10 November 2007

Things that are green

a) earth-friendly knitting
b) Giuseppe Verdi (ok, a bit of a stretch)

I took my recycling out last night, walking past the obnoxiously large bag of plastic shopping bags I've been accumulating for about two years. (photo note: wine bottle is there as a size reference only) Remembering a blog posting I saw a few weeks ago, I grabbed two fistfuls of bags and a pair of scissors and headed to the living room. After much trimming, folding, cutting, slipknotting, and ball-winding, I have one healthy ball of plastic yarn to be knitted into a reusable French-style market bag. Depending on how time-intensive this little project is, this may be a "green gift" holiday item. At any rate, it's a great way to get a lot of use out of short-lived bags.

Digression from the green theme: today Kidlet wound her first lovely cakes of yarn using the swift and winder. It was Malabrigo, in pinks and yellows, for another little sweater. She was fascinated. I have a helper.

And now it's time for the opera break. Morro, ma prima in grazia is my favorite Verdi aria of all time. I don't think I would have used it for this ballet staging, but Karita Mattila sings it so wonderfully. Enjoy!

5 comments:

Bea said...

oooo...what a great idea. I love recycled bag ideas.

Scott said...

I'm really not sure where to start with the turning of the plastic bagsg into yarn. But, of course, I will be anxious to see the finished project, you freak.

Knitting Linguist said...

That sounds like a great idea! Was it hard to turn the bags into "yarn"? And you are very generous with the ball-winder -- I have selfishly not shared mine yet (it's brand-new), even though it is an item which garners much fascination in the house (from kids and cats alike).

Michelle said...

Ooh! Now I know what to do with all my plastic bags. The cabinet under my sink is slowly being taken over by them....

Eric said...

I can't wait to see the shopping bag. What recipe are you using and how's it coming?