One measure of success, of progress, in the crochet game is seeing the spools disappear, and last week saw the class finish their second 55-gallon bag of yarn, which must mean things are going pretty well. The kids have finished their individual projects, beautiful branches covered in yarn and accented with leaves and flowers that they created. They’ve just finished their group projects, what they are calling scarves for trees. The next step is their collective piece.
In the nick of time, courting a suitcase of “wool” (i.e. yarn), Emma’s mum, Sheelagh arrived this past Saturday bearing gifts a-plenty, including the aforementioned yarn, a stable of hooks, and our first international flower chains, one crocheted by Sheelagh herself and another by Emma’s fleet-fingered friend Jo. They are beautiful and full of new flower designs for our budding hook-smiths to see. Additional thanks should be sent to Helen, Tracey, and Rosalyn for their contributions to the cause.
Other news is the introduction of Kerry’s replacement, Jess the Yogi, who has been going to the sessions regularly since last I wrote. Established and comfortable with the group, she’ll be leading the class later today. Emma, Sheelagh, and I are headed off for a three-day holiday to Lake Atitlan, but because of Jess, the children will be able to continue with their bobbing-and-weaving uninterrupted. Thus, yet again, and gladly given, thanks are in order.
As a final thought, we’d like to remind everyone that it isn’t too late to join the project by creating your own flower chain. We are on the last leg now, month three, so time is tight. Nevertheless, we’d love to have some more outside contributions. For details, you can visit earlier blogs or shoot either Emma or me an email and we’ll set you up. For now, that’s all folks. We’ll be blogging to you again soon.
This blog occurs once a week, the entries being thematically mixed between expat life in Guatemala and life as an NGO groupie. The photos for this blog, website, and my life are all provided by my beautiful wife Emma.