To be entirely honest, I've never made a hat. I was talking with a friend on why a plarn beanie would be a bad idea, and decided to make something just to show why its an awkward idea. I figured what the heck, I can make a planter, and that's round, so lets go from there. The first one was the tan and turned out with a fun ripply brim; the second is a bit larger and flatter brim; and the third is a bowler style with some fuzzy and local Seahawks love. I've used a bit of yarn where the brim attaches to adjust the sizing as well as the upper shape. Watch for these at the upcoming events!
The well loved Market Bags are getting a couple new colors - and there won't be many of these made! First up is the yellow/red Grocery Outlet bag, and second up is White/Red Thank You bags. These are the two opposite ends of the spectrum as the yellow is quite soft but the white is very stiff and incredibly strong. Both are their finished size; just awaiting their handles.
Many people have asked when I started plarning, and I know its been a few years now. Browsing some old pictures from Alaska, I ran across this one and figured I'd share it with everyone to show the first generation of not only plarn by my hands, but also crochet. This was made from the older White/Blue Walmart bags, and a plarnball of Fred Meyer Tan/Black can be seen to the side. The first thing that jumps out to me is how the knots of the individual loops have become streamlined and almost invisible! Look closer and you'll notice where I missed a stitch or two on the ends - but as anyone who has seen me work, you all know I don't count stitches anyways :) And if I remember correctly, I ended up deconstructing this piece and it turned into a few planters. This spring I'll be looking to do some workshops with various repurposing themes with plastic including basic weaving and bottleweaving so keep an eye out for those!
A couple of the newer mixed yarn items have made their way to a new location! Over at Cowboys & Angels in Buckley, WA which is primarily a cafe but features great local handmade art in a large variety including the rustic styles.
These two particular bags are made from white leftovers of plastic mixed with a chasing row of yarn done in a single crochet style and turned inside out to produce this great houndstooth effect.. They grey/white features a zipper and yarn edging on the handle; the multi-color features a magnet closure and also an adjustable strap utilizing a carbiner.
Where the Purple Things are!
There have been many projects in the works recently, now that bazaar season and the holidays are winding down. The first thing to feature is a batch of wallets made from some very purple bags. All of these feature small magnetic catches and a button. These are a great size for change but also any other small items you don't want to loose in the bottom of your purse. Stay tuned for more bright colors going into spring!