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msoebel
04-18-2007, 11:36 AM
Okay...for those of you who don't like to knit with acrylics because they mess up your hands...don't try knitting with plastic, either.

I am currently in the middle of a recycling project/birthday gift and after just a few inches, I am seriously reconsidering.

I am cutting up grocery sacks into long stips and attaching the strips to each other and then knitting with the "yarn" this creates. I am making a large tote bag for my mom for her birthday...she is obsessed with beach bags, and this would be a dandy.

Meanwhile, it's got a weird texture and it sticks a bit to the needles. The fabric it is creating is incredibly strong and has a nice "give" though. I am going to like the finished project...if I can just hang in there!

Has anyone else done this before? Or am I crazy?

Misty

DQ
04-18-2007, 11:45 AM
If you're crazy then it's a good crazy! What a good way of recycling plastic bags :cheering: Will you post a pic when it's done?

Friskums
04-18-2007, 12:09 PM
This is another project on my list that I'd like to get done soon. I've been collecting bags to put in the recycle bins they have at some of the grocery stores, but I'd much rather just have a few to bring in myself.

My b/f and I never do that much grocery shopping, so we wouldn't need that many.

Jan in CA
04-18-2007, 12:49 PM
Those are kind of cool. I found a pattern for those who need one.
http://www.beehappygifts.com/plasticgrocery.htm

letah75
04-18-2007, 03:06 PM
I saw a knitty gritty episode where they made shopping bags out of....you got it, shopping bags. Really cool.

brownishcoat
04-18-2007, 03:19 PM
Those are kind of cool. I found a pattern for those who need one.
http://www.beehappygifts.com/plasticgrocery.htm

I hadn't thought of doing it on the loom! Thanks, Jan! :muah:

Now, if only I could get a knitting machine that would handle that gauge. :teehee:

CarmenIbanez
04-18-2007, 03:21 PM
Yep, I started and gave up. But that was when I first started knitting. I should try again.

Jill A.
04-18-2007, 04:39 PM
Our newspaper profiled a lady who made rugs and bags out of grocery bags. She said that once she started, every one she knew started giving her colored bags to use.

Here is the complete article:

http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,660191868,00.html

heykaren
04-18-2007, 05:49 PM
Cool!!!! May just need to try it ( so that my DH will think Išve TOTALLY flipped..... :teehee: )

Karen

1knittychick
04-18-2007, 07:10 PM
I'm trying this project for a presentation at school--Earth Day. I am getting frustrated. So I bought bamboo circs today and will start again.

KnitClickChick
04-18-2007, 07:16 PM
That is a super cool idea!! I have TONS of bags and that is a great way to get rid of them! Thanks for posting!

Carla1019
04-18-2007, 07:57 PM
I got one better for you. I saw the Knitty Gritty show with the bags, But all I have around here is white. (boring) AT the same time I was cleaning out my sons clothes and had ton of t-shirts. So rip them , tied them end to end and make a big bag.

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w254/carla1019/t-shirtbag.jpg

Susan P.
04-18-2007, 07:58 PM
Well, here, the larger supermarkets now use recycled plastic bags in the bag manufacture so that the current bags are actually not as strong and can tear easily. I wouldn't use them for this kind of project but interesting.

We're very much encouraged not to use plastic bags here now and some stores charge for them. For small shopping I find a light linen style bag useful.

I was an educator for some years and I wound up having a dilemma about showing how products can be recycled. In one ways its useful but it can also convey a message that those products are 'acceptable'. Hard issue. Fine to mulch cardboard etc from plantation grown trees but harder to justify certain plastics and so on :-(

Arielluria
04-18-2007, 08:11 PM
Those are kind of cool. I found a pattern for those who need one.
http://www.beehappygifts.com/plasticgrocery.htmThat looks WAAAAAAAAAAY cooler than I expected! Niiiiice!

ironmaiden
04-18-2007, 08:12 PM
Well, here, the larger supermarkets now use recycled plastic bags in the bag manufacture so that the current bags are actually not as strong and can tear easily. I wouldn't use them for this kind of project but interesting.

We're very much encouraged not to use plastic bags here now and some stores charge for them. For small shopping I find a light linen style bag useful.

I was an educator for some years and I wound up having a dilemma about showing how products can be recycled. In one ways its useful but it can also convey a message that those products are 'acceptable'. Hard issue. Fine to mulch cardboard etc from plantation grown trees but harder to justify certain plastics and so on :-(

Good point -- it's great not to throw the bags away, but it doesn't stop their manufacture and they still have to be made in order for you to get them in the first place.

A project I want to start soon -- knit myself about 10 grocery bags so I can reuse and reuse them. From yarn though, not plastic.

redwitch
04-18-2007, 09:01 PM
Great article. Wow, the rugs from 100 bags take longer than the tote bags from 40-60 plastic bags? Colour me surprised. I like the idea, these bags exist and may as well be put to use rather than being chucked out in the rubbish. And if the new bags are used in place of the old ones... fewer being used once and chucked!

Sarah

Susan P.
04-18-2007, 09:17 PM
Ironmaiden, I'd like to find a pattern for one of those 'net' type bags that my mother used to use when I was a child. They were very handy and although small items can pop through and you need at least one enclosed bag I used to like them. I'd like to make some of those net types (rather like fishing one that have a type of diamond patterning) with a broader hand or shoulder grip as so many bags when heavy wind up digging into you no end!

I guess the same sort of pattern for plastic bags could be done with recycled cotton or similar clothes. I tend to cut them up for polishing rags but I guess that may be one usage.

letah75
04-19-2007, 12:21 AM
Ironmaiden, I'd like to find a pattern for one of those 'net' type bags that my mother used to use when I was a child. They were very handy and although small items can pop through and you need at least one enclosed bag I used to like them. I'd like to make some of those net types (rather like fishing one that have a type of diamond patterning) with a broader hand or shoulder grip as so many bags when heavy wind up digging into you no end!

I guess the same sort of pattern for plastic bags could be done with recycled cotton or similar clothes. I tend to cut them up for polishing rags but I guess that may be one usage.

Lanaknits has a bag like that you can see it here (http://www.lanaknits.com/usak403.html). Here (http://www.magknits.com/June06/patterns/market.htm) is one from MagKnits.

Susan P.
04-19-2007, 02:44 AM
Letah75. Thank you so much!
By the way, isn't Bear McCreary's music wonderful...

msoebel
04-19-2007, 09:34 AM
I am using the bags that the women in my church already have laying around in their houses. Our community is not particularly environmentally conscious...most grocery stores don't even offer paper bags! :shock: Seriously! Can you imagine?

I just cannot stand watching people throw them in the trash, knowing that they are going to sit in a landfill for a few hundred years. It's rather obscene.

I have been considering taking old t-shirts and making some yarn out of them too...my dh is a BIG guy...he wears a XXL...so that would make LOTS of yarn! Of course, he thought I was crazy when I said I was going to frog two of my old wool sweaters...so I don't know if I am helping things at all. :teehee:

So far, I have been knitting with just white grocery bags...IF I get some other colors, I will start stripes. I am knitting it up on my 10 1/2 circs (not in the round) and it's not too bad. But I am out of bags and am waiting on my "suppliers" to get me some more!

Misty

Arielluria
04-27-2007, 11:18 AM
I found this page in Knitty.com..........the artist is supposed to have a version of an umbrella in recycled garbage bags which I wanted to post here, it was in the Knitty 2006 (April) calendar, but I just can't find a pattern or picture online, does anyone have the link?????????? I'm really curious!

Here's the page I found, it's Here's the yarn version umbrella (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring07/PATTvictoria.html):
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring07/images/victoriaBEAUTY.jpg