You all know how much I love to support the craft community. I met Heidi when she lived here in Ireland and then again at Edinburgh Yarn Festival. This weekend Heidi is back in Ireland at The Constant Knitter in Dublin with a trunk show for P/HOP (Pennies per hour of Pleasure) on Sunday the 21st of May so I thought I could welcome her on the blog to share a little bit about P/HOP:

Firstly a great big – THANK YOU, Nadia, for extending your support to p/hop on your blog and podcast.

What is p/hop you ask?

Well, p/hop= pennies per hour of pleasure. It is a fibre community group raising awareness and funds for Médecins Sans Frontiers/Doctors Without Borders(MSF). MSF is an independent humanitarian medical aid organisation, committed to providing medical aid wherever it is needed, regardless of race, religion, politics or gender. They currently work in over 60 countries helping victims of war, natural disasters, disease epidemics and those who simply have no access to basic healthcare.

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Designers generously donate their time and knitting/crochet patterns to p/hop. These patterns are available for you on the p/hop website at http://www.p-hop.co.uk. Browse our extensive range of patterns; hats and headwear, scarves, shawls and cowls, kids knits, socks, sweaters, home and toys and crochet. There are over 65 to choose from and when you find one you like, download it and make a donation. Donate to MSF via the p/hop JustGiving page based on how many hours of pleasure you’ll get from knitting your p/hop pattern. There is no set price for a pattern; you can donate 50p or £50.

P/hopping (yes, it’s also a verb) works, raising over £60,000 since we started in 2008 thanks to the incredible generosity of the fibre community. That’s enough to fund a doctor for 1,300 days or measles vaccinations for 126,000 children. Sadly there’s always a need for MSF’s work, which is why we carry on p/hopping!

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How do you get involved?

Well, I’ll start by telling you how I got involved. I couldn’t remember during my chat with Nadia, my mind went completely blank. My p/hopping started by simply answering a Tweet from Larissa calling for volunteers at EYF (Edinburgh Yarn Festival) in 2015. After looking at the p/hop website and thinking sure, why not! Volunteering with p/hop was a great way of supporting all the wonderful people I met over the years who worked so hard for MSF across the world. While volunteering on the stall, I noticed there was only a small selection of crochet patterns, so I wrote one. When the call went out for a new coordinator, I thought I could do that but they wouldn’t want a pregnant lady. Ha! How wrong was I? It really was a snowball for me but I know that it’s not for everyone. It’s hard chatting to strangers (I get so nervous & feel awkward.) but it’s for a really good cause. Also, everyone I’ve met so far at yarn festivals is so lovely.

So whether you have a couple hours to spare at an event you are already attending, can design patterns, write a blog post, make up a sample, hold a yarn swap or one of the dozens of things that need to happen to keep p/hop going, drop me a line. I’m open to suggestions and always appreciative of the help.

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The easiest way to help is spreading the word about p/hop for MSF among your fibre communities, whether online or in real life and join us in making the world a kinder place. Knitters and crocheters really can make a difference!

For more info, please visit www.msf.org.uk To donate and find out more about p/hop, please visit the p/hop blog at www.p-hop.co.uk

Thank you for supporting MSF!

Heidi

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Thank you so much to Heidi for taking the time to come and meet you all and you will be hearing a little more from her on Wednesday on the podcast! If you are a designer and you would love to get involved please do get in touch with p/hop on the above media/email or feel free to contact me and I will pass it along.

See you Wednesday!

Nadia

 

 

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