Sunday, 26 July 2015

P/hop and a new pattern

I'm sure many of you will have heard of p/hop, but for those that haven't, it is a fundraising initiative for Medicine Sans Frontier (also known as Doctors without Boarders). A growing number of knitting and crochet designers have donated patterns to the cause, and if you want to get hold of the pattern a donation to MSF is requested.

Yesterday I went to the Fibre East show near Bedford in the UK.  It was the 3rd time I had volunteered to help out on the p/hop stall at a show, but this one was special because we were able to release my Heads Up sock pattern to the general public.  


This sock was previously available as a bonus pattern for participants in Sock Madness 9, and is now available via p/hop.  We had paper copies at the show, and it will shortly be available via the p/hop website.

I had great fun meeting loads of people on the stall, and it was a brilliant way to do some informal market research.  With any luck a lot of money was raised for the cause.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Crochet-a-longs

But for those that come here looking for crochet patterns (which I know is a lot of you) there are 3 Crochet-a-longs that I would like to recommend and promote.

The first is a crochet square CAL currently on its 13th square for 2015.  The Keep Calm and Crochet on CAL can be found on blog and Facebook group.  It is a mixture of old and new 12 inch US term worsted weight squares.  My On the Huh square was square no. 9.

Then new mystery CAL from a designer I have followed and admired on Ravelry.  Melinda Miller will be releasing clues for the Mrs Ghan from today 5th July to the end of August, and a promotional code is available in Melinda's Ravelry group.  Hints so far is that it is a more feminine design in different shapes.


And finally Julie Yeager also has a mystery blanket CAL  - the Summer Mosaic - starting in August.  Julie is running this on Ravelry, blog, and Facebook - so there are lots of ways to join in.  Julie has also teamed up with Deramores to offer yarn packs. 

I must finish my Stylecraft / Janie Crow Lily Pond blanket so I can start these too.