Posts Tagged ‘crochet’

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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FIERCE Seasonal Production Day

Hello! Hope everyone’s summer vacations have been great so far!

FIERCE Seasonal Committee, which some of Green Club’s very own officers are directly affiliated with, works on various small projects throughout the year. Currently, the Seasonal Committee is working on a few different do-it-yourself recycling craft projects. This Sunday, the Seasonal Committee will be hosting our second production day where we will be makingย  items that can be sold in FIERCE E-store (http://students-going-green.org/E-store), as well as lunch bags for Green Fair’s zero-waste lunch program.

The plan is to focus on these 3 projects, followed by project-specific recommended materials to bring along:

Plastic tote bag (for E-store):
-clean grocery bags
-(preferably large) crochet hook
T-shirt Rug (for E-store):
-old t-shirts
-(preferably large) crochet hook
T-shirt bag (for Green Fair):
-heavy weight cotton t-shirt
Visit the links above to gain a general overview of the projects! Scissors, sewing needles, thread, pens, and markers will definitely come in handy, too. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the materials because we will provide some.
Whether or not you’re currently in MSJ Green Club, feel free to join us! If you are unable to stay the whole time, just come when convenient.
Time: Sunday, July 3rd, 2PM~5PM
Location: Tapioca Express
1964 Driscoll Road, Fremont
(Next to CVS Pharmacy, Taco Bell, and Chevron)
Please RSVP by Saturday by sending msjgreenclub@gmail.com an email! Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚
Hope to see you there!