I forgot my shopping bags when I went on my shopping spree to “BigLots!” They spell it with that exclamation at the end, but don’t get excited if you have never been there. As my Papaw would say, “It ain’t much.” My mission had been to buy washcloths so I could be a Green Goddess and have a paperless kitchen. When I got home to unwrap everything I was chagrined at the amount of plastic bags I was about to throw in the garbage. I know the environmental dangers of plastic bags. I just forgot, OK? So, sue me.
However, all was not lost. It so happens that a bit later I was on the computer and decided to hit StumbleUpon (that free browsing tool that helps you share interesting websites) and see what I might find. The first thing that popped on the screen was a page about using plastic bags to crochet. What serendipity! I got that “wild hair” again. I decided it would be delicious irony to create a shopping bag with all the plastic bags I’ve saved.
Not being the kind of person to actually plan a project, I simply gathered all my white plastic bags with their colorful logos (because I thought they would make an interesting variegated pattern in the yarn), a pair of scissors, a crochet hook and dove right into the process. This, my friends, was a big mistake.
What I thought was an enormous amount of plastic bags turned out to be piddly when it is cut and made into “yarn.” Sure, I still have brown plastic bags, but we use them for scooping cat poop from the litter boxes each day. I do not intend to run out of those. I need white ones! I’ve used everything I had, and haven’t finished one side of the bag.
What to do next?
- Do I drive a sixty mile round trip to my sister’s house to get the plastic bags she has so that I can create an environmentally-friendly masterpiece?
- Must I go door-to-door begging people for their white plastic bags?
- Should I do some dumpster diving … or clean the trash bags off of the “bob-wahr” fences? [Note: “bob-wahr” is Texan for “barbed wired”… just so you know.]
- Or, shall I go on a shopping spree (to stores that package in white plastic bags) and conveniently forget to take my cloth bags?
Somebody give me suggestions here so I don’t have to trash this project!