Summer festival review: Fibre East

Another must-see festival on the annual calendar is Fibre East, and p/hop was thrilled to be invited to take part again this summer.  Held over two days, the weather played all its cards and we had gorgeous sunshine on the Saturday, and horrendous weather on the Sunday.  It was very much a festival in two parts.

Saturday was a great day to be outside in the sunshine, exploring the different marquees, watching the sheep demonstrations, and just generally enjoying the atmosphere.  We had  a crack team of volunteers on the stall, all three of them p/hop designers, no less! We had Jacqui launching her brand new stash-buster sock pattern (Heads Up Socks), Heidi (Ready!Set!Stitch!) who has just designed a gorgeous chunky crochet cowl (Baaarace Yourself) and Rachel Gibbs, designer of the lovely cabley Oscillating Socks.  You can imagine how much fun we had, and all those patterns flew out the door!  Everyone worked brilliantly together, and raised loads of money for MSF.


Sunday was a lot of fun, but was a very different day.  We had two wonderful volunteers helping to run the stall on Sunday, Adele and Madeleine.  It was the first time that either of them had run the p/hop stall, and they did a very impressive job!  It was also something of an “experience”, with wind and rain coming from every direction.  It was a good thing that we were surrounded by wool, right?

Here are their reflections and images from the day:

This year’s Fibre East has come to an end, and what a pity! We (Adele and Madeleine) have had the opportunity to spend Sunday  helping out p/hop for MSF.   Yarn lovers from all over were ther sharing their passion for knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving and more. Thanks to all the supporters during this rainy and windy Sunday as it was worth it to be there.
As first time volunteers for p/hop and MSF, we were really very impressed by the amazing community of followers that support this fundraiser. We were excited to spread the word of p/hop and explain its mission, but I must say that most of the people I spoke to were quick to let me know that they were already quite familiar with p/hop! They had enjoyed themselves so much with the patterns they had taken in previous years or shows that they were coming back for more. So keep those beautiful patterns coming in, there is an army of knitters and crocheters waiting to get their hands on on new stuff!
phop stall
It was great to see so many people brave the cold, rainy weather to come and support p/hop , although as one woman put it, “Some people go to festivals for fun, this is my favourite way of spending my holiday”.  And we couldn’t agree more! Although I personally wasn’t quite prepared for the rain and my shoes got completely soaked! No worries, it was a great excuse to buy myself a beautiful pair of alpaca socks at John Arbon Textiles to keep my feet warm.  If I had had the time I would have loved to knit myself a pair from the 20 different sock patterns that we offer, but I was too busy chatting to all the lovely people who came to support and donate generously.
cosy feet in socks
As always, Cranford Mitts were an all time favourite, with the young and the old(er), the conventional and the modern…this delicate lacy pattern works for everyone! And we noticed many people oohed and ahhed about the tiny felted crochet basket and the tiny felted gift bag, it seems home patterns are very popular. And they are great to use your stash up in a creative way!
rudolphs in felted crochet bowl
We would love to see the different results that you come up with so please do share with us!
Since there were three of us at the p/hop table, we were able to take turns to have a walk around the other stands and see what was going on.  Weavers, spinners , knitters, even sheep, were out there sharing and having fun. What a great vibe and sense of community!  It was a a great day, despite the weather, thank you to all of those who took the time to come and donate and support us. And thanks to Larissa for inviting us to collaborate in Fiber East this year, it was a wonderful experience (apart from the cold feet!)

Thanks to all our volunteers over the weekend, and to everyone who made a donation.  Thanks to everyone’s contributions we raised a fantastic £670.94.  Hooray!  This all goes directly to MSF to support their work.

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