Monday, July 9, 2012

Inspired or Insane?

Inspired or Insane

On Friday morning, I caught up with a couple of the girls I used to work with - and we had ourselves  a little craft morning. It felt like forever since I had spent any time with them, though in reality, it's a little over a year since I finished up work. Somehow it feels like a lifetime ago!

Anyhow.

Jo-Jo needed help to "cast on" for a crochet tea towel topper, and Tam needed to finish off her Giant Granny Blanket. Somehow she had worked her blanket into a never-ending spiral... and she didn't know how to get off the Merry-Go-Round!

So, once we had taken care of the "business" end of things we got to chatting...

Inspired or Insane

Tam was telling me the most fabulous story
about a woman who was recycling her tea bag strings into yarn...

Yes.

You heard correctly.

Tea bag strings INTO yarn!

She was even WEARING her string scarf at the time... and a little string rosette, too...

How awesome is that????

Inspired or Insane? 

Well - You know what I'm doing now, don't you?

So far I only have TWO... but I am saving my teabag strings...

I'll knot them as I collect, then skein them up and wash them before use.

Not sure how long it will take me to save a useful amount - But Hey - I'm not going anywhere...

And ALL donations would be gratefully accepted!

So what do you think? Inspired or Insane?
Vote in the poll... it's in the right hand margin... below the Pintest Pin and above Polly the Spotty-Tailed Platypus

And tell me - how do you recycle your old tea bags?









10 comments:

Lynette said...

I have been collecting my tea bag strings for a long time now and have made several washcloths they are very durable good luck with your acquiring it becomes very addictive. If you need some I have a small ball I could send you.

Viki said...

i have seen and felt a scarf made from unwashed tea bag strings. it was sooooo soft i just wanted to snuggle up with it! the color variations (from leaving the strings unwashed) made it look verigated. it was gorgeous!!

Muireann said...

That's genius! I can't believe I never thought of this, looking forward to seeing what you make!

Twigwoman said...

Not using tea bags with string so I do not save or recycle them but I've a friend who saves the string that seals the pet food bags..... she used them to create gorgeous weavings that she made using an embroidery hoop!!!

Jonnine said...

That is brilliant. I would not have thought the tea bag strings soft enough for a scarf. I live with three tea drinking adults ... wonder if I can convince them to save the strings for me? At the moment the tea bags, strings and all, end up in the compost.

Arty Lady's blog said...

Sharon, I have seen a scarf made out of the strings and it looked wonderful.

Sorry I don't recycle teabags as I use leaves.

Liz
x

Evie said...

Not sure this counts but, when I was little I had a family do to go to; I had a pair of white lacey gloves which Mum dyed using teabags so it would match my outfit.

I think the length of time it would take me to save up all the string to make something of use would drive me insane! ;o)

Cliodana said...

hihi i say crazy! usally i use my tea bag to make a cup of tea.. and after for ice tea! but didn't think of keeping the yarn... i'm anxion to see the project with this yarn

Judith W 100 said...

um, insane. Now on to the matchbox in that jar - can you post a better picture of that critter; is that how it came, or did someone fashion that? want it.

laughing purple goldfish said...

Lynette...
thanks so much for the offer - but since you already have a use for the string, you should hold on to your ball.... thanks again

Judith...
have posted photos of the matchboxes in this post here: http://laughingpurplegoldfish.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/random-act-of-kindness.html
please let me know if you are interested - as a couple of other readers are keen if you don't want them - thanks