Plarn

Hey y’all,

Lately, when I haven’t been listening to life-development videos, I’ve been making plarn. What is plarn? It’s plastic yarn. It’s yarn that can be made from plastic grocery store bags. These can’t be recycled easily, so this is a good option to reuse these. And it can use up a lot of bags, which is great since most of us have way too many.

I’ve been attempting to make plarn for years. I was always wanting to be able to reuse my bags, but I could never find a way to use as many as I needed to. But every time I attempted, it was too time consuming and didn’t work well. And the couple times I managed to make plarn, it didn’t create a nice-looking product. Let’s face it, most plarn projects look like they were made by a kindergartener, no matter how skilled the artist.

But then, a few days ago I finally looked up a video on how to make plarn, and I actually found a quick and easy method. I should have done that years ago, but at least I know now. Then, I decided to experiment. Although I could make plarn, I still didn’t like the results I would get from using it. I realized that it was definitely the edges of works with plarn that looked so bad, so I decided to begin a bowl with regular yarn, work the bulk of the project with plarn, and finish with yarn again. I’m not quite finished, but here are my results so far:

This project actually looks nice! This is the first time I have actually felt confident about making and using plarn. And it makes my tree-hugging heart soar. I plan to acquire more bags from others (which will keep them from tossing them into the landfill, which is great) and make even more plarn! Watch for this bowl, as well as plarn and other items, on my Etsy shop.


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