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Women’s International Group Christmas Sale

Yesterday was the annual Christmas sale at the Intercontinental organized by the Women’s International Group. It’s an event all small shops and sellers want to get into and unfortunately we didn’t hear about the registration until it was too late. Luckily, a friend of a friend was generous enough to give up 1/4 of her […]

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Rambo

Sorry for the lack of updates this past week, but things have been so busy I just haven’t had the time. Tomorrow is the annual Women’s International Group Christmas Bazaar at the Intercontinental Hotel and we’ve been frantically trying to prepare enough stock to sell. Two knitters from Toul Sambo, Vireak and Koun, joined us […]

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Graduation

Yesterday we had a very informal graduation ceremony to give the TS knitters certificates of participation as well as the completion bonuses from sponsors. Mony gave each knitter a grade based on how well they knit, attendance and attitude and this was marked on their certificates. I also finally had a translator with me, so […]

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Welcome, 18 new knitters

Yesterday was our last day of training at Toul Sambo. That’s a total of 15 training days spread out over a month and the results are fantastic! Today I went back to the community with Mony to talk to each of the knitters (I finally have a competent translator) and they were all pleased with […]

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100 hundred hats

Sorry for the lack of updates. More to come soon, I promise. I’m flat out busy with everything here, but soon… In place of any local news, I direct your attention to this: http://onehundredhats.blogspot.com/ . It’s one woman’s quest to knit 100 hundred hats in one year, all to be donated to charity. Her hats […]

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Finger Puppets for Christmas

With the training coming to a close at Toul Sambo next week and about half the knitters there ready to start knitting for us, we’re ready to take orders for finger puppets! These will make great Christmas, or any occasion, gifts for kids and adults alike. One friend even suggested that they might make good […]

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Knititng patterns for everyone

As I wrote earlier, many of the knitters can not read or write. Interestingly, all the male knitters can read, while only a few of the women can. This is a reflection of how wider Cambodian society values women and education. Many, including professionals and those at the Ministry of Education, are quick to say […]

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First puppets from Toul Sambo

Yesterday, the trainers went out to the community armed with plastic eyes, tapestry needles and coloured thread. Each knitter got to make up one or more of their finished puppets to keep for themselves or their children. I went this morning and some of them were wonderful! See photos below: Finally for Lena: your knitter, […]

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Website Drama

Deep sigh. Of frustration, not relief. We decided a few days ago we need to get he website up and running. Only been thinking about that for months, but of course, there is always something else that needs to be done… Yeng and I thought that if I did a nice layout in Pages it […]

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5 days can equal 7 days if you want it to

A story of misunderstood logic, if you can call it that. So this morning, Bunda came to the house and gave us an envelope with an announcement of the 7 days ceremony for her aunt’s death. She had spent all of Thursday night last week taking care of her aunt, so I assumed that the […]

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