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« on: April 29, 2012 11:30:58 AM »

I have always despised the hard plastic laundry baskets that are so cheap and easy to come by. They crack and break, they are hard to carry and you have to have someplace to store them when not in actual use. However, I'm not too keen on the solid fabric laundry bags either as anything even slightly damp doesn't get any circulation and everything begins to smell yicky before laundry day. Then the bag seems to hold that smell forEVER, despite multiple washings.

So, I created a solution. "Necessity is the mother of invention", right? Of course, it wasn't really necessary exactly, but HIGHLY wished for, so it works! So anyway, I made me a new laundry basket/bag that doesn't crack or break AND allows for circulation without absorbing odors AND is easy to carry, even with one hand when it's full AND can be folded and stored away anywhere you wish. It can also be tossed in the washing machine as long as you remember to take it out and hang it up before everything gets tossed in the dryer, otherwise, it WILL melt! It was also free (time to make aside) because I used the plastic grocery bags that I collect because I always forget to put my reusable ones in the car! It's made of plarn (you can find resources on how to make it on numerous sites around the web) and I simply crocheted it without a pattern into the semblance of a round laundry basket perfect for a full load of laundry! I hope you enjoy as much as I am!





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Thanks for sharing in my insanity! Comments and critiques appreciated! Have a great one!
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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2012 11:45:23 AM »

Genius! It looks fantastic and is such a great idea!
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2012 11:53:43 AM »

 Love it!  makes me want to learn to crochet to make one of these..  you can use these, on a smaller scale, for carrying groceries too!
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2012 12:13:48 PM »

Thanks so much HolaKitty and SunflowerSmiles! I have to admit I was rather proud of this invention as well! Works great!!
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2012 12:31:58 PM »

What a neat idea! As hard as I try, I always seem to build up a supply of plastic bags, and this is the most likely thing I'd crochet with them (I just don't think I'd carry around a crocheted plarn purse). My two favorite things about it is that A) it's washable and B) It stores in a small amount of space.

Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2012 12:47:18 PM »

Thanks craftADDchick! Yeah, my best intentions still seem to get waylaid by my short memory!! Although I am proud to admit it took a little while of saving to get enough bags for this! And I have to say I'm not much in the way of plarn purse carrying either though to make more sturdy, reusable (but still forgotten) grocery bags is a good plan! And yeah, the washability and storage were two concerns in the "planning" of this project!  Cheesy  Just don't forget that you can't put it in the dryer! And if you decide to make anything with plarn, I would suggest not doing your stitches tight because it's a real strain on the hands!! Also, just fyi, I used a size P/11.5mm hook on this.

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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2012 02:01:15 PM »

what a wonderful idea!  and it looks great.  i like how the brown bags make it look almost like it could be wicker or something.
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2012 02:09:18 PM »

Such a good idea! It seems like one of the best uses for plarn I can think of, and the best version of a laundry basket too!
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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2012 03:23:41 PM »

I agree.  Its a great use of plarn.  I have make a plarn bag/purse in the past but did not use it as it was very bulky to hold.  Well done!
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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2012 04:48:14 PM »

Thanks for the added insight and tips, Dee! I'll have to start picking through my bags to find the ones that would make the nicest looking basket Smiley
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