1/20 Meeting Recap: Why Knit/Crochet?

We had a mini presentation about why knitting and crocheting are good for the environment! ๐Ÿ™‚

While we are replacing plastic grocery bags with reusable tote bags, many of us have way too many plastic grocery bags that have accumulated over the years. These bags can usually be recycled at a local shopping center and reused around the house as trash bags. Another option is to upcycle the bags into durable, long-lasting, reusable plarn items.

What’s “plarn”? Yarn made from strips of thin plastic grocery bags linked together as plastic yarn.

Plarn can then be crocheted into reusable tote bags, hats, baskets, and more! (Just remember not to make a plarn potholder or the plastic can melt under the heat.)

T-shirts, fabrics, and curtains that have expired their original purposes can be similarly cut into strips and linked to make fabric yarn. This can be crocheted into items, including rag rugs.

It will help to practice crocheting using regular yarn before attempting to crochet with plarn. Once you’ve gotten accustomed with a few basic crochet stitches, try crocheting with the plarn!

Knitting and crocheting are also especially nice methods to make unique, homemade gifts!

Handy Resources:

How to Make a Plarn Tote Bag:

http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2010/how-tuesday-how-to-make-plarn-crochet-an-eco-friendly-tote-b/

http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2008/07/19/the-ultimate-grocery-bag/

How-to Crochet Videos

Rag Rug Instructions

Want help with knitting or crocheting? Feel free to drop by iKnit meetings for assistance! ๐Ÿ™‚

Other announcements:

Please contribute ideas for where we can store our TerraCycle collection bins at school.

2/1/2012: T-shirt Design Submission Due Date!

Good luck on finals!

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One response to this post.

  1. This is a great idea and a great way to save the environment:)

    ~S

    Reply

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