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« on: July 30, 2007 07:57:57 PM »

I got tired of throwing out the plastic bags that come on our newpaper every day.  The city doesn't accept them for recycling (they are #4) so I used them to practice some newly acquired crochet skillz.  Some white shopping bags are thrown in for variety.

Here's a close up of some orange crochet action

There was no pattern- it is just made up as I went along.  I started the bag in mid-January and used 6 months worth of bags.  It was interesting to crochet about 7 inches every day and then wait for more "yarn" to show up in the driveway the next morning.  (And to get all excited when rain was expected and the paper was double bagged!)

Blogged here: http://gwenshouse.wordpress.com/2007/07/30/plastic-bag-crochet
And shown at about 4:10 on a Threadbanger episode http://www.threadbanger.com/episode/THR_20070810
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2007 08:06:15 PM »

That's fabulous. I'm knew to the knit-crochet-etc crowd, I usually sew, but I'm excited to try out non-yarn projects, such as tshirts and now plastic bags. Woo hoo!

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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2007 08:08:30 PM »

So cool! I love the idea of a project that is broken down for mi in easy bits. And so rad your paper comes in orange bags!! Great project.
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2007 08:11:48 PM »

How funny! My friend had to do an environmently friendly project in her 3D art class last year and she chose to knit a whole blanket with plastic bags!!

of course, her project wasnt nearly as cute as this.
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2007 09:02:11 PM »

That is too cool!  I had no idea that those were plastic bags until I read the post!  Way crafty! 

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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2007 06:16:57 AM »

That turned out wonderfully.

« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2007 06:19:08 AM »

This is really awsome!! I bet it was exciting to wait for your 'yarn' !!!!  Smiley

I love to knit, crochet, paint and some other stuff!! =)
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2007 07:14:35 AM »

Great Job.  I started doing this last year, but got bored with cutting all those strips.  I still have them and might pick it up again sometime.
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2007 05:14:48 AM »

Wow, that looks wonderful! I started making one of my own because lord knows we have enough bags around my house. I stopped though because I like really strong bags and it didn't seem like the plastic would hold up very well under pressure. I didn't want to make something that would get all stretched out of shape the first time I used it. Would you say that it holds up well? If so I might pick up mine and finish it. Although I'm very jealous of your orange bags. All I have is white and this brown/tan color. Undecided
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2007 06:05:03 AM »

Way cool!!  I love your orange bags, so bright.  I have made a few of these now and love the idea of making something so beautiful and useful out of TRASH!!
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