Tuesday, June 02, 2009

An Afghan for p/hop

P/hop is a fundraising knitting project for the humanitarian medical aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres. Over the coming months, several generous designers will be donating free knitting patterns to the MSF p/hop project. These patterns will be available to download on the p/hop blog and on other knitting blogs and websites such as Ravelry.
P/hop stands for pennies per hour of pleasure.
The idea of p/hop is to donate based on how many hours of pleasure you got from knitting your free pattern. There is no set price for a pattern; you can donate 50p or £50. It’s entirely up to you!

As an extension of the p/hop ethos Cybil had the idea of putting together a UK version of the Barn Raising Quilt (featured in the book Knitalong: Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together). The pattern is currently being made available for free by the authors, Larissa Brown and Martin John Brown, to raise money for MSF USA.

The completed blanket(s) will be raffled at the iknit weekender on the 11th and 12th of September and all money raised will go p/hop.

If you would like to be a part of this project and contribute a square or two click here. This link will take you to the Knitalong news page. A PDF version of the pattern can be found at the bottom of the page by clicking on “this document”.

Squares need to be made in sock yarn, you need approx 16g of yarn. They are knit on 2.75mm needles (or to a gauge of 7 - 7.5 stitches per inch). We are looking for completed squares that are blocked to 7.5 inches.
Please label the completed square(s) with your name, the name of the yarn (if you know) and whether it is machine washable or not - we are hoping to complete one blanket with machine washable yarn.
Once completed please message Cybil or me (Rooknits) on Ravelry for an address to send the squares to. Cybil and I will also be collecting squares at the UK Ravelry day in Coventry this Saturday, 6th June. The p/hop guys will also be at Woolfest at the end of June collecting squares.

If you don’t have time to knit a square but have some spare sock yarn you would like to contribute for other knitters to make a square from them please get in touch.
There is a group on Flickr for you to add photos of your knitted squares click here to have a look- (thanks Katie).
If you’re not on Ravelry but would like more information please contact p/hop or leave me a comment.

I was hoping to have some of my finished squares to show you... I've nearly finished number 1:
Barn Raising Square

But look what happened yesterday.... my Knitpicks Harmony circular snapped off at the join. Grrrrrrr.
Broken needle

After I'd been telling everyone how wonderful they were too. Tut.


Anonymous said...

MSF is definently one of my favorites- I've spent a good five years in college (and did a ton of fundraising to get myself over to Tanzania to hand out mosquito nets last summer so I can say "Look, I don't mind the bush") hoping to work for them some day.

I don't think I have any sock yarn, but if you need a knitter I'd love to do a square.

Aknita said...

I may not necessarily have my squares knitted for this Saturday -but will definitely try.

What a shame about your needles.

How did the weekend go?

Nicola said...

Will try and knit you a couple of blocks, but let me know if you need a hand sewing up

Lin said...

That is a wonderful thing. Sorry about the needles though.

Emily said...

See you on Saturday! Are you doing any classes? I'm doing the Fair Isle.

Not sure I'll get a square done, but I'll bring some sock yarn to add to the mix at the very least.

Hope we meet again on Saturday.