I am always looking to reuse any sort of container that comes into the house. I would love to have more control over packaging, but to the extent I can, I try to find another use for things. When I go to the dentist I get these nice plastic zip envelopes with my new toothbrush, and I’ve found them quite handy for carrying things and storing them. Here I am using it for my carry-around knitting on Blue Canoe, the neckband. Worked on 15 stitches this little beauty has patterning every row (which I’m trying to memorize), but this case allows me to carry my ball of yarn, needles, and pattern instructions.
I have another one of these with steel crochet hooks and another with crochet hooks. Makes it easy to grab and go. The size allows me to slide it into the center section of my purse, making it easy to knit on public transportation–which will be easier when I don’t have to constantly check the instructions!
Another bit of upcycling is seen in the yarn bra I’ve created for the yarn I’m using on the body of Blue Canoe. This is yarn that had been worked into a sample, only to discover halfway through that there was a production issue and the yarn had to be recalled. It is barely noticeable, but in a large piece, it showed in photographs. Linda unwound about 250 grams of yarn and that’s what I’m using in my Blue Canoe. The mesh bag is from a bag of purple and white potatoes I bought at the farmer’s market. I avoid the vendor because of these bags, but my usual vendor didn’t have potatoes and I needed them. I always feel I mitigate the unnecessary packaging if I can reuse it.
Most weeks when I go out for my Sunday run I take the accumulated newspaper bags to the dog run. I can’t find another use for these bags (I don’t want them!) and I always forget to take plastic film to the hardware store for recycling, so this is my solution. Fortunately, San Francisco has a huge dog population, so although I don’t consider this a good use of the bags, they are being reused, and hopefully making it possible to not use other bags due to their availability. I am often thanked by dog owners walking their dogs, so I guess it is a good use.
Lastly, in a bit of “make it work” yesterday, I needed to lay a couple of sweaters out to dry, but we have hardwood floors everywhere but in the bathrooms and my laundry room, which already had stuff on every flat and hanging surface. But the new bathroom cabinets hang about a foot above the floor, so I put down towels, laid out the sweaters, and slid everything under the cabinets.