aim of the day really.

The day was chock full of highlights for me, I had an absolute ball chatting to all the knitters and discussing people’s projects, pattern picks and yarn acquisitions with them.  One of the main highlights for me was a visit from Louise and George from The Yarn Garden. They had travelled over from the NE of England to visit the event and bring a very special donation to us. When selling their beautiful yarn at recent yarn events they had also been collecting funds for MSF in exchange for patterns, designed by the fabulous Annie from  Knitsofacto.  They arrived with a carefully sealed box of donations. We unwrapped it and counted up the contents – £38.40 from generous knitters to add to our grand total. Impressive work!

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George and Louise (The Yarn Garden) after handing over their donation

While they did not have a stall at GSOY I hear they have a pretty impressive “Garden style” stall at yarn shows and I am looking forward to treating myself to some of their squishy yarn very soon.

In total the generous knitting community visiting the Glasgow School of Yarn raised a whopping £733.94 for MSF!

That is certainly worth celebrating!

Thank you to everyone who popped along to say hi, donated for patterns and bought raffle tickets.

Big fun with Big Textiles

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The P/Hop stand next to Project Linus, where you can see Paula and Lynda

 

Wow what a lovely show!  I was at The Big Textile Show in Leicestershire at the end of September and it was such a great show.   Quite a small show, so you could get around it easily knowing you’d seen it all, but with lots of different textile crafts being represented.  Not only could you buy things to try different crafts or to top up your supplies, but there were plenty things to try and do too.

All kinds of textiles were covered: knitting, spinning, lace making, sewing, quilting etc, it was a feast for the eyes.  Just look at these lovely quilts, which were on display all around the venue:

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Judith (jaberknits on Ravelry) came along to give me a valued helping hand on the Saturday afternoon, so I was able to have some lunch and wonder around the show.  I even had time to make a Morsbag, which was great fun.  For those of you who haven’t come across morsbags, you can read all about them here: http://www.morsbags.com/ They are a charity which encourages us to make and use fabric bags rather than plastic ones.  Everyone at the show was able to make a bag at the show, with full instruction, for free!  Here’s mine:

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My Morsbag

In addition to Judith, I would also like to thank Jenny, who organized the event and the wonderful Jo, who gave me a bed for the night, complete with home cooked dinner and wine, in her beautiful home!  And, not forgetting Lynda and Paula from Project Linus (the stall next to P-Hop’s) for their fabulous company throughout the weekend and for manning the stall for my lunch and loo breaks!  Project Linus is a great charity which makes and then gives quilts to children in need of a hug.  Lynda runs the project for Leicestershire area.  If you enjoy quilting, check out their website: http://projectlinusuk.org.uk/

And finally… a huge thank you to all those who popped by and donated for our patterns.  MSF really couldn’t do what they do without your donations.  We raised £280 in donations over the weekend and the fabulous organizers are sending us an additional donation based on the number of ticket sales, so we are absolutely thrilled!

Crochet Bonanza!

OK bonanza is an over exaggeration – but we have, not just one new crochet pattern, but TWO.  Yes! TWO brand new crochet patterns to get your hooks waving.

We have a lovely triangular lace-weight shawl from Katherine Mills of Redclover Crochet and a fabulous retro baby buggy blanket by Helen Westerby, aka ThredHED.

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The October Leaves Shawl and the Retro Baby… Buggy Blanket

For more info click on the links below:

The Retro Baby… Buggy Blanket by Helen Westerby

October Leaves Shawl by Katherine Mills

We are thrilled that these two designers have donated their patterns to raise much needed funds for MSF.  A lot of work goes in to pattern design, so please remember to make a donation so they know how much their work is apprecitated.

Fabulous Fun at Fibre East

Well, we are back from Fibre East and have recovered from the busy weekend.  We had a great time catching up with supporters and meeting new ones.

I was there all day on Saturday and Clare all day Sunday and quite a good chunk of Saturday too.  I had a great time, even though it was scorchingly hot.  I was ever so grateful that our part of the marquee had a “window” in it, so we did manage a little bit of a breeze.  The “window” also set off our shawl samples really well, which were blowing in the breeze on a washing line, with the sun shining through the lace stitches.

P/Hop shawls at Fibre East

As usual, we were helped by an army of supporters on both days.  I would like to give special thanks to Liz (aka Lzi on Ravelry), who drove Clare, me and all our stuff to Bedford, helped us set up and did a stint on the stand, and helped to pack up (make the stall rain safe) before driving me all the way home again!  I would also like to thank Judith (Jude00) and Mandy (Millywipstash) for helping set up and for folding lots of patterns and Jo (aka Shinybees) for helping on the stand, not forgetting Jane (ProbablyJane) who was a big  help at the end of the day.  I’m sure that Clare would like to thank lots of people too and will probably do that in the comments below! :)

It really wasn’t the weather to be wearing your knits, but the lovely and brave Tiger Bee donned her Spiral Socks, by Jane Lithgow, especially for us to take a photo!

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Natalie (artandcraftlover) cleverly got around the heat wave by wearing a Teeny Tiny Teddy pinned to herself for us!

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An the lovely Terri (designer donator of the Jacob Beanie) stopped by  to show us her knitting

Terri showing off her knitting and Jacob Beanie pattern

 

It wasn’t all fun and catching up, we also raised over £460 for MSF  – all in the name of yarn!

 

Me (Kate) standing proudly in front of my first P/Hop stall

 

Yarn Festival Season

Laura having a well earned rest before the rush!

Wow! It’s very busy at P-Hop now that we are well and truly in festival season. Woolfest was a couple of weeks ago and Fibre East is only a couple of weeks away on 27 and 28 July, in Ampthill, Bedford.

Jane (ProbablyJane on Ravelry and designer of the ever popular Cranford Mitts) and her team of merry helpers had a very busy time at Woolfest, raising a whopping £744.55. They “sold” lots of patterns, which means I’m busy printing new ones for Fibre East.

Jane said: “Woolfest was full on but great fun – I’m secretly glad we were so busy as it stopped me spending a fortune on yarn and fibre I don’t need!” I know what she means – I’m saving up for Fibre East, but my stash is already 2 baskets full, but as baa baa black sheep has 3, I’m probably doing ok…right?

Laura was a fabulous help to Jane. She drove Jane and all the boxes of patterns all the way to Cumbria, helped on the stall for both days, and drove all the way back to London again. And, as if that wasn’t enough, she donated lots of books for the swap too! THANK YOU LAURA!

Others who gave up their valuable yarn shopping time to help were were Sadie (Whitehart on Ravelry), Joy (Thimblina) and Jude (Paraknit) and the wonderful Natalie (theyarnyard) donated a big pile of yarn and fibre. THANK YOU SO MUCH LADIES!

Joy was chatting with a fellow supporter, who said that she first heard of MSF through the P-Hop stand last year and that she now makes a monthly donation. That’s great to hear. You too could set up a monthly donation to MSF or you can check out the other ways to give here.

Hoping to meet lots of you at Fibre East – it’ll will be my first show and I am getting very excited! :) Please wear your p-hop creations and pop to the stall so I can take your photo. Here’s a couple from Woolfest!

Sadie’s (Can)tabs. We love her shoes too!

If you’d like to show off your talents, then you could always join the Shinybees P-Hop KAL/CAL and then wear your efforts at Fibre East. Jo from Shinybees will be joining my on the stall for a bit of Saturday – so you could meet us both!

Joy’s Cranford Mitts – love the colourway!