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« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2010 08:19:17 AM »

Excellent question and it's funny you should ask because I recently did a blog post and addressed that on my write-up ..  if you do happen to read my blog, it's the 2nd write-up

To answer your question, if you and I are thinking of the same type of bags, these are what I refer to as retail bags.  If you are new to using plastic yarn, I would not recommend using retail plastic bags (shiny, thicker, tougher texture).   Retail bags have a tendency more than not to resist the hook. 

Let me do a think out loud scenario - you are going to make this project in white w/red specks plastic bags.  Your supply consists of both t-shirt (easy to work with) grocery bags that are white w/red 'Thank You' words and/or another type of white w/red stuff on it as well as white w/red retail plastic bags like Target, JCPenny, etc..    My recommendation would be as you are making your plastic yarn, mix the retail bags in w/the t-shirt plastic bags ...t-shirt bag, retail bag, t-shirt bag, retail bag, etc..  (And of course this mixing up suggestion is dependent on the ratio of retail vs. t-shirt grocery bags in your stash.) 

This mixes the different textures up so it's not so obvious on the finished item.   

What do you do if you're working with a bag (regardless of what it is) that fights/resists?  Easy fix - a small bar of soap.  It is a temporary fix but it works.  Keep a small bar nearby and rub the hook against the soap.  The plastic glides right along.  If you're using a darker plastic and you notice soap particulars on the plarn, no worries, the soap doesn't stick or stain.  Just blow on it and it flies off. 

Above all - don't let the type of plastic regardless of the bag keep you from having fun with this project.....

I hope I answered your question...
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« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2010 02:01:20 PM »

You answered my question!

Though, I have to admit that the type of bags I was thinking of were more of a combination of the generic thank you bags with a left over leaf bag. They are hugely different on the texture and toughness front.

You did give me an idea of which bags to use though. Good thing we had to go grocery shopping yesterday!
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« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2010 03:15:00 PM »

I can't wait!!!....Waiting ever so patiently....sorta. .. Grin
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« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2010 05:58:45 AM »

I wanted to share the excellent feedback received from a few plarn crocheters - RecycleCindy and KristyRecycles ....

1) Both used a ch base of 28 w/hdc in 2nd chain from hook instead of the ch 22 I used.  RecycleCindy is using newspaper sleeve plastic yarn which would have a completely different texture/thickness than the Dollar General or Lowe's plastic yarn I have used. 

Both ladies proven from experience that the factors to consider when using plarn -
a) the type of plastic bag - textures/thickness differs
b) tension - loose or tight crochet stitch
c) width of plastic strip - determines gauge


2) Ch 2 at row end was used as an alternative for a more taylored edge.

Keep the feedback coming ...  luv it!!!
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« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2010 02:42:44 AM »

Why so quiet???  I'm the only one doing the talking............

Just touching base to see how everyone is doing ...

Does anyone have questions for me or having any issues with the pattern??

I would luv to see your wip.....
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« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2010 07:08:49 AM »

I am hoping to start  mine today....I'll post pics as soon as I can!  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2010 07:15:44 AM »


Crochet Hook:  size F & H
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Quick question before I start....the pattern calls for size F and H hooks, but I'm not seeing any where in the pattern which one to use to start. Am I just overlooking it???

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« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2010 07:44:10 AM »

You won't need the F hook until we start on the wraparound band and flower

OMG ... thank you for pointing on a flaw in my pattern ...  Even my pattern testors did catch that LOL ....

I'll go back and add that piece of info ...

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« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2010 03:25:14 PM »

Ok, I got the first part done....Let me start out by saying what a great job you did writing up this pattern. Very easy to follow! Thank you! (and thanks for sharing it with us)

I'm not real crazy about the colors I'm using, but it's what I had on hand and I was just too excited (impatient) to get started that I didn't want to take the time to "search" for bags.  Tongue

I followed the feedback and chained 28 instead of the 22. It made it longer than I thought it would (9 1/4 inches). Next time I will only chain 22. This is just my personal preference on length so I'll get a snugger fit of the items I plan to carry inside. I did 20 rows instead of 22 and the height is perfect for me. I didn't have any problems at all, due to your great directions, and can't wait to work on the next installment!

Here's my work....I was so into it, I didn't think to take progress pics...just finished ones.  Undecided




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« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2010 06:20:56 PM »

SpookShowBaby - the only words that come to mind right now is ...  Grin'you had me at hello'

You have made me proud ...  I luv what you've accomplished thus far!!!

thank you for sharing it with me ...  I am so looking forward to seeing your pics for the remainder of this effort ....
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