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a vegan with a knitting tattoo – photo by erin.
just a quick post to share another thing i found while i was looking at examples of plarn on flickr: this spun newspaper yarn. i’m excited about this not just aesthically & for its neat technical execution, but because i’ve been thinking around the potential for crossover between knitted objects and book arts recently, and this yarn inspires a few ideas.
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.
i knitted this hat this weekend, while catching up on tv & podcasts. it’s made from the ends of three random balls of acrylic yarns.
the shape was based on the pointy goblin hat i knitted a few years ago, but i ended it before it got pointy.
this is a new home for the blog that formerly resided at nutmeg.gen.nz/fakesheep – it’s all about knitting from a vegan perspective.
in migrating the blog over, i realised how much of the archive was apologies for not updating; i’m not going to pretend that i will be a regular knitting blogger from now on. but, sometimes i make things & want somewhere to write about it.
& so here i am, again.
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another vegan highlight of veronika’s etsy shop is handspun creamy cotton. this looks so soft!
other things found on etsy:
* daniela kloppmann (who sold me beautiful yarn a while ago) has some pretty things up at the moment – my favourites are: patchwork faux cashmere, patina soy silk, sweets handspun viscose which looks like an old fashioned candy shop.
* lots of beautiful handspun bamboo by different people: nevada sunset is shiny and faded, honeydew is like green melon, this little skein is jewel-coloured and spun with glass beads, new shoots bamboo is the colours of late spring.
* transition is all about spring too – a sproingy artyarn made from ingeo, cotton, tencel, linen, sparkle & beads.
* citrus handspun cotton/tencel is bright like orange juice.
this is just a SELECTION. search for vegan yarn on etsy & be amazed at the range of animal-free gorgeousness.
meanwhile, my latest etsy purchase wasn’t knitting-related at all, but i’m so in love that i have to show you:
i haven’t actually knitted anything since moving house, but yesterday i unearthed an old project that i started last july and knitted a few more rows. i started this scarf after i realised that i’d developed the bad habit of knitting things that looked pretty, but weren’t actually my style, and consequently never wearing them. so i thought about the clothes i wore the most, and came up with something to match: black, asymmetrical & a bit technically interesting. it’s uneven ribs (i’ll take pictures when they’re a little more advanced), knitted in black chunky acrylic.