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Hildegard_von_Knittin
04-28-2007, 11:22 PM
Made you look!!!!! :teehee:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
04-29-2007, 12:19 PM
It's May! It's May! The lusty month of May!

Okay so maybe May isn't exactly lustful for you. For most of us, May is time to work outside, plant flowers, and enjoy the longer days with more sunshine. May is *not* the time when I want to sit working on a big ole heavy sweater or afghan.

Spring is full force in May; have you finished your spring cleaning? During your organizing and straightening, how many plastic bags did you come across? Ten? Maybe 50? Even 100? Do you hoard them in drawers, cabinets, boxes--even other bags--with the intention of recycling them? Let's be honest with ourselves---we're NEVER going to use all those bags! So let's turn them into something *useful* so they aren't cluttering up our homes and taking up space in landfills.

Your challenge for May is to knit with plastic bags!

This challenge is eco-friendly *and* the best part is that it's virtually FREE!!!! Yes, it's Free! If you are one of those wierdos who doesn't have an abundant supply of bags, you can go into walmart and they will GIVE them to you. (seriously.... I did this and they said "it's walmart you can have anything you want!)

On Knitty Gritty, there was a show about using plastic bags to knit a cute little bag; this is the project I am suggesting. The website for the show is here (http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cda/article_print/0,1983,DIY_13768_3059465_ARTICLE-DETAIL-PRINT,00.html), and it shows pictures of the construction. It's very easy--you cut the bags into strips (spiral-like), knot them together, wind into a ball, and start knitting.

Experiment with different colors... you can go totally random, or put all the same colors together for a striped effect, whatever you want. And, yes, you want the knots to show!

Maybe you have a LOT of bags. Seriously a lot. Or maybe you're just not into making a kitchy purse. If this is you, your project is to go all out and knit this (http://www.craftzine.com/blog/archive/2007/03/plastic_grocery_bags_into_knit.html?CMP=OTC-5JF307375954) . :shock: Let us know how it turns out.


Happy Knitting! xxx

Hildegard_von_Knittin
04-29-2007, 12:20 PM
PS: notice how early I am this time. Remember that when you start pestering me about June :teehee:

zip
04-29-2007, 01:08 PM
:cheering: Love your choice, Hildie. I have an old book somewhere with instructions on how to knit rugs from plastic bags, which I've always intended to do.

I just found this blog posting (http://hellejorgensen.typepad.com/gooseflesh/2007/02/plastic_bag_yar.html) that details a method for converting the bags into usable strips for knitting or crocheting.

Stiney
04-29-2007, 01:10 PM
:teehee:

I like this challenge! Two "tree-hugger" challenges in a row. :rofl:

I want to do it but I'm on knitting-hiatus until my tendonitis stops being so annoying, so I might have to wait until after May is over. :verysad:

RiverDaughter
04-29-2007, 01:18 PM
If I feel brave and up to it (I'm working a lot more than predicted this month) I may try to adapt this (http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring07/PATTvictoria.html) pattern into an umbrella pattern. :heart:

BinkyKat
04-29-2007, 02:35 PM
If I just go through and collect the bags I bring my yarn home into...holy schmoly! DH has begun tossing the bags cuz our store double bags and likes to bag like two items at a time so you get a ton for just a few things. Aaannnywaay...I'm gonna try this one. Bad enough people think I'm nuts for knitting a tree sweater...now this? Just building a history so when I get sent to the looney bin, I can guarantee years of uninterrupted knitting time... :teehee:

carmabelle1191
04-29-2007, 06:01 PM
Ooh, this is a great idea! I'm actually going to join this time! :cheering: My dad and I always mean to recycle the plastic bags at our Stop and Shop, but we always leave them at home. Now I can use them up without throwing them out!

HollyP
04-29-2007, 08:10 PM
Fun idea I might just join in! Another place to look for bags is on freecycle (http://www.freecycle.org/). People on my freecycle ask for just about every thing and the best part is most of them get what they are looking for!
I just wish I had bags that were colors other than white, I have sooo many!

DotMom61
04-29-2007, 11:49 PM
I actually have the Erica Knight book that she put the original pattern in. :teehee: I think it was one of the first knitting books I bought, and I've yet to make anything from it yet.

I would love to join in if I can fit it into my busy knitting schedule! (http://dotmom61.blogspot.com/2007/04/emma-she-ees-done.html)! :lol:

Ingrid
04-30-2007, 07:52 AM
:thinking: Alpaca or plastic? :rofl:

DotMom61
04-30-2007, 09:47 AM
:chair: :roflhard: :chair: :roflhard: :chair: :roflhard:


:thinking:

amy
04-30-2007, 01:25 PM
LOL Ingrid. :roflhard:

What a fun KAL!

