making crochet or knit objects from recycled plastic bags isn’t a new thing – i remember handbags that my mother or granny had made out of plastic bags from my childhood – but the phenomenon seems to have undergone an internet revival since i was last blogging regularly. “plarn” can be made by hand using just a pair of scissors, or spun on a wheel or spindle and plied with different coloured bags or other fibres.
the instructions for making plarn are pretty simple. there are a bunch of videos on youtube including a really quick introduction to making basic plarn from a shopping bag, and six minutes on methods for spinning and plying plarn.
for inspiration and tips, there’s a flickr group about knitting and crocheting with plastic bags which has a few discussions about working with plarn, and a facebook group with more ideas and pictures.
& there are some really interesting examples of plarn online:
jes makes beautiful spun plarn and sells it on her etsy shop. some of my favourites: plastic bag, cassette tapes & paper beads, yellow, orange, brown & blue, brown & green. i also really like this tissue paper yarn she made.
i also like this “newsprint” plied plarn and linen by skeins and steins.