I am in Kisumu with a wifi connection, so can now do a blog post. But even with wifi, it is a long and tedious process. This post took over an hour to load. But I am not complaining–it is so much better than my first year here when I had to find a functional cyber cafe in Bondo (not at all easy) to send an email. Even in remote Matangwe now I have 3G and can connect to home every day. It makes such a difference.
We have finished our first week of rug hooking in Matangwe. There are about 16 women in the classes, some who have returned from last year and some new. We started with a small piece and then moved on to a trivet with a local bird. As I escplained last year, we hook without frames. We are hooking with a big bag of woollen strips which I brought–left over pieces from years of rug hooking. The pile has lasted us all week. Here is the group hard at work.
I brought several issues of Rug Hooking magazine and they are serving as a great source of inspiration. My hope this year is that each rug hooker will create a piece of her own design. Already some of the women have finished the first two pieces and begun an original design.