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Archive for May, 2010

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spinning newspaper yarn

Originally uploaded by stitchlily

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.


yarn from plastic bags

Ball of Plarn

Originally uploaded by sewphisticate1202

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.

m. k. lawrie makes plastic bag yarn (and also
also yarn recycled from tshirts and flannel).

plastique recreations on etsy sells handmade things made of reused plastic, including plarn. some of my favourites: mint chocolate chip, grey and white, neon blue and yellow

i also like this “newsprint” plied plarn and linen by skeins and steins.

weekend knitting

a new hat

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.