I remember reading of someone who made a re-usable grocery bag with this method. Kind of appropriate use of old plastic bags! I think that would be a cool thing to make...could be fast on large needles. ETA: the proposed project bag would work well for this, it looks roomy!

Also, I've heard that the covered clothes hangers are very practical for hanging sweaters...the padding keeps the hanger from leaving obvious marks in the sweater, and the garter stitch ridges keep the sweater from sliding off.

Arielluria
04-30-2007, 10:40 PM
If I feel brave and up to it (I'm working a lot more than predicted this month) I may try to adapt this (http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring07/PATTvictoria.html) pattern into an umbrella pattern. :heart:I mentioned this on another post, the designer apparently already has an umbrella pattern, she says: I took it into my head to knit myself an umbrella out of shredded grocery bags and it wound up in Knitty's 2006 calendar (check out April).

When Amy saw it, she asked me to make one out of yarn for her and this is the result. And I've been dying to see hers, does anyone know where it is?????????????????

MommaG
04-30-2007, 10:43 PM
I have a question. Do I have to knit the bag you linked us to? I would rather make a tote type bag for taking my son to the library can I do that instead. Just a question while I sit here cutting up bags, which I am doing like the link Zip provided for us I found it easier while my 18 month old runs aroud.

Arielluria
04-30-2007, 10:45 PM
I'd like one done in the round...........will any pattern do? Maybe a booga bag pattern?

Hildegard_von_Knittin
04-30-2007, 11:01 PM
no way!!! do whatever you want! The bag was just a suggestion; anything knit with plastic bags counts. :thumbsup:

Booga would be REALLY cool done with bags... you'd have a sturdy shopping or beach bag!

MommaG
04-30-2007, 11:03 PM
Cool :muah: :cheering:

carmabelle1191
05-01-2007, 08:42 AM
I was looking around Magknits and found this (http://www.magknits.com/May07/patterns/rrr.htm) pattern made from 20 grocery bags that doesn't look half bad.

Arielluria
05-01-2007, 09:55 AM
Interesting......that does look like it would make a great beach bag, all the sand can filter through the little holes.

MommaG
05-02-2007, 01:06 AM
Anyone else start yet. I have made my "Yarn" and started knitting. I find that the paper thin type bags are easier to use than the ones that are similar to garbage bag type. Oh and the garbage bag type ones any pictures from the store on them turn your fingers colors. Mine were all blue last night from making my "Yarn"

carmabelle1191
05-02-2007, 08:05 AM
I really want to start soon, but I am waiting for my sock book and needles to arrive so I can start on a pair. Maybe I could cast on for the bag in the meantime anyway, or at least make the yarn. I was thinking of using Stop and Shop bags. Hopefull those will work out :??

Arielluria
05-02-2007, 09:58 AM
My trouble is locating something other than white, blue or beige bags. I THINK there's a dollar store that has yellow ones....that would go good with the blue..... :shrug:

MommaG
05-02-2007, 11:09 AM
mine the colors are all over. I didn't make any pattern with the bags I just knotted them together how ever they came out of the bag. So I have a big spot of white then I have a big grey and yellow bit. I didn't care though I just wanted to make this bag. It is going to be for me and my son to go to the Library so I wanted it to be funky and different. I am not doing a pattern either I am just knitting a big rectangle and folding it in half.

carmabelle1191
05-02-2007, 01:23 PM
I just started cutting the bags and it takes so long! :wall: It'll take forever to cut all the bags that I'll need, as it took me a good 20 minutes to cut half a bag.

MommaG
05-02-2007, 08:50 PM
I like so need to get a life and a job. I have already finished my bag made of bags. I did start before May 1st though. I started on Sunday I think. Anyways here are pics from cutting bags to finished project with my awesome model my son. He really hammed it up this time. To make it all I did was cast on 55 stitches and Garter stitched for a 120 rows folded in half and sewed it up. Picked up sevenstitches on one side and knit handle to lenght I wanted attached it and was done.

