Giant Plarn Rug Pattern

  I've had tons of ideas for plarn (plastic yarn) projects over the years, but I've only created a few. That didn't stop me from collecting the grocery bags for the intended projects, and it led to a bit of a bag-hoarding problem. I had bags in the closet, bags in a box, bags under the bed, and bags in a plastic bin. Plarn is a great way to recycle, but it can take a long time to turn your grocery bags into enough material for a crochet project.   Giant plarn to the rescue! No spiral cutting needed, and only three cuts per bag: Cut off the top and bottom of the bag, then cut the remainder in half to form loops. Join the loops together, and you'll have ridiculously thick, double-strand plarn that's great for making a super-squishy rug like this one. ( Find help with how-to here! ) I made this monster to fit in The Kid's room, but it's easy for you to make yours any size you need. And there's no hook required! This project is worked up using finger cro

A Frog and a Finish

  You may have already seen my short post about finishing this project . Now, here's the whole story along with a little tutorial for you. Please excuse the interrupting cat, the thunderstorms, and the snoring Other Half.   This giant plarn rug has been a monster of a project. It was started at the beginning of the year, after the kids thought it would be cool to have a giant plarn mat in their room and promised to help cut and join the material to make it. I got one week of help, and no more. Progress was slow and when I got tired of the cutting and joining it got shoved aside for a bit. A course of events during this week forced me to decide to frog it or finish it. So, I did both.   First came the rearranging of the bedroom: The whole flow of the room is so much better, but it left me with a big problem: Now the giant plarn monster in creation wouldn't fit in there unless we wanted to pick up the bed and slide the rug under a corner.   Hey, Jump Steady! We hav

Details Later

  I have a real  post for you tomorrow, but I'm not done with it yet. I've had an exhausting day that ended with a scary car ride home in a thunderstorm, and it's already past my bedtime. I'm up later than I should be because I was so close to a finish that I couldn't give up.    I'll give you the long-story-short version for now: I started this at the beginning of the year, I've had slow progress on it for a while, then I frogged the whole project and finished it in three days. It ate a huge hole in my stash of bags for plarn! Plus, I've come up with a few more ideas along the way.    So, I need to be getting to bed; 4 a.m. will be here soon enough... I can start a new day, and a new project! For now, you get one bad late-night photo. But at least you can see that the project has already been cat-approved. PS - Did you catch me? No, I'm not going to start a new project; I'm going to work on finishing another. But I am  going to work