Today I returned to APE to give a tutorial to the women about making plastic bag yarn for crochet and knitting. With this “plarn” it is possible to make everything from coasters, bags, and sandals to backpacks and baskets. There are leftover plastic bags all over Egypt and this is a great way to re-use them. I came prepared with diagrams, drawings, and photos, worried that the lack of a common language would make teaching this potential new product difficult. However, these women are so smart and I had no need to worry because I barely taught them anything– they can crochet faster and better than me! They learned the entire process and then also completed the project in under two hours.
And the best part of this day was an impromptu invitation to Epiphany dinner with Dr. Moshira’s family. She was volunteering at the clinic in Zabaleen specifically educating people about diabetes. After a great conversation I found myself a couple hours later at her home with her mother, sister in law, and two nieces eating the incredible feast below in honor of 3 kings day. For coptics, Christmas is January 7th and so that means January 20th is Epiphany.
These girls have a few magic tricks up their sleeves, can speak German and English, and are masters of UNO. Me and Moshira.