DotMom61
05-03-2007, 12:50 AM
That little guy *is* a ham! :lol: (And a cute one, too! ;-) )

How was the "yarn" to knit with? Does it slide on the needles OK?

zip
05-03-2007, 12:59 AM
MommaG, he is a DOLL. :heart: Such a cutie, whose sense of humor shines through in the photos. The bag's pretty fine, too. ;) Nice work! :applause:

REVS
05-03-2007, 07:59 PM
Momma G, you were done with this on the second of May??? You're a wonderwoman! :cheering:
Love the pics of your son, he's awesome! He'll have an extra reason to enjoy your library trips now.

By the speed you turned this out, the job you're looking for might be to make and sell these... :teehee:

And I have a question for you, too. How many bags did you use to make your bag? Approximately 20 or 40 or 100? Just trying to figure out what I'm up against if I decide to join... (I guess I should finish my tree sweater for April first, too... oops! :oops:)

madametj
05-06-2007, 10:43 PM
Interesting......that does look like it would make a great beach bag, all the sand can filter through the little holes.

hmm, i dunno....what if the sun melts your bag?!

MommaG
05-06-2007, 11:02 PM
Momma G, you were done with this on the second of May??? You're a wonderwoman! :cheering:
Love the pics of your son, he's awesome! He'll have an extra reason to enjoy your library trips now.

By the speed you turned this out, the job you're looking for might be to make and sell these... :teehee:

And I have a question for you, too. How many bags did you use to make your bag? Approximately 20 or 40 or 100? Just trying to figure out what I'm up against if I decide to join... (I guess I should finish my tree sweater for April first, too... oops! :oops:)

Yeah I was done quick but like I said I started the day after the challenge was posted. I told my husband as I was cutting up bags that I should have kept track of how many I used. As I said I cut my bags into little strips like the link Zip gave us says. I think if I were to guess I would have used say maybe 40 or so. I kept taking the "yarn" apart when I would find a stash of different colored bags to add in to give some variety.

larudden
05-09-2007, 01:46 PM
http://www.marloscrochetcorner.com/Plastic%20Bag%20tote.html

I'm sitting here watching Uncommon Threads on DIY and one of the subjects is how to make a plastic bag yarn ball. Check out Marlo's site above for two different tote bag patterns.

I may just to try one.

Oh, and while you're at it, check out the basket made with jute and yarn which is way cool!

Blessings,
Leslie

Hildegard_von_Knittin
05-09-2007, 01:49 PM
COOL! Thanks Leslie!

MommaG
05-09-2007, 05:04 PM
That's the way I made my "Yarn". I found it easier than spiral cutting the bag with an 18 month old running around the house.

Hildegard_von_Knittin
05-13-2007, 07:13 PM
:poke:

how's it comin people???

Shandeh
05-16-2007, 10:59 PM
Hi Hildie! I'm late, but I'm in.

I made my "yarn" this week, and have started creating my own design with it.

Funny thing....whenever I see a plastic bag blowing on the streets when I drive, I say, "Hey! There's goes some yarn!" :lol:

carmabelle1191
05-17-2007, 07:47 AM
I still haven't touched my bags in a while, because it takes so long to cut the strips! I wish we could just buy some plastic yarn, but that would defeat the purpose. :rollseyes:

zip
05-17-2007, 10:36 AM
I stumbled upon this pattern (http://www.spunmag.com/article/050605shoppingbag) linked from knittingpatterncentral.com
during a search for something else.

charmy
05-18-2007, 09:59 AM
Working with plastic bags is a great idea, especially since I have so many. My idea is to crochet a pair of flip flops, based on the sandals from this craftster post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=87737.0
I think crochet might be easier than knitting for this, I anticipate lots of freeform, one stitch here one stitch there, type of assembly.

Depending on how well this works out, I may move on to my next idea, a plastic grocery bag caddy made out of plastic grocery bags to hold plastic grocery bags!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
05-22-2007, 06:50 PM
LOL Charmy! How are the flip flops coming? I bet they'd be good for the beach.

:thinking: FT Clogs out of bags??? :thinking:

knitmonster
05-27-2007, 09:54 AM
Oh dear....

This was my first challenge and I was SO excited to start it up... But now it's just a big half finished mess sitting on top of my filing cabinet. I have one side done and 3 inches of the other side, and I think I'm done. I haven't picked it up in a week and every time I look at it part of me says "are you really going to use that?" or "you should be working on the christmas pile".

Maybe one day I'll return to this project, I do love the idea and the eco-friendly aspect. For anyone finishing this project, please post pictures! I'd love to see how these turned out.

Hildegard_von_Knittin
05-27-2007, 12:57 PM
*sigh* me too! I have a gigantic ball of "yarn" and nothing OTN. :shrug: