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Topic: plarn, plarn, plarn, plarn.......... and a headband  (Read 1983 times)
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« on: October 05, 2011 08:40:30 AM »

My sister-in-law saw my plarn shopping bag and liked it. So she asked if I could knit her one, but a bit more colourful. I have to say it has taken me forever, (Okay, only about a month of which 9 days I was away) but it was long enough for me to despair of finishing it 'cos plarn is hard on the fingers. It will be a Christmas gift, but this website is unlikely to feature on her radar, so I'm safe to post it.

and one of the other side

As soon as I'd finished it, I moved on to the next project, which my husband insisted had to be one for me, so I chose a small one: 2 days, inspired by this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=391809.0. It's knitted with yarn reclaimed from an old sweater and then donated to me, but I suspect it's actually wool.

and another piccy

The drab colours are suitable for autumn I think.

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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2011 09:35:59 AM »

Love the rainbow bag! 

« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2011 09:41:12 AM »

Thank you, it took a lot of hoarding of coloured bags to get there Wink

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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2011 12:29:35 PM »

Your headband looks great! I did mine in a grey acrylic yarn so my partner can wash it. It's a quick knit and looks great (I hate knitted headbands) so I might have to make myself one now. I can't post my finished piece until my partner receives. And great plan bag, I've yet to knit with it yet but only have wooden needles and heard it was unadvisable as they break from the strain and the ink stays on them.

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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2011 12:30:46 PM »

I too amazed at the colours in the rainbow bag.  I wouldn't have thought you could get so many bright clear colours from shopping bags. It is lovely. Is knitting it easier on the hands than crochet?
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2011 02:49:05 PM »

my crochet is such that I've never tried it with plarn. I can barely crochet a chain!

With knitting, I've learned not to try and keep tension with my little finger for the plarn, mostly it catches enough to not need it and it's a little kinder on my fingers that way. Also, the cheaper/thinner the bag the gentler on the hands.

The colours I remember
orange is sainsburys bags, easy to get hold of for me.
red and blue were striped bags from a market stall (really thin & cheap)
dark green and pink, also market stall, but not stripey (quite thin).
Yellow is a bag from my local butcher, but its cream in real life, but gets a little darker as plarn.
lime green are budgen's bags (I had a back up of M&S bags but they were so thick I really didn't want to use them)
Purple was a nightmare to find, in the end it was a bathroom bin liner pinched from a hotel (again, lovely and thin)

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