Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Are You Still Collecting Tea Bag Strings?

"Are you still collecting tea bag strings?" is a question I've been asked quite a bit lately...

And the answer is YES.

You betcha I am!

So I love it when I get mail like this...

Tea Bag Strings

Actually, when the kids brought the mail in this time, I knew what was inside before I even touched the envelope... there were tell-tale ends peeking out of the seal!

Tea Bag Strings

If you're new to the blog, then you're probably wondering why on earth I want people to send me tea bag strings. Which is a reasonable question really...

Well.

I've been saving them.

And knotting them together...

Until they look something like this:

Tea Bag Strings

And then I've been crocheting with them - just as if it were yarn.

Crochet with Tea Bag Strings.

It works up surprisingly well. I mean, it's slow going with all those little knots to bypass, but the overall finish is rather special. The hook I'm using is around a 7.0 mm and the stitch is a dc, ch 1 mesh. It results in an amazingly lightweight fabric...

Crochet with Tea Bag Strings.

And what am I making with those strings?

Tea Bag String Infinity Scarf

My first project was an infinity scarf - as shown, it is wrapped three times...

Tea Bag String Infinity Scarf

I'm so pleased with the way that this one worked up, that I've started another. This one won't be an infinity scarf, just a regular long thin scarf which can be wrapped any way you like.


4 comments:

theaussieyarncat said...

Wow looks amazing, never even crossed my mind to use teabag strings. Am in the proccess of shreading plastic shopping bags into looooong strips to create something but am loving your idea. Might have to try it myself sometime. Great stuff!

Neen said...

The infinity scarf is beautiful. Looks very striking against the dark background.

John Falkner said...

Been collecting for the friend of a friend of a friend of a neighbour! Now I know why. It looks so lovely. The tea stain just adds!

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