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« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2004 08:07:33 AM »

Someone on the Knitty message board was experimenthing with strips cut from a t-shirt.  She cut the shirt in a spiral, think of peeling an apple in one long strip.  Then she stretched the strip to curl the edges.  The knitted swatch looked really impressive.  It looked like one of those expensive ribbon yarns and I bet it was really soft!
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« Reply #21 on: July 29, 2004 03:57:56 PM »

I've seen some really cool pillowcovers made out of felt that was cut into long strips and painted with metallic fabric paint. The front of the pillow was knitted and the back was a solid piece of felt. It was very, very cool. (and cheap!)
I've got a pile of fleece I'm goint to knit into a blanket...or a sweater...it's just got to cool down a bit first. Summer's not the best time to knit with fleece or plastic bags...sweaty legs...agh.
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« Reply #22 on: July 29, 2004 10:09:40 PM »

Hey I also knit with plastic bags, but i cut each bag into one continuous piece.(its alot easier than it sounds)
Theres a website online that explains how if anyone is interested. grrr I cant find it, but Ill look more later and post it.
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« Reply #23 on: August 02, 2004 06:35:22 AM »

ive been experimenting with strips of fabric, htere is a way of cuttinga  cutinous strip from a lengh of fabric that goes back and forth basically. I'm planning on making a top knitted from old black lace, knitted in a lace pattern on big needles with sorta holes with inserts of maybe the flowers cut form teh original lace, ooh and butterflies printed in black ink on acetate and cut out, with hole punched in and threaded onto my 'yarn' - will post pics when its done - and a diagram if you want it of how i've been cutting the strips
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« Reply #24 on: August 02, 2004 08:11:27 AM »

Please post those pix. I'm very, very interested. Sounds like it could be intensely groovie.
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« Reply #25 on: August 02, 2004 08:39:09 AM »

ysolda-I'd love to see a diagram of how you are cutting 1 continous strip from fabric.  I have some old "jersey" sheets I have been wanting to do something with.  Can't wait to see a picture of your lace top.
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« Reply #26 on: August 02, 2004 11:37:01 AM »

I"ve seen the kits for making purses out of old grocery bags, but I'd rather just use a pattern I already have and save the money.  Anyone know of some stores that have different colored plastic bags?  All I have at home are white bags and I'd like to make something in a different color.

Walmart uses blue bags, safeway uses tan bags, and food-4-less uses bright yellow bags Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: August 03, 2004 01:35:42 AM »

here is a diagram of how I'm cutting yarn form fabric, or anything else flat. It makes a long cotinous strip which you can wind into a ball as you go, if the strip is 1cm wide and the fabric is 1m square that's 100metres of yarn. A few metres of fabric should give yu enough to knit a smallish garment.
try this out on a piece of paper, cut a slit near one edge, cutting until just before the edge. then start at this side and cut a slit across above the first one, again stop cutting just before the edge. if you keep doing this all the way along you will have a long strip of paper joined by little squarish bits. These little squares do show up when you knit with fabric cut like this, but they're not very noticeable and tend to add to the look and texture, they're a lot better than knotting or sewing lots of short strips together anyway. I hope that helps, its actually a really simple technique but it's not too easy to explain.
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« Reply #28 on: August 03, 2004 08:07:26 AM »

I used the method suggested by the poster on Knitty---I took one of my husband's seamless t-shirts, cut about a 3/4" strip in a spiral starting from the bottom, then knit it up using 10.5 (U.S.) needles.  Here's what it looks like:



It's too stiff and bulky at this gauge to be of any use for clothing, but it'd make an excellent potholder, or the bottom of a tote bag. I want to make a bathroom rug with more squares of this type . . . now I just have to get my husband to say goodbye to a few more ratty t-shirts.

BTW--at this gague, one mitred square about 5" x 5" = most of one men's large t-shirt, up to the armpits.  Another thing--if you give the strips a firm tug, like the Knitty poster suggests, they curl so the raw ends are on the inside.  The end result is remarkably smooth looking--hardly a raw end in sight!
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« Reply #29 on: August 03, 2004 09:22:14 AM »

This book has the plastic bag pattern and others in it, Check it out at your local library, I did.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1584793619/qid=1091549859/sr=8-1/ref=pd_ka_1/102-9328130-5266506?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
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