Remember my Tux mittens that I knitted last winter (which would have been summer if I had been in Australia then?) They are kewl but I don’t often have cause to wear mittens, and they don’t actually fit me on top of that–the assumption of the design was that geeks are MALE with male-sized hands. I don’t think my husband would wear mittens with a cute avian, other than from time to time to please me, as the people he knows would not “get” it, and they’d think why is this distinguished gentleman sporting handwear for children?
Well now I made something that I can take everywhere, any time: a plarn* bag with Tux on it. This combines my interest in keeping plastic out of the landfill with my love for all things Tux. I adapted the pattern from the mitten pattern, added an additional color (or colour, as they spell it in Oz) and voila! It was a tad tricky to knit with four colours but I’m a geek and I’m about solving problems, and so I managed.
If you would like to make one of these I assume you must be at least part geek. You can combine my basic plarn bag pattern with the mitten pattern mentioned earlier. I warn you it is quite tedious and slow going if you use my colour scheme–it might be easier if you make the background white or yellow.
My next project will be the PHP elephant!
*plarn is yarn made from plastic bags. Here is a step by step tutorial how to turn plastic bags into plarn. Knitting with plarn keeps the plastic out of landfills and the ocean, and makes a durable, strong, attractive, and reusable bag that will prevent you from taking many more plastic bags. It also makes you THINK about plastic. I have gotten so I rely on others to provide me with raw material as I avoid getting new bags almost all the time! Do not knit with the latest compostable plastic. It is designed to break down. Use the bad old indestructable plastic.