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Old 04-18-2007, 11:36 AM   #1
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Knitting with Plastic Bags
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?


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Old 04-18-2007, 11:45 AM   #2
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If you're crazy then it's a good crazy! What a good way of recycling plastic bags Will you post a pic when it's done?
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Old 04-18-2007, 12:09 PM   #3
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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.
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Those are kind of cool. I found a pattern for those who need one.

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Old 04-18-2007, 03:06 PM   #5
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I saw a knitty gritty episode where they made shopping bags out got it, shopping bags. Really cool.
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Old 04-18-2007, 03:19 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA
Those are kind of cool. I found a pattern for those who need one.
I hadn't thought of doing it on the loom! Thanks, Jan!

Now, if only I could get a knitting machine that would handle that gauge.
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Old 04-18-2007, 03:21 PM   #7
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Yep, I started and gave up. But that was when I first started knitting. I should try again.
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Old 04-18-2007, 04:39 PM   #8
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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:,1249,660191868,00.html
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Old 04-18-2007, 05:49 PM   #9
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Cool!!!! May just need to try it ( so that my DH will think Išve TOTALLY flipped..... )

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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.
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