In February I learned that they were starting a group at my church who would take plastic shopping bags and turn them into sleeping mats to be given to homeless people. Apparently this is a real thing that people do. I was intrigued and thought I'd like to help, but I missed the first few meetings of the group for one reason or another. My friend Lacey had been attending, so I checked with her to make sure that latecomers were welcome and went to my first meeting about three weeks ago.
Here's what I learned and what I've been working on (with varying degrees of success) ever since:
I left that first meeting with a smallish ball of plarn (not the one pictured here), the most giant crochet hook in the world and the rough idea of how to create a mat. I didn't bother to tell anyone just how long it had been since my moma had taught me to crochet. I was confident in the internet's ability to reteach me anything I needed to know about crochet, and I was not disappointed.
I watched a video or two about the single crochet stitch, and I went for it. Chaining was the only thing I really remembered about crochet from that fourteen year old lesson, so I started with confidence. And honestly, it was simple.
I had a bit of a hard time feeling confident that I was placing my stitches in the right holes for that first row, but when I got to the end, it looked mostly uniform, so I flipped it and trudged on.
And here's what it looks like currently (with my favorite brown flip-flop used as scale). Without measuring, I think it's dangerously close to half-way. See the two yellow stripes in the center? The slightly shorter one on the left is where I was on Monday, so I've gotten a braggable amount done this week, if I do say so myself.
And that giant ball of plarn? Here's what it looks like now:
It takes a lot of bags to make a mat, obviously. But so far my lovely family and friends have kept me well-supplied, and I think I'll eventually have so many of them trained to make plarn that I won't have to worry about ever running out. I'll try to remember to take a picture of the finished product for you.