Knitting and crocheting on the road

by kath_red on 03/02/2013

in knitting+crochet+yarn, Newsletter

This town has been yarn bombed

The first day of homeschooling on our year long road trip luckily coincides with us being in a glorious beachy campsite, with wonderful weather. We spent an hour this morning discussing the slang used in Enders Game, as well as the prisoners who were hanged at Adelaide gaol. Quite a mix! But what I really wanted to tell you about was the very cool yarn bombed town we recently spent some time at. The whole town had trees wrapped in blankets, knitted flags strung along the streets, park bench and bicycle cosies too. Really loved it, made me want to get my yarn on.

I have made a pact with myself not to be buying anything new this year and to make use of crafting materials from natural, recycled or found or second hand sources. So I began with making some plastic bag yarn — better known as plarn, and got my crochet on. Not having crocheted with plarn before, I feel that I have a lot of learning to do. In fact I need some advice. How fine can / should you cut the plastic bag strips? What is the best / easiest stitch to use? I think I’ll be making a bag of some sort for my first plarn project. Photos to come next time.

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1 Janette Wells February 4, 2013 at 3:53 am

I love yarn-bombing Kathreen because it brings art into the community and teaches us to appreciate skills such crochet that our grandmothers were taught as youngsters. My home town of Loxton (in South Australia’s Riverland) was recently introduced to yarnbombing when our local CWA members covered a couple of plane tree trunks in our main street with colourful christmas crochet. It was the talk of the town and added to the festivities of the season. Enjoy your road trip and cherish all the memory making!


2 Suzanne February 4, 2013 at 8:08 am

Hi Kathreen! I hope you took lots of photos of the yarnbombing. Good luck with the recycled craft items and the plarn. I love hearing about your adventures.


3 Tiffany February 5, 2013 at 1:06 am

Hi! Love the blog, so jealous of your trip! Just thought I’d poke in to make some recommendations about plarn! I like to cut my strips about an inch wide, as they’ll stretch when you wind it into a ball or work with it. As for stitch, I’ve made a knit bag and several crochet so far. For knitting, I like to just do a loose stockinette and for crochet, I usually do a single crochet bottom with double crochet body.

Hope that helps!


4 Sana February 8, 2013 at 5:03 pm

i cut my plastic bags every 1,5 centimeters – that way, the yarn is strong enough, but the final product is not too bulky.


5 kath_red February 9, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Thank you — very helpful


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