This weekend, a friend and I did a fiber-upcycling awareness demo at a nearby LUSH store. LUSH is a really environmentally friendly hand-made cosmetics franchise originally from the UK. They have stores all over the world now, and focus on reducing packaging as much as possible. The manager at the local LUSH approached us and asked if we knew anyone who worked with "plarn".
Knowing World Knit-in-Public was coming up and all that, I agreed with the manager that it would be great to combine recycling and fiber fun. What is "plarn" you ask? Plarn is literally plastic yarn. It is easily made from loops made when plastic bags are cut across horizontally. Dunno what to do with all those extra plastic bags that one collects from here and there? I had a stash under the kitchen counter, and I raided it. If you'd like to do the same, check out this handy etsy post from 2010 here.
I ended up crocheting a basket and making a ribbon with all the grips and bases of the bags. I think the ribbon or flower or whatever would make a fine bicycle bow or luggage identifier. My friend and co-conspirator, Celina, made a lovely lace knitted bottle cozy, and a LUSH employee made a wonderful plarn crocheted purse! All-in-all I believe the demo was a success. So many people looked in, took photos, asked questions, and were generally curious about this alternative use for the excess plastic bags in our lives.
Then on Sunday, World-Knit-in-Public we gathered at our local SnB and knit the night away!
Need some inspiration? Saw this interesting intarsia jumper on the streets of Munich back in May...
Happy Knit in Public Day!