We are off to Europe to our next country, Romania!
Romania has a dark history with several evil leaders like Nicolae Ceaușescu and who could forget Vlad III, prince of Wallachia better known as Vlad the impaler- the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It is home to several haunted buildings and according to some the most haunted forest in the world is found in Romania.
Behind all of that is a beautiful country with glorious mountains and more castles than you can count on your fingers and toes. Due to it’s history, several old towns have been preserved like Sighișoara. It is a perfect window into the medieval period, with their towers and churches which were built and commissioned by trades people. Rope makers and basket weavers being among them, so Martin and I decided to try our hand at being a modern day trades person.
What is plarn? very simply, plarn is plastic yarn 🙂 It is a wonderful way of recycling a very common item that most recycling companies won’t take- plastic shopping bags. The applications are endless and it is so easy to make! If you can knit or crochet you can make bags, hampers, drink cozies, hot pot holders, the list goes on…
- Plastic shopping bags
Start by laying the bag flat, fold left to right. Then again left to right.
Cut off the bottom of the bag and the top where the handles are.
Cut the bag into strips, you should end up with a pile of loops.
Now to make this pile of plastic into plarn! Lay loop A on the table, take loop B and feed it through loop A. Holding both ends of loop B feed the top through the bottom and pull. Be care not to pull too hard because you can break it.
Repeat till you run out of bags or reach the length you need, we did 2 bags.
If you are going to crochet or knit, you are ready to go! If you want to make a plarn woven basket, read on!
Take a paper plate, draw or trace a circle in the middle. Then cut all around the plate from the outside to the inner circle.
To weave, place the loop of the first piece over one of the cut pieces of plate, then alternate placing the plarn in front and behind the plate flaps.
Repeat till the basket is complete. Cut the plarn and tuck it into the weave and you are done!
It would’t be right if we didn’t paint the flag, so paint the flag we did!
The Romanian flag consists of 3 colors blue, yellow, and red. By folding the paper in thirds, we were able to paint the flag in 3 installments.