Monday, February 22, 2010

Project TWENTY-NINE: Home-Spun Plasti-Yarn

While searching the 'net for "projects you can make with yarn," I came across this neat site that has ways to recycle. One project was spinning yarn out of newspapers. I liked this idea! Though, I should probably raid our condo's newspaper bin for all those unwanted "deals" papers we get so frequently, I decided to try using a different material that we also have in abundance. That's right- not only are those plastic grocery bags great for cleaning out the litter box. You can also spin yarn out of it!

I first cut the bags into 1" strips, twisted the pieces, then spliced each strip together as I spun the plastic into a yarn. I took some advice from one person who commented on that site, and used wax on my fingers to help the plastic grip itself until it was tightly spun. The wax was a great tip. This is a great (and VERY cheap) project to work on while you're watchin' the Olympics, or just a good movie. It takes little concentration, and just a constant fleeting look down at your progress, as you stretch and twist
the plastic. I'm sure this would be a much
prettier yarn if I had used more colorful plastic bags. Also, I will definitely try the newspaper.
This small spool of yarn took me about an hour and a half, and about 3-4 grocery bags. It IS a bit time consuming to create enough yarn to really knit or crochet anything out of it. I will keep working on this spool, and when it's big enough, I'll make something out of it for you all to see!

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