For those of you who haven’t come across us before, we’re p/hop, which stands for Pennies per Hour of Pleasure. We’re a broad community of knitters and crocheters raising awareness and life-saving funds for Médecins Sans Frontiers (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders since 2008. 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 even basic healthcare.
So how does p/hop work? Generous designers donate their patterns which are available on our website. We have over 60 patterns to choose from, ranging from lace shawls to a Princess Diana sheep sweater to the tiniest knitted teddy bear. Have a browse, download the pattern of your choice, and make a donation to MSF reflecting how much enjoyment you’ll get from your new knitting or crocheting pattern. p/hop = pennies per hours of pleasure. p/hopping (yes, it’s also a verb) works, raising over £60000 since we started thanks to the incredible generosity of the fibre community. That’s enough to fund a doctor for 1300 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!
There are lots of ways to get involved apart from donating for patterns. You could test a pattern, knit us a sample for display at yarn shows, write a pattern review for our blog, host a yarn swap or volunteer at a fibre event. You could even go big and donate a pattern! We welcome new pattern submissions from first-time and more experienced designers, especially for crochet!
Here are our pattern submission guidelines.
A really easy way to help is spreading the word about p/hop among your fibre communities, whether online or in real life. We will have flyers at EYF at the information desk, grab one and spread the word about p/hop for MSF and join us in making the world a kinder place. Knitters and crocheters really can make a difference!
Heidi - p/hop co-ordinator