We’ve spent the last couple of weeks teaching English. Las Manos de Christine is in transition between teachers, so we have filled the gap, teaming up to take on the 4th through 6th grade, them in turn taking on learning to tell the time. It’s been some rough and tumble days of quarters past, halves past, quarters to, and o…o…o’clock. Consequently, the yarnbombing action has seemed to take a dip, at least at the Lodge. However, the GUPP group has continued to grow, expand, and move.
The first step of the project—the individual pieces—has been completed. Each child brought in a branch, one with twigs and personality splintering from it, then wrapped the entire thing in yarn. After that, they attached some of their crocheted flowers to the ends, creating a fleet of wooly plant life. The pieces turned out splendidly, and as I’ve shown up to teach over the last few days, I’ve happily stolen new looks at the artwork, which is setting atop the top shelf in the Las Manos classroom.
Emma has led them into the next project: yarnbombing the trees that line the entrance to the schoolyard. The kids were super excited to be moving on to something grander in scale, advancing from a foot-and-a-half of limb to the trunks of proper sky-tickling trees. This time their approach has been more mathematical, methodical, starting off with measuring their subject, each three-to-four team group then planning out their execution, colors, and patchwork. Now, they have begun making their great expanses of tree-scarf.
Additionally, guests at the Lodge have shown a budding interest in learning to crochet. It seems every two or three days someone new is taking hold of the hook and attempting to master the old pull-and-twist. So far, success has been varied, and no one has added to the yarnbomb displays Emma and I created, but there have been a few volunteers to visit the group for an afternoon. As well, EL spirit-pumper, Kerry, has become a regular piece of the GUPP puzzle, going up so that the kids can remind her how to crochet.
Keep an eye out for new blogs from the kids (take a look at the previous ones on Ning or Facebook if you haven’t seen them), for the summer UPP newsletter and specifically the article about the GUPP program (cool photos of Emma and me), for a new photo album of the GUPPies at work on their art, and remember that we’d love some comments, feedback, complimentary yarnbombs or flower chains to share with the group, let them know that they are international known for their antics.
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.