Do you know what "p/hop" is? 

You can now visit the official p/hop website by clicking here.
This is how it all started...

I like knitting.
Plain "vanilla socks" allow me to switch off for a while, knitting round and round and round as I mull over the events of the day. It is sometimes called "mindless knitting" but I prefer to think of it as recharging my batteries.
And then there is challenging knitting, the stuff which takes me out of my comfort zone. The sort of knitting where if I dare to think about what's for dinner at the same time as I knit, then there is the guarantee of much tinking or frogging (or both).

I am incredibly fortunate.
I have a home in which to knit.
I have the luxury of being able to switch off occasionally.
I know that there will actually be a dinner.
And I know that the people for whom I knit are safe, and usually just a phone call away.

Knitting Designers have donated unique and exclusive patterns to p/hop and these are available as downloads from the p/hop website mentioned above.
Each pattern can be knitted in yarn from any company, any indie dyer... you just have to match gauge. This fundraiser is not an attempt to encourage you to buy yarn from anywhere in particular, or even to buy it at all - if you can knit from your stash that's fantastic!
If you are a designer, and you would like to donate a pattern, please get in touch. You can contact p/hop via the website.
Just remember that your pattern should not promote any individual yarn or company.

There is no "set-price" for a pattern, you can give 50p or £50, it's entirely up to you. And you can donate at any time - before you cast on, half way through, or when you finally get to wear your creation.... or all three!

Donating through Just Giving is quick, easy and totally secure. You don't need to add your name, you can be "anonymous" or "knitter extraordinaire" or "the frogger".

Using the Just Giving site is easy-peasy. Médecins Sans Frontières UK gets your money faster and, if you’re a UK taxpayer, Justgiving makes sure 25% in Gift Aid, plus a 3% supplement, are added to your donation.

Oh yes, I forgot. You want to know what p/hop is?

p/hop stands for pennies per hour of pleasure.

As you are knitting your free pattern, and especially as you come to the end of the project and you are admiring it, ask yourself how many hours of pleasure it gave you? How many new techniques did you learn, for free? If you knitted from stash, how much did you save by not buying new yarn?
What would all that be worth? 10p an hour? 25p an hour?

The MSF website is here. Please visit and have a good look around.

Thank you for your donation.

PS  Spread the word! There are widgets and things you can copy to put on your own blog which will link here, just click on "Share this page" at the top and you are taken right to them.
The more people who know about p/hop the better!

Raising money for

Médecins Sans Frontières (UK)

Médecins Sans Frontières (UK)

Charity Registration No. 1026588

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an independent humanitarian medical aid organisation. We are committed to providing medical aid where it is most needed, regardless of race, religion, politics or gender and also to raising awareness of the plight of the people we help.

Donations 1953

Donation by Anonymous on 27/02/15

Donation by Anonymous on 25/02/15


Thank you for such a cute pattern. I look forward to making it for a baby shower coming up!

Donation by Anonymous on 24/02/15

Cheers to you for hosting this very important fundraiser.

Donation by Susan Snow on 20/02/15


Donation by S Vance on 19/02/15


Donated for Cranford mitts

Donation by Anonymous on 18/02/15

thanks for the lovely mitts pattern

Donation by Anonymous on 17/02/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 15/02/15


Lovely to meet old friends and new at Shedfest 2015

Donation by Mary on 15/02/15

Donation by Anonymous on 14/02/15


+ £0.50 Gift Aid

Donation for Sweater Pattern

Donation by Anonymous on 10/02/15

Donation by Anonymous on 09/02/15

Read about p/hop in an old Knitter magazine. First time I have downloaded a pattern. I need new socks! Found the new pattern through Facebook - another new venture for 2015. Looking forward to more.

Donation by Sue Walker, Cheltenham on 04/02/15

For yet another amazing Shedfest

Donation by Karen on 04/02/15

Love the Easy Rib DK Socks! Thank You.

Donation by Cassie on 04/02/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

For the phop yarn at Shedfest

Donation by Anonymous on 04/02/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Nice to be able to attend Shedfest2015. on 04/02/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Thanks for another great ShedFest!

Donation by Isabella on 03/02/15

Had a great weekend at Shedfest and of course I succumbed to the P/Hop table!

Donation by IsobelM on 03/02/15

Thanks for a wonderful p/hop at the Convent

Donation by Dianne B on 03/02/15

For another wonderful p/hop swap in York

Donation by Lucy on 03/02/15

Shed fest at the Convent.

Donation by Dianne B on 03/02/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

For another fabulous year at York

Donation by Helen on 03/02/15

Donation by CouthyQuine on 03/02/15


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

York. Shedfest 2015

Donation by Susan on 03/02/15

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£27,590.11
  • Offline donations£20,626.76
  • Text donations£127.00
  • Total raised£48,343.87
  • Gift Aid£4,844.40

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