Okay, I admit I’m weird

December 3, 2008

My first "plarn" purse
My first “plarn” purse!
While looking for a granny square crochet pattern online the other day, I came across a pattern for a “plarn” purse.  Plarn is where you connect strips of plastic grocery store bags to make yarn.  Sounded weird.  Sounded fun.  Sounded green.  So I tried it.
A friend of W’s is having her eighth birthday party this weekend and the thought of making a trip to Wal-Mart this time of year made my skin crawl.  So I made this little purse as her gift.  I wish I had counted the number of bags it took for me to make this, but it didn’t occur to me at the time.  I’m guessing it was about 30 standard-sized grocery bags. 
My original plan was to make a large, reusable grocery bag to take with me when I go to Aldi’s.  I always take my own bags, but after about the third or fourth time of using them, they end up with holes or the handles are broken, etc.  I decided to try this smaller project to see if I enjoyed it before I tackled such a big project.  Well, I did enjoy it and now I just need to collect more plastic bags!
I read online that people suggest using these for toting your things at the beach–it doesn’t matter if sand and water get into it–rinse it off and let it air dry.  That’s it.  (Ummm…don’t put it in the dryer…that could be pretty nasty! 🙂  )
Just wanted to share my latest project.  I’ll let you know how my big grocery bag turns out.
***I’m sorry, but for some reason I can’t get breaks between paragraphs.  I know it’s kind of hard to read without them!***

3 Responses to “Okay, I admit I’m weird”

  1. Corie said

    That’s really cool! And I have TONS of plastic bags I can give you! :o) I’d love to get rid of them. Oh, and try holding down the shift button when you hit enter to make line breaks. This usually is what you do make a single line break for HTML/blogs that otherwise automatically put blank lines between paragraphs, but I’m guessing it would work in reverse, too!

  2. Kira said

    This is a really neat idea. I also have bags that I can give you for your next project. Glad to see that you started a blog too!

  3. Heather Andrews said

    Hi Michele: I read your story about the Plarn with some interest, as I had seen such a purse at the http://www.canadianliving.com site, which is a Canadian Women’s/Family site. You could check it out if you want another pattern for these recycleable purses. I’m enjoying reading your blog. I’m one of the gals who has just joined your Granny Square Swap #7. Talk with you again soon.

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